S.B. in 1-ENG Civil and Environmental Flexible Degree Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Engineering as Recommended by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Course 1-ENG

General Institute Requirements (GIRs) Subjects

Science Requirement: 6
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Requirement: 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement (can be satisfied by 1.00, 1.000, and 18.03 in the Departmental Program): 2
Laboratory Requirement (can be satisfied by 1.101, 1.102, 1.106, and 1.107 in the Departmental Program): 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for S.B. Degree: 17

Communication Requirement
The program includes a Communication Requirement of 4 subjects:
2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CI-H); and 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M).

PLUS Departmental Program

Subject names below are followed by credit units, and by prerequisites if any (co-requisites in italics).

General Department Requirements (GDRs): 54

1.00 Introduction to Computers and Engineering Problem Solving, 12, REST; Calculus I (GIR)
1.000 Computer Programming for Scientific and Engineering Applications, 12, REST; 18.03*
1.010 Uncertainty in Engineering, 12; Calculus II (GIR)
1.073 Introduction to Environmental Data Analysis, 6; 1.010
1.074 Multivariate Data Analysis, 6; 1.010
18.03 Differential Equations, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR)
1.013 Senior Civil and Environmental Engineering Design, 12, CI-M; permission of instructor

Core subjects: 54-60

Students are required to formulate or select one area of core coursework. They can select from the following areas or create their own core from a combination of them with the approval of the CEE Program Officer.


The Environment core focuses on Earth’s systems and cycles, introducing students to principles in environmental chemistry, microbiology, fluid mechanics and hydrology. Students enrolled in this do fieldwork during IAP.

1.060A Fluid Mechanics I, 6; 18.03*
1.070A Introduction to Hydrology and Water Resources I, 6; 1.060A, 1.061A, 1.106
1.080A Environmental Chemistry I, 6; Chemistry (GIR)
1.061A Transport Processes in the Environment I, 6; 1.060A, 1.070A, 1.106
1.018A Fundamentals of Ecology I, 6
1.083A Environmental Health Engineering and Biology, 6; Chemistry (GIR), Biology (GIR), 1.061A
1.092 Traveling Research Environmental Experience (TREX), 12, CI-M; permission of instructor
1.106 Environmental Fluid Transport Processes and Hydrology Laboratory, 6, LAB; 1.061A, 1.070A
1.107 Environmental Chemistry and Biology Laboratory, 6, LAB, 1.080A


The Mechanics and Materials core focuses on the principles of mechanics necessary to understand how materials behave at scales from the nano to the macro.

1.050 Solid Mechanics, 12; Physics I (GIR), Calculus II (GIR)
1.035 Mechanics of Structure and Soils, 18; 1.050, 18.03
1.060A Fluid Mechanics I, 6; 18.03*
1.060B Fluid Mechanics II, 6; 1.060A
1.101 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design I, 6 LAB
1.102 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design II, 6, LAB; Physics II (GIR)*


The Systems core explores big data, system modeling and analysis, sustainability, and energy and transportation systems.

1.011 Project Evaluation and Management, 12, CI-M
1.020 Principles of Energy and Water Sustainability, 12; Physics I (GIR); 18.03
1.041J Transportation Systems Modeling, 12; 1.00 or 1.000, 1.010
1.022 Urban Networks, 6; 1.00 or 1.000, 1.010
1.101 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design I, 6, LAB
1.102 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design II, 6, LAB; Physics II (GIR)*

Elective Subjects with Engineering Content: 48-60

Students are required to take four Restricted Electives selected from subjects offered within or outside CEE to form a coherent program of study under supervision by CEE faculty.

Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs: (36)

Unrestricted Electives: 48-54

Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for S.B. Degree: 180

No subject can be counted both as part of the 17-subject GIRs and as part of the 180 units required beyond the GIRs. Every subject in the student's departmental program will count toward one or the other, but not both.

*Alternate prerequisites are listed in the subject description.
(1) To satisfy the CI-M component of the Communication Requirement, students must take two of the department's CI-M subjects (1.011, 1.013, 1.092) or, if appropriate, take one Course 1 CI-M subject and petition the Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement to substitute one CI-M from another science or engineering field . The outside CI-M must fit into the coherent program of electives approved by the student's academic advisor.

For an explanation of credit units, or hours, please refer to the online help of the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule.

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1-ENG schematic

Grades for Prerequisite Subjects

Effective fall term 2008, the CEE Department Undergraduate Committee set a policy for grades in prerequisite subjects for all undergraduate programs in CEE.

A student who receives a D in a subject that is part of his/her departmental program and is also a prerequisite for another more advanced subject in the program has two options. Option 1: The student may proceed to take the more advanced subject; he or she will not be required to retake the prerequisite subject if the more advanced subject is passed with a C or better. However, if the student does not receive a C or better in the more advanced subject both this subject and the prerequisite subject must be repeated. Option 2: The student may retake the prerequisite subject and pass it with a C or better before enrolling in the more advanced subject.