Interested students can enroll in a three-week session at the beginning of the regular spring semester to catch up or get ahead on their degree requirements, broaden their career skills, or complete a required ACE or EL course.
Course Dates: Jan. 2, 2024–Jan. 19, 2024
Registration Starts: Oct. 23, 2023 (register as soon as you're able as classes will fill quickly)
Credit Hours: Students can take up to four credit hours during the pre-session.
Deadline for new or visiting students to submit application and all supporting materials: Dec. 1
Pre-Session classes may be in-person, web conferencing, or online. Check in MyRED to see if a class has a synchronous component, meaning you'll be required to attend class in-person or on Zoom at specific days and times, or if the class is asynchronous, meaning you'll complete all coursework on your own and not be required to join a live class section. If a class has a synchronous component, specific days and times will be listed in MyRED.
Pre-session courses fall into one of four categories. See them all below:
Achievement-Centered Education (ACE): General education courses that are certified to fulfill an ACE program requirement.
Career Enhancement: Courses that enhance career-readiness, covering discipline-specific topics as well as communication, technology, and leadership skills.
Degree Completion: Courses necessary for graduation that tend to fill up quickly during the regular fall and spring semesters.
Experiential Learning: Designed to help students explore the world beyond the classroom. Courses that fulfill the undergraduate experiential learning requirement for students who entered UNL in Fall 2022 and Fall 2023 are designated “EL” in MyRed.
Register for the
Registration for the Spring Pre-Session opens Oct. 23, 2023. We anticipate classes will fill up fast, so sign up as soon as you're able!
Current Nebraska Students
Register for classes in MyRED, just like for any other term. Search for "Pre-Session" in the session search field.Register in MyRED
Even if you're not currently enrolled at Nebraska, you're still welcome to join us for a Spring Pre-Session class. Complete an application for the Spring 2024 term as a "visiting" student and submit all supporting materials before Dec. 1, and you will be able to register for classes once you are admitted.Apply as a Visiting Student
Spring Pre-session Classes
CLAS 180 Classical Mythology ( 3 credits ) ACE 5
Learn about gods and goddesses, monsters, and heroes while studying literary and artistic sources within classical mythology.
COMM 210 Communicating in Small Groups ( 3 credits ) ACE 2
Students will learn to advocate for themselves in team settings, negotiate with others, and understand how teams relate, making group work more productive and enjoyable.
COMM 215 Visual Communication ( 3 credits ) ACE 2
Visual images are all around us, creating, informing, and continually changing our lives. Learn how to interpret and critique visual information, such as photography, film, television, visual art, advertising materials, social media images, and monuments in this ACE 2 course open to all majors.
ETHN/HIST/WMNS 358 Native American Women ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Indigenous women's history offers a unique perspective on Native nations, colonialism, and modern movements toward decolonization and repatriation. Themes include ethnohistory, law and policy, reproductive rights, sovereignty, and women's activism.
GEOG 140 Introductory Human Geography ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Students will explore the interrelationships between people, place, and environment — across space and time.
HIST 286 Music of Protest ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Music has channeled the mood and feelings of definitive, historical moments. Students will learn about different historical eras as they correlate to different musical genres. Africans, and other global actors, overtly protested through songs that contain symbolism and historical allusions. The course will also explore genres from Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Australia.
HIST/ETHN 113 History of Hip Hop ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Hip hop celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2023. Learn about the history of this dynamic art form and its four elements — rapping, deejaying, dancing, and tagging (graffiti) — and how it changed the world. Debate who are the rap G.O.A.T.S. of the past and the present.
MATH 203 Contemporary Mathematics ( 3 credits ) ACE 3
This course will introduce applications of quantitative reasoning and methods for problem-solving and decision-making in the areas of management, statistics, and social choice to students who are not in mathematically intensive fields.
MUNM 333 Psychology of Music ( 3 credits ) ACE 6, 7
Explore psychological themes in human music making — including motivation, creativity, and anxiety — which will provide a lens to better understanding yourself and your world.
