General Institute Requirements
You need to complete one Chemistry subject to fulfill the Chemistry GIR; any one of the three subjects completes the Chemistry Requirement.
- The Department of Chemistry offers two versions of basic chemistry: 5.111 or 5.112.
- The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Department offers 3.091.
Note that MIT does not offer AP Credit for Chemistry. The only way to fulfill the Chemistry GIR other than taking one of the MIT subjects is by passing the Chemistry Advanced Standing Exam offered during Orientation.
- 5.111 Principles of Chemical Science: High school chemistry is the expected background for 5.111.
- 5.112 Principles of Chemical Science: Introduction to chemistry for students with an good background in high school chemistry (e.g. two years of chemistry or a score of 4 or higher on the AP Chemistry exam).
- 3.091 Introduction to Solid State Chemistry: Teaches basic principles of chemistry. Suitable for most incoming students; assumes some background in high school chemistry.
For more information about the Chemistry GIR subjects, check out the websites for the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Online Subject Listing and Schedule.