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!

Majors

Gaming, Interactive Media, & Mobile Technology

Course #: GIMM

GIMM is a major that prepares you to create the technologies we use and experience in our work and personal lives. In GIMM, you'll learn how to design games, websites, apps, and virtual reality environments so that you can contribute to and build the technologies of the future.

Certificates

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.

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.

Badge

Startup Launch: From Zero to Revenue

Course #: COID 497

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.

Cooperative

WorkU

Course #: COID 270/470

Open to all majors, WorkU 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. WorkU helps students develop skills critical to employability and build a professional network.

Credential

Harvard Business School Credential of Readiness at Boise State

Course #: COID 400-001

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.

Courses: Bridge 2 Career

Applied Personal Finance

Course #: B2C 297-002

Own your own finances so they don't own you. Master the financial skills required to payoff debt, do your own taxes and develop a personal financial plan that caters to your needs and life goals.

Art of Java / Web Tools

Course #: B2C 197-001

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.

Data Visualization with Excel

Course #: B2C 297-003

Identify, capture, and display data to influence your audience. Learn to create captivating graphics using excel.

Design Thinking with IDEO

Course #: B2C 397-001

Learn a new lens for solving complex real-world problems facing your community from the leaders in human-centered design, IDEO and Stanford's D School. In this course, you will learn the design-thinking framework to unlock your creative potential and design for good.

Digital Marketing

Course #: B2C 297-005

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!

Gender and Resiliency at Work

Course #: B2C 397-002

Learn the strategies to unlock the power of resiliency, assess your current skills, learn from inspirational women from across the globe, and create a roadmap for your career. Taught by the author of "Shift Into Thrive", Micron Director, Lynn Schmidt, PhD.

Innovation: Influencing Change

Course #: B2C 397-003

Innovation is not just about the idea, it's also about the approach. Use case studies to learn from great companies how to turn your ideas into revenue generating innovations.

Professional Skills

Course #: B2C 297-004

There are only 112 days in a semester. Use yours to kick-start your career or internship search. Learn the skills you need to stand out from the crowd, build a career roadmap, and secure your job.

The Art of Happiness

Course #: B2C 297-001

Discover what happiness is and why it matters in your life and your career. Learn how to increase your own happiness, and how happiness forms a basis for physical, mental, professional health, and beyond.

Research Opportunities

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shelter Lab

Course #: VIP 200,400,500

Join an interdisciplinary research team focused on building structures to support families after disaster strikes. Disaster Relief: Victim Shelter Assistance is designing and prototyping temporary structures for people in need. A multi-semester opportunity for all majors to work with dedicated faculty and graduate students.

Visual Storytelling: Designing a Photographic Narrative

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.