Courses Online

Flexible online courses that fit your schedule

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The instructors at Bay College are committed to student success, both on campus and online. Our courses are crafted by our instructors to meet the needs of our students. Not only do our instructors design courses with their students in mind, but they are also readily available to help make your time here at Bay meaningful and enjoyable. Instructors connect with their students through Blackboard, as well as discussion boards, Zoom video, Email, on campus, and more. If you’re ready to get wired up, check the classes offered online at Bay College.


This program is designed for students interested in an entry level position in the field of Accounting. The program will provide the business, accounting, and computer knowledge and skills required to perform duties as a bookkeeper or accounting clerk. Students may further enhance their employability options by completing an Associate in Applied Science in Accounting degree.

ACCT 100 - Practical Accounting
ACCT 101 - Accounting Principles I
ACCT 102 - Accounting Principles II
ACCT 105 - Accounting with Computers
ACCT 110 - Payroll Accounting
ACCT 210 - Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 215 - Cost Accounting I


Molly Campbell
Office: CB 209

Cultural Anthropology studies human society and culture. Whether describing life on a reservation or examining the impact of global climate change, Cultural Anthropology offers both a scientific and a humanistic worldview.

​ANTH 201 - Intro to Cultural Anthropology


Marc LaBeau
Office: MS 107

Instructor Quote: "One of the most enjoyable things for me is to regularly discover spectacular writers within my courses ... I expect competent writing, but many of my students go above those expectations and offer amazing descriptions from their perspectives."

BIOL 107 - Environmental Science
BIOL 225 - ​Medical Microbiology
BIOL 276 - ​Medical Microbiology


Brent Madalinski
Office: JHUC 926

Instructor Quote: “Teaching online at Bay College has been a very rewarding experience. Having done this for over 20 years has allowed me to improve my skills in areas such as creativity, communication, organization, time management, and more.  The small class size limits set in our online courses allows for instructors to get to know students better and to better serve the needs of individual students.”

BUSN 160 - Practical Accounting
BUSN 177 - Mathematics of Business
BUSN 195 - Business Communications
BUSN 203 - Management Information Systems
BUSN 242 - Principles of Management
BUSN 250 - Business Law I
BUSN 251 - Business Law II
BUSN 253 - Marketing
BUSN 258 - Small Business Management
BUSN 260 - International Business
BUSN 262 - Principles of Selling
BUSN 263 - Intro to Modern Advertising

Computer Information Systems (CIS)

The explosion of computer use has created a high demand for specialists to provide technical and end-user support. Employers seek graduates who possess a strong technical background, combined with good interpersonal and communication skills. The CIS programs at Bay College are designed to provide students with the skills needed for employment in the field. Bay College offers two AAS degrees in Computer Information Systems and one certificate program in Computer Applications.

CIS 101 - Computer Concepts and Applications
CIS 120 - Microsoft Word
CIS 121 - Microsoft Excel
CIS 122 - Microsoft Access
CIS 123 - Microsoft PowerPoint
CIS 125 - iBusiness Technology Tools
CIS 130 - Spreadsheet Applications
CIS 135 - Intro to Cybersecurity
CIS 140 - Database Applications
CIS 215 - Web Publishing
CIS 235 - Mobile App Development
CIS 240 - Advanced Database Applications

Criminal Justice

Susan Sundstrom-Young
Office: CB 208

The Criminal Justice program offers students a wide variety of certificates and degrees in Criminal Justice, Corrections and Law Enforcement. In addition, students can earn their Bachelor of Science degree from Lake Superior State University right here on Bay's campus!

CJUS 112 - Intro to Criminal Justice
CJUS 112 - The Criminal Court System
CJUS 112 - Hwy Safety and Traffic Investigation

Computer Network Systems and Security (CNSS)

Karl Linderoth
Office: BHAT 400

Computer Network Systems and Security curriculum prepares graduates in computer operating systems, network infrastructure and devices (routers and switches), server management (Windows and Linux), managing data and people, and all aspects of cybersecurity (system, network, human, and Internet). Students are prepped and encouraged to earn as many as 9 IT industry certifications, including the Microsoft Technology Associate certifications which are taken right in the classroom.  CNSS is a 'hands-on' program because IT jobs are mostly 'hands-on' as well. And now, prepares students to take and to earn CompTIA certifications!

