Most students in my Calc 2 course had a masters degree and were taking courses at community college, how is that possible?

Good evening, users

In Summer 21, when I was in my Calculus 2 course at my community college.
Most of the students were much older than me and had already finished their master’s and bachelor’s degrees a long time ago.

When we were doing our introductions through discussions.

Those who were taking Calculus 2 most of them were tutors who needed to take around 15 to 20 credits of math courses to meet certification merits.

A lot just took the class for fun and they paid out of pocket.

I was very shocked students with master’s degrees’s taking community college courses :open_mouth: Most of them told me CC courses are much cheaper when paying out of pocket rather than a Uni charging more.

What do you think about this?


Sounds similar to what you posted in your other thread where you said it was cheaper for you to take classes at CC rather than at a university. I guess they agree and are doing the same.


I thought master’s and bachelors have prereqs to take physics, chemistry, calculus. To meet higher-level course merits.

Calculus 2 is a relatively common and standardized course, so someone needing it for a certification or prerequisite to something is often able to take it at any convenient college, unlike with specialized or upper level courses. Community colleges tend to be less expensive with fewer admission gates to go through to enroll in a course or few, compared to other colleges.


Likewise, I’m thinking of taking discrete and finite math, just paying out of pocket. The total cost will be $1300 with books and everything totaled together.

You don’t need physics, chemistry and physics for all bachelors degrees. If you major in English, for example, you may never have to take them. It is quite possible for someone to have a bachelors or masters degree without taking these courses. Many college students never have to take calc 2.


The prereqs are completely dependent on the bachelors (or masters). For example, my BBA in Accounting did not require any chemistry or physics. Likewise, a BA in English Literature has completely different prerequisites than a BS in Computer Science.

There are many reasons a person who already has a bachelors or masters may decide to return to college for additional classes that were not required for the initial degree. And as has been stated, community colleges are less expensive.

ETA: cross posted with @me29034… we said essentially the same thing :grinning:


It may depend on what they are getting their MA (or already have one) in. My daughter is getting hers in history and I know she hasn’t taken Calc 2 and never, ever, ever will. She’s done with math.

They might be wanting an MBA or CPA and need more pre-reqs to get into a program.


A Community College is exactly what it says it is: a “College for the community”.
I realize that your personal exposure to the American system of education is unfamiliar to you, so this is probably new to you, but it is very common. There is no prerequisite, nor bar, to enter a community college.

I have a Master’s Degree, and at times, I’ve taken courses at our local CC for “fun” or to learn something new. I’ve also taken Art and Swim Classes at the CC.

During the summer, my young elementary children took classes in Swim and Computer Science at the CC; their local school didn’t offer summer school classes.

These courses are cheaper, as well as being close to our home. It’s really not that big of a deal.


I’m just very picky about what courses I like.
I do like Chemistry, Math, and Physics for now.
I want those on my record :slight_smile:

Okay, your response has nothing to do with your original statement of being “shocked” about people, with degrees, taking courses at community colleges,

but I’ll bite:

The community colleges list the courses that you’ve taken on your official CC transcript/record.

It’s a community college.
It’s not a university.

Do yourself a favor and plan to transfer soon.
Your history on this website shows that you don’t have a transfer goal.

Your current question about assuming that a Community College can’t possibly have people, of all levels, attending the college, shows that you don’t know the purpose of a community college, and that you need significant guidance to transfer.

Eventually, you will run out of Financial Aid resources, constantly taking classes at a CC without any direction or plan, and will deplete all of your funding for a 4 year university. Also, without a plan, your CC units will add up to too many. After you get past a certain number of units, some universities will not accept you.

You will be paying out of pocket for more courses and pay full fees at a university.

Do yourself a favor and get off of this website.
Read about your community college’s steps for transfer.
Look at local university requirements for transfer admission.
Stop worrying about what other’s are doing around you; they have different goals.


I know CC and Uni are different.

Once I get my AES I’ll transfer ASAP no worries.
I just want that AES degree.

Money is not an issue for now. I can take 30 courses and pay out of pocket no worries.

It’s great that you like to learn for sure.

But if you want a bachelor’s degree, i’d quit racking up community college credits and focus on the bachelor’s path.

Why? most 4-yr colleges have rules how more than half the classes from the degree must be taken at their college, or something similar. you can’t take most of your classes at a CC then transfer for a degree for the last few credits. it doesnt work that way.

if you go into a 4-yr program with a ton of credits, you’ll have to take even more credits or at least double those; and 4-yr colleges are usually more expensive than CCs. Read again what what aunt_bea wrote and really think about it all. and good luck.