Past Years’ Topics

The Terrascope Year Includes:

12.000 Solving Complex Problems

In the program’s cornerstone fall subject, 12.000, first-year students work as an interdisciplinary team to design a viable solution for the year’s task.


Each academic year, Terrascope hosts three events that are free and open to the public and showcase the final product of our students’ endeavors in the Terrascope classes. Members of the public are encouraged to attend these events and give feedback to our students. Additionally, the 12.000 Final Presentation is broadcast on our Facebook Page and the Radio Broadcast is broadcast on 88.1 WMBR, MIT’s radio station.

Dates are posted here on the About page as the dates and times are announced.

Spring Classes + Field Trip

Terrascope offers optional spring classes: SP.360 – Terrascope Radio, and 2.00C/1.016/EC.746 – Design for Complex Environmental Issues; and a week-long field trip over spring break.


As a Terrascoper, students will form some of their strongest, most lasting friendships right in the Terrascope community. Terrascope students have 24-hour access to a lounge, kitchen and study space in the middle of campus, where both first-years and upperclassmen spend time together, collaborate on homework, and relax. First-Year students get extra attention from a Terrascope academic advisor, and participate in outings, events and weekly Terrascope Lunches. Students also connect with Terrascope alumni to learn about their majors and careers.

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