Courses and Placement
The Department of Mathematics at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics offers students the opportunity to build a solid understanding in mathematics in applied and theoretical courses that focus on concepts, applications, and the use of technology. Students may continue their studies in advanced courses or sponsored research that expand the breadth and depth of their understanding and help them to recognize the many uses of mathematics in other areas of study.
Graduation Requirement in Mathematics
Each student must successfully complete three units of core mathematics for graduation credit. Unless a student is placed in a higher level of mathematics upon entry to NCSSM, two units must be in MA4000/MA4002: Precalculus and Modeling w/ Advanced Topics.
Junior students are placed in the course best suited for them as determined by the Mathematics Department based on placement tests and previous coursework. Typical course placements for incoming juniors are Precalculus or AP Calculus BC. Some incoming juniors will also select courses from among our other varied course offerings.
Placement of senior students is determined by their performance in the mathematics courses they complete as juniors and instructor recommendation. The department recognizes the individual differences that need to be considered as students are placed in senior level courses.
Common Course Pathways
Below you will find short videos describing each of the courses offered by the mathematics department. Please note that the instructors for each course vary from year to year. While the instructor featured in the video may not be currently teaching the course, all of our course offerings are aligned with our collaboratively established department beliefs.
Statistics & Data Science Courses
Applied Math Courses
Pure Math & Research Courses
For Additional Information:
- Check out the Math Course Pathways document
- Talk with your current math instructor
- Reach out to:
- Mr. Taylor Gibson, Dean of Mathematics
- Ms. Chery Gann, Durham Mathematics Department Chair