CNSS 105 - Digital Logic Principles
CNSS 115 - Cyber Ethics


Communication is a field that involves sending messages and improving relationships.  The study of this subject helps us develop life skills as well as help us succeed professionally. Bay College offers many courses in the Communication area. This can lead to a concentration in your Associate’s degree or lead to a minor or major at a transfer institution. Currently our courses include Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Mass Communication and Popular Culture, Introduction to Film and Group Communication.

​COMM 103 - Interpersonal Communication
​COMM 201 - Mass Comm and Popular Culture

Early Childhood Education

Tammra Barteld
Office: CB 214

There is an increased emphasis on the importance of early childhood development and education at both the State and Federal level. Michigan has initiated the Great Start to Quality program through the MI Department of Education/Office of Great Start & the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. Their efforts to improve the quality of early childhood programming includes a focus on community college early childhood AAS degrees.

CHLD 103 - Child Development
CHLD 110 - Health Safety Nutrition
CHLD 120 - Child Guidance
CHLD 135 - Intro to Children's Literature
CHLD 200 - Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs
CHLD 240 - Admin in Early Childhood Programs


Chris Nelson
Office: SC 501

Instructor Quote:  “Anytime a student “gets it” is a profound experience for both of us. Being able to share with a student a previous unlearned skill that will allow them to view their world in a new light has always been an sense of enlightenment.”

ECON 120 - Personal Finance
ECON 131 - Macroeconomics
ECON 132 - Microeconomics


Amber Kinonen
Office: CB 226

Instructor Quote: “I feel that teaching online is a creative way to teach, so I appreciate the challenge of relaying information to my students and helping them build important skills through online instruction.”

ENGL 101 - Rhetoric and Composition
ENGL 102 - Research Writing
ENGL 145 - Technical and Report Writing
ENGL 150 - Intro to Literature
ENGL 200 - American Literature
ENGL 208 - Writing Poetry and Short Fiction
ENGL 211 - World Literature

Fine Arts

Kristine Granger
Office: CB 200A

The Associate in Arts in Art and Design is primarily designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university. Students should work closely with an academic advisor to select courses needed for their intended major at the four-year institution they plan to attend. In addition to preparation for transfer, this program is designed to provide students with a strong general education background as well as offering suggested concentrations in Painting/Drawing; Photography; Digital Cinema; Graphic Design or Ceramics/Sculpture. Students who receive an Associate in Arts in Art and Design degree will also satisfy the Michigan Transfer Agreement Requirements.

ARTS 118 - Intro to Graphic Communication
ARTS 204 - Art History to 1300
ARTS 207 - Art History 1300 to Present


Thomas Warstler
Office: CB 206

Bay College offers courses which fall within the main branches of geography including: Introduction to Geography (GEOG 102), Physical Geography (GEOG 110) which includes an online lab, and World Regional Geography – Developed World (GEOG 125) and World Regional Geography – Developing World (GEOG 126).

​GEOG 110 - Physical Geography
​GEOG 121 - World Regional Geography

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Karl Linderoth
Office: BHAT 400

This course provides a foundation in geographic information systems (GIS) such as data types, cartography, queries, classification, basic editing, basic raster analysis, uses of GPS devices and related data map overlay techniques. The theory and operation of GPS receivers and data integration with GIS is covered in multi-week student initiated projects. Students will gain a clear understanding of the issues surrounding GIS, and how to conduct and present GIS research, and how GIS interacts with a wide variety of academic fields and scientific research.

GIS 201 - Intro to Geographic Info Systems


June Klees
Office: CB 212

Instructor Quote: “At Bay College, our online instructors want you: to ask questions, to phone/stop by their offices for assistance or to say "hello," and to be proactively engaged with their online classes.”

