Chemistry


5.111: Principles of Chemical Science

  • For whom? For students with one-year high school chemistry and/or <4 on the Chemistry AP exam
  • Pre-Requisite? None
  • AP Credit? AP Credit is not accepted
  • Advanced Standing Exam or Transfer Credit? There will not be an Advanced Standing Exam prior to Fall 2020. May be offered in spring term. Transfer credit rarely granted.

5.112 (offered Fall term only): Principles of Chemical Science

  • For whom? For students with two years high school chemistry and/or a 4 or higher on the Chemistry AP Exam 
  • Pre-Requisite? None
  • AP Credit? AP Credit is notaccepted
  • Advanced Standing Exam or Transfer Credit? There will not be an Advanced Standing Exam prior to Fall 2020. May be offered in spring term. Transfer credit rarely granted.

3.091: Introduction to Solid State Chemistry

  • For whom? 0 to 3 years of high school chemistry
  • Pre-Requisite? None
  • AP Credit? AP Credit is not accepted
  • Advanced Standing Exam or Transfer Credit? Transfer credit rarely granted.

Important chemistry sequencing information for potential pre-medical students:  

Pre-med first-year students are better served by taking 5.111 or 3.091 in first term, then 5.12 (Organic Chemistry I) in Spring term. The follow-on subject 5.13 (Organic Chemistry II) is only offered in Fall semester.

  • Fall term first year: 5.111/3.091
  • Spring term first year: 5.12 Organic Chemistry I
  • Fall term sophomore year: 5.13 Organic Chemistry II, offered only in Fall semester

As noted above, the Chemistry GIR ASE will not be offered for Fall 2020. The department is unable to waive the Chemistry GIR pre-requisite for any other Chemistry classes, including 5.12. This policy includes students who have received a 5 on the Chemistry AP exam. Our Chemistry GIR subjects are not the same curriculum as AP chemistry and we have found that the AP exam in Chemistry is not an indicator of how students fare in our courses. In the past, less than 10% of first year students who got a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam passed the MIT Chemistry GIR ASE. 

Please note that to be eligible to take an ASE, students cannot have attended or been registered for the subject or any of its variations (5.111, 5.112, or 3.091). An exception can be made if students never attended the class and submitted a Drop Form within the first week of the term.

Videos about the Science Core GIRs that can be found on the School of Science YouTube playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdvxZS1QSbk1t4ojfSArHvzOH-YzSHUrJ.

Take-Aways: 

  • Any one of the three subjects -- 5.111, 5.112 or 3.091 -- fulfill MIT’s Chemistry requirement and can be used as preparation for any major. There are no firm guidelines about which subject is better for a particular department. 
  • 5.112 is NOT the equivalent of 8.012 or 18.012. Rather, 5.11 has been separated into two subjects, 5.111 and 5.112, with the intent of having two classes with smaller enrollments. The division is also meant to allow students with a single year of high school chemistry not to feel at a disadvantage relative to students with more high school chemistry experience.
  • The Chemistry Department (Course 5) recommends Principles of Chemical Science 5.111 or 5.112 for students who intend to pursue professional programs (e.g., medicine), minors, or majors (e.g., biological/chemical/ environmental engineering, chemistry, biology, etc.) that require additional chemistry courses.
  • 3.091, offered through the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, provides students with a broad foundation in chemical principles suitable as a basis for any engineering, science, and/or health-related majors/minors and programs.

 

Department Contacts: 

Chemistry

  • Jennifer Weisman, x3-1845, 6-205, Academic Administrator
  • Mitch Moise, x37271, 6-205, Transfer Credit Examiner
  • Liz Nolan, x2-2495, 16-473, Course 5 education officer

Materials Science and Engineering

  • Angelita Mireles x3-3302, 6-107, Course 3 Academic Administrator 
  • Juejun Hu, hujuejun@mit.edu, x13-4034, Course 3 Education Officer