Online Courses

Summer 2021

Cottey College, a private, liberal arts college for women, offers summer online courses. All eight courses are available to students enrolled at Cottey and other colleges or high schools, as well as adult women who are interested in earning credits at an institution committed to providing a foundation for developing women leaders and leadership skills.

How do I do this?

  • Registration will open by May 1. Registration Form
  • Registration deadline is June 2.
  • On the first day of class, use the eLearning information sent to you via email to log on to Cottey’s eLearning website, go to Academics, click on the link to your course, and follow the instructions posted.

Who teaches online?

Our online courses are taught by experienced Cottey faculty. Online faculty have regular contact with students through discussion forums, online faculty offices, email, and telephone conversations.

What about technology?

You must have access to a computer with a stable Internet connection during the summer session. You must have an active email account and at least one of the listed browsers: Microsoft Edge, Safari 6 or above, Mozilla Firefox 25.0 or above, and/or Google Chrome 30.0 or above. You must have word processing software that can generate .doc files. You may have to download a PDF reader and PowerPoint viewer.

Are online classes easier?

No, they are simply different and require more self-motivation and discipline.

What about textbooks?

Textbook information is included with course descriptions. Students are responsible for obtaining their books.

How much will this cost?

Tuition for summer online courses at Cottey College is competitive at $125 per credit hour, plus the cost of textbook(s).

Why Online Education?

  • Because I’m interested in the topic and want to pick up a class I might not otherwise be able to take.
  • Because I want a jump-start on starting my college career or completing graduation requirements in a timely manner.
  • Because I want to experience technology used frequently in today’s business and higher education environments.
  • Because taking courses over the summer allows me to concentrate on other courses during the fall that lead to my major or require quite a bit of time.
  • Because I’d rather take a summer course from Cottey than another institution.

The Successful Online Student

  • Understands that technology enhances communication
  • Is a self-motivated learner
  • Is a good time manager
  • Wants to be fully involved in her learning experience
  • Is an organized student
  • Is a strong reader and writer
  • Is curious
  • Enjoys independent study
  • Doesn’t hesitate to ask questions


BIO 330: Introduction to Virology

Instructor: Dr. Manjira Kumar

Dates:  June 7 – July 16.

Study of viruses is essential for students and researchers in the field of biology, biotechnology, medicine, public health, and related areas. This course emphasizes various aspects of pathogenic and non-pathogenic viruses, molecular mechanisms of infection, and host-pathogen interaction.  3 credits.

Textbook: Introduction to Modern Virology Seventh edition N.J. Dimmock, A.J. Easton, and K.N. Leppard ISBN13: 978-1-119-97810-7 WILEY Blackwell


CHE 102: Fundamentals of Physical Sciences

Instructor: Dr. Ganga Fernando

Dates:  June 7 – July 16.

An overview of the physical sciences needed for college courses in chemistry and physics. Topics include the scientific method, measurements, momentum, matter and energy, electricity and magnetism, waves, the atom, chemical bonds, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, chemical and nuclear reactions, and basic mathematics.  3 credits.

Textbook: Physical Science (11th Edition). Author: Tillery, Bill. Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education, ISBN: 978-0077862626


Special comments:

  • This course includes simple experimental activities outside of class.
  • This course is designed for a student who does not have a strong background in chemistry and physics.
  • This course does not meet the requirement for the Cottey College science core curriculum.

CHE 120/121: Introduction to Chemistry lecture and lab

Instructor: Dr. Ganga Fernando

Dates:  June 7 – July 16.

An introductory level with an emphasis on the use of these principles to understand and describe chemical processes that occur in our body. Covers fundamentals including atomic and molecular structure, measurement and stoichiometry, solutions, acid-base chemistry, nuclear chemistry, gases, and organic and biomolecules.  4 credits.

Textbook: Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry, 11th ed., Bettelheim, Brown, Campbell, Farrell and Torres, Cengage Learning (Brooks/Cole)


MAT 110: College Algebra

Instructor: Dr. Wei Cui

Dates: June 7 – July 16.

Prerequisites: MAT 090 (Intermediate Algebra).

Equations and inequalities, problem solving, coordinate geometry, graphing techniques, functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations. 3 credits.

Textbook: College Algebra, (8th edition), Authors: Kaufmann and Schwitters. Publisher: Cengage Learning, ISBN-10: 1111990360, ISBN-13: 9781111990367 (The hardcopy of the textbook is optional.)


WGS 105: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Verklan

Dates: June 7 – July 16.

This accelerated online course will introduce students to a variety of critical approaches to- and popular representations of- gender. We will consider the ways in which gender influences and is influenced by social differences, social status, and political and economic systems. We will track the connections between the individual and institutions such as mass media, science, education, and the family. By the end of the semester students should have developed a facility with gender as a key term of analysis and will have a good understanding of the dynamic interactions between gender, race, sexuality, nation, and class. 3 credits.

Textbook: Gender Through the Prism of Difference, Fifth Edition (2016), by Maxine Baca Zinn, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Michael A. Messner, and Amy M. Denissen (published by Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0190200045).



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