MUSC 282 Introduction to Music Composition and Digital Audio Production ( 3 credits ) ACE 7
Students will learn how to use digital audio workstation (DAW) software and gain knowledge and experience in learning how to compose music with that medium. Explore the theory and practice of improvisation, as well as techniques for reworking musical ideas towards producing a finished project.
NRES 492 Marine Ecology in the Bahamas ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Explore marine ecosystems and Bahamas culture. Students will be onsite at a biological field station, snorkel with tropical fishes in mangrove forests, coral reefs, and seagrass beds, and dive into local history.
RELG/HIST 180 Culture, Religion and Society in Asia ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Students will learn about diverse aspects of Asian cultures through exploring Asian languages, histories, religions, and other topics.
TEAC 259 Instructional Technology ( 3 credits ) ACE 2
This course is centered on the practical use of learning technologies in educational and clinical settings for teachers within the learning process and speech language pathologists within the process of addressing communication disorders.
TEAC 331 Schools and Society ( 3 credits ) ACE 8
Explore the role of schooling in America through the examination of how our society thinks and talks about public education and the experience of students and teachers in schools.
TEAC/ETHN 330 Multicultural Education ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
“Multicultural education” acknowledges schools’ roles in building skills, creating community, and expanding opportunity, but also their sometimes roles in discriminatory practices, cultural erasure, and stratifying outcomes. Students will explore why we have the schools we do and how educators can create better ones.
ACCT 996 Certified Public Accountant Exam Review ( 3 credits )
Students can accelerate their professional certification with this course, which will review material on two of the four sections of the Certified Public Accountant Exam. Students can expect to complete at least one section of CPA exam.
ARCH 492/592/892 BIM - Conceptual Modeling and Analysis ( 1 credit )
Revit features a broad range of conceptual design and analysis features that make it an ideal platform for exploring early design concepts within a BIM environment. This course will explore the uses of Revit for conceptual design, and students will design and develop an architectural massing concept using its creation tools.
ARCH 492/592/892 BIM – Interoperability ( 1 credit )
The architecture, engineering, and construction industry continues to build new workflows and feedback loops that allow designers and engineers to create seamless feedback loops between design and production. This course will explore how to connect data and geometry using Building Information Modeling.
ARCH 526 Digital Fabrication ( 3 credits )
Build skills and knowledge in construction through 3D printing, robotic milling, and other shop-based methods with digital fabrication machinery through a series of design problems.
ASCI 399 Raising chicks and producing eggs in a welfare friendly environment - A hands-on experience ( 1 credit )
This hands-on course will teach students about animal food production, specifically how to raise chickens for egg production from the start (by raising young chicks) to the actual management of egg producing laying hens. Students will learn about welfare friendly husbandry methods for the care of animals while also learning about the production of health eggs under USDA grading guidelines. Search for "Mini-Session" to find this course in MyRed.
BIOS 456 Mathematical Models in Biology ( 3 credits )
Mathematical models can be used to predict the spread of an infectious disease, the effect of management on species abundance, or the evolution of an organism in response to a change in its environment. Learn how to derive, analyze, and simulate mathematical models to answer your own biological questions.
BSAD 391 R Programming ( 1 credit )
In this introduction to R — one of the most in-demand programming languages for data analysis — students will learn the basics and apply them to a series of short projects.
CASC 291 CAS Career Launcher ( 0 credit )
Prepare to pursue a variety of opportunities: part-time jobs, internships, research, leadership, scholarships, and more. Develop a professional resume, create or update your LinkedIn profile, and meet with a career coach to talk about the next steps toward your goals.
CIVE 491 Sustainable Infrastructure ( 1 credit )
This course will explore infrastructure sustainability using the Envision framework, a system used to assess and recommend improvements to the sustainability of a real project. Upon completion, each student will become a certified Envision Specialist (ENV SP). All students interested in sustainable infrastructure are welcome.
CIVE 801 Introduction to Graduate Civil and Environmental Engineering ( 1 credit )
This course will introduce graduate students to their cohort and resources available within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. They will also learn time management, communication, and interpersonal management skills that will be vital to their graduate education experience and beyond.
CIVE 991 Research Writing in CEE ( 1 credit )
Learn how to draft a manuscript from research data for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or conference paper. Peer and instructor feedback will be provided in a workshop format. Also covered will be metrics describing publication and journal impact, writing for various audiences, and how to write research proposals for various funding agencies.
