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What are Academic Learning Services (ALS) Courses?

Academic Learning Services (ALS) courses are 2-3 credit courses designed to help you acquire confidence and foundational skills necessary for success in the university environment. These courses challenge you with rigorous content while providing the support you need to be successful.  ALS courses are electives, and a maximum of 15 ALS credits will count toward graduation.

How will ALS Courses help me?

ALS courses offer an opportunity to learn skills for success at OSU. You’ll earn credits towards graduation while engaging in active learning and reflection that will help you on your path to earning your degree.  If you want to learn more about ALS courses, please read the descriptions below or view the course catalog for current course offerings.

How do I register for ALS courses?

You can register for ALS courses along with your course load for the upcoming term. If you have questions about the course, or other questions about the registration process, we highly recommend you talk to your academic advisor.  Your advisor can guide you as you design your course load for next term. ALS section offerings are listed in the course catalog for the current and following term: ALS Course Listings in Course Catalog

Featured Courses

ALS 114: Career Decision Making. ALS 114 Career Decision Making is a two-credit, letter-graded class that can help you better understand your interests, values, and abilities as they relate to the world of work. This class is team-taught by the University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) academic advisors.  If you are a freshman or sophomore at OSU, ALS 114 can guide you through in-class activities and strategies for exploring careers. 

ALS 116: Academic Success. ALS 116 is a two-credit, letter-graded course offered each term to undergraduate students interested in exploring the expectations and skills involved in being academically successful at the university level. In this course, you can enhance your academic skills by learning about strategies for studying, managing time, taking notes, preparing for tests, reading critically, and more.  

ALS 199: U-Engage. U-Engage is a 2-credit, letter-graded course designed to help incoming first-year students investigate an academic area of interest. In a small class environment, new students explore their area of interest together, gain an understanding of campus resources, and learn strategies and habits of highly successful students. U-Engage is offered fall term of each academic year and is open to first year students.

ALS 150, 151, 161, 162: INTO OSU Courses.