The Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Program was developed in the early 1990's in collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with the goal of encouraging more young women to pursue careers in Computer Science and Engineering fields.

It is a fully-fledged four-year STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] curriculum that gives our students the ability to specialize as upperclassmen. WISE includes full-credit courses that lead students from entry-level to advanced electives and encourages students to explore topics they might otherwise never know exist.  

The WISE program is a curricular collaboration, which brings together faculty who specialize in Arts, Science, Mathematics, and Technology. 

WISE courses provide the context of real-world applications in the fields of science and engineering. Through student-centered, hands-on experiential learning, students gain the confidence to think critically about the world around them. The important development of this skill cultivates global awareness so they can lead lives of consequence. Students will be challenged to think critically and creatively in problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and documentation.


The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program is open for Freshmen and Sophomores to join, or for upperclassmen to explore as elective courses.

Program requirements include:

  • Creative Problem-Solving and STEAM, which serve as introductory courses.
  • Four semesters of advanced study, at least one of which must be Computer Science or AP Computer Science.

WISE Faculty