Course Formats

Northampton Community College offers course formats to fit your life, allowing you to select the best options for you. Formats range from on-site, online and hybrid, a combination of both. Some online courses meet at a scheduled time, while others are self-paced with weekly milestones.

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5 Course Formats

On-Site Courses


100% On Campus, In Person

  • Students attend classes on campus on the scheduled day and time.

What does the schedule look like?
Numbered sections with days and times listed; Bethlehem Sections: 1-49; Monroe: 50

  • Example: CMTH102-01 MW 4:00PM - 5:15PM, MAIN Campus
  • Example: MATH150-55 TR 3:30PM - 4:56PM, MROE Campus

Online Courses


100% Online

  • No live or real time meetings with class or professor
  • Weekly deadlines for work set by the instructor
  • Students progress at their own pace during each week
  • Classes are accessed online through Blackboard

What does the schedule look like?
W (regular start) and V (late start) sections with no days and times listed.

  • Example: SOCA102-WA, 00:00 - 00:00AM, DIST Campus

Remote Courses

Remote Courses

100% Online and 100% Real Time - Live

  • Classes meet online in real time "live" at scheduled days and times
  • Most remote classes held two days a week
  • Professors use Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to hold class

What does the schedule look like?
(W, V – date/time)

  • Example: CMTH231-WA MW 12:30PM - 1:45PM, DIST Campus

Online Blended Courses

Online Blended Courses

100% Online - operates primarily like an online course but includes required weekly virtual meetings

  • Students are given weekly coursework deadlines but can work at their own pace within those deadlines; class content is accessed online through Blackboard
  • Students are required to meet online, in real time “live” to engage in discussions and interactive learning experiences with their faculty and classmates. Live sessions will take place in Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate. Links to live sessions will be available through Blackboard

What does the schedule look like?
B sections with day and times listed.

  • Example: CJST101-BB M 04:00PM - 05:15PM, DIST Campus

Hybrid Courses


50% On-Site and 50% Online

  • Students attend class/lab on campus on the scheduled day and times, typically 1x each week
  • Students complete other material/assignments online each week
  • Campus protocols are the same as those for On-Site courses
  • Professors post instructional materials, discussion boards, etc. to Blackboard for students to view/complete independently

What does the schedule look like?
T or 7 (Monroe) sections with day and times listed

  • Example: ACCT101-TA S 1:00PM - 3:45PM, MAIN Campus
  • Example: BIOS150-71 F 9:30AM - 12:20PM, MROE Campus