Located in Sawtooth Hall

College of Arts and Sciences

The Arts and Sciences Living Learning Community (COAS) is a program for students living on campus with majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. First-year students live among faculty and returning student mentors, participate in a weekly class and related activities, and make connections to their department, the college, the university, and the Boise community as they pursue an undergraduate degree.

Why Should You Apply

COAS is a community for students with diverse interests seeking social connections, real-world experiences, and academic success. Students learn how arts and humanities blend with the social and hard sciences to collectively contribute to the human experience.

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Community Events

The Fall COAS Retreat and Spring LLP Awards Banquet bookend the year, with optional community events including glassblowing lessons, informal debates on current events, wellness outings, hosted meetings with local artists and scientists and guided tours with community partners.

Curriculum

COAS classes help students develop a sense of belonging, understand degrees and majors in arts and sciences, make meaningful connections with faculty, work in collaborative teams with professional norms, and experience the value of living with diversity.

Faculty

  • Dr. Dylan Mikesell

    Dr. Dylan Mikesell

    Faculty-in-Residence, Assistant Professor of Geosciences

    Dr. Mikesell teaches geophysics and computing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He leads the Environmental Seismology Laboratory and mentors B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. students working in the lab. Dr. Mikesell is committed to ensuring that COAS students are successful and healthy during their first year at the university, meet their academic goals, and develop healthy lifelong habits. Dr. Mikesell is joined in the community by his wife Holly, who also works at Boise State.

    Dr. Mikesell teaches geophysics and computing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He leads the Environmental Seismology Laboratory and mentors B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. students working in the lab. Dr. Mikesell is committed to ensuring that COAS students are successful and healthy during their first year at the university, meet their academic goals, and develop healthy lifelong habits. Dr. Mikesell is joined in the community by his wife Holly, who also works at Boise State.

  • Rebecca Robideaux, Communication, studio portrait

    Rebecca Robideaux

    Faculty-in-Residence, Faculty member with the Department of Communication and Director of Communication 101

    Rebecca began her teaching career as a graduate student at Washington State University. Born and raised in northern Idaho, Rebecca enjoys skiing, golf, and anything on the lake.

    Rebecca began her teaching career as a graduate student at Washington State University. Born and raised in northern Idaho, Rebecca enjoys skiing, golf, and anything on the lake.

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    Dr. Rulon Wood

    Faculty-out-of-Residence, Faculty member with the Department of Communication and Media

    Dr. Rulon “Ru” Wood is an educator and filmmaker who loves the outdoors. He began his educational career at Utah State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Literature. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Ru worked as a film researcher on several network television programs that aired on the CBS network. Believe it or not, he actually spent three years getting paid to investigate alien abductions. No kidding.

    He then began graduate studies at Utah State University where he completed a Master’s degree in English, with an emphasis in writing, and an Ed.S. degree in instructional technology, with an emphasis in interactive multimedia/learning technologies. During his studies at Utah State, Ru was selected as the outstanding scholar (Ed.S.) in Instructional Technology (1999). Ru continued his education with an M.F.A. degree in film studies and production at the University of Utah (2003). And in 2011, he completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah.

    Since joining the faculty at Boise State, he has worked with various student groups, including the Film Club and student-run film festival. As a life-long learner, Ru is committed to being an engaged member of the Arts and Sciences Living Learning Community.

    Dr. Rulon “Ru” Wood is an educator and filmmaker who loves the outdoors. He began his educational career at Utah State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Literature. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Ru worked as a film researcher on several network television programs that aired on the CBS network. Believe it or not, he actually spent three years getting paid to investigate alien abductions. No kidding.

    He then began graduate studies at Utah State University where he completed a Master’s degree in English, with an emphasis in writing, and an Ed.S. degree in instructional technology, with an emphasis in interactive multimedia/learning technologies. During his studies at Utah State, Ru was selected as the outstanding scholar (Ed.S.) in Instructional Technology (1999). Ru continued his education with an M.F.A. degree in film studies and production at the University of Utah (2003). And in 2011, he completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah.

    Since joining the faculty at Boise State, he has worked with various student groups, including the Film Club and student-run film festival. As a life-long learner, Ru is committed to being an engaged member of the Arts and Sciences Living Learning Community.