Application Timeline

All NEET threads, including Living Machines, share a common application form. LM is open to all MIT rising sophomores who plan on majoring in 6, 2, 20 or 10C.Students from other technical majors at MIT my also petition to join by contacting us.

  • Freshman Fall

    Consider joining Living Machines

    This is a great time to talk to current LM scholars and instructors. Follow us on social media to stay informed or come talk to us.

  • FreshmanSpring


    Students apply during the Spring of their Freshman year through the common NEET application. On the application, you indicate that you would like to be considered for the Living Machines thread. If you have any questions or concerns about the process come talk to us. Applications for Fall 2020 will open starting March.

  • SophomoreFall

    Welcome to Living Machines!

    Your journey with Living Machines begins at the start of your Sophomore Fall semester. Make sure to register for 20.051!

  • SeniorSpring


    Graduate with a certificate from the School of Engineering in NEET Living Machines in addition to your SB degree.


In order to gain the NEET Living Machines certificate from the School of Engineering students have to complete all the requirements of their respective major in addition to the following:

  • 1. Take the three Living Machines classes.

    The Living Machines classes are 20.051, 20.052 and 20.053. Each class is 12 credits total spanning both Fall and Spring semester. They are a combination of seminars, labs, research meetings, workshops, assignments and social activities to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • 2. Fulfill the Living Machines Intellectual Diversity Requirement.

    The Living Machines Intellectual Diversity Requirement is a core class from outside your major that is decided upon on an individual basis with Prof. Linda Griffith depending on your interests and future career path. These classes usually include 20.110, 10.10 or 2.001. Classes typically fall under courses 20, 10 or 2. Additionally, in certain cases you might be required to fulfill two of these requirements.

  • 2. Attend 3 Seminars/Semester

    These are departmental seminars of your choosing. They include but not limited to seminars organized by Biological Engineering, IMES, HST, CEHS, Microbiome Club and Biotech Club.

NEET Living Machines Requirements