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Bachelor of Science in Philosophy/Course 24-1

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)
Science Requirement
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement [all but two subjects can be from the Departmental Program]
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement
Laboratory Requirement
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree
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
Subject names below are followed by credit units and by prerequisites, if any (corequisites in italics).
Required Subjects(1) 72
One CI-H philosophy subject(2)  
One History of Philosophy subject:  
24.01 Classics of Western Philosophy, 12, HASS-H, CI-H
24.201 Topics in the History of Philosophy, 12, HASS-H, CI-M*
One Knowledge and Reality subject:  
24.08J Philosophical Issues in Brain Science, 12, HASS-H, CI-H  
24.09 Minds and Machines, 12, HASS-H, CI-H  
24.111 Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics, 12, HASS-H  
24.112 Space, Time, and Relativity, 12, HASS-H  
24.114J A Philosophical History of Energy, 12, HASS-H, CI-H  
24.115 Philosophy and Time, 12, HASS-H  
24.211 Theory of Knowledge, 12, HASS-H*  
24.215 Topics in the Philosophy of Science, 12, HASS-H*  
24.221 Metaphysics, 12, HASS-H, CI-M*  
24.251 Introduction to Philosophy of Language, 12, HASS-H, CI-M*  
24.253 Philosophy of Mathematics, 12, HASS-H*  
24.280 Foundations of Probability, 12, HASS-H*  
One Value subject:
24.02 Moral Problems and the Good Life, 12, HASS-H, CI-H
24.04J Justice, 12, HASS-H, CI-H  
24.06J Bioethics, 12, HASS-H, CI-H  
24.120 Moral Psychology, 12, HASS-H, CI-M  
24.222 Decisions, Games and Rational Choice, 12, HASS-H  
24.231 Ethics, 12, HASS-H, CI-M*  
24.235J Philosophy of Law, 12, HASS-H*, CI-M  
24.237J Feminist Thought, 12, HASS-H, CI-M*  
One Logic subject:(3)  
24.118 Paradox and Infinity, 12, HASS-H  
24.241 Logic I, 12, HASS-H  
24.242 Logic II, 12, HASS-H*  
24.243 Classical Set Theory, 12, HASS-H*  
24.244 Modal Logic, 12, HASS-H*; 24.241  
24.245 Theory of Models, 12, HASS-H*  
24.260 Topics in Philosophy, 12, HASS-H, CI-M*

Restricted Electives
A coherent program of five additional subjects, of which two must be in
To satisfy the requirement that students take two CI-M subjects, students must take 24.260 and one of the following: 24.120, 24.201, 24.221, 24.231, 24.235, 24.237, or 24.251.  
Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs
Unrestricted Electives
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree
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.
*Prerequisites and corequisites are listed in the subject description. 
(1) No more than four of the total number of philosophy subjects for the major may be CI-H philosophy subjects. At least three of the total number of philosophy courses must be at the 200 level or above.
(2) May not also satisfy the departmental distribution requirement in philosophy.
(3) Students may select a logic subject from another department (e.g., Mathematics) with the approval of their major advisor.
For an explanation of credit units, or hours, please refer to the online help in the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule,


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