Off-Campus Studies Mission Statement

Off-Campus Studies at Whitman College aims to develop in our students intercultural skills and global understanding for a lifetime of leadership.  We endeavor to achieve this goal by:

  • Providing off-campus study opportunities worldwide that offer high-quality academic content, instruction and evaluation.
  • Expanding learning opportunities for students and integrating the learning off-campus into their academic program to the fullest extent possible.
  • Promoting programs that increase a student’s foreign language and intercultural fluency.
  • Offering programs that foster an ability to question assumptions and think critically in the context of other worldviews.
  • Ensuring that programs are well integrated into the host community and encourage immersion of the student into the host culture. 
  • Developing the means by which returning students can actively contribute to international awareness and programming on campus, as well as in the Walla Walla community.

Off-Campus Studies can help BBMB students…

  • Gain awareness of the major discipline from a different scholarly tradition
  • Develop a global perspective

What are the types of OCS programs recommended by the BBMB department?

  • Direct enrollment in a foreign university with local students for specialized science lab work that augments lab courses available at Whitman
  • Field study program with opportunities to engage in research with the local community
  • Program that offers an opportunity for independent study research

How does a semester or year of OCS help students in BBMB prepare for graduate school or various career opportunities? 

  • Broadens the student’s knowledge of scientific problems worthy of study and the breadth of investigators addressing those problems
  • Exposes students to global health issues
  • Aids in foreign language acquisition and enhances intercultural competence
  • Fulfill distribution requirements

Which requirements can BBMB majors fulfill while off campus?

  • Elective major credit
  • Specific courses in the major such as: BBMB 324 Biophysics, BBMB 325 Biochemistry, BBMB 326 Molecular Biology, and possibly BIOL 205 Genetics (Courses that are prerequisites for health professions should not be taken in OCS.)
  • Research that can be used for Senior thesis
  • General Studies distribution credit
  • General degree credit

Planning Tips

The following courses must be completed by the end of the second year:

  • CHEM 125/126  General Chemistry or CHEM 140 Adv. General Chemistry
  • MATH 125  Calculus 1
  • MATH 126  Calculus  2
  • MATH 225  Calculus 3
  • BIOL 111    Biological Principles
  • CHEM 245  Organic Chemistry I + Lab
  • CHEM 246  Organic Chemistry II + Lab
  • PHYS 155    General  Physics I
  • PHYS 156    General Physics II
  • BIOL 205    Genetics (recommended for year 2 but can be taken Fall of year 3)

Off-campus study in spring semester is not recommended unless students have already completed BBMB 325 Biochemistry or can fulfill the BBMB 325 on their off-campus study program.

Credit Limitations

A maximum of 8 credits can be applied to the BBMB major from off campus studies (including credits from other U.S. institutions) with the approval of the student’s major adviser.

Which Partner Programs are recommended by the BBMB department?

BBMB majors may choose from a wide variety of off-campus study programs.  For students who wish to fulfill BBMB requirements abroad, the department recommends the following programs.  For BBMB students who do not need to take major courses abroad, the department encourages you to consider a program that will aid in foreign language acquisition, deeper understanding of another culture, and/or knowledge of global health issues.

  • University of St Andrews (St Andrews, Scotland)
  • DIS Denmark Institute for Study Abroad (Copenhagen, Denmark) for programs in biomedicine, medical practice/policy, neuroscience, and public health
  • University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand)
  • The Philadelphia Center for internship options (Philadelphia, USA)

Advising Support

Students interested in Off-Campus Studies should attend an OCS First Step meeting in the fall of their second year, discuss their interests with their major adviser, and schedule an appointment with an OCS adviser.