Big Ten Online Course Sharing Program

As a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has joined with six of our peer institutions to make a selection of online courses available to students at any of the participating Big Ten institutions in the 2020-2021 academic year.

During the 2021 Spring semester, any student currently enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate at a participating Big Ten university can take one online course at another participating school. This opportunity is included as part of your Big Ten academic experience with no additional cost for the credit earned.


As a full-time student at your home institution, you will pay no additional tuition or fees at either your home institution or at UNL for this course. That is, your home institution will not be including this course as part of your academic record until you request to have the credit transferred, and we will be waiving both the tuition and the student fees associated with attendance in the course.

While participating in this program, you cannot use the online course being taken at UNL to establish full-time status at your home institution. You must maintain full-time status at your home institution to remain enrolled in the UNL course at no cost.

You will have the responsibility to determine the applicability of the selected course to your degree program at your home institution.

You may be required to purchase books, software or other educational materials associated with your selected course.

UNL course instruction begins on January 25. The deadline to submit your application and course selection form is January 20, and the last day to enroll in your UNL course is February 1.

To register for one of the UNL courses listed below, you must continue the application by returning to the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) website.

At the BTAA site you will verify your eligibility and then click on the link to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Once you have submitted the UNL application and course selection form, and we have confirmed your eligibility, we will admit you as a non-degree-seeking student at UNL and enroll you in the course you have selected.

Please note that, in general, 100- and 200-level courses are lower division (freshman & sophomore), while 300- and 400-level are upper division (junior & senior). Courses that require upper division standing are noted, as are courses that recommend specific prior knowledge or experience.

We hope you enjoy your studies with us!

