XI. Special Study Opportunities

Distance Education

The Distance Education program, administered by Open Learning and Educational Support, supports academic departments in offering degree credit courses to students who choose to study outside the traditional classroom environment. Courses may come with a variety of learning resources, including: manuals, CDs, DVDs etc., depending on the nature of the course. As well, courses incorporate online discussions, email, computer-based quizzes, and the use of the Internet. Distance education provides a contemporary means through which the University of Guelph continues its tradition of outreach and open learning opportunities.

Students may take distance education courses for a variety of reasons, including: to have flexibility in designing their own study schedules; to avoid timetable conflicts; to acquire credits while away on summer break or on a co-op job placement; to take courses unavailable in class in a given semester; to learn in an interactive online environment.

The University of Guelph recognizes the importance of distance learning and is committed to providing opportunities for the off-campus learner. A wide range of subject areas and course levels is available.

The following is a list of the courses that are offered in the distance format. When selecting these courses, section DE must be specified to indicate the distance education offering. Please consult Section XII -- Course Descriptions. Because additional courses are constantly being developed, please consult Open Learning and Educational Support, 160 Johnston Hall, 519-767-5000, email: info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca for an updated listing of courses available by distance education and when they are scheduled to be offered. Course listings are also available at www.OpenEd.uoguelph.ca.

