Apr 20, 2024  
2017-18 Catalog 
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Bellevue College

Vision, Values, Missions, Goals

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, June 2008


Bellevue College will continue to be the region’s college of choice, based on its excellence, innovation, and national recognition for exemplary programs.

Core Values

We, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and administration of Bellevue College, place students at the center of all we do and support and promote the excellence of their efforts. We affirm and embody pluralism, value collaboration and shared decision making, and honor creativity and innovation. We consider it our duty to anticipate changing demands in education and welcome the opportunity to shape its future. We acknowledge our responsibility to society and embrace the belief that widespread access to excellent postsecondary education is the cornerstone of a democratic society.


Bellevue College is a comprehensive and innovative college that advances the life-long educational development of its students consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community. The college accomplishes this purpose by providing high-quality, flexible educational programs and services that are academically, geographically, and financially accessible. Committed to teaching and learning excellence and employee growth and development, the college nurtures a supportive environment throughout its programs and services.



Bellevue College will provide access to educational programs and services that strengthen the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community.

Student Success

Bellevue College will support students’ lifelong educational development by offering programs and services consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities.

Teaching and Learning Excellence

Bellevue College will offer educational programs and services that are responsive, flexible, and of the highest quality.

Institutional Accountability

Bellevue College will maintain a viable and supportive system of organizational review that verifies and improves college effectiveness and ensures the integrity of programs.

Professional and Organizational Excellence

Bellevue College will foster creativity and innovation, high standards of professional excellence, a developed sense of community, and continuous organizational renewal.

Financial Sustainability

Bellevue College will remain preeminent by strengthening its financial position.

Technology Leadership

Bellevue College will be a leader in administrative and educational technology, including online learning.


Bellevue College will advance diversity programs that promote pluralism, inclusion, and global awareness.

Community Leadership and Partnership

Bellevue College will be a leader and partner in building a strong and vibrant region.

Affirmation of Inclusion

Adopted by the All College Council, June 1992

Bellevue College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination.

We value our different backgrounds at BC, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Bellevue College is accredited as an associate and bachelor degree-granting institution by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2009.

The accrediting body is located at:
Norwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, Washington 98052-3981

State Approving Agency

Selected programs of study at Bellevue College are approved by the Washington State Achievement Council (WSAC) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, USC.

Equal Opportunity

Bellevue College is an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

Bellevue College does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity; creed; color; national origin; sex; marital status; sexual orientation; age; religion; genetic information; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; or veteran status in educational programs and activities which it operates. Bellevue College is prohibited from discriminating in such a manner by college policy and by state and federal law. All college personnel and persons, vendors, and organizations with whom the college does business are required to comply with applicable federal and state statutes and regulations designed to promote affirmative action and equal opportunity.

Bellevue College no discrimina por motivos de raza u origen étnico, credo, color, origen nacional, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, edad, religión, información genética, presencia de cualquier discapacidad sensorial, mental o física o condición de veterano en sus programas educativos ni en las actividades que administra. De acuerdo con políticas de la universidad y de leyes estatales y federales, Bellevue College tiene prohibido incurrir en tales actos de discriminación. Todo el personal y las personas que hacen vida en la institución, los proveedores y las organizaciones con las cuales trabaja Bellevue College deben acatar los estatutos y normativas federales y estatales vigentes creados con el fin de promover la discriminación positiva y la igualdad de oportunidades.

贝尔维学院 (Bellevue College) 不会因种 族或民族、信仰、肤色、国籍、性别、婚姻 状况、性取向、年龄、宗教、遗传信息,患 有任何感官、精神或肢体残疾,或在其经营 的教育计划和活动中的退伍军人身份而歧视 任何人。根据学院政策以及州政府和联邦法 律,禁止贝尔维学院 (Bellevue College) 以这种方式歧视他人。所有与学院开展业务 的学院工作人员和个人、供应商,以及组织 机构,都必须遵守旨在促进平权行动和平等 机会所适用的联邦和州政府法规和条例。

This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs and employment. Discrimination is prohibited by Presidential Executive Order 11246 as amended, Washington State Gubernatorial Executive Orders 89-01 (PDF) and 93-07 (PDF), Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Washington State Law Against Discrimination RCW 49.60, Title IX of
the Education Amendments of 1972, State of Washington Gender Equity in Higher Education Act of 1989, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 as amended, other federal and statutes, regulations, and college policy.

