Online classes

As an online student, you can take classes and complete coursework on your schedule, learning anywhere you have a computer and Internet connection. With fewer trips to campus, you’ll save on gas and time while completing your degree.

Fully online degree programs available at SC4

Please note: Students who plan to pursue Associate in Arts and Associate in General Education degrees should work with an advisor to create an online class schedule.

Available online classes are listed here. Click on the advanced search and select location to “online courses.”

If online courses work for you, consider the following:

  • Expect to spend three to four hours a week for every credit hour the online course is worth.
  • To be an effective online student, you should be comfortable with browsing the Internet, communicating by email, following links to other sites, printing online pages and sending files from your computer.
  • When searching for classes in Service Center, choose “Online Course” to see what online classes are available each semester.
  • SC4’s academic advisors can help determine if online classes are right for you.
  • Call 810-989-5520

Call the Center for eLearning if you have any questions about online classes: 810-989-5525

Technology Requirements:

SC4 uses Canvas to deliver online courses. Students can login in with their SC4 email address and password.

Canvas logo

There are certain technology requirements that are important to learning online.

Supported Browsers:

As a general rule Canvas will support the latest two versions of any browser listed below. Be sure to keep your browser updated. If you have upgraded your browser but still see a warning banner saying that “Your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas,” log out of Canvas and delete your browser cookies. 

It is recommended that you have at least one other browser downloaded so there are two browsers on your computer.

Note: Microsoft Edge is the default browser on Windows 10. It is not a supported browser at this time.

Browser Plug-Ins:

Be sure to keep browser plug-ins up to date on your computer.

Other Tools:

  • Reliable Internet access (high-speed preferred).
  • Microsoft Word (Office 2010 or later). Other Office software may be required depending on the course.
  • Speakers or headphones.
  • Other hardware or software needs will be listed in the syllabus.    

Authorization approval

NC-SARA Approved Institution logo

St. Clair County Community College has been approved by the state of Michigan to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, which allows students to take online classes from SC4 while residing in the states listed for approval through NC-SARA. Please be sure you’re eligible to enroll in a program based in Michigan.


As an out-of-state public institution, SC4 is not under the purview of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, thus Bureau approval for SC4 to offer distance education programs to residents of California is not required. Therefore, SC4 is in compliance with California regulations concerning postsecondary distance education.

For Academic Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

We recommend that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state if you’re considering an academic program leading to a professional license. It is your responsibility to understand the requirements in your state of residence as applied to your specific situation.

Complaint process for online students

SC4 is committed to maximizing student success. If you are an online student and have a complaint, please review the Student Complaint Process.

If your complaint is not resolved at the institutional level, you can contact the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Read more and access the consumer (student) complaint process.

Thinking of Moving?

As an online student, you are responsible for checking state authorizations before you relocate to another state.

Contact the SC4 Helpdesk with any questions at 844-802-9399.