First-Year Students

First Year Pre-Orientation Program (FPOP)

DChem: Discover Chemistry

Through Discover Chemistry, incoming first-year students gain exposure to chemistry and related opportunities at MIT and beyond.

Discover Chemistry introduces students to MIT Chemistry through interactive events and discussions with our faculty, students, and alumni. The program will expose you to chemistry and related research, and introduce you to MIT and Boston in a fun and exciting way!

There is no charge for this program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Orientation Office at

5.301: Chemistry Laboratory Techniques (IAP Course)

The aim of this IAP course is to provide first-year students with intensive practical training in basic chemistry lab techniques, including:

  • Transfer and manipulation of small quantities of organic and inorganic compounds
  • Purification methods for liquid and solid substances (distillation, recrystallization, chromatography)
  • Structure and determination by NMR, infrared, UV spectroscopic analysis, and Mass Spectroscopy
  • Quantitative analysis of biochemical, organic, and inorganic substances by spectroscopic and chromatographic methods

5.301 is intended to provide first-year students with the skills necessary to undertake original research projects in chemistry. Students selected for this course are guaranteed a UROP in the Department of Chemistry for the Spring or Summer 2022, however, this course is not a Prereq for a Chemistry UROP.

For more information and to apply for this IAP course, please visit the 5.301 page.

Campus Preview Weekend (CPW)

High school students who have been admitted to MIT are cordially invited to visit the campus on the Campus Preview Weekend and at other times. Please contact Jennifer Weisman, Academic Administrator for more information.

Visit Our Office

First-year students are invited to visit the Chemistry Education Office (6-205) at any point to learn more about the chemistry major. The Chemistry Education Office staff are happy to provide information about the major requirements, chemistry subjects, UROP opportunities, and career possibilities.

First-year students are also welcome to contact Jennifer Weisman, Academic Administrator to set up an individual appointment to discuss the chemistry major or to visit chemistry classes.


Additional Information for First-Year Students