CRPL 467/867 Active and Healthy Community Development ( 3 credits )
Students will gain foundational knowledge of how the built environment impacts public health and active living. With the knowledge earned, they will have the ability to develop strategies to create vibrant, safe and healthy communities and be better prepared to advance in this growing field.
CYAF 490 Transitioning with Confidence: Skill Development for Career Success ( 3 credits )
This course will provide students with the skills and knowledge for making a successful transition from a bachelor’s program to meaningful, career-oriented employment. Students will develop the critical skills needed to thrive in the dynamic, ever-changing contemporary workforce.
CYAF 493 Resilient Children, Families, and Communities in the Context of a Changing Environment ( 3 credits )
Why do we need nature? Examine the interconnections between the well-being of children, families, communities, and the natural environment. Students will learn about local and global efforts to promote resilience in human and natural systems and consider how to live a rich and sustainable life.
CYAF 493 Taking Control of your Financial Future ( 3 credits )
Why rely on someone else to guide you through the process of managing and increasing your wealth opportunities? This course will provide students the skills and confidence to manage, conserve, and increase wealth opportunities whether they are a student-athlete with NIL opportunities or someone who aspires to managing and growing their wealth long-term.
DSGN 422/522 Metals ( 1 credit )
This course is an introduction to the College of Architecture's Metals Shop and equipment. Students will learn techniques for processing various metals, some of the most common welding methods, and how to assemble metal projects and prototypes. Students will gain knowledge of how and why metals are used in the design industry.
DSGN 423/523 Plastics ( 1 credit )
Plastics fabrication will acquaint students with some of the most common types of plastics used in 21st-century industries and design firms. Students will learn techniques for machining plastics; types of fastening, selecting, and using appropriate adhesives for plastics; and assembling plastic to wood projects, prototypes, and models.
ENGR 491/891 Preparation for Professional Licensure ( 1 credit )
This course prepares seniors for professional licensure, including the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, with a focus on civil, mechanical, and environmental exams. Online the first two weeks and choice of in-person or web conferencing the last week.
FDST 396 Introduction to Food Technology for Companion Animals ( 1 credit )
Gain knowledge and experience to prepare for a career in the pet food industry by learning more about the variety of products and processing technologies used to make pet foods and treats, regulations for safety and nutritional quality, and career opportunities.
FDST 492 Fundamentals of Beer Brewing and Analysis ( 3 credits )
Explore the basic science behind the production of one of the most popular fermented beverages in the world—beer! Topics covered will include hands-on beer brewing from grain to glass, in-depth discussion of the components of beer, proper packaging and storing of beer, beer recipe design, and beer sensory analysis.
FINA 398 Budgeting Bootcamp: Mastering Your Money Management Skills ( 1 credit )
Students will learn strategies and skills that will help them begin planning today to reach their future financial goals.
JOMC 292 How To Get Your Drone License ( 1 credit )
Students in this course will learn to understand the FFA requirements to fly drones for media production purposes and will understand the process to obtain appropriate licenses to fly drones professionally.
JOMC 292 Travel Writing ( 1 credit )
Have you ever wanted to travel for a living? What if you could do it for free? Students will learn how to pitch, write, and publish travel stories to print and online publications, plus the ins and outs of working with tourism bureaus and public relations companies to schedule FAM (familiarization) trips.
JOMC 392 The "Reel" Deal: Instagram for Storytelling ( 1 credit )
In this course, students will take a deep dive into the Instagram platform researching best practices, ethics and learning the ins and out of how to create and measure content. Students will learn and create content for the grid, stories, IGTV, reels, Instagram live and eCommerce to best leverage the platform to accomplish strategic communication goals.
JOMC 492/892 Branding Yourself in Today’s Market ( 1 credit )
This course teaches strategies to build a personal brand for success in the dynamic job market. It empowers you to articulate your skills, experience, and value effectively. Utilizing social media and online tools, you'll reshape your personal branding approach for a competitive edge.
