We always welcome questions – please don’t hesitate to contact us! We’ll be happy to answer questions related to your specific interests, background, and plans – or, feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (617-253-4074) to get a broader sense of Terrascope and our community.
Some questions come up every year, and we’ve compiled answers to them here:
The academic part of each Mission lasts a full academic year – beginning with 12.000, Solving Complex Systems, in the fall and continuing through spring semester with SP.360, Terrascope Radio, and 1.016, Design for Complex Environmental Issues. Although Terrascope students are challenged to look at solving problems that will develop over decades, class projects are completed by the end of freshman year.
Beyond freshman year, it’s common for Terrascope students to continue exploring the Mission topic on their own. Students might take classes or select a major related to the Mission, or their Mission experience might guide them to research opportunities, summer jobs, travel, or extracurricular activities. Some Terrascope alumni have gone on to graduate school and careers that relate to their freshman Mission at MIT – so, in those cases a Mission might last a lifetime.
No matter how long a student explores a Mission’s topic, the community of Terrascope is meant to last long after freshman year. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who were in Terrascope as freshmen are still part of the community. Upperclassmen join freshmen for weekly lunches, local outings and activities, and impromptu gatherings in the Terrascope room (especially with a P-set is due!). And, some Terrascope alumni help as Associate Advisors or Undergraduate Teaching Fellows during their time at MIT, or as program mentors after they graduate. In this way, the friendships that start in Mission can also last forever!
Terrascope offers weekly lunches and study sessions during the semester, other year-round outings and activities, and 24-hour access to the Terrascope lounge (located in the center of campus).