Project-based Course Offerings
Get a jump start on your project work at WPI—and delve into issues of global importance—by taking a Great Problems Seminar (GPS). These popular interdisciplinary courses are offered exclusively for first-year students.
Each GPS consists of two linked courses that are taught by two professors from different disciplines. In the first term you will explore many facets of a great problem, such as air pollution, access to clean water, or disease control. In the second term you will work in a team to produce a solution and share it with the WPI community.
GPS Topics include:
- Designing Progress: Living on the Edge
- Extinction: Who will survive?
- Food Sustainability
- Heal the World
- Humanitarian Engineering: Past and Present
- Ignorance is Bliss: Schools and Technology Help
- Livable Cities
- Power the World
- The World’s Water
Meet our faculty.GPS Faculty
Explore scheduled GPS courses for the upcoming year in step 3 of the course registration process, and view the video below to hear first-hand from students about the value of the GPS experience.