HIST 101 - Western Civilization to 1600
HIST 102 - Western Civilization 1600 to Present
HIST 220 - Michigan History


Spencer Slade
Office: MS 105

There is so much more to Mathematics than the four basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division! It helps shape the world around us. Mathematics is a broad field that can lead to many different career paths, including education, business, actuarial science, statistics, cryptography, quality control, financial/data analysis, market research, urban planning, and computer programming.

MATH 105 - Intermediate Algebra
MATH 110 - College Algebra
MATH 141 - Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
MATH 210 - Intro to Statistics


This program will prepare a student to demonstrate entry level competencies as a Registered Nurse (RN). A concept based framework is utilized throughout the program to present major concepts that are essential to nursing practice. By providing a focus on active learning and application, students are assisted in developing conceptual thinking as they apply evidenced-based scientific, theoretical, and practical knowledge to clinical situations in a variety of health care settings.

​HLTH 110 - Intro to Medical Vocabulary
​HLTH 115 - Intro to Pharmacology
​HLTH 118 - Medical Terminology I
​HLTH 119 - Medical Terminology II
​HLTH 120 - Intro to Electronic Health Records
​HLTH 205 - Nutrition
​NURS 118 - Nursing Informatics

Office Information Systems (OIS)

The Office Information Systems program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in administrative support roles. In addition to training in technology, software applications, and office procedures, heavy emphasis will also be placed on development of the soft skills—communication, teamwork, customer service, etc.—needed on the job.

OIS 150 - Word Processing Applications
OIS 250 - Advanced Word Processing Applications
OIS 270 - Health Information Management

Physical Education

Denise Dufek
Instructor/Success Coach
Office: HUB 813

The student will develop an understanding of stress and its impact on the student’s health and well-being. Various effective stress management techniques will be introduced, discussed, and practiced during course time. Students will develop personalized stress management plans.

PHED 144 - Effective Stress Management

Political Science

Molly Campbell
Office: CB 209

Students majoring in Political Science and/or Pre-Law can complete a set of courses to earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in preparation for transferring into a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program at a 4-year university, and/or potentially into law school. Political Science majors prepare for occupations in a variety of settings, including public administration, government, law, international studies, interest group lobbying, academia, and the private sector.

POLI 111 - American Government
POLI 262 - State and Local Government


Greg Cutler
Office: CB 211

Are you interested in why people do the things they do?  Maybe you’re curious about memory or personality or the way we develop across the lifespan, or how we make decisions.  Perhaps you've wondered about how the brain works or how groups influence us or the causes of psychological disorders. Psychology is a specialty area in the social and behavioral sciences that studies behavior and mental processes, and can provide insights that are valuable for both our personal and professional lives.

PSYC 201 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 206 - Social Psychology
PSYC 220 - Developmental Psychology


Sociology examines the social, cultural, and historical influences that shape our lives and the world in which we live. As a discipline, sociology provides students with a perspective that allows them to consider the "bigger picture" of society and their place within it.

SOCY 103 - Cultural Diversity
SOCY 103 - Sociology
SOCY 103 - Sociology of Death and Dying
SOCY 103 - Social Problems


Spanish I is an introduction to the Spanish language and cultures of the people who speak it. The course is designed for beginning students with no previous experience in Spanish who wish to develop effective communication skills in Spanish. It is designed to acquaint students with the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) which will carry over into their area of interest, for example, travel, business, medicine, education or social work. Spanish II is the second course of a two-semester sequence in elementary Spanish. More complex structures are introduced while developing a foundation in the essentials of the language. The course emphasizes practice in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. The course will also provide useful information about the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 101 - Spanish I
SPAN 101 - Spanish II

Water Technology

Larry Sundling
Office: BHAT 412B

The primary objective of this course is to assist the student to understand the relationship of the water utility with other municipal departments, with State and Federal regulatory agencies, and with the public. Emphasis is placed on the organizational structure, management programs, and the duties of supervisory personnel.

WATR 260 - Current Issues for Managers