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Bachelor of Science in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences/
Course 12

General Institute Requirements (GIRs) Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied from among 12.001, 18.03 and 18.034 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement 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 72
Core Material:  
12.001 Introduction to Geology, 12, REST  
12.002 Introduction to Geophysics and Planetary Science, 12, REST; Physics II (GIR), Calculus II (GIR)  
12.003 Introduction to Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics, 12, REST; Physics I (GIR), Calculus II (GIR)  
12.009 Theoretical Environmental Analysis, 12; Physics I (GIR); 18.03

 
18.03 Differential Equations, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR)
or
18.034 Differential Equations, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR)

 
12.TIP Thesis Preparation, 6  
12.ThU Undergraduate Thesis (at least 6 units), CI-M; 12.TIP  
Laboratory/Field Subjects: 12-18
One of the following:  
12.115 Field Geology II, 12, LAB; 12.113, 12.114
and
12.116 Field Geology Analysis, 6, CI-M; 12.115

 
12.221 Field Geophysics, 6
and
12.222 Field Geophysics Analysis, 6, CI-M; 12.221

 
12.307 Weather and Climate Laboratory, 15, LAB, CI-M; Calculus II (GIR), Physics I (GIR)  
12.335 Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry, 12, LAB, CI-M; Chemistry (GIR)  
12.410J Observational Techniques of Optical Astronomy, 15, LAB, CI-M; 8.282*; 8.03  
The remainder of the program consists of 60 units from either the Discipline or Supporting Science subjects; no more than 36 units can be from Supporting Science. The program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor and the undergraduate committee of the department. 60
Discipline Subjects  
12.005 Applications of Continuum Mechanics to Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 12; Physics II (GIR), Calculus II (GIR); 18.03  
12.006J Nonlinear Dynamics: Chaos, 12; Physics II (GIR), 18.03*  
12.007 Geobiology: History of Life on Earth, 12  
12.008 Classical Mechanics: A Computational Approach, 12; Physics I (GIR), 18.03, permission of instructor  
12.021 Earth Science, Energy, and the Environment, 12; Physics I (GIR), Calculus I (GIR), Chemistry (GIR)  
12.086 Modeling Environmental Complexity, 12; 18.03  
12.102 Environmental Earth Science, 12, REST  
12.104 Geochemistry of the Earth and Planets, 12; Calculus II (GIR)  
12.108 Structure of Earth Materials, 12; Chemistry (GIR)  
12.109 Petrology, 15; 12.108  
12.113 Structural Geology, 12; 12.001  
12.114 Field Geology I, 6; 12.108*, 12.113  
12.119 Analytical Techniques for Studying Environmental and Geologic Samples, 12, LAB  
12.120 Environmental Earth Science Field Course, 6; permission of instructor  
12.158 Molecular Biogeochemistry, 9; permission of instructor  
12.163 Geomorphology, 12; 12.001, Physics I (GIR), Calculus I (GIR); or permission of instructor  
12.170 Essentials of Geology, 12; Physics II (GIR), Calculus II (GIR); or permission of instructor  
12.201 Essentials of Geophysics, 12; Physics II (GIR), 18.03  
12.207 Nonlinear Dynamics: Continuum Systems, 12; 12.006J*  
12.213 Alternate Energy Sources, 6  
12.214 Environmental Geophysics, 12; 18.03  
12.301 Past and Present Climate, 12; Chemistry (GIR)*  
12.306 Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, 12; 5.61*  
12.310 An Introduction to Weather Forecasting, 6; Physics I (GIR), Calculus I (GIR)  
12.333 Atmospheric and Ocean Circulations, 12; 12.003  
12.336J Air Pollution, 12; 18.03  
12.338 Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics, 12; 12.335*  
12.385 Environmental Science and Society, 12; 12.306  
12.340 Global Warming Science, 12; Physics I (GIR)*, 5.60  
12.348J Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy, 9; Calculus II (GIR), 5.60, 14.01*; or permission of instructor  
12.420 Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System, 12; 12.002*  
12.425 Extrasolar Planets: Physics and Detection Techniques, 12, REST; Physics I (GIR), Calculus I (GIR)  
12.43J Space Systems Engineering, 12; permission of department  
12.431J Space Systems Development I, 12, LAB; 16.83J  
Supporting Science Subjects  
1.00 Introduction to Computers and Engineering Problem Solving, 12, REST; Calculus I (GIR)  
1.060A Fluid Mechanics I, 6; 18.03*  
1.060B Fluid Mechanics II, 6, 1.060A*  
1.061A Transport Processes in the Environment I, 6; 1.060A  
1.061B Transport Processes in the Environment II, 6; 1.061B  
1.080A Environmental Chemistry I, 6; Chemistry (GIR)
 
1.080B Environmental Chemistry II, 6; 1.080A
 
3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering, 15, REST; 18.03*
or
5.60 Thermodynamics and Kinetics, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR), Chemistry (GIR)

 
5.03 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry I, 12; 5.12  
5.12 Organic Chemistry I, 12, REST; Chemistry (GIR)  
5.61 Physical Chemistry, 12, REST; Physics II (GIR), Calculus II (GIR), Chemistry (GIR)  
6.0001 Introduction to Computer Science Programming in Python, 12  
6.0002 Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science, 12; 6.0001*(1)  
7.03 Genetics,12, REST; Biology (GIR)  
7.05 General Biochemistry, 12, REST; 5.12*  
7.21 Microbial Physiology, 12; 7.03, 7.05  
8.03 Physics III, 12, REST; Physics II (GIR), Calculus II (GIR)  
8.04 Quantum Physics I, 12, REST; 8.03*, 18.03*  
8.044 Statistical Physics I, 12; 8.03, 18.03  
8.07 Electromagnetism II, 12; 8.03, 18.03  
8.09 Classical Mechanics III, 12; Physics I (GIR)  
8.21 Physics of Energy, 12, REST; Physics II (GIR), Calculus II (GIR), Chemistry (GIR)  
12.010 Computational Methods of Scientific Programming, 12; Calculus II (GIR), Physics I (GIR)  
12.012 Matlab, Statistics, Regression, Signal Processing, 12; 18.06  
12.320J Introduction to Hydrology, 12; 1.060; 1.061, 1.106  
18.04 Complex Variables with Applications, 12; Calculus II (GIR),18.03*  
18.05 Introduction to Probability and Statistics, 12, REST; Calculus I (GIR)  
18.06 Linear Algebra, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR)  
18.100 Real Analysis I, 12; Calculus II (GIR), 18.03*  
18.311 Principles of Applied Mathematics, 12; Calculus II (GIR), 18.03*  
Students with appropriate interests may substitute two subjects in urban planning, economics, policy, or management for subjects in the Supporting Science category.  
Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs 36
Unrestricted Electives 66-72
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.
Notes
*Alternate prerequisites and corequisites are listed in the subject description.
(1) The combination of 6.0001 and 6.0002 counts as a REST subject.
For an explanation of credit units, or hours, please refer to the online help in the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule, http://student.mit.edu/catalog/index.cgi.

 

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