Purpose of the Program: The Olin Certificate in Engineering Studies is for students who wish to gain exposure, education and experience in the art and science of engineering. Students completing the Certificate Program have the opportunity to expand their post-graduate options for careers or advanced study in technological fields. Because the student has flexibility to create a course plan that meets their needs, the Certificate Program can provide a broad and general introduction to engineering, or can provide (in conjunction with coursework at the home institution) added engineering depth and rigor to an existing math, science or technical degree.
Eligibility and Coursework: Olin College offers a Certificate in Engineering Studies for students at Wellesley College, Babson College, and Brandeis University. The Certificate can enable students to develop a fundamental understanding of an engineering field. The Certificate consists of a set of five courses that are drawn from the Olin curriculum and range from introductory to upper-level.
The focus of the Engineering Certificate can be of a student’s choosing, provided that the set of five courses selected satisfy the following criteria:
1) Required courses:
ENGR1200: Design Nature – or - accepted substitute
ENGR2250: User-Oriented Collaborative Design -or- ENGR2210: Principles of Engineering
2) Coherence: a course set that has coherence means that the courses are related under a common theme (e.g. design, mechanical engineering, human computer interaction)
3) Depth: in addition to the required engineering courses specified above, at least two of the remaining three courses must receive engineering (ENGR) credit AND be intermediate level or higher (i.e. have course designations of 2000 and above)
Prerequisites: Most Olin engineering courses have general math and science prerequisites that are typically taken at the student’s home institution, and students should check with instructors prior to registration to verify their readiness for the course. Olin courses typically have significant project components and normally require considerable team-based work. Non-Olin students should be prepared to work closely with their Olin counterparts, both inside and outside class.
Credit for Courses Taken at Home Institution: A maximum of one course from a student’s home institution may substitute for an Olin course, provided it covers equivalent material. This substitution has no bearing on whether or not it is used to satisfy other requirements at the home institution.
Course Substitutions: Wellesley College
Wellesley College Course Olin Course
EXTD160 Introduction to Engineering Science ENGR1200 Design Nature
CS230 Data Structures ENGR2510 Software Design
CS343 Advanced Computer Organization ENGR3410 Computer Architecture
Steps for Enrollment in the Certificate Program:
1) Enroll in a course at Olin.
Students may enroll in the Certificate Program at any time after having completed one course at Olin. A suggestion for a good first course at Olin is ENGR1200: Design Nature. This course is also a required course for the Certificate Program and is offered every fall semester
2) Identify an adviser for the Certificate Program.
Contact the Certificate Program Coordinator at Olin for assistance in adviser selection
directly contact an Olin Faculty member that most closely matches a student’s
discipline of interest to serve as an adviser.
Faculty listings are found at: https://www.olin.edu/faculty_staff/faculty_profiles.aspxFaculty
3) Meet with your Certificate Program Adviser and complete the Certificate Program Enrollment Form.
Students should develop and discuss a plan for a set of five courses and complete the Certificate Program Enrollment Form in consultation with an Olin faculty adviser. A completed enrollment form contains a student’s proposed course plan, a student statement of coherence and depth, and is signed by both the student and his/her Olin faculty adviser. The Certificate Program Enrollment Form can be found here.
4) Submit the Certificate Program Enrollment Form to the Olin Registrar at the StAR Center, Campus Center, Room 300.
Students will receive a designation of Certificate of Engineering Studies from Olin College on their Olin College transcript upon completion of the program.
Registration for courses at Olin is supported by the Registrar’s Office of the student’s home institution. Students should contact their Olin course instructor(s) to formally enroll in an Olin course.
Example Course Plans: A number of example course plans outlining a four-year experience that includes an Olin Certificate in Engineering Studies are available here. Given the number of possible combinations of majors and certificate programs, these examples illustrate only a fraction of the options available to interested students.
For more information, please contact the Certificate Program Coordinator, Professor Jean Huang, firstname.lastname@example.org or 781 292-2584.