Bachelor of Science (SB) in Engineering Sciences

20 half-courses

  1. Required courses:

    1. Mathematics: Mathematics 1a and b; 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. Chemistry: Life Sciences 1a and Physical Sciences 1.

    4. Computer Science: Computer Science 50.

    5. Electronics: At least one from Engineering Sciences 154, Computer Science 141, or Physics 123.

    6. Mechanics: At least one from Engineering Sciences 120, 123, or 125.

    7. Materials: At least one from Engineering Sciences 181, 190, Physics 143a, Chemistry 160, or Applied Physics 195.

    8. Applied Mathematics: At least one from Applied Mathematics 105a, 105b, 106, 107, 111, or 121.

    9. Probability and Statistics: At least one of Applied Mathematics 101 or Engineering Sciences 150

    10. Engineering Design (two courses): Engineering Sciences 96 (ordinarily taken during the spring term of the junior year), and Engineering Sciences 100hf or 100 (see item 3 below).

    11. At least four additional half-courses chosen to develop an area of specialization (see items 6a-d).

    12. Note: Students entering Harvard with secondary school preparation that places them beyond the level of any of the required courses listed above may substitute appropriate advanced level courses. However, all SB programs must include a minimum of twenty approved half-courses and meet the overall ABET guidelines (see items 7a-b).

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

  3. Tutorial: Required. Engineering Sciences 96 and Engineering Sciences 100hf or Engineering Sciences 100.

  4. Thesis: Required: An individual engineering design project is an essential element of every SB program and is undertaken, ordinarily, during the senior year as part of Engineering Sciences 100hf. Faculty supervised reading and research is an important aspect of this requirement.

  5. General Examination: None.

  6. Areas of specialization:

    1. Biomedical Sciences and Engineering-Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical & Materials tracks

      1. Required for all tracks: Engineering Sciences 53, Engineering Sciences 145.

      2. Required for Mechanical track: Engineering Sciences 120, 123, 181, 190.

      3. Required for Electrical track: Engineering Sciences 150, 154, 156; either Engineering Sciences 148 or 149.

      4. Required for Chemical & Materials track: Chemistry 17 or 20; Engineering Sciences 123, 181, 190.

      5. Suggested:
        Engineering Sciences 120, 122, 123, 128, 130, 148, 149, 156, 157, 159, 181, 190, 216, 217r, 220, 221, 240
        One from Engineering Sciences 6, 50, or 51
        Physics 136, 140, 143a, 151, 153
        Applied Physics 225
        Either Chemistry 17 or 20
        MCB 80 (formerly Biological Sciences 80) (only acceptable if Engineering Sciences 148 is taken also)
        Note: Engineering Sciences 125 may not be taken for credit in the biomedical sciences and engineering specialization.

    2. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

      1. Required: Computer Science 51; Engineering Sciences 150, 151, 154, 156.

      2. Suggested:
        Computer Science 141, 143, 144r, 148, 161, 175
        Applied Mathematics 121, 147
        Engineering Sciences 50, 51, 53, 139 or 110, 145, 148, 157, 158, 159, 173, 174
        Physics 143a or Chemistry 160
        Physics 153
        By prior approval, advanced-level MIT courses in electrical engineering or computer science.

    3. Environmental Sciences and Engineering

      1. Required: Engineering Sciences 123 plus Earth and Planetary Sciences 133; Engineering Sciences 6, 162, and 165.

      2. Suggested:
        Earth and Planetary Sciences 107, 108, 109, 132, 133
        Engineering Sciences 51, 53, 103, 139 or 110, 162, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 261, 262, 268
        Computer Science 246r
        By prior approval, advanced-level MIT courses in environmental sciences and engineering.

    4. Mechanical and Materials Science and Engineering

      1. Required: Engineering Sciences 120, 123, 125, 181, 190.

      2. Suggested:
        Applied Mathematics 105a, 105b, 147
        Engineering Sciences 50, 51, 53, 128, 139 or 110, 145, 151, 159, 162, 220, 240
        Applied Physics 195
        Physics 123
        Physics 143a or Chemistry 160
        By prior approval, advanced-level MIT courses in mechanics or materials engineering.

  7. Other Information:

    1. Students taking Engineering Sciences 1, 6, or 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.

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

    3. Plan of Study: Concentrators are required to file an approved departmental Plan of Study during their third term (i.e., the first term of their sophomore year) and to keep their plan up-to-date in subsequent years. All SB programs must meet the overall ABET program guidelines, a minimum of eight half-courses in basic sciences and mathematics, eight in engineering sciences and four in engineering design. In addition, all programs must include some experimental and computer-based experience. Plan of Study forms may be obtained from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Academic Office, Pierce Hall 110 and from the SEAS website.

    4. Additional Terms: Concentrators who wish to remain a fifth year or a ninth term to complete the SB requirements must be approved to do so by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies in Engineering Sciences. A written petition must be submitted by the end of October of the fall term of the fourth year for approval. Students must also petition the Administrative Board through their Allston Burr Resident Dean. Ordinarily, petitioners are expected to have fulfilled the requirements for an AB program in engineering sciences by the end of the fourth year to be eligible to petition for a fifth year or a ninth term.