High School Dual Credit Courses

Bethany’s dual credit courses offer high school students great savings in time and money by providing both high school and college credit through online classes taught by Bethany Lutheran College faculty. High school students take college courses that can be accessed at any time during their high school day or in the convenience of their home. 

Dual credit courses are one semester long (concurrent with the Bethany academic calendar) and are normally priced at $380 per credit. However, students that attend a Bethany Advantage Partner School are eligible for the Bethany Advantage Grant* allowing qualified high school students to take courses at just $75 per credit.

Students taking courses through the Bethany Advantage Grant program who then enroll as a full-time students at Bethany after high school are eligible to have the entire amount paid for those courses credited towards their tuition cost during the first semester of full-time attendance. This credit will appear in the form of a tuition scholarship making the net cost of the courses taken through the Bethany Advantage Grant program $0.

*Minnesota PSEO students may enroll in the dual credit courses but are not eligible for the Bethany Advantage Grant.

High Schools: If you are interested in offering a class through one of your on-site instructors, contact us about the Bethany Endorsed Instructor option.

Dual Credit Program Requirements

To assure that dual credit students are ready to succeed in college courses, students must be high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate a GPA of 2.8 or higher as they apply for the Bethany Dual Credit program. A student with a cumulative GPA below 2.8 might still be considered, but must submit a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor presenting reasons the student is expected to be successful.

For dual credit coursework to count toward a Bethany degree students need to earn a grade of C or better. An individual grade of C- or below may disqualify a student from continuing in the dual credit program.  

How to Apply


1. Complete the Bethany Lutheran College application form.

2. Have an official copy of your high school transcript sent to Bethany Lutheran College.


3. Print out and complete the Online Learner Contract. A parent or guardian must sign the form.

4. Give the completed Online Learner Contract to your Academic Advisor or Guidance Counselor.


Course Descriptions (Click to expand)


Medical Terminology (BIOL 280) - 3 credits | SUMMER '19

Course Description: A study of the prefixes, suffixes, and roots involved in the language of medicine used by health professionals. View syllabus here .

Fundamentals of Speech (COMM 111) - 3 credits | SPRING '20

Course Description: Study of the verbal communication process. An introductory course in the principles of public speaking and language awareness. Includes the delivery of several types of speeches as well as opportunities to evaluate speeches and speaking styles. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Mass Media (COMM 240) - 3 credits | FALL '19; SPRING '20

Course Description: Through study of the nature, functions, and responsibilities of the various print and electronic media, students are encouraged toward intelligent appraisal of the contributions and effects of mass media on the individuals and on our culture. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Programming I (COMS 103) - 3 credits | FALL '19

Course Description: Introductory course for computer science majors and minors in programming using a high-level language. The emphasis is on problem solving, designing, writing, and executing structured programs. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Programming II (COMS 104) - 3 credits | SPRING '20

Course Description: A continuation of COMS103. Advanced programming topics include searching, sorting, data structures, and object-oriented concepts. Prerequisite: COMS103

Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 203) - 3 credits | SUMMER '19; FALL '19; SPRING '20

Course Description: Theories of economic fluctuation, income determination, international trade, and economic growth are introduced. Additional topics include the role of the banking system in the economy and monetary and fiscal policies for economic stabilization. View syllabus here .

College Writing I (ENGL 110) - 3 credits | SUMMER '19; FALL '19; SPRING '20

Course Description: Through a variety of writing assignments and activities, successful students of ENGL 110 will learn to generate ideas, experiment with ways to express them, and craft their thinking on paper into effective, reader-based prose both for academic and creative settings. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Fiction (ENGL 205) - 3 credits | SPRING '20

Course Description: This course introduces literary terminology most commonly used in discussing and writing about short stories and novels. British and American literature is selected from the 19th-21st centuries. Emphasis is placed on relationships between authors’ lives and their fiction, as well as individual works of fiction that have influenced other authors’ fiction. Cultural literacy is also addressed, with a focus on the research of literary allusions. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Contemporary Literature (ENGL 230) - 3 credits | FALL '19

Course Description: Students read and examine fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from the contemporary era. Emphasis is placed on concerns, questions, and aesthetic sensibilities that help define and explain recent literature.

