Taking eCore Classes at BSC
eCore – short for electronic core-curriculum – allows University System of Georgia (USG) students the opportunity to complete their first two years of their collegiate careers entirely online except for the occasional proctored exam. eCore courses are designed, developed, taught and supported by faculty and staff from the University System of Georgia (USG).
eCore at a Glance
• BSC students can register for and pay for eCore courses the same way they do for BSC courses
• eCore offers most of the courses needed for the core curriculum including English, mathematics, science, history, and the social sciences.
• eCore is not a degree but is a convenient way to get core courses completed.
• eCore courses are fully online except for up to two proctored exams.
How to Enroll in an eCore Class
You must first be a registered BSC student. See how to apply if you are not.
Schedule an appointment with your academic counselor in the Office of Student Success & Retention; or BSC eCore liaison, Terri Brown, to get advised and enrolled in an appropriate course for you.
Complete the eCore introduction quiz before you can be registered for an eCore class. The quiz can be found at https://ecore.usg.edu/prospective/orientation/. If you pass the quiz with a score of 80 or higher, you will receive a follow-up email from BSC’s eCore Advisor. If not, take the quiz again until you get a passing score.
How eCore Courses differ from Bainbridge State College Courses
Although you pay your tuition through Bainbridge State College just like you do for other classes, the tuition rate for eCore classes is different. eCore classes are $159 per credit hour. This tuition rate is the same for both Georgia resident and non-resident students. Additional expenses include textbooks, course materials, and test proctoring charges. In addition, you will pay the regular student fees charged by Bainbridge State College. Learn more about Bainbridge State College tuition and fees.
eCore courses have at least one proctored exam. This means you must plan for, and schedule, a testing session at a testing center. Depending on the testing center, there may be a fee associated with the exam. Learn more about proctored exams from eCore.
A number of eCore courses have open textbooks meaning they are available inside the course electronically at no cost to you. The list of textbooks and required materials for each course can be found at http://ecore.usg.edu/courses/textbooks.php.
The required textbooks for eCore courses may be different from the ones used in regular Bainbridge State College courses and can be purchased via MBS Direct (http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ecore.htm). The BSC Bookstore may also carry required textbooks, but in limited quantities.
Start Dates may be different.
Although the date will not vary much, eCore courses may start and end on slightly different dates. Be sure you know when courses begin, so you are sure to complete the first week requirements on time.