LIBR 110 Information and Your Life ( 1 credit )
Beginning from the premise that the information we encounter is always influenced by a variety of forces beyond our control, in this course students will explore how information works, reflect on what that means for our lives, and consider ways of ethically using and harnessing the power of information.
MATH 391 The Mathematics of Quantum Computing ( 2 credits )
Quantum computing provides a fundamentally new approach to computation and a quantum future is closer than ever. This course will teach students the mathematical methods needed to understand and apply quantum computing.
MATH 391 Mathematics for Machine Learning ( 3 credits )
In a world where decisions are being made by analyzing large sets of data to predict phenomena and behaviors, machine learning is crucial to image recognition, sorting, classifications, and solving complex problems. With minimal mathematical background, students can learn how to use algorithms to perform these tasks and work on projects that use real world data to understand the architecture of the algorithms and mathematical aspects behind them.
MATL 492/892 AFM Based Characterizations at Submicroscale ( 1 credit )
This course will provide students with an understanding of AFM-based instruments available at the Nano-Engineering Research Core Facility, help them learn experimental skills for their own research area, and broaden their horizons in the tools for manufacturing and characterization on microscale and nanoscale.
NRES 40 Readiness for Care of Captive Wild Animals ( 0 credit )
Build your understanding of captive wildlife care and earn a digital badge for your resume. Includes modules created by experts at the San Diego Zoo’s Global Academy: exploring fundamentals of animal learning, regulations and inspection readiness, working safely with dangerous animals, and bioethics. Open to all majors.
NRES 41 Care of Captive Wild Animals ( 0 credit )
Increase your skillset for captive wildlife care and earn a digital badge for your resume. Includes modules created by experts at the San Diego Zoo’s Global Academy: explore nutrition, safe handling and restraint, zoological record keeping, environmental systems, and trust-based animal training. Open to all majors.
NRES 417/817 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture ( 3 credits )
A combination of agriculture and forestry (agroforestry) optimizes land use for both production and environmental conservation purposes. This course will help students understand the environmental, social, and economic foundations of agroforestry practices and explore natural resource concerns as they relate to conservation forestry practices.
NRES 498/898 Computer Vision and Machine Learning with Matlab, Python, and ChatGPT ( 3 credits )
Gain practical skills in computer vision and machine learning using Matlab and Python with hands-on practices in data visualization and statistical tools through interdisciplinary research-based case studies. The course provides an ultimate guide to ChatGPT for beginners and intermediates to promote career readiness in both industry and academia.
NUTR 875 Applied Dietetic Practice and Concepts ( 1 credit )
Students will acquire skills for conducting interviews and counseling sessions within the field of nutrition and dietetics to improve client wellness and nutrition and to facilitate behavior change.
PHYS 492/892 Introduction to a Software Package for Electron Diffraction Simulation and Crystallographic Analysis ( 1 credit )
Electron microscopes are critical tools in many research fields including materials science, physics, chemistry, and civil engineering. Students are required to receive training in the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience to use the instruments in their research work. This course provides the background and software knowledge necessary for students to carry out their research.
PLAS 496 Introduction to Plant Identification ( 1 credit )
An introductory course for all students with varying backgrounds and majors who appreciate being outside and would like to learn more about the plants around them. Wildlife, biology, and agriculture students can learn the basics of plant parts before taking more complex courses during their academic career.
TEAC 411/811 Reading Practices and Processes ( 3 credits )
Explore literacy from various perspectives: psycholinguistic, socio-cultural, cognitive, and developmental. Students will examine how literacy might be defined by children and youth, families, teachers, policy makers, and researchers across home, school, and community, and work settings. This course will connect these views of literacy to young people and their learning.
UHON 401H Honors: Purpose-Driven Project Management ( 1 credit )
Honors students will gain essential skills in project management and implementation for purpose-driven work, setting themselves up for success in their spring internships through the Intern Foundry program.
ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I ( 3 credits )
Accounting is an information system, and as Warren Buffett is fond of saying, the language of business. This course introduces the fundamental concepts and terminology of accounting and financial reporting. Learn where the numbers come from and how to analyze and interpret accounting information to make decisions.
ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II ( 3 credits )
This course focuses on the fundamentals of accounting, reporting, and analysis to understand financial, managerial, and business concepts and practices.
ADPR 151 Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations ( 3 credits )
Learn about the foundational principles of advertising and public relations disciplines. Once understood individually, students will explore their use together in integrated marketing communications strategies.
BSAD 50 Business Computer Applications ( 0 credits )
This course will help students gain necessary computer skills in business software packages that are common in the workplace.
CIVE 491 Communication and Policy for Science ( 1-6 credits )
This course will introduce engineers to policy that affects civil engineering infrastructure projects. It will also provide training on how to communicate with diverse audiences.
ECON 200 Economic Essentials and Issues ( 3 credits ) ACE 6, 8
This introduction to economic reasoning and methods will cover consumer choice, resources, decision making under constraints, supply, demand, markets, economic welfare analysis, measurement, prices, employment, money, and interest rates. Students will also learn about economic policy and its limitations.
ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics ( 3 credits ) ACE 6
Students will be able to understand the consequences of macroeconomic policies, consequentially anticipate outcomes, and make better decisions in their personal and professional lives.
ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics ( 3 credits ) ACE 6
Learn how to model and understand consumer choice, decision making under constraints, the functioning of markets, economic welfare analysis, economic policy analyses, and factors which influence prices, employment, and interest rates.
FINA 361 Finance ( 3 credits )
An introduction to concepts and techniques that form the foundation of modern finance, this course will teach students the time value of money, stock and bond valuation, risk analysis, cash flow estimation, and capital budgeting.
HIST 291 History of Baseball ( 2 credits )
This course offers a fun way to look at the cultural history of America through its national pastime: baseball.
MATH 191 Preparing for Applied Calculus ( 1 credit )
Scared to take Math 104? This course will help students learn the skills needed to be successful in calculus.
MATH 191 Preparing for Calculus I ( 1 credit )
Scared to take Math 106? This course will help students learn the skills needed to be successful in calculus.
PHIL 232 History of Philosophy (Modern) ( 3 credits ) ACE 5
Discover the metaphysical and ethical views of key figures in Early Modern (17th-18th century) European philosophy. Examine key ideas that drove much of the philosophical debate of the Early Modern period including the existence of God, the nature of knowledge, the nature of the mind or soul, and natural science.
SCMA 250 Spreadsheet Analytics ( 1 credit )
Spreadsheet skills are essential for careers in any area of business. This course provides students with critical analytical skills that leverage spreadsheet capabilities with an emphasis on good practices, modeling, and use of built-in Excel functions. Assignments are in problem-solving format, focusing on techniques required for effective and efficient solutions.
SCMA 331 Operations and Supply Chain Management ( 3 credits )
An introduction to how goods and services are made, this course covers analytical management techniques for both large and small organizations, private and public enterprises, service, and manufacturing organizations.
SCMA 350 Business Analytics/Information Analysis ( 3 credits )
Data and information are important resources to be managed in modern organizations. In this course, students will develop quantitative analytical and presentation skills, and learn system concepts with a focus on data analysis and related business decisions.
SPED 863 Medically Fragile Infants ( 3 credits )
Intended for current or future providers of special education services to children birth to age five, this course shares resources to support families of young children who have special health care needs. Learn about key medical terms, developmental care interventions, and practices related to effective professional collaboration.
UHON 298H Honors: Freedom, Belonging and Hope in Czechia ( 3 credits )
Honors students can learn about the merging cultures, demographics, and history of Central Europe, making connections between the U.S. heartland and the heart of Europe. Engage with Czech activists and experts, discussing and debating civil society and challenges to democracy.
UHON 395H Honors: Global Human Population ( 3 credits ) ACE 6
Learn how to use biostatistical approaches and modeling in Microsoft Excel to understand data related to vital statistics in order to project future population growth around the world. This Honors course is open to all majors. No prior statistics experience is necessary.
UHON 499H Honors: Thesis Triage ( 1 credit )
Open to Honors students graduating in 2024 and actively working on an Honors Senior Project, this course will teach techniques for improving writing skills, staying motivated, and implementing feedback as part of a community of writers with a common goal.
