In somewhat sharp contrast to previous terms, I’m taking only three classes this semester — and so far, it’s been great! I only have one class on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and two classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. My classes don’t start until 11 AM each morning, and I have plenty of time to work at the lab — I’m scheduled for 16 hours per week this term, although I may end up working a little more or a little less, depending on what’s going on that week.
A typical MIT courseload is 4 classes (48 units), although people typically take anywhere between 3 classes (36 units) and 6 classes (72 units). I’ve known people who have taken between 90-100 units, but they’re few, far between, and amazingly brilliant. As a double-major, I’ve generally had to take between 60 and 75 units every term since sophomore year, and taking 36 units this semester is a huge vacation for me.
I thought today I’d share a few class schedules, just to give you an idea how a few of my friends and I are spending our academic energy this semester.
- 7.27, Principles of Human Disease. I’m actually taking the class on junior/senior P/D/F, so I’ll just get a passing or failing mark on my transcript.
- 7.28, Molecular Biology.
- 9.24, Diseases of the Nervous System.
Adam ’07, course 16 (aeronautical and astronautical engineering)
- 16.05, Thermal Energy.
- 16.621, Experimental Projects (the first part of a senior capstone class).
- 16.901, Computational Methods in Aerospace Engineering.
- 21W.785, Communicating in Cyberspace.
- STS.014, Science Communication.
Jason ’09, course 10 (chemical engineering)
- 5.12, Organic Chemistry.
- 18.03, Differential Equations.
- 14.01, Principles of Microeconomics.
- 8.02T, Physics Electricity and Magnetism.
Mark ’07, course 6-3 (computer science)
- 6.022, Quantitative Physiology: Organs and Tissues.
- 6.034, Artificial Intelligence.
- 6.042, Mathematics for Computer Science.
- 21W.785, Communicating in Cyberspace (he’s in Adam’s group).
Kjell ’09, course 6 (electrical engineering/computer science)