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Online Bachelor's Degree

Curious what your first year pursuing an online Bachelor's degree will look like through NNU Online? We've put together a first-year course schedule to give you an idea of the classes you'll be taking. 

Generally, students will take two classes every 8 weeks. Class schedules allow for an emphasis in liberal studies or business, meaning that students have some choice as to which two classes they take simultaneously. NNU Online is an option for those wishing to enroll in the program part-time or to take classes a la carte.


  • HUMN1050 Orientation to Online Learning (1 credit): A course designed to help students learn the skills necessary for successful completion of online college-level work. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the demands of online learning, utilizing the university‚Äôs learning management system, and development of strategies to effectively engage with instructor and peers online.

Fall (Session 1)

  • COMM1210 Intro to Public Speaking (3 credits): An introduction to verbal communication in groups, listening, and public speaking. Emphasis will be placed on speaking, delivery issues, speech construction, audience connection, and the communication process.
  • HUMN1010 Cornerstone (3 credits): This course is intended to help students develop a life-long passion for learning. They will explore the habits of mind of various academic disciplines and discover differing perspectives on the pursuit of knowledge as well as their commonalities and connectedness. Students will be introduced to the four University outcomes, develop skills necessary for a successful college experience, and begin collecting a portfolio to document their learning and track their personal, spiritual, and academic growth throughout their college career.
  • MATH0900 Essential Mathematics (3 credits) (IF NEEDED): Whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, ratio, proportion, percent, measurement, geometry, introduction of algebra, solving equations, and statistics. This is a credit/no credit course. Receiving credit for this course prepares the student to take MATH1100 or MATH2240. Credit for courses numbered below 1000 is not transferable.

Fall (Session 2)

  • MATH1100 Liberal Arts Mathematics (3 credits): Students will explore mathematical ideas and logical reasoning. This class will look at mathematical applications in life which may include topics such as statistics, fair voting schemes, prime numbers, and modular arithmetic. Students will also develop their own insights and theorems through the exploration of mathematical patterns. The content of the class may vary each semester. The course is designed for non-science majors. The course satisfies the general education mathematics competency requirement. Prerequisites: ACT score of 21 or equivalency on the COMPASS Exam.
  • MUSC1010 A Survey of Art and Music (3 credits): An introduction to the stylistic characteristics and cultural climate of the important artistic epochs in history, and includes both the western and the non-western traditions.
  • ENGL0900 Improvement of Language Use (3 credits) (IF NEEDED): A course for students who are not prepared for college-level composition, emphasizing a systematic study of language usage, spelling and writing. (Does not satisfy the catalog specific course requirement for English Composition.) 
  • BSNS2330 Business for Math and Finance (3 credits): An introductory course to statistical theory and applications for business decision-making purposes. Topics include the role and use of statistics, tables and graphs, data analysis, probability distributions, descriptive measures, and statistical inference, including sampling, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, analysis of variance, quality control, and regression analysis. Fulfills the General Education Mathematics Competency requirement. 

Spring (Session 1)

  • ENGL1030 University Writing and Research (3 credits): A course which enables students to sharpen analytical reading skills and, through the medium of research projects, to refine existing critical thinking and writing skills, preparing them for rigorous academic writing.  It acquaints students with current information technology, library resources, and undergraduate research methods, covering the entire process of researching and writing persuasive essays.  A student must earn a grade of C- or better.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENGL0900, or ACT English score of 20 or higher, or Compass English score of 83 or higher, or passing of the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation, or advanced placement.
  • BIOL1040 Environmental Science (3 credits): A study of the issues pertaining to environmental sustainability including topics such as population growth, energy, pollution, and conserving biodiversity. A central theme is Christian Stewardship.  
  • BSNS2170 Computer Applications in Business (3 credits): Introduction to computers as a tool for business including fundamental concepts of information technology and the use of business application software including word processing, spreadsheets, database, graphics, electronic communications, and World Wide Web. Prerequisites: Computer proficiency or instructor's permission. 

Spring (Session 2)


  • PHIL2020- Ethics (3 credits): An introduction to the concept of good, involving a study of the major ethical theories of the West and their applications to contemporary moral problems.
  • BIBL1100- Intro to Biblical Studies (3 credits): An introduction to the serious study of the Bible in its historical, cultural, and literary context. The course emphasizes the essential content, structure, and theological message of the books of the Bible. Students are introduced to the practice of biblical exegesis and to the geography and archaeology of the lands of the Bible. This course is designed for general students. Prerequisites or Corequisites: HUMN1010, ENGL1030.