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MIT Physics Degree Requirements

  1. Jul 5, 2015 #1
    Hi everyone. I'm very interested in learning physics. I did physics for two years in High School but dropped it on the last year. Currently I am doing a International Business Degree in NZ. I'm posting here because I have questions about how to form a physics degree at MIT. The reason I'm doing this is because I want to do the MIT challenge in 2 years. The idea behind this is in this video

    Here is the degree chart - http://web.mit.edu/catalog/degre.scien.ch8.html

    My problem is that I've only jotted down 16 papers. What are GIR? Can someone post here a typical physics degree at MIT?
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  3. Jul 5, 2015 #2

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    GIR = General Institute Requirements

    The page that you linked to has a search box. If you type "GIR" in it, the very first link that comes up explains them in detail.
  4. Jul 5, 2015 #3


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    It should be noted for those not familiar with higher education in the US, that MIT's GIR system is far from unique. US universities in general (at least I can't think of any exceptions) all require their bachelor's degree students to take a certain number of courses outside their "major field." These are more commonly called "General Education Requirements." The details vary between different universities.
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