Welcome to Course 1

Our core mission is to educate, inside and outside the classroom.

MIT CEE equips you with the fundamental skills to succeed as a civil and environmental engineer in today’s complex world. Grounded in science and engineering, we understand the world, invent and lead with creative design. Our students pursue education in classrooms, laboratories, design subjects, as well as field subjects. Many of our students pursue opportunities such as UROPs, experiences abroad through MISTI, or participate in many of MIT’s stimulating activities.

We pursue big engineering through innovations which may begin locally, but scale broadly and quickly to impact people everywhere.

Engineering is Change

Recognizing the changing world MIT CEE is innovating the engineering curriculum and has designed an undergraduate program that builds on the deep history of the department while growing to meet the challenges in the world today and tomorrow.

One of the founding departments of the Institute, MIT CEE is a leader in the professional and academic evolution of civil and environmental engineering education that fosters a unique combination of hands-on learning and theory, or hand and mind, the motto of MIT.

Big Engineering

MIT CEE is big engineering. Here you will learn how to understand the Earth’s biomes; design benign materials and structures; model air, water and climate; discover new energy resources; develop quantitative systems thinking to understand and design complex infrastructure; and build sustainable infrastructure and cities.

Emphasizing the use of emerging technologies, you can focus your studies to build on the tools of the large data, computation and coding, probability and data analysis, and learn how to combine theory, experiment and modeling to understand and solve complex problems. With these tools and the experience that an MIT education provides, our students are ready to build the future.

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.

What students say

“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 ’14

“I had opportunities to be part of many really cool projects in Course 1: studying the effects of volcanic smog as part of TREX Hawaii, exploring microbial ecology in UROP, and building a variable rainmaker and automated solar water purifier in my design classes.” 

– Majdolene Z Khweis ’15

“Our faculty make every effort to get to know students as people and learn about what makes them tick. The professors know you by name, and ask how your weekend or break was when they pass you in the hallway, even years after taking their class. Our classes encourage us to work in teams and groups, some of which have fostered my best friendships at MIT. We’re a friendly, happy major that supports each other both in and out of the classroom”

– Linda M Seymour ’14

“I really appreciated how Course 1 addresses issues of public health and sustainability in a multidisciplinary manner using biology, chemistry, physics and social science.”

– Fatima Aysha Hussain ’11, Current PhD student in CEE

“What I appreciate most about CEE is that it is truly a community. This type of atmosphere fosters a collaborative spirit across the many different research areas as well as friendships and professional relationships that last long after you finish your degree.”

– Joshua Hester ’11 and MEng ’12, Current PhD Student in CEE