Communication Requirement

In the junior and senior year, generally, students will complete the CI subjects within their major department. These classes are called CI-M (Communication Intensive in the Major). CI-Ms are integral to each major program and teach the specific forms of written, oral, and/or visual communication appropriate to the field's professional and academic culture. Students may write in teams; prepare and present oral and visual research reports for different audiences; learn audience analysis and peer review; or go through the experience of proposing, writing, and extensively revising a professional journal article. Students must pass the CI-M subject in order to receive credit, however, they may receive credit for more than one CI-M per term or for both a CI-H and a CI-M taken in the same term.

The Department of Physics has designated the following subjects as CI-M:

VIII-Focused Option:

  • 8.06 Quantum Physics III
  • 8.13 Experimental Physics I

VIII-Flexible Option:

The departmental portion of the Communications Requirement in the flexible option can be satisfied by taking two of the following: 8.06, 8.13, 8.225J, 8.226, or 8.287J.   The Department may support petitions to substitute any of these subjects with CI-M subjects from other departments if they form a natural part of the student’s individual program.  Such petitions must be approved by the Subcommittee on the Communications Requirement (SOCR).