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Fall 2016 Online Course Offerings

How it works:

Once you enroll in a course through Calvin Online, you will be given 24/7 access to course materials and Calvin's online library databases. Course materials include Web-based articles, audio and video, and an online learning community for regular classroom discussion and feedback. All of your assignments for the course will be submitted electronically.

You will also have regular opportunities to interact with your professor and other students through Calvin’s online educational community. This kind of participation in online education will help you build vital skills that will later benefit you in the workplace.


9/6/16 - 12/20/16


Calvin Students* <-- register via the Portal
High School Dual Enrollments

Due to the intensive nature of our online courses and to the limited availability of spots therein, there is a limit of 1 online course per student per semester.



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Computer Science 108: Introduction to Computing -- Professor Keith Vander Linden
(4 semester hours)

An introduction to computing as a problem-solving discipline. A primary emphasis is on programming as a methodology for problem solving, including: the precise specification of a problem, the design of its solution, the encoding of that solution, and the testing, debugging and maintenance of programs. The Python programming language will be used. A secondary emphasis is the discussion of topics from the breadth of computing including historical, theoretical, ethical and biblical perspectives on computing as a discipline.

Health Education 254: Nutrition -- John Sparks, Assistant Professor
(3 semester hours)

Food is a gift from God. He created our bodies to need food a few times each day. Learn about the role of food and nutrients in sustaining health and causing disease, how to analyze a diet from (Vitamin) A to (mineral) Zinc, and how recommend and encourage healthy food and diet choices to a client or patient. Your commitment to learning and applying the material will be essential because, as you will discover, where food is concerned, this world is truly broken. Therefore, we will also examine the Christian's response to complex food-related issues like hunger, malnutrition, obesity, and stewardship of the body.

History 151: History of the West and the World I-- Steve Staggs, Teaching Staff
(4 semester hours)

From the Egyptian pyramids to the beginnings of Islam, from early Chinese empires to the Crusades, explore human history from earliest times until 1500, including the rise and fall of empires, the development of religious traditions, and the development of societies in war and peace. We will seek to understand how people from these eras addressed challenges while making choices in a world both very different, and very similar, to our own.

History 152: History of the West and the World II -- Tim Gloege*, Online Instructor
(4 semester hours)

The history of modern human societies including coverage of the scientific revolution and the European Enlightenment tradition; key political, economic, social, and religious developments in the West, including the non-Western world's contribution and reaction to them; and events of global significance through the latter half of the twentieth century, such as the industrial evolution, the world wars, and decolonization.

* Though this is not a required text for the History 152 course, we wanted to highlight Tim's recently-published book, Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism.



Kinesiology 216: Medical Terminology -- Nancy Meyer, Professor, Women's Athletic Director
(3 semester hours / September 6 - December 12, 2016)

Fulfill the prerequisite for many allied health graduate programs and learn about basic medical word structure. Included are terms relating to anatomic structure, symptomatic and diagnostic tests, and operative and therapeutic procedures. Evaluation includes chapter quizzes, reading and writing medical records, a faith perspective paper, and a comprehensive final exam.

Philosophy 153: Fundamental Questions in Philosophy -- Professor Kevin Corcoran
(3 semester hours)

Socrates said “the unexamined life is not worth living.” This course is an invitation to the examined life. In it you will consider such fundamental questions as these: What does it mean to be moral? Am I an immaterial thing, like God, or a material thing, like my body? Does God even exist? If so, how do God and the existence of human suffering, evil and death fit together?



Speech Pathology and Audiology 101: Intro to Speech Path & Audiology -- Brian Kreisman, Associate Professor
(3 semester hours)

A general introduction to speech-language pathology and audiology. These rapidly growing interdisciplinary professions are devoted to helping individuals manage or overcome communication challenges. Communication is a God-given gift that allows us to be social beings. When people have difficulty communicating, it affects almost all aspects of their lives. Students will gain a general understanding of prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation issues for persons with speech, language, and hearing disorders in clinical and educational settings.

Speech Pathology and Audiology 217: Speech Science -- Professor Judy Vander Woude
(3 semester hours)

An introduction to speech physiology and the instrumentation used to measure physiologic aspects of speech. Topics include a basic understanding of the acoustic theories of speech production, experience in acoustic instrumentation, recording, and analysis equipment and procedures, an overview speech perception, and clinical applications of the speech science theories, instrumentation, and procedures.


Speech Pathology and Audiology 218: Hearing Science -- Brian Kreisman, Associate Professor
(3 semester hours)

Study sound. How is sound created, heard and perceived? How does sound travel? How are pitch and loudness related to sounds? Do we filter sounds? Where are sounds coming from? Why do our ears “ring” after attending a loud concert or event? Does our sense of hearing impact our faith?




  • Calvin students are permitted to enroll in one online course per semester.
  • When searching for classes for registration, all online courses are marked as section "ONLNE" in the class schedule.


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Complaint Resolution:

In accordance with regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education, institutions offering distance and online education must provide enrolled students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student's state.  See our complaint resolution page for more information.



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