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Top 100 Undergraduate Courses

Affordable Learning Georgia is funding and supporting efforts to replace commercial learning materials with no-cost-to-student alternatives, with a focus on the most-enrolled USG undergraduate courses, especially those in the Core Curriculum.

The following list includes the top-enrolled 100 USG courses with course numbers 1000-4000, as determined by the USG total enrollments for the 2014-2015 academic year. Sequential courses are grouped together when appropriate, and courses must be taught within at least three USG institutions to make the list. The suggested Open Educational Resources and affordable resources include those recommended/developed/adopted by ALG partners including OpenStax College and eCore as well as related results from MERLOT. We encourage your recommendations as well through our Recommendation form.

Courses marked with an * have an exceptionally large list of course numbers. While some course numbers are given as examples, other course numbers will also apply to the title of the course.

Course Title

Course Numbers

Open Educational Resources

Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 2102,
2104, 2165,
2201, 2211,
2225, 2230,
2400, 2621,
3023, 3050,
3125, 3140,
3143, 3150,
3200, 3230,
3265, 3280,
3322, 3330,
3350, 3400,
3530, 4401,
4430, 4701

Make a Recommendation

American
Government

POLS 1101

USG Open Textbook: Basics of American Government

OpenStax American Government

Adopted by eCore: American Government

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Lester/Lawrence

MERLOT Open Textbooks on American Government

American Literature I & II

AMST 2331,
2332,
ENGL 2130,
2131, 2132,
2160, 2331,
2332

USG Open Textbook: Writing the Nation

Created by eCore: American Literature I

MIT Open CourseWare: American Literature

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Art
Appreciation

ARAP 1100,
ART 1100,
ARTC 1100,
ARTH 1000,
ARTS 1000,
1101, 1113,
1301, 2000,
2001, 2213

Washington Open Course Library: Art Appreciation

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Art Appreciation

Astronomy of the Solar System

ASTR 1010

MIT Open CourseWare: The Solar System

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Biochemistry I & II

BCHM 3100,
BIOC 3111,
3112,
BIOL 3100,
3310, 4205,
BIOM 2205,
CHEM 3100,
3141, 3142,
3250, 3500,
3502, 3510,
3601, 3602,
3711, 3801,
3802, 4202,
4410, 4511,
4512, 4551,
4600, 4610,
4711, 4841,
4842

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative: Biochemistry

MERLOT Open Resources on Biochemistry

British Literature I & II

ENGL 2120,
2121, 2122,
2231, 2232,
2299

MIT Open CourseWare: Major English Novels

MIT Open CourseWare: Contemporary Literature: British Novels Now

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Business and Corporate Finance I & II

BUSA 3150,
FI 3300,
FIN 4220,
FINA 3101,
FINC 3100,
3131, 3132,
3155, 3400,
3511, 4220,
4440,
MGNT 3125,
MMGT 2210

MERLOT Open Resources on Corporate Finance

Business Information Systems

BISM 2601,
3100,
BUSA 2101,
2503, 3130,
CISM 2130,
4130,
MGIS 4900,
MGMT 4205

MERLOT Open Resources on Business Information Systems

Calculus I, II, & III

MATH 1120,
1121, 1122,
1125, 1151,
1154, 1161,
1190, 1211,
1220, 1232,
1241, 1251,
1260, 1261,
1262, 1413,
1433, 1441,
1450, 1501,
1502, 1503,
1504, 1512,
1540, 1634,
1712, 2011,
2012, 2013,
2040, 2053,
2054, 2055,
2072, 2083,
2101, 2111,
2121, 2123,
2164, 2174,
2181, 2200,
2201, 2202,
2203, 2210,
2212, 2213,
2220, 2221,
2222, 2240,
2242, 2243,
2252, 2253,
2254, 2255,
2261, 2262,
2263, 2401,
2411, 2431,
2432, 2460,
2470, 2501,
2502, 2503,
2633, 2644,
2654

