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College Catalog & Course Descriptions

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College catalog & course descriptions

Whatcom Community College's college catalog should be used for educational planning purposes only. Explore Class Schedule Search to view our most current course offerings. To view current and past print copies of the catalog, please visit the library or the Registration Office.


Catalog addendums

2016-17 catalog addendum

The following revisions have been made to the 2016-17 catalog:

  • Associate in Science – Business Administration core requirements (page 72) BUSAD 140 Business Research and Communication (CM) may be taken instead of ENGL& 230 Technical Writing (CM) or ENGL& 235 Technical Writing.
  • Associate in Science – Computer Information Systems electives / cooperative work experience (page 77) ACCT, BIS, BUS, BUSAD, CIS, CJ, CS, ECON, MATH, OFFAD or VISCM; PSYCH 106 are the recommended disciplines. 
  • Associate in Nursing (DTA/MRP) (page 94).
  • Associate in Arts – Visual Communications core requirements (page 99) VISCM 261 Raster Illustration and Image Editing is not a core requirement.
  • 2016-2017 Tuition Rates (page 12): Note: In addition to the standard tuition charges, most students will pay a $6.32 per credit fee (up to 15 credits, or $94.80) to fund a major remodel of the Student Recreation Center and a quarterly $20 fee for unlimited pre-paid access on WTA buses using their Orca Card.  These projects were initiated and approved by Whatcom students.

2014-16 catalog addendum

The following revisions have been made to the 2014-16 catalog:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science Degree - IT Networking Whatcom Community College’s nationally acclaimed computer information systems program will begin offering a bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree in IT networking in fall 2017 (The specific schedule has not yet been set for academic year 2017-18; however, fall quarter begins in September). The degree will include courses infused with security topics and embedded certificates of proficiency in Cloud Technologies, Industrial Control Systems (SCADA), and Mobile Technologies. Bachelor of Applied Science Degree - IT Networking information.

2012-14 catalog addendum

The following revisions have been made to the 2012-14 catalog:

  • Associate in Arts & Sciences Degree/Direct Transfer Agreement (AAS/DTA) Effective winter 2014, all new students are required to complete the new QSR course requirement for graduation. Students enrolled prior to winter 2014 will have until the end of fall 2015 to complete the existing degree requirements. Subsequent to fall 2015, all students are required to complete the 2014-16 AAS/DTA requirements since they are less restrictive than prior catalog requirements with the exception of QSR. (12/06/13, rev. 10/19/15). Winter 2014 Degree Template.

2010-12 catalog addendum

The following revisions have been made to the 2010-12 catalog:

  • Degrees and programs: Health Unit Coordinator Certificate is inactive as of fall 2010 (page 78) as of 8/10/10.
  • Notice of non-discrimination: Notice of non-discrimination was updated to include "genetic information" (page 5) as of 8/10/10.
  • Tuition and fees: Language was added regarding collection fees for student nonpayment. "Pursuant to state law (RCW 28B.10.293 and RCW 19.16.500) any debts to the college will be increased by costs and expenses incurred in the collection of such debts." (page 10) as of 8/10/10.
  • 2010-11 academic calendar: 2011 summer quarter start date is July 5, 2011 and end date is August 26, 2011 (page 8) as of 1/18/2011.

2005-07 catalog addendum

Due to a state-wide common course numbering initiative that has not yet been finalized, Whatcom Community College extended its 2005-07 catalog for the 2007-08 academic year with the following additions/revisions (as of 6/2008):

  • Board of Trustees: Robert B.T. Fong (chair), Barbara Rofkar (vice-chair), Steve Adelstein, Sue Cole and Chuck Robinson (page 3).
  • Notice of non-discrimination (page 4) as of 10/07.
  • Waiver of nonresident differential (page 10) as of fall 2005. 
  • Revised annual notification of student rights under FERPA (page 16).

Business & Office Administration (pages 50-53):

Computer Information Systems (pages 55-56):

Graphic Design/Visual Communications (pages 61-62):

High School Diploma (page 47)

Medical Assisting (pages 66-67)

2003-05 catalog addendum

The following revisions have been made to the 2003-05 catalog:

Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree (transfer-DTA) as of fall 2003:

  • Add bullet under Distribution Requirements/Humanities (page 40) "For this requirement, all foreign languages are considered to be one discipline."
  • Add text under Communication Skills - Courses Designated "CC" or "OC" (page 42) "Note: Courses that are used to satisfy the Communication Skills core requirement cannot be used in any other categories (distribution, l, w, d, or g)."
  • For details, view the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree [PDF]

Degree/Certificate as of fall 2004, unless otherwise noted:

Program Policies/Procedures:

2001-03 Catalog Addendum

The following revisions were made to the 2001-03 catalog:

Program Changes as of fall 2002:


  • Communication Skills (page 46): Courses designated "OC" or "CC" replace section with: ENGL 101; ENGL 102, 103, 201, 202, 295; SPCH 100, 105, 110, 112, 120, 295
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (page 46): Courses designated "Q" or "SR" remove "wdg" designation from IDS 112; remove "w" and "l" designations from all PHYS courses.
  • Math/Science (page 47): Courses designated as "MS" remove * (physical/biological science designation) from all CS and MATH courses.


  • Accounting Degree (page 52): Cooperative Work Experience/Business Field Electives replace "Business Computing" with "Business Information Systems"; add "Computer Information Systems" as a discipline for business field electives.
  • Business Information Systems Degree (page 55): BIS 122 is 5 credits; replace CS 109 with CS 140.
  • Computer Information Systems Degree (page 56): Page reference on last line is page 46.
  • Early Childhood Education Degree (page 59): Page references is Humanities, page 46 and Science Lab, page 47.
  • Medical Assisting Degree (page 67): Total for section is 32 credits (28 general education credits and 4 elective credits).
  • Office Administration (page 69): Add COOP 190 (Cooperative Work Experience) as an alternative to COOP 180.


  • The most current course descriptions can be found on the college's web site at the Online Class Schedule (pages 75 - 156).
  • Faculty and Administration (page 171) Add Heidi Ypma, Math; B.A. Western Washington University; M.A. Western Washington University.
  • Index (page 173): High School Completion Program is on page 13.


Common course numbering

Common Course Numbering (CCN) is a state-wide project among the community and technical colleges to share identical Course ID's (disciplines and numbers) and titles for selected courses. The intent of this project is to facilitate student transfer between community & technical colleges in Washington State. (Note: the state's public and private 4-year colleges & universities are not part of the CCN project.)

Effective fall quarter 2008, Whatcom Community College joined other community & technical colleges in this effort by renumbering and/or renaming approximately 200 existing courses. Here is one example of how a course changed:

  • CHEM 115 (Basic Chemistry Concepts) changed to CHEM& 121 (Intro to Chemistry)

The ampersand symbol (&) in the Course ID is the CCN designator that identifies this is a common course among the community & technical colleges. This same Course ID will be used at all community & technical colleges that have the equivalent chemistry course. In addition, other Whatcom courses, while not identified as common, were renumbered and/or renamed as part of this project.

To view a list of course changes, click the following links: