Advanced Electives

A requirement of four advanced electives is designed to develop both breadth and depth for students in the CSB PhD Program. These should be 12-unit G-level graduate subjects. The electives add to the base of the core curriculum and contribute strength in areas related to student interest and research direction. Two of the four restricted electives must be in the same area (department). At least one of the electives must be from an engineering discipline and at least one from a biology-related field.

As is typical for students in other doctoral programs at MIT, CSB PhD students may take classes beyond the required restricted electives. These additional subjects might be useful to explore advanced topics important for thesis research in later years.

Each student will design a program of advanced electives that satisfies the distribution and area requirements in close consultation with members of the CSB PhD Graduate Committee and with their thesis advisor. Examples of combinations of courses that might be particularly appropriate for students with certain interests are described below. These examples are intended as illustrations only – individual programs will vary.

Students with an interest in model building and theory might include Network Optimization (Computer Science/Operations Research) and/or Foundations of Algorithms for Computational Biology (Computer Science/Biological Engineering).

Students with a focus on developing novel tools might select subjects such as Integrated Microelectronic Devices (Electrical Engineering/Materials Science) and/or Fundamental Limits of Biological Measurement (Biological Engineering).

Students who intend to pursue computational biology or bioinformatics can take courses in Computational Functional Genomics (Biology, Computer Science), Bioinformatics: Principles, Applications, and Methods (Chemical Engineering), or Biomedical Information Technology (Mechanical Engineering).

The following is a list of subjects that students may consider for advanced electives or additional subjects, organized by department. See the MIT online subject descriptions for more information.

(Not a complete list. Please petition the committee if there is an unlisted 12 unit, G-Level course you wish to take.)

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering

1.685/2.034/18.377J Nonlinear Dynamics and Waves (not offered 2020-2021, G, 12 units, R. Rosales)

1.89 Earth's Microbiomes (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, M. Polz)

 

Mechanical Engineering

2.18/6.557J Biomolecular Feedback Systems (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Del Vecchio)

2.372/6.777J Design and Fabrication of Microelectromechanical Devices (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

2.717 Optical Engineering (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

 

Chemistry

5.64/HST.539J Frontiers of Interdisciplinary Science in Human Health and Disease (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, A. Shalek, X. Wang)

5.70/10.546J Statistical Thermodynamics (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 Units, J. Cao, B. Zhang) 

 

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

6.231 Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

6.241/16.338J Dynamic Systems and Control (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, A. Staff)

6.262 Discrete Stochastic Processes (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

6.334 Power Electronics (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Satff)

6.336/2.096/16.910J Introduction to Moedling and Simulation (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, L. Daniel)

6.337/18.335J Introduction to Numerical Methods (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, S. Johnson)

6.339/2.097/16.920J Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, J. Peraire)

6.431 Introduction to Probability  (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL/ Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

6.434/16.391J Statistics for Engineers and Scientists (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, M. Win)

6.435 Bayesian Modeling and Inference (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

6.436/15.085J Fundamentals of Probability (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, Y. Polyanskiy)

6.437 Inference and Information (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

6.438 Algorithms for Inference (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, D. Shah)

6.720/3.43J Integrated Microelectronic Devices (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, J. Del Alamo)

6.842 Randomness and Computation (Not offered 2020-2021 G, 12 units, R. Rubinfeld)

6.854/18.415J Advanced Algorithms (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, D. Karger)

6.862 Applied Machine Learning (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, Spring 2021, G, 12 units, I. Drori)

6.864 Advanced Natural Language Processing ( Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

6.866 Machine Vision (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, B. K. P. Horn)

6.867 Machine Learning (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, T. Jaakkola)

6.871/HST.956 [J] Machine Learning for Healthcare (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, D. Sontag, P.Szolovits)

6.874/HST.506 [J] Computational Systems Biology: Deep Learning in the Life Sciences (Not offered 2020-2021, G, 12 units, D.K. Gifford) [Could also be used to satisfy Comp Bio requirement]

6.878/HST.507J Advanced Computational Biology: Genomes, Networks, Evolution (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, M. Kellis) [Could also be used to satisfy Comp Bio requirement]

6.881 Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, R. Tedrake)

6.882 Advanced Topics in Artifical Intelligence (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, T. Loano-Perez)

6.945 Large-scale Symbolic Systems (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, G. J. Sussman)

 

Biology

7.493/ 1.87/ 12.493/20.446J Microbial Genetics and Evolution (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, A. D. Grossman, O. Cordero)

7.60 Cell Biology: Structure and Functions of the Nucleus (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, L. Boyer, R. Young)

7.61 Eukaryotic Cell Biology: Principles and Practice (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, R. Hynes, M. Krieger, M. Yaffe) [Could also be used to satisfy Bio requirement]

7.63/ 20.630J Immunology (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, S. Spranger, M. Birnbaum)

