Upcoming changes to our course catalog

In August, we will remove several courses from our active catalog. While we expect this change will have a small impact for most students, it will affect the computer science curriculum in our certificate programs.

What courses are changing?

After August 17, 2018, exams and certificates of completion will no longer be available for the courses below. The course content will remain available for informal use or reuse by others, most likely on our legacy courses site.

BIO307: Microbiology
K12MATH013: Calculus AB
K12MATH014: Advanced Statistics
MA101: Single Variable Calculus
CS303: Algorithms
CS304: Compilers
CS305: Web Development
CS404: Programming Languages
CS405: Artificial Intelligence
CS406: Information Security
CS408: Advanced Artificial Intelligence
CS409: Cryptography
CS410: Advanced Databases
CS412: Mobile Applications Development (previously deprecated from March 1, 2018)

Why are we making these changes?

The three math courses are redundant with other active courses. We are moving from three Calculus I courses to just one (MA005), and from three statistics courses to two (MA121 and business statistics).

The main reason for deprecating the other courses is that the the subject areas have changed and continue to change rapidly. Most of the courses need significant updates and a handful would benefit from an overhaul. We do not want to present any courses that are simply not up to par but do want to focus our resources where they will do the most immediate good for our students and mission.

Will these courses be available again in the future?

All of the courses above should remain available as unmaintained, publicly-accessible versions, as with the rest of our legacy courses.

Some courses might be brought back later on, especially as shorter or foundational courses. As always, please let us know what you would like to see — especially in topics that are not being served by others.

What about the Computer Science Curriculum certificate program?

The deactivation of these courses will affect the CS curriculum immediately from August 17th. If you want to earn the CS Curriculum certificate, you will need to pass at least seven of the courses by then (see the curriculum for details on which courses). We do not currently have plans to replace the CS curriculum program with a smaller program, but we always welcome suggestions.

Remember that every Saylor Academy course offers its own certificate of completion and that only courses in the list above will become inactive!


Worry not — these changes notwithstanding, we have plenty of good news coming down the lane! Let us know you thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas, and subscribe to our blog by email, RSS, or in our discussion forums to stay in the know.

Top Comments

  1. sean says:

    A quick update: to help students complete planned courses, we have changed the delay between attempts from 7 days to 3 days.

    (Actually, we changed it to 70 hours so that you’ll be able to start an attempt at about the same time of day as your previous attempt.)

  2. I would say that this is a good move since your decision is backed up by truth.

  3. I am not clear on this. I joined saylor not too long ago for access to computer science courses. In what way does this affect the CS curriculum certificate? Does this mean i will not get a certificate for taking the courses? Please elaborate on this because it will really affect me. I was looking forward to the electives especially. Does this mean that the CS course will be taken off completely? Could you maybe keep those courses in an archive that we can access? Thanks.

  4. Hi, @Melonay :slight_smile:

    You wrote:

    Let me start this reply, by saying that I do NOT work at / for Saylor (I’m just a fellow student), so please don’t consider mine to be an Official answer. Having said that, I believe that the following discussion, started by @andrihuber, will be helpful to you:

    … and, in particular, you may want to read my first reply in that discussion, as it may answer at least some of your questions: Courses that no longer offer certificates for CS-Curriculum [ reply by “ricmarques” ]

    Maybe @sean (Director of Community Relations at Saylor) and/or other Saylor representative(s) can give you some Official answer and/or additional details?

    I hope this helps :slight_smile:

Continue the discussion discourse.saylor.org

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