Are you interested in business and its financial aspects? This course introduces the uses of accounting information throughout the business cycle and how accounting information is used for internal and external purposes. Topics include Generally Accepted Accounting Principles or 'GAAP' and the preparation and analysis of financial statements.
ASU Universal Learner Courses are only available for students enrolled in CMASAS full-time, individual course enrollments are not eligible for enrollment.
About ASU Universal Learner Course Enrollment
Students may opt to take online college-level courses through our partnership with Arizona State University. Courses completed through ASU’s Universal Learner Course (ASU ULC) enrollment option fulfill CMASAS graduation requirements and are noted as completed high school courses on our transcript. Each 3-credit college course equals a full high school credit.
For an additional fee, students can also choose to receive college credit for completed courses. In this instance, the course is listed on the CMASAS transcript as high school credit, and students will also have a separate transcript with ASU. Universal Learner courses are transferrable to a wide variety of colleges and universities. Check the admissions requirements for the college or university you are interested in attending to be sure they will accept ASU college credit.
Students complete ASU Universal Learner courses in ASU’s learning management system and are supported by ASU staff. As college courses, ASU Universal Learner Course offerings are rigorous and do NOT allow for the personalization & accommodations that we offer in most of our CMASAS courses. Students who take these courses must be prepared for stricter timelines, highly structured lessons & assessments, as well as many additional hours of outside reading & homework.
These courses are offered by ASU for non-admitted students, proctoring and identity assurances are required. To verify identity students will need to have a government-issued photo ID. Students will be required to download and install the Remote Proctor Now Software. Instructions for download and installation will be included in the registration packet.
Students wishing to take ASU Universal Learner courses are required to go through an application process for each course enrollment. Please let your PEC know that you would like to take an ASU ULC enrollment course. Applications must be completed 2 weeks prior to the end of the enrollment window to allow time for review, approval, & processing of the ASU ULC Application.
Upon approval, students will receive an email with the Acknowledgement and Acceptance of ASU ULC Terms for electronic signature. Once the form has been initialed and signed by both the student and parent/guardian, students will be added to our ASU portal. Students will then receive login information for ASU’s student portal and a registration packet with instructions and additional information.
The window for enrolling in and completing concurrent courses varies. Some courses are self-paced and allow students to complete lessons and assignments on their own timeline within a year time period. Others are more structured, and students must complete them within a certain number of weeks. Some courses will offer both self-paced and instructor-led. Enrollment windows will be noted in the description for each course. For instructor-led courses, students need to enroll prior to the start date listed below.
About the formats
Self-paced courses allow students to complete course assignments at their own pace, as long as the course is completed within a year (365 days from enrollment). Self-paced courses are great for:
- Students who want to start right away.
- Students who are self-directed and can set and stick to a plan for completing the course.
- Students who may want to either go faster or slower than the instructor-led version.
Instructor-led courses have a structure with weekly assignment due dates, as well as an instructor guiding a student through the curriculum and content. Instructor-led courses do not have live lectures but rather course material online with assignments having due dates and a cohort of students working through the courses at the same pace. Instructor-led courses are great for:
- Students who prefer a structured timeline with established due dates for assignments.
- Students who enjoy interaction with other students, who will be completing assignments at the same time.
- Students who are taking their first course online and may benefit from greater guidance.
2022-2023 Session Start Dates for Instructor-led Courses
Session duration will determine which start dates are available for each course. Please refer to the course description for duration information and specific start dates. Applications will need to be received by the application deadline in order to take courses in a specific session.
|Course Start Dates||Application Deadlines|
|August 16, 2022||July 29, 2022|
|October 11, 2022||September 13, 2022|
|January 10, 2023||December 1, 2022|
|March 7, 2023||February 14, 2023|
|June 6, 2023||May 9, 2023|
ASU Credit Fee
Once students complete an ASU Open Scale course with a passing grade, they have the option to receive the university credit and have the course listed on their ASU transcripts. The credit fee for ASU Open Scale Courses is $400 and is paid directly to ASU. Directions for paying this are in the registration packet.
Can we find life elsewhere in the Universe? This is one of the big questions at the forefront of scientific endeavor. It compels us to explore our celestial neighborhood, searching for signs of life in the Solar System and Earth-like planets beyond. In The Living World, you will learn about the search for life as you master concepts in general biology, including key aspects of: biodiversity; evolution; cellular biology; molecular biology; ecology; and human anatomy and physiology.
Topics covered in this course include limits and derivatives of algebraic, logarithmic, and exponential functions; the definite integral; analysis of graphs; optimization; applications of the derivative; and more.
Topics covered in this course include limits (including those involving infinity); derivatives and rates of change; continuity; applications of the derivative; linear approximation; accumulation; antidifferentiation; definite integrals; and more.
Have you ever read the news or overheard a conversation about politics and felt helpless? You are not alone! Many people ask questions like: Does my vote matter? How do federal policies affect me? How can I make a difference? American Democracy is defined by its people participating, voicing their opinion, and making a difference.
This online college algebra course equips you with the skills to effectively solve problems using algebraic reasoning. What sets this course apart from a standard algebra course is its strong emphasis on the techniques that are used to solve problems. The goal is not to simply teach you mathematical forms but to help you understand the “whys” behind how you are solving problems.
