EECS Launches New Undergraduate Curriculum

Published in MIT News on May 16, 2016

Updated degree requirements emphasize flexibility, earlier engagement with core material, and smoother introduction to software.

New degree requirements have been approved for undergraduates in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). The new curriculum will take effect in fall 2016 for the Class of 2020 (students entering MIT as freshmen this fall).

“The new curriculum puts more choice in students’ hands, while providing a solid grounding in the essential elements of an education in electrical engineering and computer science,” EECS department head Anantha Chandrakasan, the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, wrote in a note to the EECS community announcing the update.

The changes introduce greater flexibility into the degree requirements, allowing students to tailor the breadth and depth of their studies to fit their interests. Students will now choose a single introductory (level 0) laboratory subject from an expanded list, reducing the number of introductory requirements from two to one. This will allow earlier engagement with core subject areas...

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