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Boston University Online Courses

Distance Education offers a limited number of online courses that are available to students who are not enrolled in an online degree or certificate program. These courses are offered at per-credit tuition rates. Be sure to check the Boston University Online Course Schedule to find out when courses are offered.

If you haven’t done so already, you can learn more about the benefits of becoming an online student and find out what to expect when you take an online course at Boston University.

You must be a current BU student, faculty, or staff member to register for these courses.

Undergraduate Courses

  • GMS BT 104 Medical Terminology 1

    Understanding medical terminology is fundamental for anyone working in the sciences. It is the language of the technician or researcher involved in biotechnology, biomedical investigations, or clinical research. Students learn the analysis and construction of medical words within a context of scientific concepts. After the basics, students learn the anatomy and diseases of the following systems: male and female reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, and blood. Technology fee applies to online section only.   [ 2 cr.]

  • GMS BT 106 Medical Terminology 2

    Prereq: GMS BT 104 (Med Term 1) or consent of program director. Continue building your medical vocabulary as you learn the anatomy and diseases of the following systems: digestive, urinary, lymphatic/immune and endocrine. Technology fee applies to online section only.   [ 2 cr.]

  • GMS BT 440 Genetics, Ethics, and the Law

    This online class explores the newest information and legal and bioethical implications in human genetics, using audio-visuals, actual cases, discussions and lecture. Topics include: new reproductive techniques, genetic diseases, prenatal testing and genetic testing, DNA fingerprinting, cloning, and DNA technology. Online only; technology fee applies.   [ 4 cr.]

  • GMS BT 442 Issues in Assisted Reproduction

    This course addresses the legal, ethical and scientific aspects of Assisted Reproduction (also called ART-Assisted Reproductive Techniques). The science of treating infertility has expanded amazingly in the last 15 years, from the use of sperm donors to selling eggs on the internet. Assisted Reproductive techniques are constantly changing and have given rise to many legal cases and ethical questions, which this course will. This course closely examines these legal and ethical questions. Online only; technology fee applies.   [ 4 cr.]

Graduate Courses

  • MET ML 631 Culture and Cuisine: France

    The association between France and fine cuisine seems so "natural." French society and history are intertwined with the culinary, and have been since the court society of the Old Regime. After the French Revolution, French cuisine became a truly modern affair in the public sphere. The invention of the restaurant, the practice of gastronomy, a literature of food, and strong links between French cuisine and national identity all came together in the 19th century. In the 19th and 20th centuries, French food, featuring both haute cuisine and regional culinary specialties, was widely considered the world's best. In the 20th century, the culinary allure of France continued to fascinate people all over the world. It is still said today, enviously, that the French really know how to appreciate good food and wine "la bonne chère" in their daily lives. This course looks at how the history of French culinary culture evolved in the particular way that it did. The course is organized largely chronologically, but not entirely, as some of the readings weave issues of different times periods thematically. In studying culture and cuisine, with France as a great example, we will explore the relationship between a place, a people, and their foodways. We launch our investigation with the question: how and why is this relationship distinctive in France? [ 4 cr.]

  • SED EM 590 Software for the Curriculum

    Evaluation and selection of software and web-based resources to support K-12 curriculum goals emphasized. Students gain experience supporting teaching and learning with software and develop strategies for evaluatiing educational resources across disciplines and grade levels. 4 cr, 2nd sem, online. [ 4 cr.]

  • SED EM 610 Internet and WWW for Educators

    Introduction to Internet/Web technologies and their potential use and misuse in classrooms, libraries, and other educational and training environments. Applications such as communication, news, research, and instructional resources considered. Evaluation of educational value, technical knowledge, legal, and ethical issues emphasized. 4cr, either sem, online [ 4 cr.]

  • SED EM 680 Distance Education Research and Design

    Through case studies, research on critical issues and variables influencing effectiveness, and distance course design, students gain perspective on many forms of distance education, especially online education. Students learn key design and delivery variables for distance, face-to-face, and blended instructional designs. 4 cr, either sem, online. [ 4 cr.]