History of USA I (HIST 207) - 3 credits | SUMMER '19; FALL '19

Course Description: This course surveys the history of the United States from its Native American and European colonial roots through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Topics include the American Revolution, Westward Expansion, and the Sectional Crisis.  View syllabus here .

History of USA II (HIST 208) - 3 credits | SPRING '20

Course Description: This course surveys the history of the United States from the late 19th century to the present day. Topics include the Indian Wars, Immigration, Progressive Era Reform, the Great Depression and New Deal, the World Wars, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the War on Terrorism. View syllabus here.

Nutrition (HLTH 201) - 3 credits | SPRING '20

Course Description: The scientific study of nutritional needs throughout the life span; includes interaction and function of nutrients in metabolic processes and examines dietary choices related to behavior and health.

Introduction to Legal Studies (LEGL 210) - 3 credits | SUMMER '19

Course Description: This course is designed to present students with key legal principles and landmark cases that establish and define the legal process in communication. This course also covers the sources and systems of justice in the communication process, and provides a broad spectrum of legal information necessary for the communication professional. In addition, this course provides valuable information for anyone interested in expanding their general legal knowledge of communication.

Audio Video Production Basics (MART 197) - 3 Credits | FALL '19

Course Description: Students receive instruction and hands-on experience with equipment for audio and video production. This introductory course emphasizes working within the various production phases utilizing widely available technologies.

College Algebra (MATH 111) - 4 credits | FALL '19

Course Description: A study of functions, starting with the definition and focusing on the use of functions in all forms to model the real world. Includes comparing linear and nonlinear functions, transforming functions, looking at polynomial and rational functions globally and locally, models of growth and decline of systems and equations. (Students need to be proficient in mathematical thought and reasoning developed through the student of polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, functions and graphing.) View syllabus here.

Trigonometry (MATH 112) - 3 Credits | SUMMER '19

Course Description: Trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and conditional equations, solving triangles, polar coordinates, complex numbers, and analytic geometry. (Prerequisite: MATH111 College Algebra or equivalent)

Introduction to Statistics (MATH 120) - 3 credits | SPRING '20

Course Description: Beginning statistical theory and practice are introduced through topics of data collection, sampling techniques, organization and presentation of data, measurement of central tendency, probability concepts, discrete and continuous probability distributions, statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation analysis, linear regression and analysis of variance. View syllabus here.

Music Appreciation (MUSIC 102) - 3 credits | SUMMER '19; FALL '19; SPRING '20

Course Description: Introduction to music as artistic expression. No musical background necessary for this course. View syllabus here.

American Government (PLSC 105) - 3 credits | FALL '19; SPRING '20

Course Description: Introduces the student to the American system of government, and to foster an understanding of and appreciation for the Constitution of the United States.  Review how federal institutions function and the management thereof, the role and function of the state, regional and local units of government, and a glimpse of political campaigns and elections. View syllabus here.

General Psychology (PSYC 110) - 4 credits | SUMMER '19; FALL '19; SPRING '20

Course Description: Provides an overview of the major concepts of psychology viewed through contrasting perspectives and gives students a general knowledge base pertaining to the field.  A wide range of topics are covered, including: biological influences, learning and memory, development, social factors, abnormal behavior, and therapy. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of psychology to everyday life and faith. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Sociology (SOCL 101) - 3 credits | FALL '19

Course Description: This foundational class examines the structure of social groups and analyzes social interaction. Emphasis is given to sociological theories and methodologies, which help understand and explain human group behavior.

Criminal Deviance and Justice (SOCL 240) - 3 credits | SUMMER '19; SPRING '20

Course Description: Criminal deviance and the social and legal process of defining and punishment are examined. Topics include crime types, criminal careers, theories of crime causation, and an introduction to crime control systems. View syllabus here.