First-Year Academics: Science Core Subjects - Chemistry
AP Credit is not accepted for the Chemistry GIR. Credit for the Chemistry GIR may only be obtained in one of the following ways:
- Transfer credit: Results of any credit evaluated over the summer should be posted on the student’s online Freshman Advising Folder by Monday, August 26. Transfer credit is rarely granted.
- Taking and passing the Chemistry Advanced Standing Exam during Orientation week. Results will be posted on the student’s online Freshman Advising Folder by Thursday, August 29.
- Taking and passing one of the following Chemistry subjects:
- 5.111 Principles of Chemical Science, best for those with one year high school chemistry or one year AP high school chemistry, offered in both Fall and Spring.
- 5.112 Principles of Chemical Science, best for those with two years high school chemistry or one year AP high school chemistry BUT received a 5 on the ETS AP exam: 5.112, offered in Fall only.
- 3.091 Introduction to Solid State Chemistry, best for those with 0 to 3 years of high school chemistry, offered in Fall and Spring.
See the Class of 2018 site for complete descriptions of the Chemistry options.
Freshman Advising notes:
Both the Department of Chemistry (Course 5) and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Course 3) offer versions of the Chemistry GIR. Any one of the three subjects -- 5.111, 5.112 or 3.091 -- fulfill MIT’s Chemistry requirement and can be used as preparation for any major. There are no firm guidelines about which subject is better for a particular department, but here are suggestions.
- The Chemistry Department (Course 5) recommends Principles of Chemical Science 5.111 or 5.112 for students who intend to pursue professional programs (e.g., medicine), minors, or majors (e.g., biological/chemical/ environmental engineering, chemistry, biology, etc.) that require additional chemistry courses.
- Any version is also acceptable for pre-medical students but see special sequencing issues, below.
- The Materials Science and Engineering is the only engineering department to offer a GIR subject. 3.091 is equally suitable for any student interested in a science or engineering major or considering the health field.
Important chemistry sequencing information for potential pre-medical students:
freshmen are better served by taking 5.111 or 3.091 in first term, then 5.12 (Organic Chemistry) in spring
term. The follow-on subject 5.13 (Inorganic Chemistry) is only offered in Fall semester.
- Fall term freshman year: 5.111/3.091
- Spring term freshman year: 5.12
- Fall term sophomore year: 5.13 is offered only in Fall semester