The following section includes courses of interest to students in various disciplines, courses offered in Engineering Studies, and courses offered within the Marine Studies Consortium.


Engineering Faculty Profiles

Through coursework, research opportunities, advising, and co-curricular opportunities, the Wellesley Engineering Laboratory (We-Lab) seeks to educate students in the context of a liberal arts education to

- apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their engineering studies to enhance their capability in their own disciplines and through cross-disciplinary work in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences

- assess technological innovations critically using lenses from both engineering and liberal arts disciplines

- develop the confidence and preparation to pursue engineering in more depth at MIT or Olin and in graduate school, should the student seek to do so

Learning Outcomes

Students who take one or more We-Lab courses at Wellesley College will:

- develop and refine the ability to work on a team-based project and to solve problems collaboratively

- design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.

- communicate engineering concepts effectively through written and visual work, informal discussions, and formal presentations

- evaluate the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context

- integrate qualitative and quantitative engineering methodologies and approaches drawn from science, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities, to gather data, analyze, model, and draw conclusions

- generate novel technical ideas and approaches, taking into account authentic constraints including interpreting social conditions

In addition to the courses offered at Wellesley, students may also consider subsequent engineering studies through cross registration with Olin College of Engineering and with MIT via the Wellesley-MIT exchange program. Class Dean Alison Black and Amy Banzaert, Director of Engineering Studies, advise Wellesley students interested in engineering.

Marine Studies Consortium Courses

The Marine Studies Consortium offers courses focusing on a variety of aquatic topics. These courses are taught at neighboring institutions and are open to a limited number of Wellesley students by permission of the consortium representative, Jocelyne Dolce, Department of Biological Sciences. 

The courses offered are EXTD 123, EXTD 128, EXTD 225, and EXTD 226.


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