Cool Courses, Real Impact–Fall 2019

Three BC students, Kateryna Gomozova, Bridget Wittke, and Aaron Lang, present the results of their research at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium in May 2017; BC students build a mid-powered rocket as part of the new Rocketry and Aerospace Club, October 2017. BC students plant sword ferns as part of a Service-Learning project in Heidi Richter's Fall 2017 Marine Biology course.

Want to get more out of your BC experience?  Consider classes that offer transformational learning.  These classes stretch your thinking, offer hands-on ways of applying what you’re learning, and build valuable skills for your resume—and for life after BC.  You can find high-impact experiences in:

Undergraduate Research

Briefcase iconMost students don’t engage in authentic research until their senior year or grad school.  But BC offers a couple classes that allow you to do real research RIGHT NOW.  In addition to building professional skills, these courses give you a chance to take charge of your own learning.  Students who have taken these courses report massively increased confidence in solving problems and working independently.  You’ll also build relationships with faculty who can serve as professional references and provide evidence of your research skills.

Check out this research course offered this Spring Quarter:

ANTH 208: Language, Culture, & Society  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5065  •  Hyb TTh 10:30am-12:20am  •  Katharine Hunt

BIOL 211: Biology Majors Cellular  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3133  •  MWF 9:30am-10:20am, TTh 9:30am-11:20am  •  Stacy Alvares

BIOL 211: Biology Majors Cellular  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3135  •  TThF 11:30am-12:20pm, MW 11:30am-1:20pm  •  Jason Fuller

BIOL 211: Biology Majors Cellular  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3137  •  MW 2:30pm-3:45pm, TTh 2:30pm-4:20pm  •  Eric Herbig

BIOL 275: Laboratory Methods in Genomics  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3227  •  MF 8:30am-9:45am, TTh 8:30am-10:20am  •  Stacey Gregersen

BIOL 276: Advanced Laboratory Methods in Genomics  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3229  •  MF 8:30am-9:45am, TTh 8:30am-10:20am  •  Stacey Gregersen

CHEM& 162: General Chemistry II  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3331  •  TThF 9:30am-10:20am, T 10:30am-11:20am, M 9:30am-12:20pm  •  Grady Blacken

CHEM& 162: General Chemistry II  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3331  •  TThF 9:30am-10:20am, T 10:30am-11:20am, M 9:30am-12:20pm  •  Grady Blacken

CHEM 275: Introduction to Instrumental Analysis  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3331  •  M 3:00pm-3:50pm, TTh 1:30pm-4:20pm  •  Grady Blacken

POLS& 101: Introduction to Political Science  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5341  •  Hyb MW 9:30am-11:20am  •  Christina Sciabarra

POLS& 101: Introduction to Political Science  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5342  •  Hyb TTh 9:30am-11:20am  •  Christina Sciabarra

PSYC& 100: General Psychology  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5400  •  Hyb M-Th 7:30pm-8:20pm  •  Celeste Lonson

PSYC& 100: General Psychology  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5404  •  Hyb M-Th 9:30pm-10:20pm •  Celeste Lonson

Have any doubts?  Read this student’s perspective on taking BIO211 and BIO275 or check out the posters that the CHEM 272 students presented at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium last Spring.

Service-Learning and Community Engagement

Service Leaning IconService-Learning & Community Engagement (SLCE) courses allow you to apply what you’re learning in class to the real world. In essence, the community becomes another textbook on your way to meeting the goals of your course.  SLCE gets you out into the surrounding community (or maybe brings a community partner into the classroom) to help meet the need of a non-profit, government, academic, or faith-based agency while also increasing your own understanding of the topics in your class.

Service Learning Courses and the Transcript Notation
Service-Learning looks awesome on your resume—and on your transcript!  Certain courses below may meet rigorous standards and thus provide you an opportunity to earn a special notation on your transcript.  This notation will be helpful for you when applying for jobs or transferring to other institutions.

All these courses below offer an opportunity to work alongside the community, through which you give back while also learning about yourself, better understanding course material, and gaining invaluable skills.  Ask your instructor whether the course gives you the chance to earn the transcript notation.

BIOL 150: Marine Biology  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3091  •  TThF 12:30pm-1:20pm, MW 11:30am-1:20pm  •  Heidi Richter

BIOL 160: General Biology w/ Lab  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3115  •  MWF 1:30pm-2:20pm, TTh 12:30pm-2:20pm  •  Fang Xie

ENGL& 101: English Composition I  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1092  •  MW 12:30pm-2:40pm  •  Katie Austin-Miranda

ENGL& 235: Technical Writing  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1184  •  Online  •  Katie Austin-Miranda

ESL 066: English for Community  •  Sajonna Sletten

ESL: Levels 5 & 6  •  Claudia Payne

ENVS& 100: Survey of Environmental Science  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 3513  •  M-F 8:30am-9:20am  •  Nancy Lane

OCEA& 101: Introduction to Oceanography w/ Lab  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3913  •  M-F 10:30am-11:20am, TTh 11:30am-12:20pm  •  Deborah Minium

SOC& 101: Introduction to Sociology  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5512  •  Hyb TTh 3:30pm-5:20pm  •  Taylor Dalrymple

Important note: There is no guarantee that the courses above will have a service-learning component or be eligible for the transcript notation. Those that do offer service-learning may make it a required or optional part of the course. Please contact the instructor with questions.

Community-Engaged and Single Shift Service-Learning Courses
Here are some other high-impact courses that will give you a chance to connect with community partners doing work that address real community needs:

NUTR 100: Survey of Nutrition  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 3871  •  M-F 8:30am-9:20am  •  Chelsea Fast

NUTR 100: Survey of Nutrition  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 3873  •  M-F 9:30am-10:20am  •  Chelsea Fast

NUTR 100: Survey of Nutrition  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 3877  •  M-F 12:30pm-1:20pm  •  Myriam Feldman

NUTR 100: Survey of Nutrition  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 3883  •  Online  •  Myriam Feldman

NUTR& 101: Nutrition  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 3891  •  M-F 10:30am-11:20am •  Chelsea Fast


The Academic Internship Program helps students in all majors connect to internship opportunities. They can also help you earn college credit for an existing internship.

You can schedule an appointment with an internship specialist by calling 425.564.2279, visiting the Center for Career Connections in B231, or emailing

Learning Communities

Learning Communities IconStudents and faculty participating in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program build learning communities that integrate teaching and learning across academic disciplines in collaborative, supportive, student-centered environments.

Learning communities consists of two or three courses, usually for 10 or more credits, designed and organized around a theme or subject of inquiry that learners investigate through multiple perspectives. Courses provide opportunities to connect personal, academic, and civic responsibilities by building critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and analytic skills.

Check out the awesome learning communities offered in Spring Quarter. You can learn more about how learning communities courses work—and how they transfer to other colleges in our FAQ page.

Innovative Offerings


This course is intended for students considering careers in non-profits, government, advocacy, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, or impact-driven research. Guest speakers, field trips, and community-based service-learning opportunities will help students hone in on their ideal pathways to careers for social or environmental impact. Students will also learn how to identify, articulate, build, and apply strengths in resumes and on social media. Throughout the course, students will explore six different pathways that represent different careers for social or environmental impact, and will walk away with a plan for which pathway is most meaningful for them and what they should do to get there.

It was initially offered in Spring 2019, and will be offered again in Winter 2020, with the following details.

EXPRL 197: Changemakers: Connecting to Careers for Social Impact  •  3 Cr.  •  Item #   •  TTh 2:30pm-3:50pm  •  Sapan Parekh

Last Updated September 20, 2019