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Bachelor of Science in Planning/Course 11

General Institute Requirements (GIRs) Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement [four subjects can be satisfied by subjects in the Departmental Program] 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement 2
Laboratory Requirement [can be satisfied by 11.188 in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Communication Requirement  
The program includes a Communication Requirement of 4 subjects:
2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CI-H); and 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M).
PLUS Departmental Program Units
Subject names below are followed by credit units, and by prerequisites, if any
(corequisites in italics)
Required Subjects 69
11.001J Introduction to Urban Design and Development, 12, HASS-H  
11.002J Making Public Policy, 12, HASS-S, CI-H
11.011 The Art and Science of Negotiation, 12, HASS-S
11.123 Big Plans and Mega-Urban Landscapes, 9, HASS-S 
14.01 Principles of Microeconomics, 12, HASS-S  
11.188 Urban Planning and Social Science Laboratory, 12, LAB, CI-M
Planned Electives 57-60
Course 11 majors are required to formulate or select one stream of coursework for concentration. They can select from the following recommended options or create their own stream tailored to a particular set of urban, policy, or planning concerns.
Environmental Policy
11.003J Methods of Policy Analysis, 12, HASS-S; 11.002J; 14.01
11.016J The Once and Future City, 12, HASS-H, CI-H
11.021J Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics: Pollution Prevention and Control, 12, HASS-S
11.022J Regulation of Chemicals. Radiation, and Biotechnology, 12; permission of instructor
11.161J Energy Decisions, Markets and Policies, 12, HASS-S; 14.01*
11.162 Politics of Energy and the Environment, 12, HASS-S
11.165 Energy and Infrastructure Technologies, 12, HASS-S; 14.01*
Urban History and Society
11.013J American Urban History I, 9, HASS-H
11.014J American Urban History II, 9, HASS-H; CI-H
11.015J Riots, Strikes, and Conspiracies in American History, 12, HASS-H†, CI-H
11.019J Migration and Immigration in US History, 12, HASS-S
11.026J Downtown, 9, HASS-H
11.150J Metropolis: A Comparative History of New York City, 12, HASS-H
11.152J The Ghetto: From Venice to Harlem, 12, HASS-S
International Development
11.005 Introduction to International Development, 12, HASS-S
11.025 D-Lab: Development, 12, HASS-S
11.140 Urbanization and Development, 12
11.144 Project Appraisal in Developing Countries, 12
11.147 Innovative Budgeting and Finance for the Public Sector, 12, HASS-S; permission of instructor
11.164J Human Rights in Theory and Practice, 12, HASS-S; permission of instructor
11.165 Energy and Infrastructure Technologies, 12, HASS-S; 14.01*
11.166 Law, Social Movements, and Public Policy, 12, HASS-S; permission of instructor
Urban Field Experience
Declared majors are encouraged to take the optional urban field experience subject.
11.027 City to City: Comparing, Researching, and Writing about Cities (CI-M) is taught in the spring and includes a trip during spring break. This course may be taken multiple times, as the content differs each year, but may only be counted once as a planned elective.  
Majors are required to write a senior thesis or complete a senior project. The thesis/project writing process is accompanied by a required undergraduate thesis preparation seminar, which meets in the fall.
11.ThT Thesis Research Design Seminar, 12, CI-M
Undergraduate Thesis Seminar and Thesis, 12; 11.ThT
Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs (60)
Unrestricted Electives 87-90
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree 180
No subject can be counted both as part of the 17-subject GIRs and as part of the 180 units required beyond the GIRs. Every subject in the student's departmental program will count toward one or the other, but not both.
*Alternate prerequisites and corequisites are listed in the subject description. 
Course 11 majors are not permitted to have a HASS concentration in Urban Studies.
For an explanation of credit units, or hours, please refer to the online help of the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule,


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