7.64 Molecular Mechanisms, Pathology and Therapy of Human Neuromuscular Disorders (Not offered 2020-2021, G, 12 units, D. Housman)

7.69/ 9.181J Developmental Neurobiology (Spring 2021 G, 12 units, E. Nedivi, M. Heiman)

7.70 Regulation of Gene Expression (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

7.71 Structural and Biophysical Analysis of Biolgical Macromolecules (Not offered 2020-2021, G, 12 units, T. Schwartz)

7.72 Stem Cells, Regeneration, and Development (Spring 2021, G, 12 units,  P. Reddien)

7.73 Principles of Chemical Biology (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, B. Imperiali, J.K. Weng)

7.77 Nucleic Acids, Structure, Function, Evolution and Their Interactions with Proteins (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, D. Bartel, U. RajBhandary)

7.85 The Hallmarks of Cancer (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, T. Jacks, M. Vander Heiden)

7.86 Building with Cells (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, L. Boyer, P.L. Li)

7.95 Cancer Biology (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, R. Weinberg, O. Yilmaz)

 

Physics

8.333 Statistical Mechanics I (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, S. Todadri)

8.334 Statistical Mechanics II (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, M. Kardar)

8.431/6.634J Nonlinear Optics (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

8.591/7.81J Systems Biology (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, J. Gore) [Could also be used to satisfy Comp Bio requirement]

8.592/HST.452J Statistical Physics in Biology (Not offered 2020-2021 G, 12 units, Staff)

8.593/HST.450J Biological Physics (Spring 2021 G, 12 units, Staff)

 

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

9.013/7.68J Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Core II (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff) [Could also be used to satisfy Bio requirement]

9.015/7.65J Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Core I (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, J. T. Littleton, H. Sive)

9.520/6.860J Statistical Learning Theory and Applications (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, T. Poggio)
 

Chemical Engineering

10.544 Metabolic and Cell Engineering (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

10.555/HST.940J Bioinformatics: Principles, Methods, and Applications  (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

10.557 Mixed-integer and Nonconvex Optimization (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, P. I. Barton)

 

Management

15.083 Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

 

Mathematics

18.0651 Matrix Methods in Data Analysis, Signal Processing, and Machine Learning (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, G. Strang)

18.0751 Methods for Scientists and Engineers (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, H. Cheng)

18.0851 Computational Science and Engineering I (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, Spring 2021, G, 12 units, L. Demanet, L. Lu)

18.0861 Computational Science and Engineering II (Not offfered 2020-2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

18.385/2.036J Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (Fall 2020, G, 12 units, R. Rosales)

18.408 Topics in Theoretical Computer Science (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, J. A. Kelner)

18.418/HST.504J Topics in Computational Molecular Biology (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, B. Berger)

18.4531 Combinatorial Optimization (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, W.C. Franks)

18.455 Advanced Combinatorial Optimization (Not offered 2020-2021, G, 12 units, M. X. Goemans)

18.6501 Fundamentals of Statistics (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, Spring 2021 G, 12 units, P. Rigollet, T. Maunu)

18.677 Topics in Stochastic Processes (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, A. Borodin)

 

Biological Engineering

20.201 Fundamentals of Drug Development (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, Spring 2021, G, 12 units, P. C. Dedon, R. Sasisakharan)

20.405/6.589J Principals of Synthetic Biology (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, R. Weiss)

20.409 Biological Engineering II: Instrumentation and Measurement (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, G, 12 units, E. Boyden, A. Jasanoff, P. So, M. Jonas, J. Sutton, S. Wasserman)

20.415 Physical Biology (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, I. Cisse)

20.420/10.538J Principles of Molecular Bioengineering (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, A. Jasonoff, E. Fraenkel)

20.430/ 2.795/6.561/10.539J Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems   (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, M. Bathe, B. Bryson)

20.440 Analysis of Biological Networks (Spring 2021, G, 15 units, B. Bryson, P. Blainey)

20.463/3.963J Biomaterials Science and Engineering (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, D. Irvine,K. Ribbeck)

20.465 Engineering the Immune System in Cancer and Beyond (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, D.Irvine)

20.470/2.794/6.521/9.021/HST.541J Cellular Neurophysiology and Computing (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, J. Han)

20.490 Foundations of Computational and Systems Biology (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, D. K. Gifford) [Could also be used to satisfy Comp Bio requirement]

 

Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

IDS.136/6.244 [J] Graphical Models: A Geometric, Algebraic, and Combinatorial Perspective (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, C. Uhler)

IDS.147/15.077J Statistical Learning and Data Mining (Spring 2021, G, 12 units, Staff)

 

Health Sciences and Technology

HST.035 Pathology of Human Disease (Spring 2021, G, 16 units, S. Lovitch)

HST.176 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, S. Pillai, B. Cherayil)

HST.508 Evolutionary and Quantitative Genomics (Fall 2020 VIRTUAL, G, 12 units, L. Mirny, T. Lieberman)