Course 1, Year 1

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“Course 1 takes MIT’s “mind and hand” motto very seriously; students learn from lab exercises, hands-on projects and experimental research, which all supplement the material they learn in lectures.” – Marcin Hajduczek ‘22

Welcome to MIT! Course 1 is all about understanding the world around us and taking on global challenges.  We work in areas such as renewable energy, autonomous transportation, and sustainable/resilient infrastructure.

You can read more details about our undergraduate program here.

While we wish that we could meet you all in person, Course 1 will be hosting several virtual events throughout the year to give you a taste of CEE. Check back periodically for new event postings!

Request additional information about our undergraduate program by filling out our online form. 


Meet the Faculty:  Q&A Panel
Thursday, April 15 at 2 pm via Zoom 

Learn more about the outstanding faculty that you’ll be working with as a Course 1 student! This is a great opportunity to hear about the undergraduate subjects that these faculty instructor and a bit about their research. There will be a question and answer portion of the panel so you’ll be able to ask them anything you want to know about Course 1 and their work. Our panelists include:

Professor Ruben Juanes – Professor Juanes serves as the Course 1 Undergraduate Officer, instructs one our General Department Requirements (1.000), and is the Director of the Henry L. Pierce Laboratory for Infrastructure Science and Engineering
Professor Heidi Nepf – Professor Nepf instructs two of the required subjects in our Environmental Engineering Science core, 1.061A and 1.106. She also serves a first-year advisor.
Professor Saurabh Amin – Professor Amin is the advisor for the Class of 2022 Systems Engineering cohort. He also instructs the first year discovery subject, 1.008, the brand new machine learning subject, 1.024, and one of our required subjects in the Systems Engineering core, 1.020.
Professor Tal Cohen – Professor Cohen is advisor for the Class of 2022 Mechanics & Materials cohort. She also instructs one our undergraduate laboratory subjects, 1.101.

Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/CEEfacultypanel to receive the link to this event.


Discover Course 1 FROP
August 24-28, 2021

Participate in Discover Course 1 and make your first week at MIT one that will make an impact on the world and on your MIT experience. Organized around dynamic, hands-on modules and small team competitions, you will learn about the diversity of study in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and meet faculty and current students, as well as discover exciting opportunities engineers have at MIT – especially in Course 1!

Apply through the Office of the First Year. Apply Now.

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“There is something really special about learning from this powerhouse of diverse faculty members and having the confidence that any professor I approach is eager to not just entertain, but also help realize my crazy ideas.” – Chelsea Watanabe ‘21
“I’m very fortunate to be a part of the Course 1 community and in the company of brilliant and creative minds. In classes, I enjoy the hands-on learning approach and the collaboration aspect of our various projects.” – Zach Roberts ‘21
“Majoring in Course 1 has opened a lot of opportunities for me to do hands-on work that really interests me and so far these experiences have been highlights of my time at MIT.” – Stephanie Baez ‘22