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Taking an Online Calculus Course - Schools and Cost

written by: Daniel Brecht•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 12/27/2010

Are you interested in knowing how to calculate and construct relatively simple quantitative models of change? Well, working with the effects of changing conditions involves calculus. A distance education calculus course is a great way to learn these skills.

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    Schools Offering Online Calculus

    Here are a few universities that offer Calculus via D/E.

    1. The College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University (http://www.cel.sfsu.edu/calculus/)

    - is fully accredited and part of the California State system

    - Instruction: Calculus classes are via video lectures, active forums, and guidance/assistance feedback

    - Tuition: Student's will need to contact the school or view the school's Web site for the latest tuition and fees.

    Worth mentioning:

    The university says, "[s]tudents will have access to 26 full video lectures streamed at near high-definition quality. Also, 200 short video clips tailored to homework will be available."

    The university has only one available calculus course: Calculus I

    2. Shorter University (http://www.distancecalculus.com/)

    - is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees.

    • Tuition - $325 per credit hour. There is an additional $25 "technology and processing" fee for all Shorter University distance education courses. Additional costs: Computer Algebra Software & E-Textbook/Textbook/Curriculum (http://www.distancecalculus.com/costs/)

    Available Calculus Courses: Precalculus, Calculus I, II, III, Multivariable Calculus, Probability (Calculus-based), and more.

    Worth mentioning:

    As the university points out, "[t]here are no formal lectures; the replacement is an amount of communication between student, teaching assistant, and professor that you may not be used to."

    The university also says, "[their] curriculum is a very challenging curriculum, requiring the student to study and engage and learn calculus at probably a higher level than the student has faced before [...] Students are required to write - often multiple paragraphs - supplying graphs, tables, numerical values, algebraic expressions - all to "make their case" for the solution of a problem."

    3. The University of Wisconsin--UW Independent Learning (http://www.dcs.wisc.edu/lsa/indlearn/math.htm)

    - Tuition and fees: $260 per credit hour, plus a $75.00 administrative fee per course

    - Available Calculus Courses:

    1. Calculus and Analytic Geometry I U600-221 (5 credits) Open for enrollment ($1485 tuition & $75 administration fee)
    2. Calculus and Analytic Geometry II U600-222 (5 credits) Open for enrollment ($1485 tuition & $75 administration fee)
    3. Calculus: Functions of Several Variables U600-234 (3 credits) Open for enrollment ($891 tuition & $75 administration fee)

    Worth mentioning:

    Courses are self-paced. Students can start any course at any time, and take up to a year to complete each course.

    Examinations are mailed to a proctor selected by the student.

    4. Bellevue College (http://bellevuecollege.edu/schedule/de/math148.asp)

    • Tuition: A typical 5 credit class would cost $590.35 per quarter.
    • Note: As mentioned by the college, "[e]ach course, regardless of total number of credits, will incur an additional $50.35 Distance Education fee."

    Available Calculus Course: Business Calculus (Quantitative Skills) • 5 Credits

    Worth mentioning:

    University classes will be posted on the Distance Education Website before the beginning of the quarter.

    A proctor is required for exams.

    5. NetMath at the University of Illinois (http://netmath.uiuc.edu/courses) / (http://netmath.uiuc.edu/tuition)

    • Tuition and fees for undergraduate and out-of-state high school students ($304 per credit hour tuition rate and a $50 per credit hour non-refundable administrative fee.)

    - Math 115 Preparation for Calculus (3 credit hours)

    - Math 220 Calculus (5 credit hours)

    - Math 231 Calculus II (3 credit hours)

    - Math 234 Calculus for Business, I (4 credit hours)

    - Math 241 Calculus III (4 credit hours)

    - Math 292 Vector Calculus Supplement (2 credit hours)

    - Math 380 Advanced Calculus (3 credit hours)

    • Tuition and fees for graduate students ($339 per credit hour tuition rate and a $50 per credit hour non-refundable administrative fee.)

    - Math 115 Preparation for Calculus (3 credit hours)

    - Math 220 Calculus (5 credit hours)

    - Math 231 Calculus II (3 credit hours)

    - Math 234 Calculus for Business, I (4 credit hours)

    - Math 241 Calculus III (4 credit hours)

    - Math 292 Vector Calculus Supplement (2 credit hours)

    - Math 380 Advanced Calculus (3 credit hours)

    Worth mentioning:

    The university (as shown) has different tuition cost and fees depending on whether the student is an undergraduate, high school student, or a graduate student.

    Also, the university requires students to find an appropriate proctor for testing.

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    Job Outlook

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), "[e]mployment of mathematicians is expected to increase by 10 percent during the 2006–16 decade ..."

    Also, according to BLS, mathematicians' wages are rather high, such as earning $25 to $67 an hour, or $53,000 to $140,000 a year.

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    Resources

    Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mathematician's Wages - http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes152021.htm