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- Civil Engineering (1C)
- Environmental Eng. Science (1E)
- Civil and Environmental Eng. (1A)
- Minor in CEE
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For Prospective Students
Our undergraduate programs provide a top-notch education in science and engineering fundamentals while emphasizing creative design and cutting-edge research projects that provide real-world context and hands-on laboratories.
In Course 1 you learn how to understand the Earth’s biomes; design benign materials; model air, water and climate; find new energy resources; and build sustainable infrastructure and cities. Emphasizing the use of emerging technologies, you can focus your studies on large data, computation, probability and data analysis, and learn how to combine theory, experiment and modeling to understand and solve complex science and engineering problems.
Course 1 is an exciting place that attracts students and faculty from a very broad range of academic disciplines who work together to contribute to exciting intellectual networks across the department and MIT. Our degree programs emphasize inter- and multidisciplinarity, which provide you with critical skills and an edge in today’s job market.
Our graduates teach and carry out pioneering research in universities, work for and lead engineering firms, launch their own start-up businesses, and hold leadership positions in government and nonprofit organizations. With a degree in Course 1 you can pursue careers in fields as diverse as energy and environment, engineering design, law, medicine and public health. We invite you to join our team and make a difference in the world.
The department offers three undergraduate degrees.
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1C) provides a solid foundation for practice in engineering, including engineering materials, structural analysis and design, geomechanics, and learning how to build sustainable infrastructure and cities. Further, we explore data systems and network science as they relate to transportation and logistics.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Science (1E) emphasizes the fundamental physical, chemical and biological processes necessary for understanding environmental systems, as well as the interactions between humankind and the environment. We study the provision of clean and reliable water supplies, flood forecasting and protection, development of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, causes and implications of climate change on a local scale, and the impact of human activities on natural cycles.
The Bachelor of Science as recommend by the Department (1A) provides an option for those students who are drawn to the core features of our curriculum but want to design individualized and more flexible programs to meet a particular educational objective. For example, if you are interested in pursuing a career in fields such as microbiology, sustainable materials, geochemistry, oceanography or environmental law, you may want more time for advanced subjects in those fields.
CEE degrees provide you with a solid background of the sociopolitical context in which many of today’s engineering problems must be solved. Premedical students may satisfy medical school entrance requirements while earning the accredited degree in environmental engineering science with proper planning of their program.
The 1C and 1E undergraduate programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering science emphasize mathematics, mechanics, ecology and design. Sophomore students from the three degree programs work together in teams on design projects that synthesize concepts taught in the core subjects. In the junior and senior years, students from 1C and 1E concentrate on disciplinary subjects that provide depth in each specialty. During the senior year, all students work together on a design subject carried out at the new Lincoln Labs-MIT Beaver Works facility that integrates lessons learned throughout the undergraduate education. There is ample room in the program for electives and minors to tailor CEE programs to match individual education interests.
Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to participate in the research activities of the department and in many cases obtain degree credit for such work. In general, students are advised to plan their programs for the junior and senior years so that they dovetail with possible graduate study, including the department's Master of Engineering degree. This is readily accomplished by those students who embark on the departmental program in their sophomore year. Under certain circumstances, students are permitted to work toward simultaneous undergraduate and graduate degrees.
“Course 1 has given me the unique opportunity to take on environmental issues in the developing world while simultaneously being a part of cutting-edge research at MIT. In addition to developing a close relationship with my professors, Course 1 stimulates me to think outside the box and to apply myself to real world problems.” — Sidhant Pai, 1 C, ‘14
“The best part about being Course 1 is learning just how broad it is. As a 1E student, I've worked across many disciplines. In my classes and labs, I work with electronics, computer programming, physics, biology and chemistry. In the lab, you a