American Institute of Mathematics Approved Open Textbooks

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Schlieper/Tiemeyer

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Calculus

College Algebra

MATH 1111

Adopted by eCore: Advanced Algebra

OpenStax College Algebra

American Institute of Mathematics Approved Open Textbooks

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Goodroe/Kidane

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Algebra

College Success & First-Year Seminar*

EGAC 1100,
GC1Y 1000,
GPCS 1010,
FYE 1220,
GSU 1010,
KSU 1101,
GT 1000,
DART 1000,
FYE 1410*

Implemented by Savannah State University: College Success

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Wheeler/Hepler

College
Trigonometry

MATH 1112

OpenStax College Algebra and Trigonometry

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Trigonometry

Comparative Culture

PERS 2001,
IS 3600,
HUMN 4471

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Computer Science I & II

CSCI 1301,
1302

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Computer Science

Computing for Engineers

CS 1371,
CSCI 1371,
ENGR 1371,
1731

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Critical Issues
in Contemporary
Education

EDUC 2110

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Syllabus from Sartin/Kimsey in Final Report

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Criminology

CJCR 3200,
CRIM 2000,
2010,
CRJU 2004,
2105, 2215,
2316, 2410,
2411, 2601,
3100, 3200,
3424, 3600,
4431,
SOCI 3350,
3424, 3810,
4111, 4431,
4432

Make a Recommendation

Critical Thinking

CMSD 3070,
CRIT 1101,
CSCH 4020,
HUMN 1201,
PHIL 1010,
2020, 2210,
RTHP 4800,
UNIV 1107

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: James/Holt

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Critical Thinking

Differential Equations I & II

MATH 2270,
2306, 2403,
3000, 3010,
3020, 3100,
3107, 3211,
3223, 3230,
3260, 3301,
3303, 3310,
3313, 3340,
3411, 3422,
3502, 4100,
4265, 4293,
4340, 4363,
4406, 4440,
4680

American Institute of Mathematics Approved Open Textbooks

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Differential Equations

Drawing I-IV

ARST 1031,
1050, 1070,
2032, 3021,
4032,
ART 1007,
1008, 1010,
1011, 1101,
1102, 1150,
2150, 2212,
3100, 3131,
3213, 4100,
4214,
ARTF 1010,
1011,
ARTH 3103,
3103L, 4103,
ARTS 1000,
1010, 1011,
1111, 1112,
1610, 1611,
2010, 2011,
3130

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Drawing

Elementary French I & II

FREN 1001,
1002

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative: Elementary French I & II

MERLOT Open Resources on French Language

Elementary German I & II

GERM 1001,
1002,
GRMN 1001,
1002

MIT Open CourseWare: German I

MIT Open CourseWare: German II

MERLOT Open Resources on German Language

Elementary
Spanish I & II

SPAN 1001,
1002

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative: Elementary Spanish I

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Spanish

Engineering Statics

COE 2001,
ENGR 2001,
2115, 2120,
2200, 2201,
2205, 2210,
2214, 2605,
ENGT 2124,
3101,
PHYS 2454,
3001

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative: Engineering Statics

MERLOT Open Resources on Statics and Mechanics

English
Composition I & II

ENGL 1101,
1102

USG Open Textbook: Contribute a Verse

Adopted by eCore: Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to Analysis

Adopted by eCore: Writing Spaces Volume 1
Writing Spaces Volume 2

BCcampus: Writing for Success

MERLOT Open Textbooks on English Writing and Composition

Environment
of Business

BUSA 2106

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Roessing/Dowdy

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Willey/Salloom

Saylor Foundation: Business Law and Ethics

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Business and Ethics

Environmental Biology

BIOL 1102,
1110, 1230,
3101

Make a Recommendation

Environmental Science

BIOL 1050,
1105, 1120,
1260,
EAS 1600,
ENSC 1000,
ENVS 1100,
1401, 2202,
2401,
SCI 1101,
1102,
SCIE 1005

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Zehnder et al.

Adopted by eCore: Introduction to Environmental Science

MERLOT Open Resources on Environmental Science

Exploring Socio-
Cultural Perspectives
in Education

EDUC 2120

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Cozart/Ingalls

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Exploring Teaching
and Learning

EDUC 2130

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Zhou/Brown

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Teaching and Learning

Film History

COMT 3050,
FILM 2700,
3200, 3210,
LMC 3254,
MDST 3301,
3302

MIT Open CourseWare: The Film Experience

Make a Recommendation

Financial Management

BUSA 3103,
3200,
FIN 3350,
FINA 3000,
3001,
MGT 3062,
FINA 3102,
MGHC 4410

MIT Open CourseWare: Financial Management

MIT Open CourseWare: Finance Theory

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Foundations
of Numbers
and Operations

