The Undergraduate Curriculum

At the core of our students' intellectual and personal development is the MIT Faculty. As teachers and mentors, both inside and outside the classroom, the faculty encourage creative thinking, critical thinking and learning through problem solving. At the same time, the structure and targeted learning outcomes of the MIT undergraduate curriculum shape the undergraduate experience.

General Institute Requirements

  • Science Requirement: Equips every undergraduate with a broad understanding of the most important concepts in modern science and technology.
  • Laboratory Requirement: Provides each undergraduate, at an early stage of his or her educational experience, the opportunity to set up and carry out experiments including planning the design, selecting the measurement technique, and determining the procedure for validation of data.
  • Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement: Deepens the educational foundation in basic science and enables students to explore other areas of potential interest.
  • Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement: Fosters intellectual diversity through exposure to the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts.
  • Communication Requirement: Cultivates the ability to write prose that is clear, organized, and eloquent, and the ability to marshal facts and ideas into convincing written and oral presentations.
  • Physical Education Requirement: Provides students with the instruction and skills necessary to lead healthy, active lifestyles and to foster both personal growth and a sense of community through physical activity.

Major Course of Study

Each student selects a major, to develop mastery of factual and conceptual underpinnings of a chosen field, while gaining an appreciation for exploration and discovery in the field.

Optional Minor(s) and Optional Double Major

Students who opt to complete a minor, or a double major, can pursue their unique multidisciplinary interests, preparing them to face real-world problems whose solutions draw on multiple disciplines.