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Course Types & Terms

How and when can I take courses at DSC?

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Daytona State College offers a variety of courses that provide flexible delivery methods and formats and convenient meeting times. Students can choose traditional on-campus courses of semester length or more convenient schedules such as those offered by the seven-week courses, hybrid courses, online courses, and independent study courses. This guide is designed to provide you with information on all the different types of courses that are offered and help you decide which is right for you. Below is a quick overview of the different types of delivery methods and course lengths. You can click on the links on the left-hand side of the page for more information. If you still have questions, don't forget that you can easily contact an Academic Advisor and even chat live with them!

Course Instructional Modes 

On-Campus Courses

These courses are also referred to as face-to-face courses. Instruction is delivered in-person by your instructor in a classroom, lab, or clinical setting. These types of courses are a great option for those students who prefer hands-on learning and high levels of interaction with the instructor and other students. If you see "P" in the course mode, this stands for a face-to-face or on-campus class. 

Online Courses

The online modality (ON) is 80-100% taught online by instructors using the college's online learning management system, Falcon Online. Online courses are the most flexible type of instruction, adaptable to both work and family obligations. 

Live Online

An online class where the instructor and students meet at a specific time. This option provides the ability to log in remotely but offers real-time engagement with the instructor and other students. 

Hybrid Courses 

Hybrid courses are a combination of on-campus and online instruction. In many ways these courses are the best of two worlds, offering both convenience and in-person interaction. Web-enhanced (WE) classes are 30-79% online and web-assisted (WA) classes are less than 30% online.


A hybrid option (HF) where half of the students attend class face-to-face while the other half of students attend virtually once a week. This option limits the number of students in a face-to-face classroom at any given time, while still providing opportunities for in-person learning.

Independent Study Courses

Independent Study courses provide in-depth study in selected disciplines. These classes can either be taught face-to-face (IS) or online (OI). 

Under special circumstances, it also may be approved for students unable to attend regularly scheduled college credit classes. Students considering this option must identify an area of study with the assistance and approval of an instructor; complete the independent study agreement outlining the project/objectives to be accomplished, and get written approval from both the department chairperson and associate vice president.

Course Semesters & Terms

A semester is the time of the year you decide to take your course(s) and a term is how long you are in a course (how many weeks).

  • The three semesters you can choose from are Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  • Terms available each semester are Full, A or B. Full-term courses last the entire semester. A and B terms are shorter, lasting either the first or second half of a semester, and more time-intensive as the workload is double that of the Full-term experience.