Course 1, Year 1


“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!

Tuesday, August 18
Discover Course 1

This year, the Course 1 FPOP (First-year Pre-Orientation Program) has gone virtual! Join a team of current Course 1 Undergrads as they build a sustainable community within Minecraft. You will:

  • Start building skills for improving the sustainability and resilience of our cities
  • Learn about the diversity of opportunities in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Meet faculty, current students, and young alumni
  • Explore the contributions of Course 1 students and faculty to a broader audience

Fall 2020
Young Alumni Panel

A CEE degree applies to real-world industry positions after graduation in various ways. Join us for our third annual Young Alumni Panel to hear from CEE graduates about the dynamic careers they have explored after graduating from MIT.

CEE alumni are now applying their skills in a variety of interesting and diverse industries such as energy research, software development, and structural design. Our alumni are eager to discuss their journeys to success, as well as answer questions about career paths in new and emerging fields.  


Interested in gaining experience research experience in Civil and Environmental Engineering? Register for CEE’s 6th annual mini-UROP. The mini-UROP is a 6-unit subject over IAP (1.097) in which first year students are paired with a CEE graduate student or postdoc mentor for an inside look at the exciting researching taking place in the department. This is a great opportunity to learn more about CEE!

If this is sounds like something that you would like to be involved in, please fill out this interest form and we will contact you about finding a project.

You can view an experience from the 2020 mini-UROP here.

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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