Choose from more than 200 academic courses, and earn Experiential Education and Learning (ExEL) units at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Two out of six required ExEL units are already built into your curriculum. You’ll earn your first unit by taking UNIV 1000—an introductory course for first-year students. You’ll also earn another unit for your senior capstone project, which you must complete in the last semester before you graduate.

Explore other ways to earn ExEL units—from study-abroad options to community engagement.

Types of Courses by College

You can earn ExEL units by simply taking courses in your major, or you can take advantage of the wiggle room in your curriculum to learn something new.  Mobile computing, marine biology, documentary film making—these are just a few examples of some of the classes that can earn you ExEL units.

College of Computing and Engineering

Hone strong communications, teamwork, and lifelong learning skills with these classes:

  • Fundamentals of Computer Programming
  • Web Programming and Design
  • Mobile Computing
  • Software Engineering

College of Law

Get real-world legal training:

  • Practicum in Paralegal Studies
  • Internship in Paralegal Studies

College of Psychology

Take classes that teach you the foundations of human behavior:

  • Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Psychophysiology
  • Introduction to Neuroscience

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Enhance your research skills in these courses:

  • Community-Based Health Outreach
  • Independent Study in Public Health
  • Public Health Seminar
  • Domestic Outreach

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences

Build your health training skills with a variety of classes:

  • Intro to Athletic Training
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Emergency Care and First Aid
  • Biomechanics

H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Add to your entrepreneurial skills with the new tools you learn in these classes:

  • International Finance
  • Creativity and Work Performance
  • Accounting and Taxation
  • Entrepreneur Internship

Halmos College of Arts and Sciences

From journalism to marine biology, explore a variety of career options through classes:

  • Intro to Print Journalism
  • Marine Biology and Lab
  • S. Foreign Relations
  • Ensemble

Farquhar Honors College

If you’ve been admitted to NSU as an Honors student, be sure to take advantage of a range of classes to earn ExEL units:

  • Advanced College Writing
  • Global Issues
  • Water and Sustainability
  • Design Thinking

Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing

If you’re interested in a nursing career, these classes are a great way to get started:

  • Population Health Nursing
  • Nursing Practicum
  • Primary Concepts of Adult Nursing
  • Advanced Concepts of Adult Nursing

How to Earn Experiential Coursework Units


Meet with Your Adviser

Discuss ExEL courses you are interested in taking.

Create an Academic Plan

Check out which of your major courses are ExEL designated and when it’s best to take them.

Register for Courses

Work with your adviser to register for ExEL classes when you register for your program courses.

Additional Requirements

Each ExEL opportunity has different prerequisites and conditions. Be sure to find out ahead of time what’s required for the pillar or program you’re interested in.

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Contact Information

Ready to dive in? We’re here to help!

Center for Academic and Professional Success

If you have any questions about a specific opportunity listed above, email

or call (954) 262-7990.

Meet the CAPS Team

These are the Center for Professional and Academic Success (CAPS) staff members who will help guide you every step of the way.

Meet the Team


If you have any questions about the experiential learning program, email or call (954) 262-2047.