UW Online Courses
Choose self-paced Independent Learning or semester-based AAS courses in a convenient online format. Complete prerequisite courses, finish general education credits or supplement your on-campus studies.
Find courses in:
- Business & Communication
- Foreign languages
- Natural sciences
- Social sciences
- Arts & Humanities
Learn how these programs can help you meet your goals.
University of Wisconsin Online Courses
With two online University of Wisconsin options, you can earn transferable credits to fit your timeline and learning style. Access your classroom anytime, anywhere, and from nearly any device. Both programs give you access to a University of Wisconsin education, along with support from your instructor and support staff.
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Two Different Ways to Meet Your Goals!
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UW Associate of Arts and Sciences
Semester-based with three start dates annually. Online courses are led by the same expert faculty teaching on campus in UW System schools.
UW Independent Learning
Self-paced online courses with no pre-set class times or due dates. Open enrollment means you can start when it’s convenient and you are never wait-listed. No Application is necessary and registration is always open!
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When realizing that I only had one more course requirement to complete my degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison, I decided to do the course through UW Independent Learning, which allowed me to be anywhere in the world while finishing up my degree. I decided to go to Bangladesh and work for an NGO to explore career opportunities while finishing up the course. The online assignments worked efficiently, the professor was helpful and responsive, and I could work at my own speed in any location I wanted.”
– Melissa, UW Independent Learning Student
After a ten year gap of not going to school, this was a big step for me to take. Not only was it big for me, but it was also big for my family. I work full time, am married and have three children and this program has been amazing. My advisor is extremely helpful and the instructors so far have been great. I will continue to come across struggles, but I am also so thankful for all the support that this program gives.”
– Chloe, UW Associate of Arts & Sciences Student
Course Options to Achieve Your Goals
We offer online courses in a wide range of subjects. Some of our popular course offerings include:
The study of the properties of elementary functions, such as polynomial, absolute, radical, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Topics include equations, inequalities, functions, and their graphs. The course is intended to provide the algebra skills for calculus.
This course offers communication experiences intended to improve students’ public speaking and listening skills across a broad spectrum of situations including intercultural communication, public communication, small group communication and interpersonal communication.
This course provides a conceptual and practice-oriented approach to define a business problem, design and test solution logic, implement and code the logic through sound structured programming techniques. It uses the C# .NET programming language to develop programs that are robust and easy to maintain using the Windows GUI framework. This course covers programming constructs such as data types, control structures, exception handling, methods and even handlers, arrays and collections, and file I/O. This course has a significant component of object-oriented programming and covers classes, inheritance, interfaces, and polymorphism.
The purpose of this course is to study child and adolescent development through the psychological principles of teaching and learning. This course will place an emphasis on understanding the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of children and adolescents. In particular, emphasis will be placed on the nature and conditions of learning, including the major types of learning, critical aspects of learning, and any problems that may be encountered when working as a professional educator in a school setting. Additionally, a focus will be placed on data-based decision making and intentional teaching, or the ability to provide purposeful instruction. Important legislation that governs education will be discussed with a focus on increased accountability for teachers and its impact on the assessment process.
Spanish 101 is the first course in the Spanish language sequence. In this elementary level course, students will develop an understanding of grammar concepts. Through textbook-based activities, written assignments, reading activities, and speech acts, students will practice grammatical forms and new vocabulary in guided, meaningful settings. Course materials are selected and designed to aid students in developing an understanding of diverse Spanish-speaking cultures.
Sociology is a special field of behavioral science that examines social relationships in a systematic way. It studies people in interaction with each other on a personal level, within and across social organizations, and across larger social systems.
UW Associate of Arts and Sciences and UW Independent Learning are partners with UW System campuses and administered by UW Extended Campus.