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Bridge to Career

The Bridge to Career program is guided by the belief that learners benefit from gaining skills and experiences that make them competitive for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

We welcome and encourage students of all majors to take our courses.

Elective Credit or Certificate

Our courses can be taken by learners for elective credit and in some cases also combined to gain a Boise State certificate.

We cover a variety of technologies, design principles, collaborative problem-solving, creativity, and personal financial agency. We believe that as our graduates prepare for a technology-enabled world, the following skills are at the very least utilized, and in some cases required, for gainful employment post-graduation.


When determining where our focus should be, we looked at three major filters:

  1. National trends for most in-demand jobs combined with salary commensurate for a B.A. degree.
  2. Local industry needs and emerging markets.
  3. Disciplinary areas that are not currently being offered at Boise State and other state institutions.

View Our Courses

COID 100: Intro to Cloud Computing

Detailed overview of cloud concepts including but not limited to: core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. Learners are prepared to pursue optional and relevant industry Amazon Web Services certifications. Does not require any prior background or coursework in programming or computing.

COID 210: Applied Personal Finance

Own your own finances so they don’t own you. Develop a healthy and positive mindset around managing finances in a way that will improve your quality of life and learn to master the financial skills required to manage your personal finances.

COID 330: Creative Concepting

Using applied design thinking methods, learn techniques for gaining empathy; taking risks to have healthy, low-risk failures, and gain confidence in sharing emerging ideas with others. Develop creative problem-solving skills and empowering feedback practices while engaging in effective debate within teams in order to move beyond good, in pursuit of excellence. Learn how context (who, what, where, when, why, how) impacts design in order to develop applications that deliver value to the user.

COID 331: Growth Hacking

Learn innovative techniques to reach and engage customers at scale through a variety of digital channels to spur growth for developed concepts. Create prototype companies at the beginning of the course and learn new techniques to build upon concepts. Skills learned include but are not limited to web design, email marketing, social media, and digital advertising, while also earning digital platform certifications.

COID 332: Analytics for Design

Develop an understanding of how to gather user needs, create journey maps, conduct user testing, turn data into insights, and produce user experiences that deliver results. By using industry-standard enterprise research and analytics tools, students will begin to understand how to collect data, visualize it, and most importantly, how to understand and apply it. The developed experiences will showcase how a user can seamlessly travel across physical and digital touch-points to achieve their desired goal. Produced works may also serve as learner portfolio assets.

COID 333: Emerging Technology

Gain hands-on experience working with emerging technologies including, but not limited to: virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and voice assistance. Use these tools to develop creative solutions and learn to apply them to a variety of projects and settings.

COID 350: UX Design Foundations

Learn to develop products and services by applying a user-centered approach. Learn to reduce risk and to accelerate learning using prototyping. Gain an understanding of design thinking mindsets and UX design tools that are foundational to user experience. Gain insights into the cognitive processes which drive how people interact with technology and the importance of usability over aesthetics, in product and service design.

COID 351: Intro to Human-Computer Interaction

Acquire an understanding of the design process in interaction design and the ways human senses play a role in the experience. Learn how to choose user interface (UI) design patterns and organize content effectively, ways to enhance the user experience of a user interface, and the application of these principles to mobile user experience design.

COID 352: Designing for Impact

Learn how to create products and services that people love by gaining insight into how to inject positive emotional experiences into UX designs, how to build with accessibility standards and “Universal Design” principles, and the various facets of social design.

COID 353: UX Design Studio

In this project-based capstone, learners will apply UX Design principles in an applied UX Design project.