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

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, General Information, Guidelines & Requirements.

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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