ACCT*2220*DE [0.50] Financial Accounting
ACCT*2230*DE [0.50] Management Accounting
ACCT*3330*DE [0.50] Intermediate Financial Accounting I
ANSC*2340*DE [0.50] Structure of Farm Animals
ANTH*1150*DE [0.50] Introduction to Anthropology
ASCI*3100*DE [0.50] Case Studies in Arts and Sciences Research
ASCI*3200*DE [0.50] Issues in Public Health
BIOL*1500*DE [0.50] Humans in the Natural World
BIOL*2060*DE [0.50] Ecology
BIOM*2000*DE [0.50] Concepts in Human Physiology
BIOM*3090*DE [0.50] Principles of Pharmacology
BIOM*3200*DE [1.00] Biomedical Physiology
BOT*2000*DE [0.50] Plants, Biology and People
BUS*2090*DE [0.50] Individuals and Groups in Organizations
BUS*3000*DE [0.50] Human Resources Management
CHEM*1060*DE [0.50] Introductory Chemistry
CHEM*1100*DE [0.50] Chemistry Today
CHEM*3360*DE [0.50] Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
CIS*1000*DE [0.50] Introduction to Computer Applications
CIS*1200*DE [0.50] Introduction to Computing
CIS*1500*DE [0.50] Introduction to Programming
CIS*2050*DE [0.50] Computers and Society
CIS*2520*DE [0.50] Data Structures
ECON*1050*DE [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
ECON*1100*DE [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON*2200*DE [0.50] Industrial Relations
ECON*2100*DE [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
ECON*2310*DE [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON*2410*DE [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON*2770*DE [0.50] Introductory Mathematical Economics
ECON*2560*DE [0.50] Theory of Finance
ECON*3660*DE [0.50] Economics of Equity Markets
ECON*4400*DE [0.50] Economics of Organizations and Corporate Governance
EDRD*2020*DE [0.50] Interpersonal Communication
EDRD*2650*DE [0.50] Introduction to Planning and Environmental Law
EDRD*3120*DE [0.50] Educational Communication
EDRD*3140*DE [0.50] Organizational Communication
EDRD*3160*DE [0.50] International Communication
EDRD*3450*DE [0.50] Watershed Planning Practice
EDRD*3500*DE [0.50] Recreation and Tourism Planning
EDRD*4010*DE [0.50] Tourism Planning in the Less Developed World
EDRD*4120*DE [0.50] Leadership Development in Small Organizations
EDRD*4500*DE [1.00] Planning Industrial Ecology: Design for Sustainability
ENGG*3240*DE [0.50] Engineering Economics
ENGL*1200*DE [0.50] Reading the Contemporary World
ENGL*2640*DE [0.50] Culture, Location, Identity: Minoritized Literatures in Canada and Beyond
ENGL*2740*DE [0.50] Children's Literature
ENGL*3360*DE [0.50] Scottish Literary Cultures
ENVS*1060*DE [0.50] Principles of Geology
ENVS*2050*DE [0.50] The Landscape of Scotland
ENVS*2060*DE [0.50] Soil Science
ENVS*2070*DE [0.50] Environmental Perspectives and Human Choices
ENVS*2120*DE [0.50] Introduction to Environmental Stewardship
ENVS*2130*DE [0.50] Eating Sustainably in Ontario
ENVS*2210*DE [0.50] Apiculture and Honey Bee Biology
ENVS*2250*DE [0.50] Geology of Natural Disasters
ENVS*2270*DE [0.50] Impacts of Climate Change
ENVS*3000*DE [0.50] Nature Interpretation
ENVS*3010*DE [0.50] Climate Change Biology
ENVS*3020*DE [0.50] Pesticides and the Environment
ENVS*3040*DE [0.50] Natural Chemicals in the Environment
ENVS*3080*DE [0.50] Soil and Water Conservation
FOOD*2010*DE [0.50] Principles of Food Science
FOOD*2400*DE [0.50] Introduction to Food Chemistry
FOOD*2410*DE [0.50] Introduction to Food Processing
FOOD*2420*DE [0.50] Introduction to Food Microbiology
FOOD*3430*DE [0.50] Introduction to Food Analysis
FOOD*4310*DE [0.50] Food Safety Management Systems
FREN*1090*DE [0.50] Basic French: Reading
FREN*1100*DE [0.50] Basic French: Listening
FREN*2020*DE [0.50] France: Literature and Society
FREN*2500*DE [0.50] French Translation I
FREN*3520*DE [0.50] French Composition II
FRHD*1010*DE [0.50] Human Development
FRHD*1020*DE [0.50] Couple and Family Relationships
FRHD*2060*DE [0.50] Adult Development and Aging
FRHD*2100*DE [0.50] Development of Human Sexuality
FRHD*2110*DE [0.50] Exceptional Children and Youth
FRHD*2260*DE [0.50] Infant Development
FRHD*2280*DE [0.50] Adolescent Development
FRHD*3190*DE [0.50] Administration of Programs for Children
GEOG*1200*DE [0.50] Society and Space
GEOG*1220*DE [0.50] Human Impact on the Environment
GEOG*2210*DE [0.50] Environment and Resources
GEOG*2510*DE [0.50] Canada: A Regional Synthesis
GEOG*3020*DE [0.50] Global Environmental Change
GEOG*3210*DE [0.50] Management of the Biophysical Environment
GEOG*3490*DE [0.50] Tourism and Environment
HISP*1100*DE [0.50] Introductory Spanish I
HISP*1110*DE [0.50] Introductory Spanish II
HIST*2000*DE [0.50] The British Isles, 1066-1603
HIST*2040*DE [0.50] War and Society
HIST*2070*DE [0.50] World Religions in Historical Perspective
HIST*2120*DE [0.50] Animals and Society
HIST*2250*DE [0.50] Environment and History
HIST*2260*DE [0.50] Religion and Society
HIST*2280*DE [0.50] Hockey in Canadian History
