College or University Physics Lectures and Labs

Mayville State University offers high quality, affordable college and university physics lecture and lab courses completely online.  You may enroll as a non-degree seeking student and transfer these courses to another college or university, or you may enroll collaboratively as a student in the North Dakota University System.  Please contact the Office of Extended Learning with any questions you may have on applying and enrolling in any of these courses. For further informtation on applying as a Non-degree seeking student, please see the instructions here.

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Office of Extended Learning phone (701) 788-4667.

The advantages of taking online physics courses at Mayville State University:

  • Take your exams online with ProctorU (webcam and microphone required);
  • Our 8-week online lab courses use a hands-on interfaced probeware, simulations, and data analysis tools;
  • The lab kit is available from the Mayville State University Bookstore, and when returned complete and in good condition, is very affordable for the high quality materials provided; 
  • Lab courses are offered two times each fall and spring semester (8 weeks each class); and
  • All online physics courses are available each semester, including summer session. 
  • Special Note on physics lab sections:  Lab equipment needs to be purchased from the MSU Bookstore, before the session begins.  
    For this online lab you need to purchase lab kit from the MSU bookstore (about $600). If the kit is sent back to the bookstore in good condition at the end of the 8-week term, the bookstore will buy the kit back for about $340. The original cost of the kit is the replacement cost if a kit is not sent back. You will not be able to find the kit elsewhere and the Physics I kit and Physics II kits are different so one kit will not allow you to do all the labs in both courses.

  • Important: Students enrolling in the first 8-week lab sections of fall and spring semesters should have already completed the corresponding lecture course. Students enrolling in the second 8-week lab sections of fall and spring semesters or the summer session may co-enroll in the lecture and lab courses.

College Physics

PHYS 211 College Physics I

PHYS 211L College Physics I Lab

PHYS 212 College Physics II

PHYS 212L College Physics II Lab

Students should have completed Math 103 College Algebra and Math 105 Trigonometry before enrolling in PHYS 211. Students should have already completed PHYS 211 before enrolling in PHYS 212. 

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Tom Gonnella.

University Physics 

PHYS 251 University Physics I

PHYS 251L University Physics I Lab

PHYS 252 University Physics II

PHYS 252L University Physics II Lab

Students should have completed Math 165 Calculus I or higher before enrolling in PHYS 251 or 252.   

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Tom Gonnella.


Mayville State online and distance courses cost $295 per credit for tuition and fees. (Tuition is subject to change without notice.) Books and materials are additional.  Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Click here for instructions for applying and registering as a non-degree seeking student at Mayville State University. 

Please contact Dr. Tom Gonnella with questions regarding these courses.