Online courses offer a flexible alternative to attending the traditional classroom by delivering a variety of educational resources via the Internet. Whether you're working a summer job, leaving Bozeman for a few months, or just trying to fit an extra class into your schedule, you can still begin or continue your MSU education by enrolling in one or more online courses.

Is Online Learning Right for Me?

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About Online Courses

Summer 2017 Online Course Offerings

How Do Online Courses Work?

Online courses—also known as distance delivery courses—use a personal computer to connect participants from across the country and around the world via the Internet. Distance courses at MSU are offered on Desire2Learn, an online course delivery tool that allows students and instructors to interact with each other as a learning community on the Web.

Generally speaking, in an online course, you can expect to:

  • connect via the Internet with a personal username and password
  • participate in a course with set start and end dates (many classes have been developed with a structure similar to traditional on-campus courses with due dates tied to assignments, readings, and other course-related activities)
  • proceed through course requirements together with your class, but be able to access the course at a time of day that is convenient to you
  • make a time commitment that is about the same as for an on-campus course

Is Online Learning Right for Me?

Learning at a distance requires a different set of resources than traditional face-to-face learning. If you're thinking about taking an online course but are not quite sure if you're ready to make the commitment, take the interactive quiz to help you decide.

Whether it's face-to-face or online, a typical three-credit course offered over six weeks requires approximately 20 hours of time per week (in the classroom and outside of class). Such a course is equivalent to a half-time load.

Online instruction provides a level of flexibility that students find attractive. Also, with appropriate effort, the level of student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction can exceed that of a face-to-face class. However, success in this environment requires a personal commitment and responsibility that is often much greater than that required in a face-to-face class. Before registering for an online course, think carefully about whether or not you have what it takes to be successful.

Learning to Use Desire2Learn

Information on how to use Desire2Learn is available via the Desire2Learn login page.

Required Equipment

At a minimum, online courses require:

  • A computer running either Windows XP or higher or Mac OS 10.X.X
  • A current browser
  • Internet access

To ensure that you are using a supported browser and your settings are optimized for the best possible online learning experience, go to the Desire2Learn login page.

How to Register

  • Registrar Courses
    You must be admitted to MSU in order to enroll in online courses offered through the Registrar; refer to the Admissions page for more information. Registration for online courses is done in the same manner as that for on-campus courses.  Refer to the Registration page for more information.  Online courses and on-campus courses are listed together, along with Course Reference Numbers (CRN), in the Summer Class Schedule.

Fees

  • Registrar Courses
    Fees for online courses are the same as those charged for on-campus courses.  Please refer to the summer fee schedule page.

Getting Started

  • MSU-Bozeman participants may use either their first.last Desire2Learn username or their NetID to login to Desire2Learn (D2L). Important: With either ID, D2L requires participants to use the password associated with their NetID to log in to D2L. Find out your first.last D2L username and/or your NetID via the Secure Area of MyInfo.
  • Set your NetID password at MSU's Password Help Page.
  • Once you know your first.last D2L username or NetID, you can login to Desire2Learn; use either Username coupled with your NetID password.

Summer courses will be made active by the first day of class.

For More Information

For more information about online learning, visit the Distance Learning Resources page. You'll find links to information about Desire2Learn as well as a full range of student services, library resources, and a comprehensive FAQ page.

2017 Summer Session Dates

Session Dates

First session (6 weeks)

May 15-June 23

Second session (6 weeks)

June 26-Aug. 4

Full semester (12 weeks)

May 15-Aug. 4

Intersession Dates vary; see individual courses

The following courses will be offered fully online during Summer Session 2017.

Undergraduate Courses

Enroll through Registrar

Course  Course Title Duration Credits Instructor
AMST 101D Intro to American Studies 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Jennifer Hill
AMST 202RA The Arts in America 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr David Charles
ANSC 322 Principles of Animal Breed/Genetics 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Jennifer Thomson
ANTY 101D Anthropology and the Human Experience 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Nancy Mahoney
ANTY 242D Contemporary Japan 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Michael Neeley
ARCH 431 Sustainability in Architecture 12 week (full semester) 3 cr TBA
BFIN 322 Business Finance 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Timothy Alzheimer
BGEN 242D Introduction to International Business 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Eunyoung Sung
BMGT 205 Professional Communication Fundamentals 6 weeks (offered both first and second session) 3 cr Graham, Cynthia Eppers
BMGT 335 Management and Organization 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Virginia Bratton
BMIS 311 Management Information Systems 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Jerry Carvalho
BMKT 325 Principles of Marketing 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr TBA
CHTH 205 Drugs and Society 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Colleen McMilin
CHTH 245 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health in Aging 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Daniel Koltz
CHTH 317  Healthy Behavior Theories 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Wendy Morrison
CHTH 325 Economic & Public Policies in Aging 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Daniel Koltz
CHTH 435 Human Response to Stress 6 weeks (offered both first and second sessions) 3 cr Dawn Tarabochia
CLS 201US Knowledge and Community 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Candice Gresswell
COA 205 Introduction to Coaching 12 weeks (non-standard term dates) 3 cr Craig Stewart
COA 395 Practicum: Coaching Application 12 weeks (non-standard term dates) 1 cr Craig Stewart
COA 405 Advanced Concepts in Coaching 12 weeks (non-standard term dates) 3 cr Craig Stewart
CS 145RA Web Design (cross-listed with MART 145RA) 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Hunter Lloyd
EDU 370 Integrating Technology into Education 12 weeks (full session and non-standard term dates) 2 cr Nicholas Lux
EELE 261 Introduction to Logic Circuits 12 weeks (full semester) 4 cr Brock LaMeres
EGEN 201 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Anders Larsson
EGEN 202 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr

Michael Edens

EGEN 205 Mechanics of Materials 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Steven Perkins
EGEN 335-801 Fluid Mechanics 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Joel Cahoon
EGEN 335-802 Fluid Mechanics 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Scott Reckinger
GRMN 440IH German Cultural Studies 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Yvonne Toepfer
HDFS 101IS Individual and Family Dev. Lifespan 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Nicole Wanago
HDFS 261 Adult Development and Aging 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Kimberly Hartman
HDFS 263 Relationships and Family Systems 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Mitchell Vaterlaus
HDFS 271-801 Research Methods in HHD 8 weeks (intersession) 3 cr Christine Lux
HDFS 271-802 Research Methods in HHD 12 (non-standard term dates) 3 cr Craig Stewart
HDFS 461 Principles of Wellbeing in Aging 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Sandra Osborne
HDFS 465R Family Law and Public Policy 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Mitchell Vaterlaus
HSTA 102IH  American History II 6 weeks (first session) 4 cr Tim LeCain
HSTA 322 American History: WWII to Present 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Bradley Snow
HSTR 101IH Western Civilization I 6 weeks (first session) 4 cr David Cherry
HSTR 436 Armed conflict Modern Latin America 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr James Martin
HSTR 468 The Making of Modern Turkey 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr James Meyer
HTH 220 Human Sexuality 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Colleen McMilin
KIN 221 Health Anatomy and Physiology 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Hilary Becker
LING 210IH Intro to Language/Linguistics 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Philip Gaines
LIT 169IH Literature as Popular Culture 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Amy Thomas
LIT 202CS The Environmental Imagination 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Susan Kollin
LIT 285D Mythologies 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Marvin Lansverk
LIT 335 Women and Literature 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Susan Kollin
LIT 382 Literature for Children and Adolescents 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Allison Wynhoff
LS 101US Ways of Knowing 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Teresa Greenwood
LS 101US Ways of Knowing 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Jennifer Hill
LS 301 Integrative Seminar: The Science of Comedy 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr John Townsend-Mehler
M 105Q