HIST*2610*DE [0.50] Contemporary Canadian Issues
HIST*3020*DE [0.50] Sexuality and Gender in History
HIST*3130*DE [0.50] Popular Culture and Punishment, 1700-1900
HIST*3140*DE [0.50] Witch-hunts and Popular Culture
HIST*3540*DE [0.50] World War II
HORT*1120*DE [0.50] Grape and Wine Science
HORT*3430*DE [0.50] Wine-Grape Culture
HROB*2010*DE [0.50] Foundations of Leadership
HROB*3010*DE [0.50] Managing and Rewarding Performance
HROB*3070*DE [0.50] Attracting and Acquiring Talent
HROB*4010*DE [0.50] Leadership Certificate Capstone
HROB*4060*DE [0.50] Workforce Optimization
HTM*2030*DE [0.50] Control Systems in the Hospitality Industry
HTM*3180*DE [0.50] Casino Operations Management
HTM*3780*DE [0.50] Economics of Food Usage
MATH*1030*DE [0.50] Business Mathematics
MATH*2150*DE [0.50] Applied Matrix Algebra
MBG*3060*DE [0.50] Quantitative Genetics
MBG*3090*DE [0.50] Applied Animal Genetics
MCS*1000*DE [0.50] Introductory Marketing
MCS*2020*DE [0.50] Marketing Information Management
MCS*2100*DE [0.50] Personal Financial Management
MCS*3030*DE [0.50] Research Methods
MCS*3040*DE [0.50] Business and Consumer Law
MGMT*2150*DE [0.50] Introduction to Canadian Business Management
MGMT*3020*DE [0.50] Corporate Social Responsibility
MGMT*3320*DE [0.50] Financial Management
MUSC*1060*DE [0.50] “Classical” Music: Context and Codes
MUSC*1130*DE [0.50] Introduction to Musicianship
MUSC*2140*DE [0.50] History of Jazz
MUSC*2150*DE [0.50] Music and Popular Culture
MUSC*2280*DE [0.50] Masterworks of Music
NUTR*1010*DE [0.50] Introduction to Nutrition
NUTR*2050*DE [0.50] Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
PATH*3610*DE [0.50] Principles of Disease
PHIL*2030*DE [0.50] Philosophy of Medicine
PHIL*2060*DE [0.50] Philosophy of Feminism I
PHIL*2070*DE [0.50] Philosophy of the Environment
PHIL*2100*DE [0.50] Critical Thinking
PHIL*2120*DE [0.50] Ethics
PHIL*2130*DE [0.50] Philosophy of Religion
PHIL*2600*DE [0.50] Business and Professional Ethics
PHIL*3040*DE [0.50] Philosophy of Law
PHYS*1020*DE [0.50] Introductory Physics
PHYS*1600*DE [0.50] Contemporary Astronomy
PHYS*3080*DE [0.50] Energy
POLS*1400*DE [0.50] Issues in Canadian Politics
POLS*1500*DE [0.50] World Politics
POLS*2000*DE [0.50] Political Theory
POLS*2250*DE [0.50] Public Administration and Governance
POLS*2300*DE [0.50] Canadian Government and Politics
POLS*3250*DE [0.50] Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects
POLS*3300*DE [0.50] Governing Criminal Justice
POLS*3370*DE [0.50] Environmental Politics and Governance
POLS*3440*DE [0.50] Corruption, Scandal and Political Ethics
PSYC*1000*DE [0.50] Introduction to Psychology
PSYC*1010*DE [0.50] Quantification in Psychology
PSYC*2310*DE [0.50] Introduction to Social Psychology
PSYC*2360*DE [0.50] Introductory Research Methods
PSYC*2390*DE [0.50] Principles of Sensation and Perception
PSYC*2410*DE [0.50] Behavioural Neuroscience I
PSYC*2450*DE [0.50] Introduction to Developmental Psychology
PSYC*2650*DE [0.50] Cognitive Psychology
PSYC*2740*DE [0.50] Personality
PSYC*3020*DE [0.50] Psychology of Law
PSYC*3250*DE [0.50] Psychological Measurement
PSYC*3390*DE [0.50] Abnormal Psychology
PSYC*3480*DE [0.50] Psychology of Sport
PSYC*3570*DE [0.50] The Psychology of Death and Dying
PSYC*3710*DE [0.50] Psychology of Learning Difficulties and Disabilities I
PSYC*3800*DE [0.50] Psychology and Education
PSYC*3850*DE [0.50] Intellectual Disabilities
SART*1150*DE [0.50] Contemporary Artistic Practice
SOAN*2400*DE [0.50] Introduction to Gender Systems
SOC*1100*DE [0.50] Sociology
SOC*2070*DE [0.50] Social Deviance
SOC*2760*DE [0.50] Homicide
STAT*2040*DE [0.50] Statistics I
STAT*2060*DE [0.50] Statistics for Business Decisions
THST*2500*DE [0.50] Contemporary Cinema
TOX*3360*DE [0.50] Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
UNIV*1150*DE [1.00] The Politics, Science and Culture of Hunger


  • Getting ready for Calculus, a non-degree credit preparatory course, is also offered via distance.

Note: Please check with Open Learning and Educational Support regarding the technology and resource requirements (e.g. computer, internet, DVD player, etc.) for the specific course(s) in which you are interested.

The courses have been designed and written by experts to meet rigorous standards. Clusters of courses are offered from selected areas of specialization within the University.

The Diploma in Applied Statistics, the Certificate in Business, the Certificate in Communication Process, the Certificate in Food Science, the Certificate in Environmental Citizenship, the Certificate in Environmental Conservation, the Certificate in Hospitality Studies, and the Certificate in Leadership, are also offered in the distance education mode in whole or in part (see Certificates and Diplomas in this section for further information).

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