Our Courses – Fall

We are excited to announce a number of new offerings for Fall 2017! The College of Innovation + Design is open to all majors and interests. Learn more about our opportunities below and register for one (or more!) that inspires you!

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  • Sustainability
  • Leadership
  • Job Skills
  • Gaming
  • User Design
  • Hands on Projects

Leadership

Civic Engagement and Leadership

Course #: LEAD 225-001, Class Number 13215

1-3 Credits
Friday 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Provides students with opportunities to learn about political and social community dynamics while becoming catalysts for collaborative social change. Students will integrate service, education, and reflection to create meaningful change in communities. The culmination of this learning will take place on an intensive weeklong service trip. Students must be accepted into alternative break program prior to registration.

Foundations of Leadership

Course #: LEAD 325

3 Credits
LEAD 325-001, Class Number 13035 Tuesday/Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
LEAD 325-002, Class Number 13037 Monday/Wednesday 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
LEAD 325-1070, Class Number 16193 Wednesday 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
LEAD 325-4101, Class Number 13833 ONLINE
LEAD 325-4102, Class Number 15912 ONLINE
An introduction to concepts, frameworks, ideas and beliefs related to leadership. Intended to inspire students to engage in deeper self-exploration about why they lead and how they can begin to serve as a catalyst for progress in their relationships, communities and organizations.

LEAD Digital Certificate

Course #: LEAD

Are you a leader or aspiring to become one? The 16-credit online or in-person LEAD certificate gives you the opportunity to learn an innovative, high-integrity approach to leading people and organizations. Top notch coaches with academic and real-world experience model the way.

Job Skills

Art of Java / Web Tools

Course #: B2C 197-001, Class Number 15976

1st 8 Weeks
2 Credits
Wednesday 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Choose engaging, real-world scenarios to learn and apply coding in the first of three courses intended to complement non-computer science majors. This course teaches you the basics of coding with self-paced online project work and a weekly in-class learning team meeting. You'll learn how the skills you've learned in your major can be applied to the exploding tech industry job market. Learn the basics of "next gen" online coding skills to complement your degree.

Digital Marketing

Course #: B2C 297-004, Class Number 16023

2nd 8 Weeks
2 Credits
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Designed to teach students modern marketing techniques including web design, social media, search engine marketing, email marketing and analytics. Students will gain hands-on experience by building prototype companies and creating marketing for them as well, all while earning popular certifications to help bolster their resumes!

Harvard Business School Credential of Readiness at Boise State

Course #: COID 400-001, Class Number 14295

9 Credits
Monday 4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Enhance your degree with the Credential of Readiness from Harvard Business School and HBX. Harvard's world class case-study method, faculty, and online experience connect Boise State students to a global learning community. This 9-credit hybrid course combines online content with a local weekly class. Upon successful completion of the final exam, you will earn the Credential of Readiness from HBX and Harvard Business School.

The Startup Garage

Course #: COID 397

3 Credits
COID 397-001, Class Number 16137 Tuesday/Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
COID 397-002, Class Number 16138 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 2:14 PM
COID 397-003, Class Number 16139 Tuesday 4:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Start a business while getting a degree. Venture College is open to any student, any major and is a place to develop and execute your entrepreneurial ideas. You will have expert mentors, advisors and community support to take your idea and run with it.

The Startup Sprint

Course #: COID 397-004, Class Number 16142

1 Credit
Monday 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
Start a business while getting a degree. Venture College is open to any student, any major and is a place to develop and execute your entrepreneurial ideas. You will have expert mentors, advisors and community support to take your idea and run with it.

The Startup Studio

Course #: COID 497-001, Class Number 16145

3 Credits
Day/Time TBD
Start a business while getting a degree. Venture College is open to any student, any major and is a place to develop and execute your entrepreneurial ideas. You will have expert mentors, advisors and community support to take your idea and run with it.

Work U

Course #: COID 470-001, Class Number 14993

3 Credits
Friday 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, plus 10 hours/week with employer
Open to all majors, Work U is a professional experience that gives students the opportunity to learn both in the classroom and on the job. Based on interests and skills, students are placed in positions where they work closely with a mentor and apply their knowledge in a professional environment. Work U helps students develop skills critical to employability and build a professional network.

Sustainability

Agent Based Modeling

Course #: HES 597/697

3 Credits
HES 597-002, Class Number 15963
HES 697-002, Class Number 16049

Wednesday/Friday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This course will introduce graduate students to the use of agent-based models as a means of understanding and predicting the dynamics of human-environment systems. Agent-based approaches have become powerful tools in ecological economics, land use science, political science, natural resource management, and the sustainability sciences.

Complex Systems and Sustainability

Course #: HES 297-001, Class Number 15965

3 Credits
Monday/Wednesday 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Systems thinking is a powerful conceptual way of looking at the world that students can leverage to solve problems in their own careers and lives. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of complexity science and systems thinking.

Landscape Ecology

Course #: HES 597/697

3 Credits
HES 597-001, Class Number 14289
HES 697-001, Class Number 16048
Wednesday 1:30 PM - 4:15 PM
This course provides students with an introduction to the history, theory, quantitative methods, and practical applications of the discipline of landscape ecology. Landscape ecology is focused on the interplay between spatial pattern and process, especially at broad spatial and temporal scales.

User Design

Asking and Listening

Course #: ETHNO 462

1 Credit
ONLINE
Conducting effective qualitative interviews in the ethnographic tradition is challenging. In ETHNO 462, you will learn why planning carefully in advance is necessary, even though things rarely go according to plan, and why defining a purpose is important, even though key insights are often emergent and unexpected. You will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different kinds of interviews utilized by ethnographers.

