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The expansion of Life Sciences has been enormous over the last decade. Today, biological topics and tools pervade almost all disciplines in science and technology. MIT is the leader in interdisciplinary Life Sciences educational and research opportunities. Multiple departments now offer majors, minors or courses that have a Life Sciences focus. Thus, many undergraduates will encounter Life Sciences in the major, in undergraduate research (UROP) and in future careers. Important and exciting new opportunities are open to MIT Science and Engineering undergraduates.
Approximately 40% of all research performed at MIT is Life Sciences-based, primarily across the Schools of Science and Engineering. Almost all departments at MIT include faculty whose research interfaces with Life Sciences. Students can perform original research in many labs, contributing ground-breaking discoveries in many areas. MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) allows students to work with MIT faculty on current and cutting edge projects.
Training in the Life Sciences provides excellent preparation for many careers including:
- Academic research
- Biomedical and pharmaceutical research
- Intellectual property law