In January, BYU-Idaho will offer eight already-established degrees to online students.
Online versions of bachelor’s degrees will be available in business management, marriage and family studies, English, web design and development, health care administration and public health. Medical assisting and web design and development will also be offered online as applied associate’s degrees.
According to byui.edu, students can enroll in most online degree programs as soon as Winter 2012. More than 100 courses are available, each individually tailored to the strengths of an online course.
“I was a little nervous about taking a course online,” said Brennan Harris, a freshmen who took the foundations of English course online. “I didn’t know if my teacher would be very helpful. But it turned out great. My teacher responded to all of my emails quickly and was able to help me with all of my questions.”
Online degree courses are semester-based and are available to anyone who has previously earned at least 15 credits at BYU, located in Provo; BYU-Idaho; BYU-Hawaii; or LDS Business College.
Lynne Landon, a non-traditional student at BYU-Idaho, said on byui.edu she encouraged her son to take a math course through BYU-Idaho’s online program.
“I knew he needed a math course that allowed him to dig deeper into difficult concepts,” Landon said. “The online version provided a wealth of information right at his fingertips. It really worked well for him.”
The courses are taught by professional faculty located throughout the country.
“We’ve had students earning their Bachelor’s of University Studies degrees online for a couple of years, and we’re delighted with how positive their experience has been,” said Rob Eaton, associate academic vice president over academic development. “Students establish a sense of community as they interact with other students online.”
The six new online bachelor’s degrees are being offered in addition to three existing online degrees in applied management, nursing and university studies. The two new online applied associate degrees are being offered in addition to two existing online degrees in administrative assistant and office management and general studies.
Similar to courses taught in the classroom, the online courses are founded on the BYU-Idaho learning model. The learning model encourages personal interaction between students and the professor. Although online professors are not able to meet personally with students, email and messaging boards allow the professor to get to know students individually.
For more information about the online degrees offered at BYU-Idaho, visit byui.edu.