MATH 2008

MIT Open CourseWare: Theory of Numbers

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Fundamentals of Computer Applications

AENT 1802,
BUSA 2201,
CIS 1000,
CISM 1130,
2101,
CSC 1010,
CSCI 1130,
MINF 2201,
PHYS 2100

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative: Responsible Computing

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Global Issues

POLS 2401

Make a Recommendation

Genetics

BIOL 2100,
2344, 2354,
3000, 3130,
3200, 3201,
3216, 3220,
3300, 3301,
3400, 3501,
3621, 3700,
3900, 3900,
4110, 4200,
4211, 4254,
GENE 3200

MERLOT Open Resources on Genetics

Global Business Practices

BCOM 4283,
BUSA 3000,
3145, 3200,
INTS 3090S,
MGMT 4175,
MKTG 3420,
4476, 4500

MIT Open CourseWare: Global Strategy and Organization

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Human Anatomy and Physiology

ALHS 1011,
BIOL 1110,
1114, 1120,
1124, 1151,
1152, 1611,
2011, 2021,
2022, 2030,
2040, 2050,
2051, 2081,
2082, 2110,
2111, 2112,
2120, 2121,
2122, 2130,
2160, 2170,
2210, 2211,
2212, 2213,
2221, 2222,
2241, 2242,
2411, 2412,
2451, 2452,
2511, 2512,
2515, 2651,
2652,
KINS 2351,
2352,
PHED 2603,  2604,
ZOOL 2201,
2202

Implemented by Georgia Highlands College: OpenStax College Anatomy and Physiology

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Cooper/Sumter

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Human
Communications

COMM 1100,
SPCH 1000,
COM 1109,
1101

Washington Open Course Library: Interpersonal Communication

Make a Recommendation

Human Growth and Development

EPY 2050,
PSYC 2103,
PSYC 3010

Noba Project: Development

Make a Recommendation

Information Systems

BUSA 2201,
CBIS 2220,
CIS 2010,
CISM 2030,
4390,
IS 2200,
ITEC 2201,
MINF 3650,
MIST 2090

Make a Recommendation

Intermediate
Spanish I & II

SPAN 2001,
2002

Washington Open Course Library: Spanish III

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Spanish

Interpersonal Communication

COM 3376,
COMM 1500,
2010, 2100,
2105, 2110,
2205, 2300,
3300, 3600,
COMS 3040,
3335,
CRJU 1130,
ITDS 2727,
RHET 3215,
SPCH 2650

Washington Open Course Library: Interpersonal Communication

Make a Recommendation

Introduction to
Anthropology

ANTH 1102

Washington Open Course Library: Survey of Anthropology

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Anthropology

Introduction to Business

BUSA 1105

Virginia Tech Open Textbook: Fundamentals of Business

Washington Open Course Library: Introduction to Business

Open Textbook Library: Exploring Business

MERLOT Open Resources on Introduction to Business

Introduction to Computer Science & Computing

CSCI 1000,
1100,
ITEC 1001

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative: Principles of Computing

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Johnson/Benson-Slaughter

MIT Open CourseWare: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRJU 1100

Open Textbook Library: Criminal Law

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Introduction to Engineering Materials

ENGR 2000,
MET 3132,
MSE 2001

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Introduction to Ethics

PHIL 2020,
PHIL 2030,
PHIL 4700

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Ethics

Introduction to Film

CMS 2100,
COMT 3000,
FILM 1005,
1010, 2080,
2331,
LMC 2500,
MDST 1110

Make a Recommendation

Introduction to
General Psychology

PSYC 1101

Implemented by eCore: OpenStax College Psychology

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Kearns/Lee

BCcampus: Introduction to Psychology

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Psychology

Introduction to
Human Geography

GEOG 1101

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Human Geography

Introduction to
Mathematical Modeling

MATH 1101

OpenStax Algebra and Trigonometry

Adopted by eCore: Redwoods Intermediate Algebra

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Mathematical Modeling

Introduction to Landforms

GEOG 1113

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Introduction to
Philosophy

PHIL 2010

Washington Open Course Library: Introduction to Philosophy

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Introductory Philosophy

Introduction to Psychology of Adjustment

PSYC 2101,
2105, 2295

Make a Recommendation

Introduction to Social Problems

SOCI 1160

Open Textbook Library: Social Problems: Continuity and Change

OpenStax College Introduction to Sociology

BCCampus: Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World

Make a Recommendation

Introduction to
Sociology

SOCI 1101

Implemented by eCore: OpenStax College Introduction to Sociology 2nd Edition

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Sociology

Introduction to
Statistics

MATH 2200,
1070, 1107,
1431, 1231,
2210, 2400,
1200, 2000,
STAT 2000,
2231, 1127

Adopted by eCore: CNX Collaborative Statistics
American Institute of Mathematics Approved Open Textbooks

