Requirements

Requirements

The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is rooted in a tradition of intensive academics and research, where rigorous coursework is coupled with hands-on, collaborative research. Lectures are taught by world-class faculty, and students have access to their professors in the lab. Together, they seek answers to questions about how humans think, learn, behave, and feel.

The Department has created a tiered undergraduate curriculum that ensures graduates have the skills and preparation needed to excel as leaders in their chosen fields. The undergraduate program begins with foundational courses in a broad range of subjects, including computer science and programming, neural computation, and probability and statistics. The second and third tiers allow for increased focus and deeper exploration through course offerings in areas such as cellular neurobiology, psycholinguistics, and genetic engineering.  

The tabs below outline department-specific information.  Also download our Subject Offerings document

General Institute Requirements

Students must take a total of 17 subjects, broken down as follows:

Science Requirement (6 subjects)
At present, no subjects from the Departmental Program fulfill this requirement.

Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) (8 subjects)
Students can count 9.00 and one other HASS subject in the program to count towards both their undergraduate program requirements, and towards the GIRs.

REST Requirement (2 subjects)
As part of the REST Requirement, students can select 9.01 and 6.0001/6.0002 from the Departmental Program.  

Laboratory Requirement (1 subject)
The Laboratory Requirement can be satisfied by 9.12, 9.17, 9.59, or 9.60 in the Departmental Program.

Note: No subject can be counted as part of the 17-subject GIRs and as part of the 180 units required beyond the GIRs. Every subject in the Departmental Program will count toward one or the other, but not both.

Restricted Electives

Here you will find the Department's current list of restricted electives:

 

Subject #

Title

2.003J

Dynamics and Control

2.184

Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement

5.07J

Biological Chemistry 1 (or 7.05 – NOT both)

5.12

5.13

Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry II

6.003

Signals and Systems

6.027

Biomolecular Feedback Systems

6.034

Artificial Intelligence

6.036

Introduction to Machine Learning

6.042

Mathematics for Computer Science

6.045J

Automata, Computability, & Complexity

6.046

Design and Analysis of Algorithms

6.801

Machine Vision

6.803

The Human Intelligence Enterprise

6.806

Advanced Natural Language Processing

6.819

Advances in Computer Vision

7.03

Genetics

7.05

9.72 (New)

General Biochemistry (or 5.07 – NOT both)

Vision in Art and Neuroscience

18.03

Differential Equations

18.034

Differential Equations

18.06

Linear Algebra

18.404J

Theory of Computation

18.515

Mathematical Logic

20.309

Instrumentation and Measurement for Biological Systems

24.211

Theory of Knowledge

Undergraduate Research in BCS (UROP)

MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) cultivates and supports research partnerships between MIT undergraduates and faculty. Participating in a UROP through the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences gives students an incredible opportunity to be a part of the exciting research taking place here in Bldg. 46.

Please take some time to explore BCS faculty profiles on our website and learn about what their labs are investigating!

Browse current UROP opportunities posted on MIT’s UROP website

For more information or questions please contact Jillian Auerbach at jilliana@mit.edu.