The Department of Chemistry participates in the CME Exchange Program. Since 2002, many Chemistry majors have attended Cambridge during their junior year. If you are a Course 5 sophomore interested in attending Cambridge University in your junior year, then this page should be helpful in understanding the application process, your plan of study at Cambridge, and how it integrates with your Course 5 degree. General information about the CME program can be found at http://web.mit.edu/cmi/ue/.
The Application Process and Eligibility
Based on guidelines currently in place for all of MIT, students should have at least a 3.0 GPA and have made good progress toward completing the GIRs. The application will include a letter from the student's chemistry academic advisor supporting the request to study abroad. After departmental review and evaluation by the CME office, students will be informed whether they have been accepted into the program in late March.
To be eligible for the exchange program, students must have completed the following subjects by the end of their sophomore year:
5.07 Biological Chemistry
Due to differences in the curricula at MIT and Cambridge, it will also be highly desirable for MIT students to have taken 5.61 in their sophomore year. If a student has not taken 5.61, then they will still be eligible to participate in the program, but if accepted, they will have to complete assigned readings and supervisions outside of the regular course load, provided by the Cambridge faculty. Credit for 5.61 may be given upon successful completion of this special tutorial.
Program of Study at Cambridge and MIT Credits
We have been advised by the Cambridge chemistry faculty that there will probably be no opportunity for MIT exchange students to do undergraduate research at Cambridge. Students should consider their post-MIT plans carefully and work with their advisor on the best plan of study for them.
MIT students will complete the Part II- Option B program in Cambridge. This option includes lecture courses and practicals, which are predominantly laboratory work. A summary of this program is outlined below. Detailed information about the Cambridge chemistry program and classes can be found at http://www-teach.ch.cam.ac.uk/.
Upon completing the Cambridge subjects satisfactorily, students will receive 90 units of credit towards MIT graduation. In addition, the Chemistry Department will credit students as having fulfilled the equivalent of 5.37 - Modules 8 & 9, and two restricted electives, 5.43 and 5.04, required for an MIT chemistry degree. Students will be credited with having completed Module 12 of 5.38 if they complete the C7 course at Cambridge.
In the senior year, students will have to take 5.61 (if this course has not already been completed at MIT or if A6 and the accompanying tutorial have not been completed), Modules 10 and 11 of 5.38, Module 12 of 5.38 (if C7 has not been completed at Cambridge) and any remaining HASS requirements.
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