Contemporary Mathematics

6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Kimberly Graham
M 121Q College Algebra 6 weeks (offered first and second session) 3 cr TBA
M 151Q Precalculus 6 weeks (first session) 4 cr TBA
M 161Q Survey of Calculus 6 weeks (offered first and second session) 4 cr TBA
MART 145RA Web Design (cross-listed with CS 145RA) 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Benjamin Fjare
MEDS 440 Clinical Observation 12 weeks (full semester) 2 cr Sheila Nielsen
ML 100IH Intro to World Cultures 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Peter Tillack
MUSI 101IA Enjoyment of Music 6 weeks (offered both first and second sessions) 3 cr Kirk Aamot
MUSI 101IA-803 Enjoyment of Music 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Tobin Stewart
MUSI 203IA American Popular Music 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Jeannie Little
MUSI 203IA American Popular Music 6 weeks (offered both first and second sessions) 3 cr Jason Bolte
MUSI 307IA World Music 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr David Charles
NASX 105D Intro to Native American Studies 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr TBA
NASX 232D Montana Indian Culture, History and Current Issues 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Matthew Herman
NASX 491 Activism & Indegeneity 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Josh Mori
NUTR 221CS Basic Human Nutrition 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Melody Anacker
NUTR 351 Nutrition and Society 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Carmen Shanks
NUTR 491 Mindful Eating 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Julie Goyette
NUTR 221CS Basic Human Nutrition 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Melody Anacker
NUTR 351 Nutrition and Society 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Carmen Shanks
NUTR 491 Special Topics: Mindful Eating 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Julie Goyette
PHL 101IH Introduction to Philosophy: Reason and Reality 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Prasanta Bandyopadhyay
PHL 103D Philosophy and Popular Culture 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Sara Waller
PHL 110IH-801 Introduction to Ethics; Good and Evil 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Daniel Flory
PHL 110IH-802 Introduction to Ethics; Good and Evil 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Kristen Intemann
PHL 322 Philosophy and Environmental Ethics 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Kristen Intemann
PHL 327 Aesthetics and the Arts 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Daniel Flory
PSCI 210IS Introduction to American Government 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Elizabeth Shanahan
PSCI 210IS Introduction to American Government 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Eric Austin
PSCI 439 International Human Rights 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Franke Wilmer
PSCI 491 Special Topics: Culture, Ideology and Prisons 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Karen deVries
PSYX 375 Behavior Modification 6 weeks (offered both first and second sessions) 3 cr Shawna Heiser
PSYX 380 Memory & Cognition 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Suzanna Powell
PSYX 462 Psychology of Prejudice 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Maxwell Burns
PSYX 494 Special Topics: Drugs and Behavior 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Katharine Kujawa
PSYX 495  Field Practicum in Applied Psychology 12 weeks (full semester) 3-12 cr Shawna Heiser
RLST 100D Introduction to the Study of Religion 6 weeks (second session) 3 cr Holly Grether
RLST 203D Buddhist Traditions 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Holly Grether
SOCI 101IS Introduction to Sociology 6 weeks (offered both first and second sessions) 3 cr Scott Myers
SOCI 101IS-803 Introduction to Sociology 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Steven Swinford
SOCI 150D Social Difference 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Matthew Filteau
SOCI 221IS  Criminal Justice System 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Sara Rasch
SOCI 318R Sociological Research Methods 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Sara Rasch
SOCI 325 Social Stratification 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Steven Swinford
SOCI 326 Sociology of Gender 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Mathew Filteau
STAT 216Q Introduction to Statistics 6 weeks (offered both first and second sessions) 3 cr TBA
TE 250CS Technology and Society 12 weeks (Full Semester) 3 cr TBA
WGSS 201IH Intro to Feminist Theories 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Karen deVries
WRIT 101W College Writing I 6 weeks (offered both first and second sessions) 3 cr Josef Verbanac
WRIT 326 Advanced Writing 6 weeks (first session) 3 cr Michelle Miley
WRIT 374 Magazine Editing 12 weeks (full semester) 3 cr Douglas Downs

Course descriptions available here.

Course schedule available here (select Term, Subject, and Search Class).

Nursing--Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

Summer 2017 Courses

Enroll through Registrar

Course Course Title Credits
NRSG 115 Nursing as a Profession 2 cr
NRSG 220 Foundations of Ethical Nursing Recitation 2 cr
NRSG 258 Principles of Pathophysiology 3 cr
NRSG 479 Population Health & Leadership 6 cr
NRSG 504 Assessment and Evaluation of Education 3 cr

Course descriptions available here.

Course schedule available here (select Term, "NRSG" for Subject, and Search Class).

Education--Graduate Courses

Summer 2017 Courses

Enroll through Registrar

Course Course Title Credits
EDCI 501 Educational Statistics I 3 cr
EDCI 506 Applied Education Research 3 cr
EDCI 531 Contemporary Issues in Education 3 cr
EDCI 536 Construction of Curriculum 3 cr
EDCI 540 American Indian Studies for Education 3 cr
EDCI 546 School Library Media Specialist 3 cr
EDCI 548 Management of Information/Resources 3 cr
EDCI 557 Brain Science, Educational Research and Teaching 3 cr
EDCI 564 The Comprehensive Portfolio 3 cr
EDCI 578 BPE Internship-Library Media 1-2 cr
EDCI 591-801 Environmental Science Education: Summer Ecology 3 cr
EDCI 591-802 History of Spaceflight & Techn 3 cr

Course descriptions available here

Course schedule available here (select Term, "EDCI," "EDLD," or "TE" for Subject, and Search Class).

Summer Master's Degree Programs

Note:  The following programs include both online and on-campus courses.  Only the Summer 2017 online offerings are listed below.  For complete program details and course listings, please see the Summer Master's Degree Programs page.

Master of Science in Mathematics (Mathematics Education option)

Enroll through Registrar

June 12 - July 28, 2017

M 518 - Statistics for Teaching, 3 cr.

M 520 - Standards-Based Math for Teaching, 3 cr.

For more information on the Master of Science in Mathematics - Mathematics Education option consult the Web page www.math.montana.edu/MSMME or contact:

Jennifer Luebeck, Dept of Mathematical Sciences Montana State University Bozeman, MT 59717-2400, (406) 994-5341, jennifer.luebeck@montana.edu

 

Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE)

Courses are restricted entry. For more information and registration details, contact dianap@montana.edu or (406) 994-5679.

