2016-2017 Academic Catalog: The Wentworth Model

The Wentworth Model

In order to fulfill its Mission, and to prepare students for the world in which they will live, Wentworth has established the following General Education Learning Outcomes as the institution’s definition of an educated person.

After completing their General Education curriculum, students will be able to demonstrate competence in:

  1. Written, oral, and visual communication
  2. Problem solving
  3. Information literacy skills
  4. Applications of ethics to decision-making
  5. Logical thinking and scientific and quantitative reasoning
  6. Critical analysis of scientific, historical, and social phenomena and aesthetic dimensions of humankind

Day Programs

Wentworth’s curricula have been structured to:

  • allow students to enter a baccalaureate degree program directly 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, in which students complete two co-op work semesters along with their academic degree requirements, is both a Wentworth tradition and a graduation requirement.

To ensure that the student learning goals are being achieved, the Institute’s undergraduate curricula incorporate a core of general studies. 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. Several course offerings, including the capstone requirement, independent study, directed study, and design and project courses, provide opportunities to senior and fifth-year students 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 for four- and five-year programs mandates that courses will not exceed five per semester and will be at least twelve (12) 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.

2016-2017 Programs of Instruction

Bachelor of Science (B.S.):

  • Applied Mathematics (BSAM)
  • Architecture (BSA)
  • Biomedical Engineering (BBME)
  • Business Management (BSM)
  • Civil Engineering (BSCE)
  • Computer Engineering (BSCO)
  • Computer Information Systems (BSIS)
  • Computer Networking (BSCN)
  • Computer Science (BCOS)
  • Construction Management (BSCM)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
  • Electromechanical Engineering (BELM)
  • Engineering (BSEN)
  • Facility Planning and Management (BFPM)
  • Industrial Design (BIND)
  • Interior Design (BINT)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.):

  • Architecture (MARC)

Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering (M.Eng. CE):

  • Civil Engineering (MECE)

Master of Science (M.S.):

  • Applied Computer Science (MSACS)
  • Construction Management (MSCM)
  • Facility Management (MSFM)
  • Technology Management (MSTM)

College of Professional and Continuing Education

The curriculum model for the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) is structured to:

  • provide access directly into either a bachelor or associate degree program based on the student’s previous academic preparation and educational and career needs
  • provide access to preparatory courses prior to beginning an associate or baccalaureate degree program
  • provide learning opportunities in the evening and on Saturday for those adult learners who are currently working and seeking career advancement, planning to change careers, interested in beginning a technological career, or considering graduate studies at a later time
  • provide the prerequisite learning, knowledge, and technical problem-solving skills necessary to be competitive in a technological and business environment and for continuous learning throughout their careers

To ensure that learning outcomes are achieved, the Institute has developed a curricular structure which incorporates a core of general studies. In accordance with these general study guidelines, students are required to take, at minimum for an associate degree: two mathematics courses, one laboratory science, one computer literacy course, two communication courses, one humanities or social science elective, and ten prescribed courses related to their discipline. To receive a baccalaureate degree, in addition to completing the associate degree requirements, students must complete the following courses at the baccalaureate level: one mathematics course, one course in professional communication, three courses in the area of humanities and social sciences, one general elective course, one course in engineering economy, one course in professional practice, nine prescribed courses related to their discipline, and a capstone course. This capstone requirement for graduating seniors provides an opportunity to demonstrate competency in problem-solving situations, proficiency in analytical writing, and presentation skills. Team and/or interdisciplinary projects, with clearly defined individual responsibilities, are encouraged.

Within this framework of general studies, the curricular structure has been designed to permit students to take two courses per semester, in either the 7-week term format or the traditional 15-week semester; both enable them to complete their graduation requirements as their schedule permits. Academic credit will be based on the credit award for each course.

2016-2017 Programs of Instruction

  • Professional Certificate (P.Cert.)
  • Professional Land Surveying
  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.):
  • Architectural Technology (AAT)
  • Building Construction Management (ABCM)
  • Engineering Technology (AENT)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.):
  • Building Construction Management (BBCM)
  • Engineering Technology (BENT)
  • Project Management (BPM)
  • Master of Science (M.S.):
  • Applied Computer Science (MSACS)
  • Construction Management (MSCM)
  • Facility Management (MSFM)
  • Technology Management (MSTM)
  • Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering (M.Eng. CE):
  • Civil Engineering (MECE)