First-Year Undergraduates

How do I become an EAPS major?

MIT First Year students choose a department for their major at the end of the spring term. The EAPS Education Office staff are happy to provide information about everything from classes and major requirements to UROPS and career possibilites, or to put you in touch with members of our faculty studying areas of particular interest to you.

Stop by anytime, or reach out to set up an appointment — we’d love to meet you!

We’re here to support every aspect of EAPS academic programming and are an important part of our students’ support network, helping to connect you with resources and opportunities.

Prospective students, if you have a question about academic life at MIT, or want to arrange a visit, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Ann Greaney-Williams
Education Officer

Room: 54-910
Phone: 617-253-3380

On Campus Schedule: Mon, Wed, Thu
Remote Schedule: Tues, Fri

Responsible for administrating EAPS undergraduate and graduate programming. Advises students regarding degree requirements, career options, funding, policies and procedures, and Institute resources for student support.

Jamu White
Senior Academic Assistant

Room: 54-912
Phone: 617-253-3381

On Campus Schedule: Tue, Wed, Thu
Remote Schedule: Mon, Fri

Provides administrative support for the EAPS Education Office, including room scheduling, classrooms and supplies, reimbursements, Canvas sites, student appointments, and various forms, including grading and evaluations, registration, and thesis submissions.

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Discover EAPS – FPOP

Our annual First-Year Pre-Orientation Program gives incoming first years the chance to explore all aspects of EAPS science — from weather and climate to geology and astronomy — in the lab on campus, high on Mount Washington in the White Mountains, and at MIT’s Wallace Astrophysical Observatory.


Undergraduate FAQs

Yes! Check out our program roadmap for a year-by-year example of how you might construct the requirements for your Course 12 degree.

The EAPS Academic Administrator matches majors to their academic advisor. After the department is notified about a new major, the Academic Administrator will typically send an e-mail to the student asking if they have a specific area of interest in EAPS. Matches will first be made based off of interests the student submits. In most cases, EAPS majors retain their advisors throughout their studies in EAPS.


A double major in Course 12 can be a high-value addition to many other programs of study. Our interdisciplinary research teaches students to quantify and analyze complex natural processes and takes on some of the most profound questions of our time. In EAPS, you’ll gain critical problem-solving skills, jump-starting your pursuit of an advanced degree in any field, or a career as a leader in industry or government. 

Common complementary degree tracks include: electrical engineering and computer science, civil and environmental engineering, aeronautics and astronautics, chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics.

Course 12 students fulfill the Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M) requirement in two ways. 

  1. Take one required Lab + Field Subject: 
    • 12.115 & 12.116
    • 12.307
    • 12.335
    • 12.410J
  2. Complete your thesis while registered for at least 6 Units of 12.THU

Ready to collaborate with EAPS faculty and scientists on exciting, real-world research?