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Self-Paced Course Guidelines

Our online college courses offer you the flexibility to reach your educational goals without giving up your life. 

OU faculty members develop the study materials you use in your course. This means that the content is identical to courses offered on campus. The only difference—you’ll be studying and taking tests when it’s convenient for you! With our self-paced courses, all students pay the same rate comparable to OU's in-state tuition, regardless of your residency status.

While there is no minimum of days to complete a self-paced course, it is rare that a student completes a course in anything less than 60 days. It is dependent on many factors such as grading timelines, university holidays, and course-specific requirements and activities of you and the faculty member grading.

Given the flexible nature of self-paced online courses, no guarantees are made within this timeframe on the exact length of time in which a course can be completed.

Self-paced online courses are considered correspondence courses for the purposes of Enrollment and Financial Aid. Self-Paced Online Courses are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid or Federal Student Loans but you are able to apply for a private loan and talk to financial aid about applying it to these courses. 

Accordingly, hours enrolled in self-paced courses will not apply toward full-time or part-time enrollment status nor flat rate tuition if you are a degree seeking student at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Self-paced courses are self-directed 180-day online courses and you can enroll at any time throughout the year. Please be aware that extensions are rare and you have a 14-day window to withdraw from the course for a full refund.
  • OU degree seeking students need permission from their college advisor to enroll. CIDL will confirm with your college that you have permission.  
  • Tuition and fees for self-paced courses are based on in-state rates for all students.
  • All exams must be proctored. Please review policies for exams under the Proctored Exam Policy section of our website. 
  • You can find self-paced courses in ONE under the Self-Paced Term, Independent Campus (section 400).
  • All students (including OU degree seeking students) must request permission to enroll by filling the Self-Paced Course Request Form. You are not able to enroll in our courses by yourself. 
  • Tuition waivers cannot be used in lieu of payment for these courses unless it is Military Tuition Assistance. We do not accept merit waivers, scholarship waivers nor employment waivers. If you are an OU employee, we will waive half tuition up to 3 hours and you are responsbile for the rest. 
  • If you have questions about tuition waivers, contact CIDL at CIDL@ou.edu or (405) 325-1921.

