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September 14, 2013

400+ Free University Courses Online on Coursera

The past few years have seen the explosion of MOOCs (massive open online courses). And the global leader of the MOOCs would right now seem to be Coursera.org. This fall semester they are offering over 400 free courses from over 80 partners, most of which are from respected universities. We recently blogged about their "Signature Track" courses which provide a verified certificate from the school and Coursera after you pass the course. Coursera currently features over 50 online college courses that provide a verified certificate. The "Signature Track" usually costs a little money, but you're getting a certificate! You can browse all of the certificate courses on our blog post here:

Free Online College Courses with Certificate

The deal with Coursera is that you have to act now! Because there is no guarantee that a course you want to take is going to be there after it is initially offered. Some older courses are still up on the site but many have vanished.

We've put together this list of about 200 courses from American universities that you should still be able to take right now on Coursera. For these courses we are linking directly to Coursera. Due to their terms and conditions and the fleeting nature of their courses, we don't feature pages for them on our site yet.

And if you don't know what Coursera course to take, then you might want to check out their YouTube channel which now features 100s of course trailers that you can watch in order to help you decide:

Video Trailers for 100s of Coursera Courses on YouTube

Below we have listed the courses by university. Enroll in a free Coursera course today!

Berklee College of Music:

Introduction to Guitar

Introduction to Music Production

Jazz Improvisation


California Institute of the Arts:

Creating Site-Specific Dance and Performance Works

Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists

Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

Case Western Reserve University:

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

Introduction to International Criminal Law

Columbia University:

Big Data in Education

Economics of Money and Banking, Part One

Financial Engineering and Risk Management

MOS Transistors

Natural Language Processing

Virology I: How Viruses Work

Curtis Institute of Music:

Exploring Beethovenís Piano Sonatas

From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance

Duke University:

21st Century American Foreign Policy

9/11 and Its Aftermath -- Part I

A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior

Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Image and video processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a stop at the hospital

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

Introductory Human Physiology

Medical Neuroscience

Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

Georgia Institute of Technology:

Applications in Engineering Mechanics

Computational Investing, Part I

Games without Chance: Combinatorial Game Theory

Health Informatics in the Cloud

Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

Introductory Physics I with Laboratory

Linear Circuits

Software Defined Networking

Survey of Music Technology

Johns Hopkins University:

Care of Elders with Alzheimer's Disease and other Major Neurocognitive Disorders

Case-Based Introduction to Biostatistics

Community Change in Public Health

Computing for Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials

Global Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Management and Research

Health for All Through Primary Health Care

Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1

Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 2

Saving Lives Millions at a Time: Global Disease Control Policies & Programs

The Science of Safety in Healthcare

Statistical Analysis of fMRI Data

Statistical Reasoning for Public Health: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation

Training and Learning Programs for Volunteer Community Health Workers

Northwestern University:

Everything is the Same: Modeling Engineered Systems

Understanding Media by Understanding Google

The Ohio State University:

Calculus One

Calculus Two: Sequences and Series

Generation Rx: The Science Behind Prescription Drug Abuse

Introduction to Pharmacy


Pennsylvania State University:

Creativity, Innovation, and Change

Energy, the Environment, and Our Future

Epidemics - the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Princeton University:

Algorithms, Part I

Algorithms, Part II

Analysis of Algorithms

Analytic Combinatorics

Computer Architecture

A History of the World since 1300

Networks Illustrated: Principles without Calculus

Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes

Statistics One

Rice University:

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python

Analytical Chemistry / Instrumental Analysis

Chemistry: Concept Development and Application

Chemistry: Concept Development and Application Part II

Nanotechnology: The Basics

Using The Next Generation Science Standards for Studentsí Deeper Understanding

Rutgers University:

Analyzing the Universe

Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences

Stanford University:

Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part 1

Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part 2

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Optimization of Antibiotic Practices


Child Nutrition and Cooking


Cryptography I

Cryptography II

General Game Playing

Human-Computer Interaction

Introduction to Logic

Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

Machine Learning

Organizational Analysis

Practical tips to improve Asian American participation in cancer clinical trials

Probabilistic Graphical Models

Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis

Startup Engineering

Understanding Einstein: The Special Theory of Relativity

Writing in the Sciences

University of California, Irvine:

Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom

Foundations of Virtual Instruction

The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World

The Power of Microeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World

Preparation for Introductory Biology: DNA to Organisms

University of California, San Francisco:

Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA)

Contraception: Choices, Culture and Consequences

Diabetes: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Opportunities

University of Colorado Boulder:

Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Introduction to Power Electronics

Linear and Integer Programming

Physics 1 for Physical Science Majors

University of Florida:

Economic Issues, Food & You

Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future

Structure Standing Still: The Statics of Everyday Objects

Sustainable Agricultural Land Management

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

Intermediate Organic Chemistry - Part 1

Introduction to Sustainability

Microeconomics Principles

University of Michigan:

Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World

Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education

Internet History, Technology, and Security

Introduction to Finance

Model Thinking

Securing Digital Democracy

Social Network Analysis

Understanding and Improving the US Healthcare System

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health

Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles

Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy

Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information

University of Pennsylvania:

An Introduction to Corporate Finance

An Introduction to Financial Accounting

An Introduction to Marketing

An Introduction to Operations Management

Calculus: Single Variable

Cardiac Arrest, Hypothermia, and Resuscitation Science

Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

Designing Cities

The Global Business of Sports

Going Out on a Limb: The Anatomy of the Upper Limb

Growing Old Around the Globe

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry

Networked Life


University of Pittsburgh:

Accountable Talk: Conversation that Works

Clinical Terminology for International and U.S. Students

Disaster Preparedness

Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health

University of Rochester:

Confronting The Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy

Fundamentals of Audio and Music Engineering: Part 1 Musical Sound & Electronics

History of Rock, Part One

History of Rock, Part Two

The Music of the Beatles

University of Virginia:

Design Thinking for Business Innovation

Effective Classroom Interactions: Supporting Young Childrenís Development

Foundations of Business Strategy

Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part I

Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part II

The Kennedy Half Century

The Modern World: Global History since 1760

New Models of Business in Society

Plagues, Witches, and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction

University of Washington:

Building an Information Risk Management Toolkit

Computational Methods for Data Analysis

Designing and Executing Information Security Strategies

Globalization and You

High Performance Scientific Computing

Information Security and Risk Management in Context

Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics

Introduction to Public Speaking

Mathematical Methods for Quantitative Finance

Programming Languages

Scientific Computing

University of Wisconsin-Madison:

Human Evolution: Past and Future

Markets with Frictions

Videogames and Learning

Vanderbilt University:

Data Management for Clinical Research

Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures for Concurrent and Networked Software

Student Thinking at the Core

Wesleyan University:

Analysis of a Complex Kind

The Ancient Greeks

The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color

The Modern and the Postmodern

Property and Liability: An Introduction to Law and Economics

Social Psychology

Yale University:

Constitutional Law

Financial Markets

Moralities of Everyday Life

Roman Architecture

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