Cool Classes, Real Impact

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

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Most 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 Fall Quarter:

BIOL 275: Laboratory Methods in Genomics
6 Cr. • Item # 3228 • MTuThF 8:30am-10:20am
Stacey Gregersen • (Prereq: BIOL& 160)

Service-Learning and Community Engagement

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Service-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 an organization while also increasing your own understanding of the topics in your class.

Service Learning Courses and the New Transcript Notation

Service-Learning looks awesome on your resume—and on your transcript!  Starting this year, certain courses below will 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.

CHEM& 110: Chemical Concepts w/ Lab • 6 Cr. • Item # 3262 • Online • Jennie Mayer

EXPRL 196: Sustainability Seminar • 1 Cr. • Item # 6391 • F 10:30am-12:20pm • Sonya Doucette

HCML 401: Marketing in Healthcare • 5 Cr. • Item # 2970 • Online • Miranda Kato

ISIT 490: ISIT Capstone I • 5 Cr. • Item # 4654 • W 5:30pm-7:00pm • Pratima Suneel

IT 270: IT Experiential Learning Capstone • V1-2 Cr. • Item # 4606 • W 2:30pm-4:20pm • Thomas Lee

POLS& 203: International Relations • 5 Cr. • Item # 5366 • Hyb MTWTh 11:30am-12:20pm • Clifford Cawthon

SOC& 201: Social Problems • 5 Cr. • Item # 5526 • Hyb MTWTh 9:30am-10:20am • Susan Cox

ENVS& 100: Survey of Environmental Science • 5 Cr. • Item # 3520 • Online • Gwyneth Jones

Important note: the transcript notation for these courses will not be formally approved until January 2018. Please contact if you have questions.

Community Engagement Courses

Here are some other high-impact courses that will give you a chance to connect with community partners doing work that addresses real community needs:

POLS 227: Middle East Politics & Society • 5 Cr. • Item # 5368 • M-F 9:30am-10:20pm • Christina Sciabarra

BUS 241/CES 241: Multicultural Business Consulting • 5 Cr. • Item # 4375 • TTh 12:30pm-2:40pm • Leslie Lum

INDES 371: Design Studio Commercial • 5 Cr. • Item # 1720 • MW 2:30pm-5:50pm • Mark Mappala

ISIT 490: ISIT Capstone I • 5 Cr. • Item # 4655 • W 5:30pm-7:00pm • Maricel Medina-Mora

NUTR& 101: Nutrition • 5 Cr. • Item # 3886 • M-F 9:30am-10:20am • Chelsea Murphy


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

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Students 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 and 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

Hablo español?

Consider this new course for students who can speak Spanish in everyday situations because of family and/or community connections but want to learn more about using Spanish in academic and professional situations.

SPAN 231: Spanish for Heritage Speakers • 5 Cr. • Item # 1530 • M-F 11:30am-12:20pm • Jozef Szwaja-Franken

Careers in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.

Are you wondering what you can do with a degree in Philosophy, Art, or Sociology?  A lot, actually.  Degrees in the social sciences, arts, and humanities can help you get jobs in an incredibly wide array of career fields.  This project-based course will help you build connections to BC faculty from across campus—and to industry professionals who have backgrounds in the liberal arts.  You will build transferable skills while designing an actionable career plan that incorporates appropriate academic courses and hands-on learning like internships, projects, and service-learning.

EXPRL 196: Exploring Careers in Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities • 2 Cr. • Item # 6395 • T 1:30pm-3:20pm
(starts January 16) • Christina Sciabarra

Explore Virtual Reality.

BC’s Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence James Riggall is co-teaching two new courses that will allow you to learn more about virtual reality, augmented reality, and other mixed reality experiences.  The classes will include hands-on projects, and they will also allow you to explore design considerations for VR as well as the social and ethical implications of immersive technologies.

CMST 196: VR Design & Communications • 5 Cr.
Item # 0807 • TTh 3:00pm-5:10pm • Riggall & Wolcott

CMST 296: Virtual Reality Lab Project • 2 Cr.
Item # 0862 • Th 1:00pm-3:00pm • Riggall & Wolcott

Be the Change!

Check out the new Sustainability Concentration.  (A concentration is the 2-year college equivalent of a minor.)  The concentration allows you to make a positive difference in the world, devise solutions to real-world sustainability challenges, and build tangible skills for your resume.  For most students working on a transfer degree, no additional coursework is required beyond the 1-credit Sustainability Seminar:

EXPRL 196: Sustainability Seminar • 1 Cr. • Item # 6391 • F 10:30am-12:20pm • Sonya Doucette

Last Updated January 5, 2021