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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:
- Calculus and Analytic Geometry I U600-221 (5 credits) Open for enrollment ($1485 tuition & $75 administration fee)
- Calculus and Analytic Geometry II U600-222 (5 credits) Open for enrollment ($1485 tuition & $75 administration fee)
- 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) โข 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 2006โ16 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