At Webb you start on your major from the first day of classes. You’ll be gaining real life, hands-on experience in engineering before your first month of college is over.
The Webb curriculum is based on a systems approach to engineering and is designed to be of such quality and depth that all graduates are prepared to enter the profession and “hit the ground running,” or to continue their education in premier graduate programs. The curriculum and course descriptions are carefully designed and arranged to achieve the mission of Webb Institute by focusing on the art and science of ship design.
The 146 credit curriculum provides each student with rich design experiences and is built on a strong foundation of mathematics and basic and engineering sciences. Every semester includes at least one course in naval architecture or marine engineering that serve to tie the program together from the first to the final semester. The general education component of the curriculum strives to educate the “whole person” through offerings in the humanities and social sciences. Finally, all students are required to complete a senior thesis with an oral report on the thesis project presented to the entire Webb community and invited guests.
A practical work period between the first and second semesters of each of the four years is an integral part of the academic program. These eight week long “winter work” terms provide students with first-hand experience in the industry and encourage attitudes and work habits that contribute to a sense of professional excellence.
In addition to the formal courses, all students attend the Monday Lecture Series where speakers discuss a wide variety of topics from technical to historic to current events topics. This weekly lecture series is designed to expand Webb students’ education in both technical and non-technical subject areas.
Once or twice a year the Webb community and invited guests congregate for a special evening presentation as part of the Zeien Lecture Series. The Zeien Lecture Series brings noted individuals from industry, academia, the arts, and government to Webb’s campus to share their stories, experiences, insights, and knowledge.