Cool Courses, Real Impact–Fall 2020

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 these research courses offered this Fall Quarter (listings not yet updated from Winter 2020):

ANTH 208: Language, Culture, & Society  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5065  •  TTh 12:30pm-2:40pm  •  Katharine Hunt

BIOL& 160: General Biology w/ Lab  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3106  •  MWF 7:30am-8:20am, TTh 7:30am-9:20am  •  Stacy Alvares

BIOL& 160: General Biology w/ Lab  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3110  •  MW 10:30am-11:45am, TTh 10:30am-12:20pm  •  Nancy Lane

BIOL& 211: Biology Majors Cellular  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3132  •  MWF 10:30am-11:20am, TTh 9:30am-11:20am  •  Raji Sundaravadivelan

BIOL& 211: Biology Majors Cellular  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3134  •  MWF 12:30pm-1:20pm, TTh 12:30pm-2:20pm  •  Raji Sundaravadivelan

BIOL& 212: Biology Majors Animals  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3144  •  MW 11:30am-12:45pm, TTh 11:30am-1:20pm  •  Jason Fuller

CHEM 272: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3400  •  WTh 1:30pm-4:20pm, M 2:30pm-4:20pm  •  Grady Blacken

ENVS& 100: Survey of Environmental Science  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 3514  •  Online  •  Seema Jejurikar

MBS 481: Senior Capstone I  •  4 Cr.  •  Item # 3392  •  Arranged  •  Jacqueline Miller

PSYC& 100: General Psychology  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5410  •  Hyb TTh 12:30pm-2:20pm  •  Celeste Lonson

PSYC& 100: General Psychology  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5413  •  Hyb TTh 3:30pm-5:20pm  •  Celeste Lonson

PSYC 209: Fundamentals of Psychological Research  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5438  •  Hyb TTh 10:30am-12:20pm •  Madeleine Gorges

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.

Community-Engaged & Civic Education

Service Leaning IconCommunity-Engaged & Civic Education (CECE) 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.  CECE 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. CECE courses include traditional service-learning, community-engaged research, civic education, and more.

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. NOTE: Not all CECE courses will meet the rigorous action-oriented standards required to qualify for the transcript notation. Ask your instructor whether the course gives you the chance to earn the transcript notation.

BTS 168: Business Data Management Tools  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 4127  •  Online  •  William Blowers

CHEM& 161: General Chemistry I  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3313  •  Online MWF 8:30am-9:20am, M 9:30am-10:20am, T 8:30am-11:20am  •  Sonya Doucette

CHEM& 161: General Chemistry I  •  6 Cr.  •  Item # 3315  •  Online MWF 8:30am-9:20am, M 9:30am-10:20am, Th 8:30am-11:20am  •  Sonya Doucette

DMA 103: Digital 2D Design  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 4802  •  Online MW 1:45pm-5:30pm (Summer)  •  Mariella Lawson

DMA 288: Pre-Production  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 4837  •  Online M 5:30pm-7:40pm  •  Elizabeth Hollerman

DUTEC 100: Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography  •  3 Cr.  •  Item # 2403  •  Online Th 9:00am-11:50am  •  Steven Knight

ECON 100: Introduction to Basic Economic Principles  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5100  •  Online TTh 9:30am-10:20am  •  Humaira Jackson

ECON& 202: Macroeconomics  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5144  •  Online MW 9:30am-10:20am  •  Tyler Saxon

ECON& 202: Macroeconomics  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5146  •  Online TTh 10:30am-11:20am  •  Tyler Saxon

ECON& 202: Macroeconomics  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5154  •  Online  •  Tyler Saxon

ENGL& 101: English Composition I  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1084  •  Online  •  Jeremiah Allen

ENGL& 101: English Composition I  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1091  •  Online  •  Katie Austin-Miranda

ENGL& 101: English Composition I  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1098  •  Online  •  Jeremiah Allen

ENGL& 101: English Composition I  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1119  •  Online  •  Donna Cowan

ENGL 201: The Research Paper  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1145  •  Online TTh 10:30am-11:20am  •  Zhenzhen Weatherford

ESL 5&6: Speaking & Listening  •  Claudia Payne

ENVS 105: The Science of Sustainable Living  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 3521  •  Online  •  Roshni Tewari

HSC 082: Social Studies  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 7732  •  Online MW 11:30am-1:20pm  •  Taylor Dalrymple

HSC 082: Social Studies  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 7733  •  Online TTh 6:00am-8:10pm  •  Taylor Dalrymple

INDES 220: Design Drawing  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1630  •  Online TTh 9:30am-12:45pm  •  Betty Torrell

INDES 381: Interior Design Studio 5  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1727  •  Online TTh 2:30pm-5:45pm  •  Betty Torrell

INDES 382: Interior Design Studio 6  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1730  •  Online TTh 2:30pm-5:45pm  •  Betty Torrell

PHIL 122: Environmental Ethics  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 1935  •  Online (Summer)  •  Monica Aufrecht

POLS& 101: Introduction to Political Science  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5382  •  Online  •  Christina Sciabarra

POLS& 101: Introduction to Political Science  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5386  •  Online  •  Christina Sciabarra

POLS& 202: American Government  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5412  •  Online  •  Clifford Cawthon

POLS& 202: American Government  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5414  •  Online MTWTh 9:30am-10:20am  •  Clifford Cawthon

POLS& 202: American Government  •  5 Cr.  •  Item # 5416  •  Online MTWTh 10:30am-11:20am  •  Clifford Cawthon

RISE is thrilled to work with all these amazing instructors, who care deeply about bringing community-engaged and civic education to their courses during a particularly difficult time. Also, a shout out to Bradetta Vines (Drama), Madeleine Tessandori (Anthropology), and Seema Bahl (Sociology), and other instructors who were not able to offer their planned CECE courses this quarter due to effects of COVID-19.  

Important note: There is no guarantee that the courses above will have a service-learning or civic action 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.

Internships

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 internships@bellevuecollege.edu.

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 Winter Quarter. You can learn more about how learning communities courses work—and how they transfer to other colleges in our FAQ page.

Innovative Offerings


Changemakers!

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 2020, and will be offered again in Spring 2021, 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 17, 2020