GRAS/NRES/PLAS 398R Research Experiences in Grasslands ( 1 credit )
Using grasslands as a study system, this course will provide scientific and research training, as well as useful soft skills, for researchers. Students will have experiential learning opportunities to engage with scientific methods that will help them in postgraduate work and education.
JOMC 492/892 Covering the Iowa Caucuses in 2024 ( 1 credit )
This course will allow students to immerse themselves in the world of political reporting by covering the Iowa Caucuses. They will step into the heart of American politics, build valuable connections with industry professionals, and refine their journalism skills. This experience will empower students to become confident storytellers. Travel dates are Jan. 13-16, 2024. Space is limited.
MATH 391 Knot Theory REU ( 2 credits )
A mathematical knot is like a twisted-up length of rope with the ends tied together. In this research experience for undergraduates, students will study open questions about mathematical knots and work on never before solved problems that could lead to coauthoring original research papers.
NRES 299 Wildland Firefighter Training ( 1 credit )
Take the first step into the wildland and prescribed fire world. Upon successful completion of the “Redcard” course, participants will receive the Basic Wildland Firefighter FFT2 Qualification recognized by federal and state agencies.
PLPT 892 Principles of Bioinformatics ( 2 credits )
Students will explore the fundamentals of bioinformatic analysis, interpretation of next generation sequencing, and genome sequencing data. Using samples of their personal interest, students will learn the command line; how to interact with a bioinformatic server; executable modules; how to develop and analyze a pipeline; create an electronic workbook; and organize, interpret, and present results.
Spring Pre-session Cost
Tuition and fees for the Spring Pre-Session are the same as the regular semesters:
- Undergraduate Nebraska Resident Base Tuition: $268 per credit hour
- Undergraduate Nonresident Base Tuition: $859 per credit hour
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The deadline to drop a pre-session class and receive a 100% refund is Jan. 3. The last day to receive a partial refund is Jan. 5.
The Spring Pre-Session is a part of the spring semester, so the total of your Online Course Fees plus University Program/Facilities Fees is capped at $775.63. That means the total of these fees for your spring semester, inclusive of the Spring Pre-Session, will not exceed $775.63. Students will receive a Spring 2024 Fee Reduction if their total Online Course Fees plus Program Facilities Fees are more than $775.63.
You can purchase books for your pre-session coursework through the bookstore using your Ncard or other payment options. Ncard payment will be billed through your student account in MyRED.
Scholarships and Financial Aid Options
Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid
Because the Spring Pre-Session is a part of the spring semester, credits attempted during the Pre-session count toward your overall spring semester financial aid enrollment status. Because every student's situation is unique, we recommend you contact us through Husker Hub to see how your scholarships and financial aid can be used toward the pre-session.
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Federal Pell Grant eligibility for the Spring Semester, including the Pre-Session, will be based on your enrollment status as of January 29, 2024. If the hours in which you are enrolled for the Spring Pre-Session were used to calculate your Federal Pell Grant and you drop or withdraw from a class prior to that date, your Federal Pell Grant may be reduced or cancelled, even if you were offered this grant prior to January 29, 2024.
Student Loan Options
Additional student loan eligibility may be offered to you or reoffered if you have not already accepted your annual grade level limit or previously declined loans. Your parent may also qualify for a parent loan. Students must be at least half time in the spring semester (15-week and pre-sessions combined) to be considered for additional loan eligibility.
Federal loans will be released once a student reaches half time enrollment (6 credits for undergraduate students). Most loans will not disburse until the 15-week session as that is when most students will reach half time enrollment.
If you would like to borrow a private loan, please visit financialaid.unl.edu/loan-aid for more information.
Note: Consideration of additional loan options or reoffering previously declined loans will not occur automatically. Please contact Husker Hub if you would like to request a review of additional loan eligibility or if you believe your total costs for the year will be higher than the average student due to your enrollment in pre-session.
Tuition and fees for the pre-session appear on your student account as soon as you register for classes and are due the next billing cycle. The first spring billing due date, including the pre-session, is February 12, 2024.
Scholarships and financial aid for the pre-session will be released to your student account.
View the academic calendar regarding add, drop, withdrawal, and tuition refund periods.