ABOUT INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE COURSES

Whether you are a professional who needs to fulfill job specifications or a college student seeking to complete your degree program, Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers a variety of individual course options to help you meet your goals. Individual college courses for our bachelor's and master's programs are conveniently available online in areas such as education, nursing, counseling, accounting and science.

Courses start weekly or monthly, depending on availability and generally last seven weeks (undergraduate) or eight weeks (graduate). Choose from any course in our catalog (exceptions exist for some nursing courses).

Students who are interested in taking individual college courses from GCU will attend class using the university's online learning system and participate with both those seeking to complete a single course and those pursuing a degree. A student services advisor will guide you through the online classroom and help you understand the various resources available. In addition, you will have access to all university resources, including our Online Library, tutoring and mentoring.

Individual College Course Benefits

There are many advantages to completing individual coursework at GCU, including:

  • Earn more credits in less time
  • Lower cost per credit tuition
  • Same quality instruction/learning environment as degree-seeking students
  • Abundance of resources to help you succeed

To review a comprehensive listing of individual college courses, take a look at our Academic Catalog.

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Individual course fees are determined by your area of study and course level. Review the college courses you can take, and the fees associated with the courses.

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Individual General Education Courses

Any course offered by GCU may be taken as an individual course. Featured below are GCU's more popular general education courses.

COURSE TITLE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

COURSE TITLE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

ENG-105

English Composition 1
4 Credits

This is a course in writing academic prose, including various types of essays, arguments and constructions. A writing-intensive course.

PHI-103

21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
4 Credits

This course is an introduction to the discipline of philosophy through a study of representative philosophical problems. You are introduced to analytic tools that enable you to practice critical thinking, evaluate knowledge claims and establish a rationale and justification for other academic disciplines. Topics to be considered include logic, epistemology, metaphysics and ethics.

ENG-106

English Composition II
4 Credits

This course explores various types of research writing, with a focus on constructing essays, arguments and research reports based on primary and secondary sources. A writing-intensive course.

PHI-105

21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
4 Credits

This course gives you an introduction to skills of critical thinking and decision-making. It provides you with opportunities to evaluate the influence and value of these skills in your personal, academic and professional life. Emphasis is placed on perception, emotion, fallacious reasoning and communication.

ENG-250

Analysis of World Literature
4 Credits

This course is a study of some diverse works in world literature. It introduces all advanced English course offerings. You are also introduced to methods of literary criticism and analysis. If you plan to major in English, you should earn a 3.0 or above in this course before taking any upper division English courses. Prerequisites: ENG-105 and ENG-106, or satisfactory completion of GCU's written communication competency.

POS-301

Arizona and Federal Government
2 Credits

This course is a survey of Arizona history and government, as well as American government. It meets the teacher certification requirement for Arizona government and American government.

MAT-134

Application of Algebra
4 Credits

This course is a university general education requirement, and develops and then applies the algebraic concepts of linear equations and linear inequalities in one variable; graphing linear equations and linear inequalities; linear systems; and rational, exponential, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic equations. There is an emphasis on developing both a fundamental understanding of these concepts as well as their application to real-world problem-solving. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MAT-110, or two years of high school algebra with a grade of C or better.

PSY-102

General Psychology
4 Credits

This foundation course in the science of behavior includes an overview of the history of psychology, the brain, motivation, emotion, sensory functions, perception, intelligence, gender and sexuality, social psychology, human development, learning psychopathology and therapy.

MAT-150

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
4 Credits

This is the first in a two-course sequence designed for prospective elementary school teachers. Concepts include set theory, functions, numeration systems, number theory and properties of the natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, ratios, proportions, decimals and percentages, with an emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MAT-134, or three years of high school algebra with a grade of C or better.

PSY-255

Personality Psychology
4 Credits

This course is a study of the nature and causal determinants of human behavior, including the definition and scientific measurement of personality. Theories studied include the psychodynamic, neo-Freudian, trait and factor, cognitive and behavioral theories. The Christian perspective on the nature of human personality is also explored. Prerequisite: PSY-102.

MAT-250

College Alegbra and Trigonometry
4 Credits

This course is a unified study of fundamental concepts from algebra and trigonometry that provides the necessary background for the study of calculus. Topics include modeling linear equations and inequalities; functions and their graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices and determinants; and conic sections. There is an emphasis on developing both a fundamental understanding of these concepts as well as their application to real-world problem-solving. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MAT-134, or three years of high school algebra with a grade of C or better.

PSY-380

Introduction to Probability and Statistics
4 Credits

This course is a study of elementary theories of probability, distribution and testing of statistical hypotheses. Practical experience is provided in the application of statistical methods. Prerequisite: Any MAT course 120 level or above.

MAT-274

Probability and Statistics
4 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the study of basic probability, descriptive and inferential statistics and decision-making. Emphasis is placed on measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation, regression, discrete and continuous probability distributions, quality control, population parameter estimation and hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MAT-134, or three years of high school algebra with a grade of C or better.