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The Wentworth Model: 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 sees students complete two co-op work semesters along with their academic degree requirements, is both a Wentworth tradition and a graduation requirement.

In order to fulfill its Mission, Wentworth has established the following Student Learning Goals expected of every graduate. These Learning Goals are reinforced in the classroom, laboratory and studio, and in cooperative education experiences and co-curricular opportunities. 

To this end we expect that all graduates of Wentworth will be able to:

  • Locate information and evaluate it critically for its appropriateness and validity
  • Communicate effectively in written, spoken and visual 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. 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 class-time experience is scheduled for the summer semester.

2010-2011 Programs of Instruction

ACADEMIC PROGRAM DEGREE ABBREVIATION
Architecture B.S. BSA
Architecture M. Arch. MARC
Civil Engineering Technology B.S. BCET
Computer Engineering Technology B.S. BCOT
Computer Networking B.S. BSCN
Computer Science B.S. BCOS
Construction Management B.S. BCM
Electromechanical Engineering B.S. BELM
Electronic Engineering Technology B.S. BEET
Engineering Technology B.S. BEN
Facilities Planning & Management B.S. BFPM
Industrial Design B.S. BIND
Interior Design B.S. BINT
Management B.S. BSM
Mechanical Engineering Technology B.S. BMET
Technical Communications P. Cert. PTC

Key:

  • B.S. = Bachelor of Science
  • M. Arch. = Master of Architecture
  • P. Cert. = Professional Certificate

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