Coordination of the compliance efforts of Bellevue College with respect to equal opportunity and disability accommodation regulations is under the direction of:

Vice President of Human Resources
Aaron Hilliard
(425) 564-2274 • Office R130L
Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6454

Employees, students, and the general public should contact Human Resources:
(425) 564-2274 • Fax: (425) 564-3173
Email: hr@bellevuecollege.edu.

Any person can file a complaint on campus, off campus, or online: www.bellevuecollege.edu/titleix/how/fileacomplaint/.

Title IX

Bellevue College is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, program, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities.

Student Contact

The Title IX Coordinator can address student concerns related to sexual harassment, sexual assault and other actions that fall within the college’s obligations under Title IX.

Bellevue College Title IX Coordinator
Rachel Wellman
(425) 564-2641 • Office C227

Faculty and Staff Contact

The VP for Human Resources can address faculty and staff concerns related to sexual harassment, sexual assault and other actions that fall within the college’s obligations under Title IX.

Vice-President of Human Resources
Aaron Hilliard
(425) 564-2445 • Office R130L

Disability Resource Center

For information or to request disability accommodation, students should contact the Disability Resource Center:

Paul Arithi
425-564-2498 • Office B132
TTY: (425) 564-4110 • Fax: (425) 564-4138
Email: drc@bellevuecollege.edu

Student Right-to-Know Act

The Student Right-to-Know Act requires that institutions receiving Title IV funding disclose specific information about the college. Information about Bellevue College and its campus is available for review for our students, which also includes the bachelor degree students, on BC’s website at www.bellevuecollege.edu/legal/publicdisclosure/. You can also access much of this information throughout this annual course catalog, including BC website links to specific topics. In addition, some hard-copy reports are available as noted below:

For information on other Student Right-to-Know topics, visit www.bellevuecollege.edu.

Where to Find Information on Student Affairs and Policies

The Bellevue College website is the gateway to an enormous amount of information about student life at Bellevue College. Academic, enrollment and graduation, and tuition information are among the many topics you may find helpful. In addition, there is information about our wide array of Student Affairs, including advising, counseling, veterans’ assistance, and financial aid.

Policies and procedures that students need to know can also be found on the website. These include policies about academic standards, withdrawing from classes, behavior expectations and discipline procedures. BC policies and procedures are subject to revision without notice. For current information on policies, visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/policies/.

Limitation of Liability

The college’s total liability for claims arising from a contractual relationship with the student in any way related to classes or programs shall be limited to the tuition and expenses paid by the student to the college for those classes or programs. In no event shall the college be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, including but not limited to, loss of earnings or profits.

Students and Learning

At Bellevue College, instructional programs are designed to improve students’ performance in fundamental abilities: as effective communicators; in logic and reasoning; as critical thinkers; in appreciation of and communication across diverse cultures.

BC’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Program evaluates the quality of instruction, based upon the evidence of student success. The program bases assessment of student success on the quality of student work in classrooms and in student service programs, on survey of student opinion about their educational experiences at BC, their attitudes about education, and survey of instructor and staff opinion about program quality and currency and student success. The Assessment Program yields information and evidence to support the improvement of the college curriculum and of student support.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Our applied bachelor’s degree programs are designed to accommodate both individuals new to higher education and working professionals. Current programs include:

Bachelor of Applied Arts

Bachelor of Applied Science

Bachelor of Science

These degrees are intended for students who have already completed an associate’s degree in a specific field. See Programs of Study  for more detailed information and degree requirements.

Transfer Associate Degrees

The college offers the following transfer associate degrees intended for students who plan to transfer to baccalaureate institutions in the State of Washington. Students must follow the appropriate degree guidelines in order to fulfill graduation requirements. All are part of the Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) transfer agreement and offer several options. See Programs of Study  for further degree details, major programs, and degree requirements.

*DTA/MRP = Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program

Professional/Technical Programs

Associate in Applied Science-T Degree

The AAS-T combines technical courses required for job preparation and college-level general education courses and are designed for the dual purpose of immediate employment and preparation for the junior year in a Washington state bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree program. The AAS-T degree generally will not be accepted in preparation for bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees although the general education component of the degree will be accepted in transfer.

