College of Design & Engineering Studies


The College of Design & Engineering Studies (CoDES) challenges students to think broadly, make responsibly, and respond critically to the complex social, technological, cultural, and environmental conditions that surround them. Through a curriculum that brings together iterative creation, experimentation, and critique, students engage in making as a form of inquiry and research.  Distributed across the campus, CoDES activities are centered around both the IDEAS Lab on the first floor of the Exley Science Center and the Digital Design Studio in the Center for the Arts (CFA).

CoDES hosts the interdisciplinary Integrated Design, Engineering, Arts & Society (IDEAS) major and minor, as well as the Engineering Dual Degree Programs. Hands-on, collaborative, project-based courses form the core of the IDEAS major and minor. Building on Wesleyan’s strong liberal arts tradition, IDEAS courses draw from a broad range of fields including biology, product design, ecological design, architecture, graphic arts, engineering, geology, archaeology, government, and physics. 


Department News

Middletown Students Experience IDEAS Lab

Enoila Shokunbi, a fifth grader at McDonough School in Middletown, knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up. “President,” she said quickly. “But I might want to be a singer first.” Enoila explains that someone like Taylor Swift would likely get more votes for president because of her pop stardom, so that […]

Wesleyan Labs Create, Donate Face Shields to Local Hospital

To help medical personnel safeguard themselves during the coronavirus outbreak, two makerspace labs on campus are manufacturing much-needed protective masks using 3D printers. On April 1, Wesleyan donated its first set of 100 face shields to medical personnel at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, and others to Wesleyan staff who must work on campus to support […]

New IDEAS Lab Offers State-of-the-Art Digital Fabrication Tools

Equipped with 3-D printers, water-jet and laser cutters, computer-operated milling machines, and high-tech drills, saws, and workstations, Wesleyan’s new IDEAS Lab is on the “cutting edge” of digital fabrication. This fall, the College of Integrative Sciences opened the adjoined classroom and makerspace in Room 40 of Exley Science Center. While it is currently used by […]
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