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What counts as “upper level”? September 4, 2011

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, General Information, Guidelines & Requirements.
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Your concentration gives you an opportunity to develop a high level of expertise in a subject area that is of particular interest to you and, as such, the classes in your concentration should be upper level classes. One of the questions I’m frequently asked is “How can I tell if a class is sufficiently advanced to count in the concentration?” There is no easy answer to this question since subject numbering and organization varies from department to department. However, there are some classes that are never allowed in the concentration, except as your REST GIR (or as your one introductory level subject, if you have completed 18.03). These are great classes that are worth taking, however they should be taken as unrestricted electives rather than as concentration courses.

You may include ONE introductory level subject (as your REST, or if you took 18.03, as your one introductory level subject) in the concentration.  Some examples include:

  • 1.00: Introduction to Computers and Engineering Problem Solving
  • 2.00B: Toy Product Design
  • 2.038J (same as 6.055J): The Art of Approximation in Science and Engineering
  • 6.0001/6.0002: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
  • 6.163: Strobe Project Laboratory
  • 14.01: Principles of Microeconomics
  • ESD.00: Introduction to Engineering Systems
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Substitutions – extra units in your concentration or as extra engineering? March 14, 2016

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We’ve had a few outside-the-box substitutions come through, and wanted to give you a heads up on how you can count those extra 6 units, when you substitute a 12 unit subject for a 6 unit requirement.

The rules governing case-by-case substitutions follow the same rules as the pre-approved substitutions.

  • An introductory level 12 unit subject that substitutes for a 6 unit requirement = 6 unit requirement + 6 units of extra engineering (but not in your concentration, unless it is also your REST subject).
  • An upper level 12 unit subject that substitutes for a 6 unit requirement = 6 unit requirement + 6 units in your concentration or as extra engineering (your choice).

If you have a substitution approved, then your 2-A form will be automatically updated to reduce the units in your concentration or extra engineering.

For more information on introductory vs. upper level subjects, see:
What counts as “upper level”?

2.674 is now a substitution for 2.678! March 3, 2016

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2.674 (Micro/Nano Engineering Lab) is a 6-unit lab course that introduces students to nanoengineering.   For 2A, the 2.674 is an alternative to 2.678.  See the course content taught in the fall of 2015, https://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/2/fa15/2.674/index.html.

UROP, REST and GEL July 7, 2014

Posted by Hosoi in General Information, Guidelines & Requirements.
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Hi Folks!

Just a few reminders as you create/update your 2-A concentrations:

  • UROPs can NOT be counted in your concentration or as extra engineering units. If you would like to include a research project as part of your concentration, please sign up for Thesis.
  • Your 2-A contract must include one REST (unless you have substituted 18.03).

    Additional RESTs can only be counted in your concentration if they are prerequisites to upper level courses in your concentration. For example, suppose your concentration includes 6.00, 6.01, 6.006, and 6.042. 6.00 counts as your required REST subject. 6.042 is also a REST but it is allowed as an additional REST because it is a prerequisite to 6.006. However, if you remove 6.006 from your concentration, you must also remove 6.042 from your concentration (regardless of whether or not you have already taken it), or replace 6.006 with another class that has 6.042 as a prereq.

  • GEL classes. ESD.051 may be counted in your concentration and carries full engineering units. ESD.052 and ESD.054 may be counted in the concentration but they carry NO engineering units. ESD.05 does not carry any engineering units and does not count as an upper level course and hence cannot be counted in the concentration

One final word of advice — don’t fear the thesis! Research is fun and UROP is just one of many ways to do it!

Tutoring October 26, 2013

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If any students in course 2 and 2-A classes need tutoring help please visit: http://web.mit.edu/pts/tutorial.html

New peer advising website! April 23, 2013

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Our local ASME student chapter has put together a fabulous peer advising website. Our peer advisors are blogging about their experiences in Mech E, offering tips and advice. They are also manning the blog lines to answer your questions — just click on the “Ask Me” buttons to start the dialog!

What’s in a concentration? January 28, 2013

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We have a fantastic new app designed by your fellow 2-Aer Ed Burnell that shows which classes you are taking. Check out

http://mit.edu/me-ugoffice/2a-graphs/

to play with the data!

2-A in “Inside Higher Ed” July 11, 2012

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A nice article on flex degrees with a shout out to 2-A in “Inside Higher Ed.”

Welcome Professor Lloyd! June 19, 2012

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Hi Folks!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to your new 2-A faculty coordinator, Professor Seth Lloyd! Professor Lloyd has a noble history with 2-A and was an integral part of the team that shepherded 2-A through accreditation. He has much wisdom to pass along and is looking forward to working with all of you. Please join me in welcoming Prof. Lloyd!

On another note, I’ll miss all of you but I won’t be very far removed … I’m taking up the position of undergraduate officer so I’ll still be around signing forms and dispensing advice. Thank you all for a wonderful few years as 2-A coordinator!

Prof. Hosoi

New Manufacturing Track December 18, 2011

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Hi Folks,

We’re kicking off the new year with a new Manufacturing Track! Click here for more info.