Self-Paced Courses

  • CHEM 1315-400 General Chemistry I  - General Chemistry is an overview of the chemical basis of natural phenomena. First of a two-semester sequence in general chemistry. Topics covered include basic measurement, atomic theory, electron configuration, periodicity, chemical reactivity and energetics, stoichiometry, gas laws and changes in state, bonding, and molecular structure.  OU DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENROLLING IN THIS COURSE!
  • CHEM 1415-400 General Chemistry II  - Continued - This course covers topics that include thermochemistry, equilibrium, thermodynamics, acid and base properties, kinetics, and electrochemistry.  OU DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENROLLING IN THIS COURSE!
  • CLC 2413-400 Medical Vocabulary  - This course is the study of basic Greek and Latin elements of medical terminology through the analysis of select vocabularies and word lists.
  • COMM 2513-400 Introduction to Statistics  - This course introduces statistics with the purpose of providing tools for interpreting and conducting social science research. Topics include; central tendency, variability, normal distributions, sampling distributions, correlation, regression, T-tests, anovas, and nonparametric statistics.
  • DRAM 3713-400 - History of Theatre I- This course is designed to acquaint the student with the development of European drama, theatre, and production procedures from the period of Classical Greece through 1700.
  • DRAM 3723-400 - History of Theatre II - This course is designed to acquaint the student with the development of European drama, theatre, and production procedures from the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • ENGL 4133-400 History of the English Language  - This course traces the development of the English language from its Indo-European origins through its present state. Special attention will be paid to changes in grammar and vocabulary.
  • FIN 3303-400 Business Finance  - An introductory course in the financial administration of a firm. Topics include the finance function, concepts of sources and uses of funds, analysis and estimation of need for funds (short- and long-term), short-term sources, working capital management policy, long-term sources, capital structure policy and implementation, capital budgeting, and the cost of capital.
  • FIN 3403-400 Financial Intermediaries and Markets   - This course investigates the determination of the level of domestic rates of interest and their implications for international currency markets. Describes the important financial institutions in U.S. financial markets. Details the structure of interest rates. It also analyzes the behavior of fixed income prices. Discusses techniques of domestic and international institutions to immunize portfolios.
  • MATH 1503-400 College Algebra  - A Review of basic algebraic skills such as multiplying and factoring polynomials, rational expressions, linear equations and inequalities, exponents and radicals, absolute values. Other topics include the concept, notation, and algebra of functions, functions of linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic type, systems of equations.
  • MATH 1523-400 Precalculus and Trigonometry  - A review of function concepts. Topics covered include properties of functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses by unit circle and triangle approaches, trigonometric equations and identities, simple conic sections, polar coordinates, Demoivre's theorem, discrete algebra, induction, limits, and continuity.
  • MATH 1743-400 - Calculus i- Business, Life and Social Sciences - This courses covers topics in differentiation and integration of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. The course will cover applications to the business, life and social sciences. Students should have taken Pre-calculus.
  • MATH 1823-400 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  - This course covers equations of straight lines, conic sections, functions, limits and continuity, differentiation, maximum-minimum theory, and curve sketching.
  • MATH 2423-400 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II  - This course covers iIntegration and its applications, the calculus of transcendental functions, techniques of integration, and the introduction to differential equations.
  • MATH 2433-400 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III  - This course covers polar coordinates, parametric equations, sequences, infinite series, and vector analysis.
  • MATH 2443-400 Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV  - This course covers vector calculus, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, gradients, extreme values and differentials of multivariate functions, multiple integrals, and line and surface integrals.  
  • METR 2603-400 Severe and Unusual Weather - This course provides a detailed descriptive account of the physical processes important in the formation of various severe and unusual weather phenomena, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail storms, lightning, hurricanes, mid-latitude snowstorms, lake effect snows, atmospheric optical effects, and global climate change. This version of the course also emphasizes lightning, including the physics of and protection from lightning. This course does not count for major credit in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.
  • MGT 3013-400 Principles of Organization and Management  - An introductory course presenting the basic concepts and practices of management, both private and public. Historical development of management; basic definitions and philosophy; fundamental managerial functions, including planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling; a survey approach to quantification in organizational life; current trends in management; possible future developments in organization and administration. OU Business degree students are allowed to take this course only under exceptional circumstances and with Departmental permission. Please contact Dr. Mark Sharfman.
  • MGT 3363-400 Organizational Behavior  - This course covers the structure of organizations and the dynamics of behavior within organizations. Included are such topics as job design, perception, communication, decision making, motivation, groups, leadership, and organizational change and effectiveness. OU Business degree students are allowed to take this course only under exceptional circumstances and with Departmental permission. Please contact Dr. Mark Sharfman.
  • MUNM 1113-400 The Understanding of Music - A course in music appreciation covering all of the important fields of music, with opportunity for the students to listen to recordings.
  • PHYS 2514-400 General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors  - The study of kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, gravitation, equilibrium, momentum, energy, static and flowing fluids, kinetic theory, heat and thermodynamics, vibrations, waves, and sound.
  • PSY 2603-400 Lifespan Development  - This course is the survey of the psychological changes across the life span; the changes in cognitive, social, emotional, and physiological development from conception to death will be included.
  • SPAN 1115-400 Beginning Spanish  - An elementary course in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish.
  • SPAN 1225-400 Beginning Spanish, Continued  - An elementary course in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. This course is a continuation of SPAN 1115.
  • SPAN 2113-400 Intermediate Spanish  - This course develops reading skills and control of grammar while cultivating depth of oral and writing ability. Emphasis on expansion of vocabulary and strong re-enforcement of grammatical structures. Reading and discussion of texts of literary and cultural interest.
  • SPAN 2223-400 Intermediate Spanish, Continued  - This course will refine reading skill and mastery of grammar. Emphasis on sophisticated vocabulary and understanding of grammatical structures. Literary and cultural texts discussed in oral and essay form.
  • SPAN 3423-400 Advanced Spanish Composition  -This course further develops communicative abilities as well as increasing students' knowledge and ability to produce a variety of forms of cultural production in the Spanish language. Writing as a process that includes brainstorming, organization, outline, drafts and revisions will be learned. Familiarity with authentic texts written in different styles will be developed.