Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Engineering Sciences

16 half-courses

  1. Required courses:

    1. Mathematics:

      1. Math 1a and 1b.

      2. Applied Mathematics 21a and 21b; Mathematics 21a and 21b; or Mathematics 23a and 23b.

    2. Physics: Physics 11a and 11b, 15a and 15b, or 16 and 15b.

    3. Computer Science: Computer Science 50.

    4. Required courses and electives in area of specialization (see item 6 below).

  2. Sophomore Forum: Sophomore year. Non-credit. Spring term.

  3. Thesis: Not required.

  4. General Examination: None.

  5. Other information:

    1. Advanced Placement credit in Math 1a or 1b can be included in satisfying the requirement of 16 half courses, thus potentially reducing the number of required courses to 14 or 15. Credit for additional courses such as Math 21a or 21b does not further reduce the number of required courses. Moreover, in cases when a course can satisfy both an elective and a requirement of a specialization, the total number of courses is not reduced. In these cases, additional electives must be taken.

    2. By prior approval, other advanced undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as courses at MIT, can be used to satisfy general requirements and specialization requirements and electives. Electives alternative to those listed in the specializations may be counted for credit upon prior petition and approval.

    3. Students taking Engineering Sciences 1, 6, or ES 50 during the freshman or sophomore year can count one of these courses as an elective in any specialization that does not include that course as a requirement.

    4. Highest Honors are decided by vote of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, taking into account the student’s course selection and achievement. Typically, a recommendation for Highest Honors requires superior performance in an ambitious set of advanced courses or an excellent thesis.

    5. Pass/Fail: None of the courses used to satisfy concentration requirements may be taken Pass/Fail.

    6. Plan of Study: Concentrators are required to file an approved departmental Plan of Study and to keep their plan up to date in subsequent years. Plan of Study forms may be obtained from the Academic Office (Pierce 110) or from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) website.

  6. Areas of Specialization

    1. Biomedical Sciences and Engineering—Mechanical, Electrical, and Chemical and Materials tracks

      1. Required for all tracks, three half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 53 and 145
        Life Sciences 1a

      2. Required for Mechanical track, four half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 120, 123, and 181
        Either Engineering Sciences 154 or Physics 123

      3. Required for Electrical track, four half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 150, 154, and 156
        Either Engineering Sciences 148 or 149

      4. Required for Chemical and Materials track, four half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 123, 181, and 190
        Physical Sciences 1

      5. Approved Electives, two half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences  51, 91r (one term only), 120, 122, 123, 128, 130, 139 or 110, 148, 149, 157,159, 181, 190, 216, 217, 220, 221, 240
        Either Applied Mathematics 101 or Engineering Sciences 150
        Either Engineering Sciences 154 or Physics 123
        Physics 136, 140, 143a, 151, 153
        One from Physical Sciences 1, Chemistry 17, 20
        Applied Mathematics 105a or 105b.

    2. Electrical and Computer Engineering

      1. Required, five half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 150, 151, 154, and 156
        One from Computer Science 141, Engineering Sciences 173 or 174

      2. Approved Electives, four half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 51, 53, 91r (one term only), 120, 123, 145, 148, 157, 158, 159, 173, 174, 181, 190, 201, 202, 203, 258
        Computer Science 51, 141, 143, 144r, 148, 161, 175, 246r, 283
        Applied Mathematics 105a, 105b, 121, 147
        Applied Physics 195
        Chemistry 160
        Physics 123, 143a, 153.

    3. Engineering Physics

      1. Required for all tracks, four half-courses:
        Either Physics 143a or Chemistry 160
        Either Engineering Sciences 181 or Physics 181
        Applied Physics 190
        One from Applied Mathematics 105a, 105b, 111, or 147.

      2. Required for Materials, Optoelectronics, and Photonics track, three half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 173 and 174
        One from Applied Physics 195, Physics 195, or Engineering Sciences 120.

      3. Required for Earth and Planetary Physics track, three half-courses:
        One from Engineering Sciences 123, 162, Earth and Planetary Sciences 131, 132
        One from Engineering Sciences 120, Earth and Planetary Sciences 108, 166, 167
        One from Earth and Planetary Sciences 121, 161, Astronomy 135, 145.

      4. Approved Electives, two half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 51, 53, 91r (one term only), 120, 123, 125, 128, 162, 173, 174
        Applied Mathematics 105a, 105b, 111, 115, 120, 147
        Applied Physics 195
        Astronomy 135, 145
        Earth and Planetary Sciences 108, 109, 131, 132, 133, 161, 166, 167, 171
        Physics 123, 140, 153, 175, 195

    4. Environmental Sciences and Engineering

      1. Required, seven half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 6
        Physical Sciences 1
        Life Sciences 1a
        One from Earth and Planetary Sciences 108, Engineering Sciences 162 or 167
        One from Earth and Planetary Sciences 133, Engineering Sciences 169
        One from Engineering Sciences 150; Statistics 110; Applied Mathematics 101, 105a, 105b, 111, or 147
        One from Engineering Sciences 123, Earth and Planetary Sciences 131 or 132

      2. Approved Electives, two half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 51, 53,  91r (one term only), 103, 123, 162, 165, 167, 181, 220, 261, 262, 268
        Earth and Planetary Sciences 107, 108, 109, 131, 132, 133
        Either Engineering Sciences 154 or Physics 123

    5. Mechanical and Materials Sciences and Engineering

      1. Required, seven half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 120, 123, 125, 181, and 190
        One from Applied Mathematics 105a, 105b, 111, or 120
        One from Engineering Sciences 50, 151, 154, or Physics 123

      2. Approved Electives, two half-courses:
        Engineering Sciences 51, 53,  91r (one term only), 96, 128, 145, 151, 156, 159, 162, 173, 174
        Applied Physics 195
        Chemistry 160
        Earth and Planetary Sciences 108, 131, 132
        Physics 143a