Summer courses

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  1. zrxkuma

    zrxkuma Member

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    DS is a 4rth year at VMI. He is going to talk with his academic advisor about taking Calculus II at Tidewater Community College this summer vice taking the course during a summer session at VMI. He is a good kid who is having sticker shock with the price at VMI. He is an ECE major and math is key, I worry about him not learning Calc from someone in the department who understands what he needs to make it through the rest of VMI's math courses. He thinks Calc is Calc no matter where it's taught. I've never been to college and never took high level math. Does anyone have any real world experience on this one?
     
  2. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    He's right- Calc is Calc- and hated by every non Math/ Physics major :eek:. But he does need to make sure that the Department will accept the course from Tidewater, because they won't always accept every summer school transfer of credits. So he needs to talk with Fac Advisor who may have to review with the Math Department to make sure that he wil get credit if he takes it there vs taking it in VMI
     
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    +1 to Bruno regards checking transfer credits beforehand. At the schools I'm familiar with, if one takes a class at another school, it may transfer, but only as a pass/fail. If one passes they can check the box that they took the class, but the grade is not included in one's GPA. This can cut both ways.
     
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    Bruno is correct. DS has taken summer school every year... some at VMI and some here is Pa due to the same sticker shock. DS had to obtain a copy of the class lesson plan from our local Comm College and submit it for approval to the dept head. Chem classes that he took at a local Community College were $79 a credit :) The CC carried them as 4 credit courses and VMI only accepted them as 3 credits but because the class content fit the need for his major it worked out well... By the way... the experience also re enforced his love for the "I" and his BR's. I am not positive but I think the "D" he earned in the Chem class at VMI remains on his transcript and is factored in with the A from the Community College. Not sure how that works entirely.
     
  5. zrxkuma

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    RGR all,
    thanks for the excellent advice.
     

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