Yes! You can get course credit to do research through an independent study. Some majors even require it.
An independent study is a class that you develop with your instructor or faculty mentor.
Credits and Hours
Ranges from one to three credits and generally requires six to 12 hours of work each week. This varies and the schedule is flexible.
This is a graded course, so you may have to submit a paper or a report, or make a presentation, so your professor has something to grade. This varies and is decided between you and your mentor.
How to Start
If you already have a project mentor, ask if them if they'd be willing to supervise an independent study for you. If you don't have a mentor, talk with your advisor.
You and your independent study supervisor will need to complete an independent study form.
Many disciplines offer for-credit classes with a research focus. Talk with your advisor about your options.
Types of Courses
Courses vary significantly. They may cover research methods or have a full research project component.
Talk with your advisor, research mentor or professors to find a course in your field that has a significant hands-on component.