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This blog was made by the 2-A Student Committee in conjunction with Professor Hosoi to give students a more detailed idea of what 2-A is, improve the navigation of the different concentrations, and promote student community. If you think we could do something to better suit your needs, please do not hesitate to e-mail any of us or leave a comment.

The purpose of this blog is three-fold:

  1. To provide current and potential students a more detailed understanding of course 2-A and the various tracks within the course,
  2. To improve the relationship between 2-A students, faculty, and administration by providing a means for open communication and exchange of information, and
  3. To promote a sense of community between 2-A students.

This blog is unique since its content relies heavily on input from not only the course 2-A administration, but also from you, the course 2-A students. Your opinions and first-hand experiences are the real deal and just as valuable as our thoughts and opinions. Thus, we hope that you will not only ask questions, but also answer the questions posed by other students.

We are here as a resource to help you in your journey in the course 2-A major, and are always looking for ways to improve. If there is anything that we can do or change to better suit your needs, please do not hesitate to email us or leave a comment.

– Course 2-A Student Committee


Choosing a Concentration

A concentration is 6-8 subjects (72 units or more) that form a topic within the field of engineering.  Your concentration should make up a single cohesive topic (not a group of topics), and the relationship between your topic and subjects should be logical and obvious.  Your topic should be simple enough that you can describe it easily in a short paragraph (as part of your 2A concentration proposal form).

If you aren’t sure what you’d like to do for your concentration, it can be helpful to look at the Tracks section.  Your concentration does not have to be in one of the listed tracks; the tracks listed there are simply popular enough that they have a description and track advisor (see Tracks).  If you choose one of these tracks, you are not limited to taking the specific subjects that are listed in the description. You may include any subjects that have a logical and obvious connection to the track and are of interest to you.

Once you have a concentration, then you just need to select 72 units or more of courses that fit within your selected topic (from any department).  Guidelines for the 2A degree can be found on the Tracks page.  Your engineering content will be assessed by the 2A Coordinator – you will need at least 72 units of engineering content.  If the courses that you have selected are not fully engineering subjects, then partial units may be assigned as “engineering units”.  In this case, you may need to include extra engineering subjects in order to make sure that you have the required engineering content.

You are allowed to use additional second-level subjects as part of your concentration (or as extra engineering subject), if you choose to take more the two required.  Simply include these courses in the concentration section of your 2A concentration proposal form.

Once you are ready to discuss your 2A concentration, or if you have any questions, you can sign up for a meeting with Prof. Lloyd outside 3-160, or you can email him at slloyd@mit.edu.  You are also welcome to talk to Jared Embelton in 1-110, jarede@mit.edu.  If you already know what subjects you are going to take for your concentration, then you can submit your 2A concentration proposal form to 1-110.  (Forms are available from the link or in 1-110.)

To make an appointment with Prof Lloyd: Sign up for a time on Mondays (sign up sheet is outside his door, 3-160).

Some useful links:
2A Requirements
Guidelines for the 2A degree
Engineering Units
Advice and Advice from Students
ASME Peer Advising
2A Concentration Proposal Form
Rules for double majors



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