Undergraduate Degree Structure and Requirements

Our undergraduate degree consists of 1) General Institute Requirements (GIRs), 2) General Department Requirements (GDRs), 3) one of three Cores (each with 54-60 units), 4) Elective Subjects (48-60 units), and 5) Unrestricted Electives (48-54 units).

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).

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 select one area of core coursework from the following three areas: environment, mechanics and materials, and systems.

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 the environment core do revolutionary 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
1.089A Environmental Microbiology, 6, Biology (GIR)
1.092 Traveling Research Environmental Experience (TREX), 9, 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

Mechanics & Materials
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 Multiscale Characterization of Materials, 12; 1.050, 18.03
1.036 Structural Mechanics and Design, 12; 1.035, 1.050
1.060A Fluid Mechanics I, 6; 18.03*
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
1.022 Urban Networks, 6; 1.00 or 1.000, 1.010
1.041J Transportation Systems Modeling, 12; 1.00 or 1.000, 1.010
1.075 Water Resource Systems, 12; 1.070B or permission of instructor
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.

Unrestricted Electives: 48-54

Sample Tracks

To help you plan for your undergraduate career, we have combined your core, electives and restricted electives into tracks. The dynamic structure of the undergraduate degree program allows students to choose one of our existing tracks, realize distinct, modified tracks, or to design a great variety of possible subject combinations to tailor their individual educational experience.  All tracks emphasize rigor and depth, and a strong focus on fundamental skills. Below are a few popular roadmap examples that can serve as a starting point for planning. Each student will work closely with a faculty advisor to design his/her track of study. Please contact the academic programs office (cee-apo@mit.edu) for more information.

The following sample tracks can be customized to suit whichever electives you choose and are displayed to show you what a possible course outline would look like. Many students start with a sample track and tailor their educational experience as they go through the program.