OpenStax College Introductory Statistics

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Statistics

Introduction to Weather and Climate

GEOG 1112

MIT Open CourseWare: Weather and Climate Laboratory

World Meteorological Organization: Online Training Publications

Introductory
Biology

BIOL 1001,
1002,1010,
1011,1020,
1050, 1100,
1101, 1102,
1103, 1104

OpenStax College Concepts of Biology
MERLOT Open Textbooks on Biology

Introductory Geosciences & Physical Geology

GEOL 1121

USG Open Textbook: Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology

Washington Open Course Library: Introduction to Physical Geology

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Introductory
Physics I & II

PHYS 1111,
1112

OpenStax College Physics

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Saha/Zheng

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Physics

Life and Earth Science for Teachers

ISCI 2001

Make a Recommendation

Marketing Management

MGT 3300,
MK 3010,
MKTG 4137,
4170, 4185,
4198, 4253,
4750, 4780,
4870, 4890,
4990

Make a Recommendation

Media, Culture, and Society

CMS 4800,
COMM 2332,
FILM 4810,
JOUR 4510,
4810, MDIA 4350,
POLS 3125,
SOCI 3090, SPCH 2050,
4510

Washington Open Course Library: Introduction to Mass Media

Make a Recommendation

Medical Terminology

AHSC 1101,
ALHE 1120,
CLAS 1030,
ES 2300,
HINF 2000,
3312,
HLTH 2510,
ITDS 2106,
KNHS 2300,
MGHC 2220,
NURS 1000,
2004,
PERS 2485,
RESP 2110,
RTHP 3199,
SCI 1000,
SCIE 1003,
SNHP 3010,
VETY 1812

Make a Recommendation

Microbiology

BIOL 1913,
2010, 2050,
2115, 2211,
2215, 2215,
2240, 2261,
2611, 3100,
3250, 3310,
3321, 3340,
3380, 3500,
3540, 3880,
4180, 4234,
4390,
MIBO 3000,
3500,
MLTS 2218

Washington Open Course Library: Microbiology

Music Appreciation

MUSC 1100

USG Open Textbook: Understanding Music

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Music Appreciation

Organic Chemistry I & II

CHEM 1152,
2000, 2040,
2041, 2101,
2102, 2211,
2212, 2241,
2242, 2301,
2302, 2311,
2312, 2400,
2411, 2412,
2501, 2511, 2642, 3111,
3112, 3301,
3302, 3341,
3342, 3361,
3362, 3401,
3402, 3410,
3411, 3412,
3422, 3441,
3442

MIT Open CourseWare: Organic Chemistry I

MIT Open CourseWare: Organic Chemistry II

MERLOT Open Resources on Organic Chemistry

Operations Management

BUSA 3120,
MGMT 3106,
3165, 3320,
3610, 4000,
4600,
MGNT 3185,
3300, 3430,
3610, 3615,
4151,
MGS 4700,
MGT 3200,
3501

MIT Open CourseWare: Introduction to Operations Management

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Organismal Biology

BIOL 1030,
1104, 1520,
1521, 3240

Make a Recommendation

Organizational Behavior

BEHV 4000,
MGMT 3155,
3510, 4100,
4102, 4110,
4115, 4669,
MGNT 3134,
3250, 3605,
MGT 3101

Saylor Foundation: Organizational Behavior

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Physical Geography

GEOG 1111

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Physical Geography

Physical Science for Teachers

ISCI 2002

Make a Recommendation

Pre-Calculus

MATH 1113

OpenStax College Precalculus

Adopted by eCore: Precalculus: An Investigation of Functions

American Institute of Mathematics Approved Open Textbooks

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Precalculus

Principles of
Accounting I & II

ACCT 2101, 2102

Washington Open Course Library: Principles of Accounting I

Washington Open Course Library: Principles of Accounting 2

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Accounting

Principles (Concepts) of
Biology I & II

BIOL 1103,
1107, 1510,
1511, 1215

OpenStax College Biology

ALG Grant-Supported Lab Manual: Burran/DesRochers

ALG-Supported Created Powerpoints: Reece et al.
Primary Papers: Reece et al.
Assessments: Reece et al.