Associate in Arts Degree

This may be the right choice if you want to earn a credential in a specific career field; not designed as a transfer program. Review program areas in Programs of Study .

Certificates of Achievement

Provide training in a focused program in a specific occupational field and require 45 credits or more of prescribed courses. Certificates require instruction in (1) communication; (2) computation; and (3) human relations.

Certificates of Accomplishment

Provide dedicated training and require 20 to 44 credits of specific courses.

Certificates of Completion

Provide focused training and require fewer than 20 credits. Professional or technical program offerings and course requirements listed in this catalog may change to reflect the needs of industry, student interests, availability of resources, and general education options.

General Studies

Associate in Arts General Studies Degree

This degree grants academic recognition for the completion of 90 applicable college level credits. It is not for students intending to transfer to a university/college in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree nor does it fulfill the first two years of general education requirements for a bachelor degree (see General Studies, AA  for degree requirements).

Associate in Occupational and Life Skills

Occupational and Life Skills (OLS) is a 90-credit associate degree program for students with varying disabilities that interfere with learning success in a traditional college environment. All courses focus on critical thinking and problem solving with an emphasis on self-determination and advocacy. Students are instructed in soft skills required to maintain successful employment. Learn more in Occupational and Life Skills, AA . Visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/ols for admission information.

Basic & Transitional Studies

Basic & Transitional Studies has three components at BC: Basic Education for Adults classes, numbered below 100, develop or build basic skills. English as a Second Language offers non-native students an opportunity to learn English. High School Completion is available for students 19 years or older to prepare for the GED® exam. The exam is available through Testing Services. For course descriptions, see Course Descriptions .

High School Diploma

Students who are 21 years or older, or have been enrolled in the Running Start program can request a high school diploma when they complete an associate degree of any type at Bellevue College.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education offers a wide array of opportunities for the lifelong learner. Classes are designed to meet the needs of working professionals, businesses, technology enthusiasts, retirees, and casual learners seeking personal enrichment. Most classes are located at our North Campus, 14673 NE 29th Place, Bellevue. As practitioners in their respective fields, our instructors bring valuable experience and
expertise to the classroom. Instruction options range from three-hour workshops to ten-week classes with new offerings starting throughout the quarter.

To review the latest class descriptions, schedules and fees, pick up a copy of the Continuing Education print schedule, visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/ce/ or call to speak to one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives at (425) 564-2263.

Helpful Telephone Numbers

General Information (425) 564-1000
  Academic Success Center (425) 564-2200
  Arts & Humanities Division (425) 564-2341
  Health Sciences, Education & Wellness Institute (425) 564-2012
  Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) (425) 564-2311
  Science Division (425) 564-2321
  Social Science Division (425) 564-2331
Library Media Center  
  Hours & Information Line (425) 564-2252
  Reference Desk (425) 564-6161
  Media Center Desk (425) 564-2001
Student Affairs  
  Advising (425) 564-2212
  Bookstore (425) 564-2285
  Center for Career Connections & Women’s Center (425) 564-2279
  Counseling Center (425) 564-2212
  Disability Resource Center (425) 564-2498
  TTY (425) 564-4110
  Early Learning Center (Childcare & Head Start) (425) 564-2240
  Enrollment Services (425) 564-2222
  Evaluations/Graduation (425) 564-3106
  Testing Services (425) 564-2243
  Transcripts (425) 564-2222
  Financial Aid (425) 564-2227
  Center for High School Programs (425) 564-2026
    CEO (Career Education Options) (425) 564-2026
    Running Start (425) 564-4145
    Summer Enrichment (425) 564-4145
  Multicultural Services & Student Success Programs (425) 564-2208
  OIE (Office of International Education and Global Initiatives) (425) 564-3185
  Registration (425) 564-2222
  Student Programs (425) 564-6150
  Associated Student Government (425) 564-6150
  TRiO – Student Support Services (425) 564-5745
  Veterans Office (425) 564-2220
Economic & Workforce Development  
  Continuing Education (425) 564-4000
  Workforce Education (425) 564-4045
  Worker Retraining (425) 564-2036
Public Safety  
  Emergency Closure Information (425) 401-6680