Course Code

Designation Key

Not only can you refresh your memory as to what those (zany) course numbers meant, you can be amazed at the very specific fields within your major. Don't overlook the historical trivia either. Below is a list of the MIT courses and their equivalent majors...



Course

Time Period

Degree Major
1 1868-1991

Civil Engineering

1 1992-

Civil and Environmental Engineering

1A 1931-1934

Railroad Engineering

2 1868-

Mechanical Engineering

2A 1935-1943

Mechanical Engineering 5-year Coop

2T 1940-1983

Textile Technology

2B 1949-

Mechanical Engineering Internship

2A 1969-

Undesignated

3 1868-1936

Mining Engineering (including Metallurgy)

3 1937-1940

Mining Engineering (Metallurgy Course 19)

3 1940-1966

Metallurgy

3 1967-1975

Metallurgy and Materials Science

3 1975-

Materials Science & Engineering

3B 1960-1966

Materials Science

3A 1969-

Undesignated

3B 1975-

Materials Science & Engineering Internship

3W 1977-

Materials Science & Engineering (Woods Hole)

4 1873-1972

Architecture

4 1973-

Architecture

4A 1927-1939

Architectural Engineering

4B 1971-

Undesignated

5 1869-

Chemistry

6 1882-1974

Electrical Engineering

6 1975-

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

6A 1917-1974

Electrical Engineering Coop

6A 1975-

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Internship

6C 1923-1942

Electrical Communications

6-1 1961-1971

Electrical Engineering

6-1 1972-

Electrical Science & Engineering

6-2 1961-1971

Electrical Science & Engineering

6-2 1993-

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

6-3 1969-

Computer Science & Engineering

6W 1977-

Electrical Engineering (Woods Hole)

7 1876-

Biology

7A 1944-1970

Physical Biology

7A 1971-

Undesignated

7B 1876-1939

Chemical Biology

7B 1940-1942

Food Technology

7B 1943-1945

Chemical Biology

7B 1946-1961

Food Technology & Biochemical Engineering

7B 1961-1990

Biology

7W 1961-

Biological Oceanography (Woods Hole)

8 1875-

Physics

8A 1985-

Physics with Electrical Engineering

9 1868-1960

General Course

9 1961-1985

Psychology

9 1986-

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

9A 1868-1960

General Science

9B 1868-1957

General Engineering

9C 1922-1933

Mathematics Teaching

9C 1950-1958

Science Teaching

10 1891-

Chemical Engineering

10A 1922-

Chemical Engineering Practice (grad)

10B 1922-1962

Chemical Engineering Practice (undergrad)

11 1892-1962

Sanitary Engineering

11 1966-1970

City Planning

11 1970-

Urban Studies & Planning

12 1891-1961

Geology & Geophysics

12 1961-1970

Earth Sciences

12B 1963-1971

Physical Sciences (later course 25)

12W 1967-1983

Earth and Planetary Sciences (Woods Hole)

12 1969-1983

Earth and Planetary Sciences

13 1895-1966

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

13 1967-

Ocean Engineering

13A 1904-

Naval Construction & Marine Engineering

13B 1955-1980

Shipbuilding and Shipbuilding Management

13B 1980-

Ocean Systems Management

13C 1895-1955

Marine Transportation

13W 1967-

Ocean Engineering (Woods Hole)

14 1903-1940

Electrochemical Engineering

14 1941-1946

Meteorology (later course 19)

14 1946-1965

Economics and Social Science

14 1965-

Economics

14A 1955-1965

Economics, Politics & Engineering

14B 1955-1965

Economics, Politics & Science

15 1917-1958

Business & Engineering Administration

15 1959-1967

Industrial Management

15 1965-1977

Urban Executives Program (non-degree)

15 1967-

Management

15A 1932-

Sloan Fellows Program (masters degree)

15E 1956-

Senior Execuitves Program (non-degree)

15B 1975-

Operations Research

16 1915-1960

Aeronautical Engineering (including Meteorology until 1941)

16 1960-

Aeronautical Engineering

16B 1950-1960

Aeronautical Engineering Coop

16B 1960-

Aeronautics & Astronautics Coop

16C 1979-

Aeronautics & Astronautics Internship

17 1929-1964

Building Engineering & Construction

17 1965-

Political Science

17A 1981-1986

Political Acience - Public Policy

18 1919-

Mathematics

18C 1985-

Mathematics with Computer Science

19 1937-1940

Metallurgy (see course 3)

19 1946-1981

Meteorology

19 1981-1983

Meteorology & Physical Oceanography (later part of 12)

19W 1970-1983

Meteorology (Woods Hole)

20 1946-1961

Food Technology

20 1961-1963

Nutrition, Food Science & Technology

20 1963-1985

Nutrician & Food Science

20 1985-

Applied Biological Sciences

20A 1946-1957

Food Technnology 5 year course

20B 1951-1963

Biochemical Engineering

21 1958

Humanities

21A 1958-1981

Humanities & Engineering

21B 1958-1981

Humanities & Science

21E 1981-

Humanities & Engineering

21S 1981-

Humanities & Science

21F 1989-

Foreign Languages and Literature

21H 1989-

History

21L 1989-

Literature

21M 1989-

Music & Theater Arts

21T 1989-

Science, Technnology & Society

21W 1989-

Writing & Humanistic Studies

21Y 1989

Anthropology/Archaeo-logy

22 1958-

Nuclear Engineering

22A 1979-

Nuclear Engineering Internship

23 1957-1969

Modern Languages

23 1969-1976

Foreign Literature & Linguistics

24 1963-1976

Philosophy

24 1976-

Linguistics & Philosophy

25 1971-1982

Interdisciplinary Science

PG 1927-1964

Fuel Gas Engineering

GP 1948-1953

Group Psychology

HPM 1983-1990

Health Policy & Management

HST 1981-

Health Sciences & Technology

MAS 1993-

Media Arts & Sciences

STS 1988-

Science, Technology & Society

TOX 1989-

Toxicology

TPP 1977-

Technology & Policy Program


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