Contextual Inquiry

Course #: ETHNO 463

1 Credit
ONLINE
The tradition of participant observation defines the very heart of anthropological ethnography. In ETHNO 463, you will explore the restructuring of traditional participant observation as contextual inquiry. This accelerates the research process to generate insights that can inform specific design problems in a timely manner. You will learn to plan in advance but be prepared to revise, and evaluate the uses of varied observational techniques.

Design Ethnography Certificate

Course #: ETHNO 460 - ETHNO 469

Design Ethnography is the art and science of designing for people by people. It is an emerging career path that applies anthropology and ethnography research techniques to product design, consumer insights, and organizational innovation. Students will learn from industry experts and master research fundamentals that are critical in today's job market. Students can explore a single course or complete a full 12-credit online certificate.

Ethnography for Design

Course #: ETHNO 465

1 Credit
ONLINE
Developments in design thinking fundamentally restructure professional ethnography even as they increase the role of methods originating in ethnographic research. ETHNO 465 introduces you to the dynamic, plural, overlapping worlds of design thinking, from human centered design to participatory design. You will explore the relation between ethnography and core design concepts such as rapid prototyping through iterative cycles, empathy maps and design personas, story mapping and customer journeys, touch-points and channels, pain points and unmet needs, and more!

Hands on Projects

Autonomous Robotic Systems

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

Join an interdisciplinary research team working to complete NASA’s STMD challenge to build a robot that will return extraterrestrial soil samples. A multi-semester opportunity for all majors to work on a real world NASA project, with dedicated graduate students and faculty, including our resident astronaut, Steve Swanson.

Big Data in the Public Sector

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

This VIP will explore the connection between ethics and Big Data in public sector decision making. Participants will engage with faculty and graduate students from the School of Public Service in weekly reviews and discussion based on assigned readings and participation on Big Data research efforts, scholarship design and implementation, and through engagement with Computer Science and Engineering faculty. Students will gain experience working in an interdisciplinary environment on a critical and dynamic problem within the Big Data policy domain. Students will produce a literature review and a white paper summarizing their findings and a reflection paper on their research project experience.

Bio-Innovations

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

The goal of this project is to understand how biological systems innovate through the evolutionary process to make novel structures and functions. This knowledge will be applied to create new biological innovations in the lab. Our current focus is at the molecular level and utilizes data intensive DNA sequencing. Students will be trained in molecular biology needed to collect data, and/or the computational biology and bioinformatic skills required to analyze this data. Specific skills may include in vitro transcription/translation, molecular cloning, Illumina library preparation, high-throughput DNA sequence analysis, computer programming languages (Python, Matlab, R), and machine learning.

Developing Sustainable Solutions

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

Join an interdisciplinary research team focused on a humanitarian effort focused on providing cost-effective, products and services that will empower families and communities in need.

Hacking for Defense

Course #: COID 497/597

3 Credits
COID 497-003, Class Number 16069
COID 597-001, Class Number 16077
Tuesday 11:55 AM - 2:40 PM
Boise State University has been chosen as a Hacking 4 Defense incorporated (H4Di) partner to enable powerful approaches to stimulating science and technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship on university and college campuses directed towards solving national security problems. H4Di, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, works in partnership with the National Defense University – National Security Accelerator (NSTA) and the Stanford University Hacking 4 Defense Project (H4D-P). Two-hour cohort workshop and mandatory half-hour advisory with a Hacking 4 Defense mentor weekly.

Immersive Virtual Reality

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

Join an interdisciplinary research team learning to capture, create, edit, and build virtual reality environments. You will gain practical experience in developing virtual reality software, applications, and digital environments. A multi-semester opportunity for all majors to work with dedicated faculty and graduate students.

Make it!

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

Join an interdisciplinary research team focused on pioneering Boise State's Makerspace. As a member of the "Make It!" team you will design, build, test, and lead Boise State's student-led maker workspace. A multi-semester opportunity for all majors to work with dedicated graduate students and faculty, including our resident astronaut, Steve Swanson.

Modeling Sustainability

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

What if we could automatically discover recipes for making new solar panels, aerospace parts, and nuclear materials by working backwards from what we want? The Modeling Sustainability team helps make this dream a reality by developing open software. Projects range from developing new sensors for use in Boise State University laboratories, developing models for simulating materials, and advancing algorithms for extracting knowledge from computer experiments. Do you love puzzles? Thinking spatially? Finding patterns in messes? Do you want to automate repetitive things so you can be creative? If so, we'd love to talk more.

Music of the Future, Automatic Transcription

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

Join an interdisciplinary research team of engineers, musicians, and scientists focused on capturing and transcribing musical audio signals into standard music notation. A multi-semester opportunity for all majors to work with dedicated faculty and graduate students.

NASA’s Microgravity University

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

Join an interdisciplinary research team working on challenges for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Crewed Mission in the early 2020s. A multi-semester opportunity for all majors to work with dedicated faculty and graduate students.

Photo Lab

Course #: VIP 200,300,400,500,600

Join an interdisciplinary research team that will tell Boise State's College of Innovation + Design's development story using photographic and other visual mediums. Your creative and technical work will educate, influence and inspire new pathways of learning. Multi-semester opportunity for all majors to work with dedicated faculty and graduate students.

Plasma Medicine: Science of Wound Healing

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

Join an interdisciplinary research team focused on the next big innovation in the medical field. The science of wound healing is developing a plasma-based technology to facilitate wound healing in diabetic patients and wound victims. A multi-semester opportunity for all majors to work with dedicated faculty and graduate students.