Online Courses

Courses and programs offered in the online format at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi incorporate the guidelines from Principles of Good Practice for Electronically Offered Academic degree and Certificate Programs, developed by the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET) and adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)  Best Practices For Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs.


Online Course Classification

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Chapter 4, Subchapter P, states that distance education is the formal educational process that occurs when students and instructors are not in the same physical setting for the majority (more than 50 percent) of instruction. Two categories of distance education courses are defined:

Fully Distance Education Course  

    • A course which may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15 percent of the instructional time.   Examples of face-to-face sessions include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test.

Hybrid/Blended Course

    • A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent), of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place. 

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

    • For the purposes of the Commission on College’s accreditation review, distance education is a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction (interaction between students and instructors and among students) in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous. A distance education course may use the internet; one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; audio conferencing; or video cassettes, DVD’ s, and CD-ROMs if used as part of the distance learning course or program.

Enrolling in Online Courses

Enrolling in online courses is the same as for a face to face course. Students must first be admitted to the university. See the Office of Admissions for requirements. Online courses are listed with the designation of “Online” under the Time and Bldg. columns in the semester schedule. To view the schedule and register for courses, go to:

List of Online Courses

The list of online courses can be accessed by going to  SAIL and selecting  Class Schedule.

To view online courses offered in a selected term/semester

    1. Select a Term
    2. Select a Course Subject or  All Subjects for a complete list.
    3. Select the course type: Web-based.
    4. Click the View button. 

To view the online courses offered in the eLine Nursing Program,

    1. Select a Term
    2. Select a Course Subject or  All Subjects for a complete list.
    3. Select the course type: ELine

The Course Exchange Program (CEP)

Developed to expand educational opportunities by increasing the number of distance education courses offered to students in the Texas A&M University System, the C EP allows students to take distance education courses from participating A&M System institutions.  Courses are transcripted as if they were taken at the student's home campus.  For more information check out the website at: or contact the Office of Distance Education at 361-825-2122.

Open Online College Courses

Free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college courses that include videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at universities such as Harvard, Princeton and MIT. Highly relevant courses such as iPhone Application Development from Stanford and Cyber Humor from Oxford are offered. This is a wonderful resource for those looking to explore additional educational topics or to experience college level courses