Class of 2021: Enroll for Fall 2017

Each year, Terrascope students take on a new Mission – a challenge that asks freshmen to solve a real-world, environmental problem.

Class of 2021: To join Terrascope, choose the Terrascope freshman learning community as your advising choice.

Mission 2021 Academic Year:

In the fall term (Subject 12.000 “Solving Complex Problems”), Terrascope students will work in teams to develop ways in which communities around the world can prepare themselves for the impacts of climate change. They will then propose real solutions that could be put in place in Cambridge, Massachusetts (MIT’s home) and in another community elsewhere in the world, thus gaining perspective on the varying threats that different communities face. At the end of the fall semester they will present these solutions to a panel of decision-makers and experts from both communities. In the spring term, students will have the chance to design and prototype specific technologies that address problems they have identified in Subject 1.016 (“Design for Complex Environmental Issues”). In a separate class (Subject SP.360, “Terrascope Radio”), students create a radio program that communicates their ideas to the wider public. A spring-break trip will enable students to travel to a site to see efforts to prepare for climate change first-hand.

Students in Mission 2021 will use the MIT campus itself as a laboratory as they craft plans to minimize the impacts of climate change in ways that are effective, equitable and practical, and they will explore the next steps necessary for taking action and informing the public about the threat. Students will gain new knowledge from the Terrascope experience, but more importantly, they will emerge uniquely prepared to tackle complex problems in interdisciplinary, student-led teams.

Take these steps to join Terrascope:

Select Terrascope on your advising application

Simply select Terrascope as your preferred advising option when you fill out your advising application (available June 1-15).

Look for Terrascope emails this summer

Keep an eye out for Terrascope emails sent from the Terrascope team:  Director, David McGee; Lecturer, Ari Epstein; and Administrator, Emily Martin.  Feel free to email all of us at the address: terrascope [at] mit [dot] edu.

Do you have questions?... Ask us!

Reach the Terrascope program administrator, Emily Martin, by email at or phone: 617-253-4074.

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