This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of human communication, processes, and environments. This course surveys communication topics related to culture, identity, organizations, and relationships. By the end of this course, you should have a fuller understanding of appropriate and effective communication based on your knowledge of theoretical concepts and their application.
This course is an introductory course with a dual focus: one focus on organizations and another focus on the individuals who work for them. At the individual level, we will examine how business decision making can be improved when supporting technologies like spreadsheets are leveraged. From the organizational perspective, we will cover strategic analysis frameworks and business strategies that can be fine-tuned for competition in an increasingly digitally transformed world.
Are we alone in the Universe? If so, why? If not, where are our cosmic cousins? Such questions, once the domain of science fiction, are on the verge of being answered with science facts. Astronomers are discovering planets around other stars. Planetary scientists are exploring the worlds in our solar system. Biologists are unlocking the secrets of metabolism and evolution. Geoscientists are determining how the Earth supports life.
Are you excited about new technologies that impact every facet of our lives? Are you concerned about the many problems, big or small, faced by our communities on planet earth, and want to help? This course is for you!
This introductory composition course will help you develop and express ideas effectively for a variety of personal and professional purposes, audiences, and occasions. During the course, you will complete five major written projects, maintain a writer’s journal, learn and apply a variety of concepts in the field of rhetoric and composition, and create an ePortfolio where you will showcase your work and your evolving identity as a writer.
This online writing course will help you understand discourse and research writing with the goal of creating solutions to issues within your local community. What sets this course apart is that you won’t be learning about subjects in an abstract sense; instead, you will identify local problems and research real solutions for these problems.To achieve this, you will be equipped with the tools to:
This course introduces the interconnected nature of Earth's hydrosphere, lithosphere (soils and rocks), atmosphere, and biosphere. It covers a variety of topics related to environmental science. The first part of the course focuses on how soils, the hydrosphere and atmosphere act to support life. The next section introduces the biosphere and how ecosystems work. The third section focuses on energy use and global climate change. Other topics include pollution, solid waste & recycling, and the design of sustainable communities. Throughout the course, students will reflect upon their role in the environment.
This first year online history course will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Europe and the Mediterranean from ancient times through 1500 AD. You will learn about a number of cultures and periods, including:
Have you ever wondered what’s inside your mobile phone case? Why batteries aren’t lighter and have to be recharged? How different colors can be shown on your computer screen? Or why glass shatters when you hit it with a hammer?
In this online health and wellness class, you will explore a wide variety of health-related topics, including:
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and marveled at the vastness and complexity of space? You are invited to take a deeper dive into the mind-blowing world of astronomy. At the end of this course, you will walk away with the knowledge to answer the following questions:
Do you ever think: “There has to be a better way!” Then engineering is for you! Engineering is for anyone with a passion for problem solving. This course actively introduces you to skills and tools that engineers use to solve problems while teaching you to think like an engineer. You will learn to identify opportunities, imagine new solutions to problems, model your creations, make data-driven decisions, build prototypes, and showcase your ideas that will impact the world.
Every day, computers and algorithms touch the lives of everyone around us in both mundane and profound ways. These algorithms are in the plants and distribution systems that bring you clean water and electricity, sensors that moderate the flow of traffic, in the tractors and combines that sow and harvest our food, and in the satellites that measure and predict the weather trends.
This introductory course is organized around Modules that will cover the five pillars of psychology, which include the: biological pillar, cognitive pillar, developmental pillar, social and personality pillar, and mental and physical health pillar. As students progress through each learning Module, they will review up-to-date and relevant content, engage in meaningful active learning exercises, and complete a knowledge check or assessment.
In this online sociology class, you will learn how individuals both shape and are shaped by their communities. You will learn how individuals both actively impact and are shaped by their communities, and you will explore the formation and persistence of societies that consist of diverse groups of people. You will also gain valuable insight into the dynamics of group relationships, including how to effectively interact with others within a group.
Macroeconomics is the study of the sum of all spending, income, and productive efforts. The economic outcomes that we experience are the result of our intricate dealings with other governments, businesses, and people, both locally and globally.
This course will help you understand decisions that are made in the face of constraints, such as the everyday transactions you make in the marketplace. As a consumer, you must consider your overall income when making a purchase, but business managers must take into account the presence of competitors in the marketplace when deciding on the price to charge you for a product.The course is divided into four parts:
The course will take you on a fascinating journey through the scientific evidence for human evolution. Dr. Donald Johanson, the paleoanthropologist who found the famous skeleton “Lucy,” will guide you through an overview of the hominin fossil record as well as introduce you to evolutionary theory. Take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to dive deeper into the world of paleoanthropological field research from Dr. Johanson’s perspective.
In this college-level Precalculus course, you will prepare for calculus by focusing on quantitative reasoning and functions. You’ll develop the skills to describe the behavior and properties of linear, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, rational, and trigonometric functions.
Public speaking is an important professional skill in many careers. The core of public speaking is to help speakers inform and influence the world around them. It takes practice and thought, and in this course, you will never step up to the podium without a plan. We’ve designed this course to create an environment that gives you confidence through consistent practice, supportive feedback, revision, and reflection.
Understand the impact of technology on sustainability and society, using relevant historical examples and current issues in the news, and gain insight on the cultural frameworks within which ideas such as sustainability and different technologies are understood and evolve. You’ll also explore emerging technologies from the Industrial Revolution through present day, leading to a future that will be complex and challenging, and in many ways look like science fiction.