Interdisciplinary courses for fall 2013

Bellevue College offers an array of interdisciplinary studies each quarter, some of which are only offered once. These courses revolve around an integrative, innovative curriculum that meshes together multiple course credits. This upcoming quarter, fall 2013, BC will offer five intriguing interdisciplinary courses,

Interested in fulfilling biology and chemistry requirements, earning an anthropology credit, all while solving crimes? Of Mice & Matter: Crime Scene Investigation might be the class for you. This 15-credit course leads students through hands-on forensic crime scene investigation where they can apply their learnt skills in biology, chemistry and anthropology.

Perhaps sustainability is more up your alley. Mike Hanson and Michael Meyers present two Bite Me courses for Fall: Consumption & Sustainability in the U.S. The courses educate students about up-to-date environmental happenings, what’s in the food they eat, and how their actions and choices in society impact a world far greater than themselves. Both classes meet together at the same time, but those signed up for the 11-credit lab class can choose between a biology or botany lab credit which extends the students’ class time on Wednesdays.

Ah, the Pursuit of Happiness: The Politics and Psychology of Well-Being. This is a 10 credit course that will engage students with fundamental questions, such as what it means to be happy and how one achieves that meaningful happiness. The influence of work, geographic location, social status, political viewpoint, attitude and the effects of personal and professional relationships are intermeshed in the class. The course also covers topics such as false or perceived happiness involving money and superficialities. By taking this class, students may obtain political science  or psychology credits.

To top it all off, there’s a chance to learn about the Good Life: Finding Your Place in School and Life. While exploring what it takes to bring themselves to good places, students will develop their sociology and English skills through discussion, reading, writing and listening to guest speakers. In doing so, students can earn English credits, one of which is a credit for non-native English speakers or a sociology credit.

The descriptions of these courses can also be found in the BC course catalog or through the online class listings under interdisciplinary studies.