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Anyone with experience retaking "expired" prerequisites at a community college?

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by galaxyx, Apr 12, 2012.

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  1. galaxyx

    galaxyx 2+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    So I know...another community college thread...
    But, I just found out that my "state" school requires prereqs within 5 years, and will accept community college credit for this, but will other more rigorous schools look down on someone who had a degree related to physics then took basic physics at a community college level later?

    I'm more worried about schools that don't have a recency requirement looking at the community college physics and thinking "WTF? are they trying to GPA boost?" My ugrad gpa is a 3.7, so not necessarily in need of a boost.

    I'm currently taking some Chem and Bio at a University, but the cost is killing me.

    I was really thinking I could skip all the schools with 5 year requirements, but I don't think I can skip this one...

    The other issue is that upping my recency means that I could apply to another school that I have connections at, but this particular school lists community college as "not recommended", but I would assume that's because they can be less rigorous, but I've already proven my ability to handle the rigorous courses.

    *Edit: Along the same lines, would it look bad to take algebra based physics instead of calculus based physics?
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2012
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  3. Prncssbuttercup

    Prncssbuttercup Established Member -- Family Medicine Resident 5+ Year Member

    Talk to them, sometimes they'll waive the requirement if you take some UL science courses within a certain time limit of matriculation. My state school basically told me that's how they work...
  4. galaxyx

    galaxyx 2+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    I talked to them today, and the problem is physics. There are no upper division physics courses that I haven't taken, so I was told to just take a "review course". I know what I have to do for the "state" (not actually in my state) school, I'm just concerned about how this might look to other schools. I'm probably just worrying to much, but the need to now take two additional classes is messing up my planned school/work/finances plan. I
  5. TriagePreMed

    TriagePreMed Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2010
    Ask them if you can meet the requirement as a pass/no pass student so it doesn't look like gpa boosting. Also ask if you could do it as an audit student.

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  6. Chimpanzee


    Apr 12, 2012
    I don't think it would be a problem with other schools at all!
  7. non trad

    non trad

    Mar 13, 2011
    I was in a similar situation two years ago and I don't think cc credits hurt me. I retook a lot of basic classes at cc (things like English and Calculus) while taking more advanced stuff (Genetics, Biochem) at a four-year.

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