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Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the Academic Catalog

Mark Coen, Associate Registrar
617-989-4213
coenm@wit.edu

Office of the Registrar
Williston Hall 103
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA 02115

The Wentworth Model: Undergraduate Day Programs

Wentworth’s curricular model has been structured to:

  • allow students to directly enter a baccalaureate degree program from high school and
  • allow transfer from another institution of higher learning with the possibility of receiving advanced standing credit
At the end of their sophomore year, day baccalaureate students have the opportunity to participate in Wentworth’s optional pre-cooperative work semester prior to entering their junior year. The Cooperative Education model, which alternates academic semesters with two co-op work semesters beginning in the junior year is a Wentworth tradition, and a graduation requirement.

Matriculated students who choose to leave the Institute prior to completing their baccalaureate degree program may be eligible, at the completion of two years of full-time study, for the Associate in Applied Science degree in Technology subject to published graduation requirements.

In order to fulfill its Mission, Wentworth has established the following Student Learning Outcomes expected of every graduate. These Learning Outcomes are reinforced in the classroom, laboratory and studio, and in cooperative education experiences and cocurricular opportunities. To this end we expect that all graduates of Wentworth be able to:

  • Locate information and evaluate it critically for its appropriateness and validity
  • Communicate effectively in written and spoken formats
  • Acquire and use analytical tools and skills for evaluating information and solving problems.
  • Identify the traits of good leadership
  • Acquire and use the skills needed for effective teamwork.
  • Recognize and apply concepts of ethical behavior to personal and public issues
  • Explain the sustainable use of human, physical, and economic resources
  • Recognize and identify historical and contemporary societal and global issues


To insure that the student learning outcomes are being achieved the Institute has developed a curricular structure which incorporates a core of general studies. In accordance with Wentworth’s academic mission baccalaureate students in day programs are required to take, at minimum, one course in basic mathematics, one laboratory science, three communication courses (English I, English II, and advanced writing), five courses in the areas of humanities and social sciences, an introduction to major/profession seminar, and a capstone requirement. The capstone requirement; Independent Study, Directed Studies, Design, Project Course, for graduating seniors and fifth-year students provides an opportunity to demonstrate competency in innovative problem-solving situations and proficiency in analytical writing and presentation skills. Team and/or interdisciplinary projects, with clearly defined individual responsibilities, are encouraged.

Within this framework the day baccalaureate curricular structure mandates that courses will not exceed five per semester and will be at least fourteen (14) credits, but no more than nineteen (19) credits per semester. A minimum of 40 percent of a program’s technical contact hours must be associated with a combination of laboratory, independent study, and project (studio) work over the entire baccalaureate experience. Academic Credit will be based on the current academic semesters (14 weeks of classes and one week of exams) with one (1) hour of lecture or recitation equal to one (1) credit and two (2) hours of laboratory or studio work equal to one (1) credit. An equivalent classtime experience is scheduled for the summer semester.

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