General Institute Requirement

General Institute Requirement

All undergraduate students are required to complete the Biology General Institute Requirement (GIR).  There are two ways for you to complete this requirement: core class 7.01x or the Biology Advanced Standing Exam.

Core class 7.01x

Every semester we offer several versions of the Biology GIR: 7.01x. All of the classes cover the same core material, as well as distinctive material.

The core material focuses on function at a molecular level including:

  • The structure and regulation of genes
  • The structure and synthesis of proteins
  • How these molecules are integrated into cells
  • How cells are integrated into multicellular systems and organisms
  • Computational and genomic approaches to biology

Subject options

Subjects 7.012, 7.013, and 7.014 require a certain level of chemistry knowledge. You are encouraged to take the Chemistry Self-Evaluation before registering for one of these subjects. You can make changes to your recitation section on Stellar.

Lottery information

You will have the opportunity to complete the class 7.01x every semester, but you are not guaranteed a seat in a specific class.  All biology classes where the number of students registered surpasses the number of seats available will be subjected to a general lottery. Upperclassmen who pre-register for a 7.01x course will be enrolled in the course of their choice.

To be considered for an over-enrolled 7.01x course, first year students should register by the fall registration deadline, the last Thursday in August before Labor Day. The lottery will take place after first year registration and you will then be notified of your enrollment status.

If you have additional questions about the lottery process, contact