A tri-campus collaboration program
of Wellesley, Olin, and Babson Colleges
Wellesley Program Contact: Professor DeSombre
Program Director: Professor Linder, Olin College
Addressing the challenge of using earth’s resources sustainably requires a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, in which basic research about the causes and consequences of environmental problems is combined with an understanding of the incentives and processes for a large‐scale reworking of economic activity and the technology with which to reconfigure the human effect on the natural world. Wellesley, Olin, and Babson Colleges are uniquely suited to address this challenge by providing a joint program capable of educating students in ways that each cannot accomplish alone. By truly integrating business, engineering, and the liberal arts in the service of environmental sustainability, this program provides students with the cross‐ disciplinary academic preparation and the cross‐campus cultural collaboration experiences needed to approach environmental issues holistically.
Goals for the Program
The Sustainability Certificate Program seeks to educate students to make use of the skills, tools, and concepts from the liberal arts, business, and engineering to address environmental challenges and work to move individuals and society to more sustainable practices.
SUST 201: Introduction to Sustainability
DeSombre (Wellesley), Linder and Stolk (Olin), George (Babson) | Fall 2012 | 1.0 unit
This case‐based course introduces students to the basic concepts and tools that business, engineering, and the liberal arts (science, social science, and the humanities) bring to a consideration of sustainability. It is team‐taught by three faculty members, one from each institution, with coursework fully integrated across the three approaches. The course will draw empirical material from, and apply concepts and tools to the sustainability of a city block.
Prereq: None; Registration by permission only (contact Beth DeSombre (firstname.lastname@example.org); Not open to seniors.
SUST 301: Sustainability Synthesis
Turner (Wellesley), Mechtenburg (Olin), Hunt (Babson) | Spring 2013 | 1.0 unit
This case‐based course introduces students to the basic concepts and tools that business, engineering, and the liberal arts (science, social science, and the humanities) bring to a consideration of sustainability. It is team‐taught by three faculty members, one from each institution, with coursework fully integrated across the three approaches. The course will draw empirical material from, and apply concepts and tools to, a semester‐long case (such as the sustainability of a city block, the transition to clean energy worldwide, or the life‐cycle of a common consumer product).
Prereq: Declared participation in the certificate program, and completion of SUST 201 and three out of four elective courses for the program.
There are three components to the 5-course certificate program:
1. Introductory Course (SUST 201)
2. Synthesis Course (SUST 301)
3. Three electives from the list of Courses for Credit Toward the Certificate Program. Those three electives, chosen from the list above (with the possibility of petitioning to accept a course not on this list), must include one course at each of the two non-home institutions (i.e. a Wellesley student would have to take one course at Babson and one at Olin) and one course in each of the two non-home areas – business, engineering, and the liberal arts – (i.e. a Wellesley student must take a business course and an engineering course). These courses provide an interdisciplinary breadth of knowledge, skills and experiences relating to environmental sustainability. (Several courses include the requirement that the major course project a student chooses focus on sustainability issues.)
Admission to the Program
Students may declare their intention to pursue the certificate program any time after completing the introductory course; they must do so before enrolling in the synthesis course. Students with declared program participation will have preferential enrollment opportunities for the cross‐campus electives. Upon declaring the intention to pursue the program, the student will be given a campus advisor; students may also contact the overall program director. Advising is a central part of ensuring a coherent structure to the certificate program, so students are encouraged to declare their intention to complete the program as soon as they can.
Record of Completion
The record of completion of the program will appear on the Wellesley transcript.
For more information about program admission and course of study, contact Beth DeSombre, the Certificate Program contact for Wellesley. For detailed certificate program information, please visit the forthcoming Sustainability Certificate Program website. Please visit Babson and Olin College websites for detailed information on their courses offered.