OCW Scholar

    OCW Scholar courses are designed for independent learners who have few additional resources available to them. The courses are substantially more complete than typical OCW courses and include new custom-created content as well as materials repurposed from MIT classrooms. The materials are also arranged in logical sequences and include multimedia such as video and simulations.





    Fundamentals of Biology

    Fundamentals of Biology focuses on the basic principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and recombinant DNA. These principles are necessary to understanding the basic mechanisms of life and anchor the biological knowledge that is required to understand many of the challenges in everyday life, from human health and disease to loss of biodiversity and environmental quality.

    Instructors: Prof. Eric Lander, Prof. Robert Weinberg, Prof. Tyler Jacks, Prof. Hazel Sive, Prof. Graham Walker, Prof. Sallie Chisholm, Dr. Michelle Mischke



    Brain and Cognitive Sciences


    Introduction to Psychology

    Introduction to Psychology is a survey of the scientific study of human nature, including how the mind works, and how the brain supports the mind. Topics include the mental and neural bases of perception, emotion, learning, memory, cognition, child development, personality, psychopathology, and social interaction.

    Instructor: Prof. John Gabrieli





    Introduction to Solid State Chemistry

    Introduction to Solid State Chemistry is a one-semester general chemistry class with a focus on solid-state materials and their application to engineering systems. Starting from the relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and atomic order, the class explores material forms ranging from solutions to polymers and biomaterials.

    Instructor: Prof. Donald Sadoway





    Principles of Microeconomics

    Principles of Microeconomics is an introductory undergraduate course that teaches the fundamentals of microeconomics. This course introduces microeconomic concepts and analysis, supply and demand analysis, theories of the firm and individual behavior, competition and monopoly, and welfare economics. Students will also be introduced to the use of microeconomic applications to address problems in current economic policy throughout the semester.

    Instructor: Prof. Jonathan Gruber



    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


    Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

    Introduction to Computer Science and Programming is aimed at students with little or no programming experience. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems. It also aims to help students, regardless of their major, to feel justifiably confident of their ability to write small programs that allow them to accomplish useful goals. The class uses the Python programming language.

    Instructor: Prof. John Guttag


    Introduction to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science I

    Introduction to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science I provides an integrated introduction to electrical engineering and computer science, taught using substantial laboratory experiments with mobile robots. The primary goal is to learn to appreciate and use the fundamental design principles of modularity and abstraction in a variety of contexts from electrical engineering and computer science.

    The secondary goal is to show that making mathematical models of real systems can help in the design and analysis of those systems. Finally, there are the more typical goals of teaching exciting and important basic material from electrical engineering and computer science, including modern software engineering, linear systems analysis, electronic circuits, and decision-making.

    Instructors: Prof. Leslie Kaelbling, Prof. Jacob White, Prof. Harold Abelson, Prof. Dennis Freeman, Prof. Tomás Lozano-Pérez, and Prof. Isaac Chuang





    Single Variable Calculus

    Single Variable Calculus covers differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, and concludes with a brief discussion of infinite series. Calculus is fundamental to many scientific disciplines including physics, engineering, and economics.

    Instructor: Prof. David Jerison


    Multivariable Calculus

    Multivariable Calculus covers differential, integral and vector calculus for functions of more than one variable. These mathematical tools and methods are used extensively in the physical sciences, engineering, economics and computer graphics.

    Instructor: Prof. Denis Auroux


    Differential Equations

    The laws of nature are expressed as differential equations. Scientists and engineers must know how to model the world in terms of differential equations, and how to solve those equations and interpret the solutions. This course focuses on the equations and techniques most useful in science and engineering.

    Instructors: Prof. Arthur Mattuck, Prof. Haynes Miller, Dr. Jeremy Orloff, Dr. John Lewis


    Linear Algebra

    Linear Algebra covers matrix theory and linear algebra, emphasizing topics useful in other disciplines such as physics, economics and social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.

    Instructor: Prof. Gilbert Strang





    Physics I: Classical Mechanics

    Physics I is a first-year, first-semester course that provides an introduction to Classical Mechanics. It covers the basic concepts of Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory.

    Instructors: Dr. Peter Dourmashkin, Prof. Walter Lewin, Prof. Thomas Greytak, Craig Watkins, Andy Neely, Dr. Sahana Murthy, Prof. David Litster, Matthew Strafuss


    Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

    Physics II is the second semester of introductory physics. The focus is on electricity and magnetism, including electric fields, magnetic fields, electromagnetic forces, conductors and dielectrics, electromagnetic waves, and the nature of light.

    Instructors: Prof. Walter Lewin, Prof. John Belcher and Dr. Peter Dourmashkin