Course Course Title Credits
BIOE 513 Terrestrial Ecology of Plains and Prairies 1 cr
BIOE 519 Biology of Riparian Zones and Wetlands 2 cr
BIOE 591 Anatomy and Physiology 3 cr
CHMY 591 Exploring Chemistry for Teachers 3 cr
CHMY 591 Chemistry of the Environment: Water, Air, Earth 3 cr
CHMY 591 Exploring Biochemistry for Teachers II 3 cr
EDCI 536 Construction of Curriculum 3 cr
MB 541 Microbial Genetics 3 cr 
MSSE 501 Inquiry through Science and Engineering Practices 2 cr
MSSE 591 Capstone Data Analysis & Classroom Statistics 2 cr
MSSE 591 Web Tools for Teachers 3 cr

Course descriptions available here.

Course schedule available here.

National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN)

About NTEN

The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) is one of the country's most-established online professional development programs for teachers. Courses are designed to help elementary, secondary and community college teachers develop a deeper understanding of science concepts while interacting with and learning new techniques from other teachers and researchers around the globe.

NTEN faculty are university scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and science educators, all experienced in online teaching. Through NTEN, educators can also access professional resources and discuss issues with other educators online. NTEN was created by Montana State University and originally funded by the National Science Foundation. NTEN is part of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Institute, and members receive a discount on some courses.

How is NTEN different from other online science programs?

  • NTEN strives to teach science concepts, not just educational methods
  • NTEN faculty practice a hands-on, inquiry-based style that mirrors the classroom and sparks new ideas
  • NTEN facilitates connections among participants, so that teachers learn best practices from colleagues around the world
  • NTEN credits come from Montana State University, a top-tier public research institution

For general information and registration:

http://eu.montana.edu/NTEN
(406) 994-6812
(800) 282-6062

Registration for Summer will open in March!

School Library Media Certification Program

The online School Library Media Certification Program is housed in the Dept. of Education in the College of Education, Health & Human Development.

If you are interested in acquiring certification to become a school library media specialist or taking recertification credits, please consider joining us.  The Library Media website contains most of the information you need in order to plan your route to certification and to select courses.

We have received official approval from accreditation officials in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, North Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. Many other states accept our program as well. Our education programs are accredited by the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Montana Board of Public Education, and we participate in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification's (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract.

Library Media Program website:  http://www.montana.edu/education/grad/librarymedia/index.html  

Summer 2017 Courses

EDCI 546 School Library Media Specialist, 3 cr

EDCI 548 Management of Information/Resources, 3 cr

For additional information about admission contact:

Library Media Program
Montana State University
P.O. Box 172880 
Bozeman, MT  59717-2880
Tel: (406) 994-3120
Fax: (406) 994-3261
E-mail: ann.ewbank@montana.edu 
Location: 222 Reid Hall

Family Financial Planning

MSU offers a Master of Science Degree in Health & Human Development with an option in Family Financial Planning through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance.  The entire program is delivered online through Extended University and a consortium of eight state universities, including MSU.  Students enrolled in the degree program have first priority to enroll in the courses.  Students not enrolled in the program may register if room is available.

Summer 2017 Courses

Enroll through Extended University

Course Course Title Credits
HDFP 520 Investing for the Family's Future 3 cr
HDFP 540    
HDFP 545 Family Theory 3 cr
HDFP 550 Housing/Real Estate 3 cr
HDFP 575 Professional Paper 1-4 cr
HDFP 576 Professional Practicum 3 cr
HDFP 594 Seminar 1 cr

To learn more about the program, contact:

Janine Hansen
jhansen@montana.edu
(406) 994-5240

Or visit the

Family Financial Planning website. 

  Addiction Counselor Certificate Program

The Addiction Counseling Certificate Program provides all of the required coursework for the state of Montana licensure requirements.

The program is administered by the Dept. of Health & Human Development and is offered completely online by MSU Extended University.  You must be admitted into the program to take these courses. The admission deadline for Summer is April 15.

Summer 2016 Courses

Enroll through Extended University

LAC 505—Cross-Cultural and Ethical Considerations in Addictions Counseling, 3 cr.
LAC 508—Counseling Theories in Addiction Settings, 3 cr.

For more information, contact:

        Sarah Hendrikx
        Extended University
        sarah.hendrikx@montana.edu
        (406) 994-7441

Or visit the website:

http://eu.montana.edu/online/degrees/addiction-counseling 

Educational Leadership -- Superintendent Certification

The Superintendent Certification Program provides the required coursework for current principals to receive their superintendent endorsement by the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

The program is administered by the Dept. of Education and is offered completely online by MSU Extended University.

Summer 2016 Courses

Courses to be announced.

For more information, contact:

Tena Versland
Montana State University
tena.versland@montana.edu
(406) 994-6799

Or visit the website:

www.montana.edu/education/grad/edlead/supt-prep.html