UNL Course Offerings for Spring 2021

AECN 235: Introduction to Commodity Marketing
This course focuses on the foundations of commodity markets. It discusses how markets were created, how commodities are traded from producers to final consumers, the role of transportation and storage, among other topics. It provides a broad and detailed discussion of economic theories behind markets, how they work in practice, and the current state of these markets in the world. NOTE: requires a prior general understanding of supply, demand and prices.
AECN 357: Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Environmental impact review; air and water pollution control; solid and hazardous waste control; endangered species and habitat preservation; land use regulation; state and federal water rights law. NOTE: Junior or Senior standing required.
AGRI 115: Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment
Application of biotechnology to genetically engineer, identify, select or propagate microbes, plants or animals. Scientists who use biotechnology to solve problems with the environment, with our food systems, or with human health.
ANTH 463: Museum Exhibit Design
Develop a museum exhibit to professional standards and participate in the process from conception through installation and ribbon-cutting. Study copy writing, object conservation, 3D model-building, graphic design, prototype development, exhibit construction techniques, and formative assessment. NOTE: Junior or Senior standing required.
BSEN 206: Engineering Economics
Introduction to methods of economic comparisons of engineering alternatives: time value of money, depreciation, taxes, concepts of accounting, activity-based costing, ethical principles, civics and stewardship, and their importance to society. NOTE: Sophomore standing or higher required
CLAS 116: Medical Greek and Latin
Medical language and terminology derived from Greek and Latin, with some attention to other scientific and technical terminology.
CLAS 180:Classical Mythology
Literary sources of Greek and Roman myths and their influence.
CLAS 209: Ancient Greece
From the Stone Age until the Roman conquest (2nd century BCE). The rise and fall of the city-state, types of government, relations with foreign peoples, class and gender issues, military matters and religion.
COMM 378: Cultural Encounters on the Great Plains
Inter-cultural encounters which have occurred on the Great Plains with a focus on Native American, African, African-American, Latino, Asian, South Asian, and European cultures.
CSCE 156: Computer Science II
Data structures, including linked lists, stacks, queues, and trees; algorithms, including searching, sorting, and recursion; programming language topics, including object-oriented programming; pointers, references, and memory management; design and implementation of a multilayer application with SQL database. NOTE: requires prior familiarity and working knowledge of at least one programming language.
ENGL 211: Literature of Place - Literary Nebraska
Survey of the history of Nebraska literature from its earliest days to the present. Examination of the works of some of the state's most famous authors such as Willa Cather and Ted Kooser, as well as other key literary voices from Nebraska literary history such as Black Elk (with John Neihardt), Mari Sandoz, Weldon Kees, Malcolm X, and Terese Svoboda. Provides a broad historical survey that will also include authors who are currently on the highly regarded creative writing faculty at UNL, including Jennine Capo Crucet, Jonis Agee, Kwame Dawes, and Timothy Shaffert, taught collectively by UNL's nationally renowned faculty in literary studies and creative writing.
ENTO 115: Insect Biology
Fundamental insect biology (anatomy, development, physiology, behavior, ecology and diversity). Economic and medical importance of insects and principles of insect pest management.
FDST 131: The Science of Food
General scientific concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics using food as a model. What food is from both chemical and nutritional perspectives, and the fate of food from when it leaves the farm to when it becomes part of the individual. Assists students in making intelligent decisions about many food-related controversial issues (e.g., food irradiation, food additives, and health foods).
FDST 301: Chemistry of Food
Emphasizes essential principles of chemistry and their application to food systems. Covers the molecular properties of food components (proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids) and their chemical reactions. Provides understanding of how chemistry impacts food quality and contributes to wellness.
HIST 150: African Culture and Civilization
Broad interpretative survey of the major features that have shaped modern African life.
HIST 219: Introduction to Jewish History
Survey of the history of the Jewish people from Biblical times to the present. The Old Testament, Ancient Israel, the Talmud, the relationship to Christianity and Islam, persecution and self-government in the middle ages, Jewish philosophy and mysticism, emancipation, modern anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, Zionism, the modern state of Israel, and the Jewish experience in America.
NRES 130: People of the Great Plains
The Great Plains region offers considerable ecological and cultural diversity, encompassing more than 600 million acres which have been occupied by humans for over 12,000 years. Introduction to the different populations who have called the Great Plains home, and how they have made a living on this landscape. Investigate Native American life ways in the Great Plains from the time of initial colonization up to European contact and the dramatic changes experienced during the historic era. Select topics centered on contemporary socio-ecological systems on the Plains and how understanding of past Plains experiences can be used to inform on these contemporary issues.
NRES 220: Principles of Ecology
Ecology as a quantitative discipline that integrates the life and earth sciences to understand the dynamics of natural and managed ecosystems. Includes study in fields such as pedology (soil), climatology, animal science, and botany, with coursework progressing from individual organism (e.g., adaptation, occurrence, and behavior) to more complex ecological organizations (e.g., communities, nutrient cycles, conservation, and climate change). NOTE: Prior intro biology class recommended
NRES 289: People and the Land - Human Environmental Interactions of the Great Plains
Explore human environmental interaction on the Great Plains. Samples a variety of Great Plains cultures and time periods to explore past use of the Great Plains environment. Evaluation of attributes and related data critical to the operation of past social-ecological systems with reference to changing climatic/ecological dynamics, human environmental impacts, and the sustainability of various indigenous and western modes of land use on the Great Plains. Investigate knowledge of these processes and how they can be of relevance to contemporary issues of Great Plains land management and resource utilization.
NRES 312: Introduction to Spatial Sciences
Overview of digital technology and concepts in spatial sciences. Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Geographic Position Systems and other spatial technology. NOTE: basic computer skills recommended
POLS 160: International Relations
How and why states act as they do in their contemporary international relations. Continuing factors, such as power, war, ideology, and governmental organizations, and recently emerging influences, including supranational organizations, multinational corporations, and natural resource allocation analyzed. Diverse approaches and theories examined.
PSYC 273: Brain and Behavior
Introduction to concepts and research to understand relations between bodily processes and behavior, with a focus on human brain structure and function. NOTE: Prior introductory psychology course recommended.
RELG 108: World Religions
The world's major religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
SCIL 109: Water in Society
Introduction to the scientific, social, and economic dimensions of historical and contemporary water systems. Students will develop an understanding of hydrologic systems and analyze and engage in decision-making about complex challenges associated with water resource use.
SOIL 101: Soil and Society  (not offered Spring 2021)
Basic knowledge of soils. Historical perspectives of the role of soils in human societies. The role of soils in the humanities including art, philosophy and literature. How to address problems of human-accelerated erosion, soil degradation, and water quality.
TMFD 123: Clothing and Society - You Are What You Wear
Analysis of social, cultural, aesthetic, and economic influences on clothing and human behavior.