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Biology

Principles of
Chemistry I & II

CHEM 1211,
1212

Implemented by eCore: OpenStax College Chemistry

Open Textbook Library: Introductory Chemistry

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Chemistry

Principles of Financial Accounting

ACCT 2100,
2101

Saylor Foundation: Introduction to Financial Accounting

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Financial Accounting

Principles of Management

BUSA 2200,
2201, 3000,
MGMT 3000,
3001, 3100,
3115, 3141,
3600, 3661,
MGNT 3130,
3600,
MGT 3150,
MNGT 3051,
3103

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Introduction to Management

Principles of
Macroeconomics

ECON 2105

USG Open Textbook: Principles of Macroeconomic Literacy

OpenStax Principles of Macroeconomics

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Macroeconomics

Principles of Marketing

BUSA 2205,
2240, 3100,
MARK 3000,
3010,
MGNT 3135,
MKTG 3000,
3100, 3101,
3115, 3120,
3131, 3161,
3175, 3700,
3800, 3803,
MMGT 2110

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Marketing

Principles of
Microeconomics

ECON 2106

OpenStax Principles of Microeconomics
MERLOT Open Textbooks on Microeconomics

Principles of
Physics I & II

PHYS 2211,
2212

OpenStax College Physics
Adopted by eCore: Light and Matter
MERLOT Open Textbooks on Physics

Public Speaking

COMM 1110,
1201

Washington Open Course Library: Public Speaking

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Public Speaking

Quantitative
Reasoning

MATH 1001

OpenStax College Introductory Statistics
MERLOT Open Textbooks on Quantitative Reasoning

Research Strategies, General and Subject-Specific*

AADS 2260,
BIOL 3000,
CRIM 4000, HLSA 3000,
RSCH 1203*

OpenSUNY: The Information Literacy User’s Guide

ALG Grant-Supported Materials in Psychology: DaSilva/White

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Statistical Analysis for Business

BUSA 2100,
3213, 3110,
ECON 3402,
3406,
MGMT 3101,
MSIT 3000

Saylor Academy: Business Statistics

OpenStax CNX: Principles of Business Statistics

Stellar and Galactic Astronomy

ASTR 1020

Washington Open Course Library: Introduction to Astronomy

MERLOT: Astronomy Notes

Survey of
Chemistry I & II

CHEM 1151,
1152

OpenStax College Chemistry

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Chemistry

Strategic Management

BUSA 4131,
4185, 4980,
4995,
MGMT 4190,
4195, 4200,
4580, 4750,
MGNT 4190,
4660,
MGT 4195,
4199,
MNGT 4701

Saylor Academy: Strategic Management

MIT Open CourseWare: Strategic Management I

MERLOT Open Textbooks on Strategic Management

Survey of Economics

ECON 1100,
1101, 1500,
2100, 2105,
2201

OpenStax College: Principles of Economics

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative: Principles of Economics

Survey of
U.S. History I & II

HIST 2111, 2112

USG Open Textbook: History in the Making

OpenStax College U.S. History

MERLOT Open Textbooks on United States History

Survey of
World History I & II

HIST 1111,
1112

OpenStax CNX: A Comprehensive Outline of World History

MERLOT Open Textbooks on World History

Theater
Appreciation

THEA 1100

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Liss-Green et al.

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Western Civilization I & II

HIST 1111,
1112, 1121,
1122, 2201

Washington Open Course Library: Western Civilization

World
Literature I & II

ENGL 2111,
2112

USG Open Textbook: World Literature I

USG Open Textbook: Compact Anthology of World Literature

ALG Grant-Supported Materials: Hrach/Koech

Created by eCore: World Literature II

MERLOT Open Textbooks on World Literature

World Religions

FYE 1410,
PHIL 1103,
2110, 2130,
RELG 1100,
1200, 2101,
RELI 1111,
1301, 2100,
RELN 1100,
RELS 2001,
3270,
SOSC 4900

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