Each academic department provides the opportunity for qualified students to undertake a program of individual study directed by a member of the faculty.
Under this program, an eligible student may undertake a research project or a program of reading in a particular field. The results of this work normally are presented in a final report or in a series of short essays. Further conditions for such work are described (in departmental course listings) under the courses 250, 250H, 350, and 350H ("H" designates a 0.5 unit course). Students may do no more than two units of 350 work in any one department, nor may they do more than two units of 250 work in any one department. Students make not take more than two units of UROP work within any one MIT course. Individual study courses may not be used to satisfy distribution requirements. For further opportunities for research and individual study see the section on Honors.