M State is making it possible for students to get a jump on their college careers with five courses scheduled to begin on Oct. 19.

M State typically offers full-semester courses that begin in August and January. With uncertainty about the pandemic leading some students to delay their education plans this fall, M State has developed these late-start classes to give students an opportunity to catch up before spring semester begins, according to an M State news release.

“Maybe people weren’t ready to start college in August, but they feel ready now,” M State’s dean of science and mathematics Matt Borcherding said in the release. “This gives students a chance to get a start on their academic career without waiting until spring.”

In particular, this is an excellent opportunity for pre-health students to complete general education requirements prior to starting a program such as Practical Nursing in the spring, as Borcherding said.

The courses are being offered online and are widely transferable for a range of majors. They include Anatomy and Physiology lecture and lab courses (biology), College Writing (English), Lifespan Development (psychology) and Ethics (philosophy), according to the release.

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For students who are unsure how college will work with their other commitments, Borcherding said, “an eight-week class is a great way to try out online college classes.” The courses will run from Oct. 19 until the end of the semester on Dec. 18.

“These courses might also be a great option for students who are just a class or two away from graduation,” Borcherding said in the release. “Some may be able to complete their degree in December, a semester earlier than they’d planned.”

The courses are also open to high school students enrolled at M State through the eCampus or PSEO programs.

For more information, contact info@minnesota.edu.