Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science (Course 11-6)

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement [two subjects satisfied by 11.001[J] and the required Policy/Ethics subjects (all HASS); additional HASS units may be included in urban science electives]; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied from among 6.100A/6.100B and 6.1200[J] (if taken under joint number 18.062[J]) in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied from among 6.1010, 6.3800, and 11.188 in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Computer Science RequirementsUnits
6.100AIntroduction to Computer Science Programming in Python6
6.100BIntroduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science6
6.1010Fundamentals of Programming12
6.1200[J]Mathematics for Computer Science12
6.1210Introduction to Algorithms12
Select one of the following options:12-24
Option 1 (12 units)
Introduction to Inference
Option 2 (24 units)
Linear Algebra
or 18.C06
Linear Algebra and Optimization
Introduction to Machine Learning
Urban Planning Requirements
11.001[J]Introduction to Urban Design and Development12
11.188Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS Laboratory (CI-M)12
Select one of the following options:12
Foundations of Information Policy
Making Public Policy
The Art and Science of Negotiation
Urban Energy Systems and Policy 1
Urban Technology Workshop
Select one of the following options:12
Urban and Environmental Technology Implementation Lab 2
Crowd Sourced City: Civic Tech Prototyping 2
Big Data, Visualization, and Society 2
Senior Thesis/Project
Select one of the following options:18
Option 1
No more than 6 units of any MIT UROP
Seminar in Undergraduate Advanced Research (CI-M)
Option 2
Thesis Research Design Seminar (CI-M)
Undergraduate Thesis
Select Advanced Computer Science Electives for a minimum of 27 units from the list below27
Select three Urban Science Electives for a minimum of 30 units from the list below30
Units in Major183-195
Unrestricted Electives48-57
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(48-60)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180-195

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


6.4590[J] and 11.165 can count towards either the Urban Planning Requirements or the Urban Science Electives, but not both.


11.007, 11.138, and 11.154 can count towards the Urban Technology Workshop or the Urban Science Electives, but not both. 

Advanced Computer Science Electives

6.1020Elements of Software Construction15
6.1040Software Studio15
6.1060Software Performance Engineering18
6.1100Computer Language Engineering12
6.1120Dynamic Computer Language Engineering12
6.1220[J]Design and Analysis of Algorithms12
6.1800Computer Systems Engineering12
6.1820[J]Mobile and Sensor Computing12
6.1920Constructive Computer Architecture12
6.2040Analog Electronics Laboratory12
6.2050Digital Systems Laboratory12
6.2060Microcomputer Project Laboratory12
6.2061Microcomputer Project Laboratory - Independent Inquiry15
6.2090Solid-State Circuits12
6.2200Introduction to Electric Power Systems12
6.2220Power Electronics Laboratory12
6.2221Power Electronics Laboratory - Independent Inquiry15
6.2530Introduction to Nanoelectronics12
6.3100Dynamical System Modeling and Control Design12
6.3720Introduction to Statistical Data Analysis12
6.3730[J]Statistics, Computation and Applications12
6.4130[J]Principles of Autonomy and Decision Making12
6.4210Robotic Manipulation15
6.4400Computer Graphics12
6.4510Engineering Interactive Technologies12
6.4830[J]Fields, Forces and Flows in Biological Systems12
6.4860[J]Medical Device Design12
6.5081Multicore Programming12
6.5151Large-scale Symbolic Systems12
6.5831Database Systems12
6.5931Hardware Architecture for Deep Learning12
6.6331Fundamentals of Photonics12
6.7201Optimization Methods12
6.8301Advances in Computer Vision15
6.8371Digital and Computational Photography12
6.8611Quantitative Methods for Natural Language Processing15
6.8701Computational Biology: Genomes, Networks, Evolution12
6.8711[J]Computational Systems Biology: Deep Learning in the Life Sciences12
6.8721[J]Principles of Synthetic Biology12
6.8801[J]Biomedical Signal and Image Processing12
6.C01Modeling with Machine Learning: from Algorithms to Applications 16

Urban Science Electives

2.00AFundamentals of Engineering Design: Explore Space, Sea and Earth9
4.032Design Studio: Information Design and Visualization12
4.432Modeling Urban Energy Flows for Sustainable Cities and Neighborhoods12
6.4590[J]Foundations of Information Policy 212
11.007Urban and Environmental Technology Implementation Lab 312
11.024Modeling Pedestrian Activity in Cities12
11.074Cybersecurity Clinic12
11.113The Economic Approach to Cities and Environmental Sustainability12
11.123Big Plans and Mega-Urban Landscapes9
11.137Financing Economic Development and Housing12
11.138Crowd Sourced City: Civic Tech Prototyping 312
11.148Environmental Justice: Law and Policy12
11.154Big Data, Visualization, and Society 312
11.155[J]Data and Society12
11.156Healthy Cities: Assessing Health Impacts of Policies and Plans12
11.158Behavioral Science and Urban Mobility12
11.165Urban Energy Systems and Policy 212
11.169Global Climate Policy and Sustainability12
12.010Computational Methods of Scientific Programming12
15.276Communicating with Data12
IDS.012[J]Statistics, Computation and Applications12
IDS.060[J]Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics: Pollution Prevention and Control12

 Students cannot receive credit without simultaneous completion of a 6-unit Common Ground disciplinary module. See subject description for more information.


6.4590[J] or 11.165 can count towards the Urban Planning Requirements or the Urban Science Electives, but not both. 


11.00711.138, and 11.154 can count towards the Urban Technology Workshop or the Urban Science Electives, but not both.