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  • AR4100 Drawing
  • AR4110 Painting
  • AR4120 Open Studio
  • AR4300 Darkroom Photography
  • AR4310 Digital Photography
  • AR4320 Art and Technology
  • AR4500 Advanced Drawing
  • AR4510 Advanced Painting
  • AR4520 Advanced Studio Art
  • AR4600 Research Experience in the Fine Arts
  • AS4030a Writing and American Studies I
  • AS4030b Writing and American Studies II
  • AS4050a American Studies I
  • AS4050b American Studies II
  • BI3025 BI3025 Honors Epidemiology
  • BI3065 BI3065 Honors Forensic Science
  • BI3115 BI3115 Honors Introduction to Neuroscience
  • BI3560 Sports Kinesiology
  • BI3580 Classical Genetics (*M*)
  • BI3640 Developmental Biology (*R*)
  • BI3700 Evolution
  • BI3900 Research Experience in Biology (*R*)
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  • BI4105 BI4105 Honors Molecular Genetics
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  • BI4145 BI4145 Honors Climate Change Biology
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  • CH3125 CH3125 Honors Intro to Computational Chemistry
  • CH3135 CH3135 Honors Green Chemistry
  • CH3145 CH3145 Honors Computational Medicinal Chemistry
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  • CH3900 Research Experience in Chemistry (*R*)
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  • CH4000 Chemistry Core - Reactions & Energy
  • CH4020 AP Chemistry (I): Atoms & Molecules (*M*)
  • CH4105 CH4105 Honors Organic Chemistry
  • CH4120 AP Chemistry (II): Kinetics & Energy
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  • CH4140 Environmental Chem (*R*)
  • CH4150 Polymer Chemistry
  • CH4210 Introduction to Applied Chemistry and Engineering
  • CH4270 Analytical Chemistry
  • CH4280 Materials Chemistry (*R*)
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  • CH4910 Research Computational Sci I
  • CH4911 Research Computational Sci II
  • CH4920 Research Chem I (*R*)
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  • CH4922 Research Chem III (*R*)
  • CN3051 Journeys into Chinese I
  • CN3052 Journeys into Chinese II
  • CN3651 Navigating in Chinese + Global Understanding I
  • CN3652 Navigating in Chinese + Global Understanding II
  • CN4051 Advanced Chinese I
  • CN4052 Advanced Chinese II
  • CN4060 Explorations in Chinese for Heritage Speakers
  • CN4651 Readings in Chinese with Topics I
  • CN4652 Readings in Chinese with Topics II
  • CN4851 AP Chinese Language and Culture I
  • CN4852 AP Chinese Language and Culture II
  • CS4020 Web Development
  • CS4040 Game Design and Simulation
  • CS4060 Scientific Programming
  • CS4060 CS4060 Honors Scientific Programming
  • CS4070/AR4070 Art, Technology, and Computing
  • CS4200 CS4200/MA4200 Honors Cryptography
  • CS4200/MA4200 Cryptography
  • CS4220 Databases
  • CS4240 Procedural and Object-Oriented Programming
  • CS4260 Java with Topics
  • CS4280 Advanced Java
  • CS4320 Machine Learning
  • CS4340 Data Structures with C
  • CS4380 Algorithms
  • CS4900 Advanced Computer Science Topics
  • CS4920 Advanced Computer Topics
  • DR4101 Theater Performance Workshop: Movement and Scene Study
  • DR4102 Theater Performance Workshop: Voice and Scene Study
  • EE3080 History of Engineering and Technology
  • EE3100 CAD/CAM
  • EE3620 Engineering the Modern
  • EE3700 Biomechanics of Injury
  • EE3900 REX Engineering and Computer Science
  • EE4000 Mechanical Engineering
  • EE4020 Electrical Engineering
  • EE4040 Architecture
  • EE4080 EE4080 Honors Biomedical Engineering
  • EE4080 Biomedical Engineering
  • EE4100 Introductory Robotics
  • EE4140 Aerospace Engineering
  • EE4140 EE4140 Honors Aerospace Engineering
  • EE4160 EE4160 Honors Civil Engineering
  • EE4160 Civil Engineering
  • EE4180 EE4180 Environmental Engineering
  • EE4180 Environmental Engineering
  • EE4420 Research in Engineering and Computer Science I
  • EE4422 Research in Engineering and Computer Science II
  • EE4520 Biomedical Instrumentation
  • EE4540 Statics
  • EE4560 Circuits
  • EN4000 Creative Writing
  • EN4010 Poetry Writing
  • EN4020 Gram-O-Rama
  • EN4201 African Studies I: Pre-Colonial Africa
  • EN4202 African Studies II: Modern Africa
  • EN4203 African Studies III: Modern North Africa and the Middle East
  • EN4211 Asian Studies I: Ethical Structures and Frameworks of Power
  • EN4212 Asia II: East Meets West: Colonialism, Appropriation, Fusion, and Exchange
  • EN4221 East-West Studies I: Intellectual Frameworks and Ethical Foundations
  • EN4222 East-West Studies II: Ideational and Material Conflicts
  • EN4231 Latin America I: Encounter, Conquest, and Colonialism
  • EN4232 Latin America II: Revolution, Nationhood, and the Search for Identity and Autonomy
  • EN4233 Latin American Studies III
  • EN4241 Western European Cultural Studies I: The Making of the West from Homer to Dante and Petrarch
  • EN4242 Western European Cultural Studies II: Fashioning the Self and Society in the Modern World
  • EN4251 Western Civilizations I: Wisdom, Revelation, Reason, and Doubt
  • EN4252 Western Civilizations II: Wisdom, Revelation, Reason, and Doubt
  • EN4400 AI in Science Fiction
  • EN4410 British Literature and Culture
  • EN4420 Classical Myth: Epic and Tragedy
  • EN4430 Modern World Fiction: Narrating the Self
  • EN4440 Philosophy and Literature in the Twentieth Century: Strategies for Being
  • EN4450 Shakespeare Now: Page, Stage, and Screen
  • EN4460 Southern Studies
  • EN4470 STEM and the Stage
  • EN4481 (Topics in Lit) Modern Latin American Literature in Translation (Topic for 2020-2021)
  • EN4482 Topics in Literature II
  • EN4483 Topics in Literature III
  • EN4484 Topics in Literature IV
  • EN4490 EN4490 Honors Ecocriticism
  • EN4600 Research Experience in the Humanities
  • EN4610 Research in the Humanities
  • FR3051 Journeys into French I
  • FR3052 Journeys into French II
  • FR3651 Navigating in French I
  • FR3652 Navigating in French II
  • FR4051 Advanced French for Global Applications I
  • FR4052 Advanced French for Global Applications II
  • FR4651 Modern French Readings and Media I
  • FR4652 Modern French Readings and Media II
  • HU4400 Black Studies
  • HU4410 Critical Race Theory
  • HU4420 Digital Humanities
  • HU4430 Ethics of AI
  • HU4440 Film Studies
  • HU4450 Race, Leadership, and Ethics
  • HU4460 The Immigrant Experience Today: What is an American? (Topic for Fall 2020)
  • HU4461 Philosophy: Mind as Maker of AI (Topic for Spring 2021)
  • HU4470 Topics in the Study of Religion
  • HU4480 Topics in Contemporary American Studies
  • HU4490 Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • IE3400 IE3400 Honors Computational Science
  • IE3620 IE3620 Honors Data Science for Scientists
  • IE3800 IE3800 Honors Bioinformatics: Computational Biology
  • IE3900 IE3900 Honors Research Experience in Computational Science
  • IE4020 IE4020 Honors Industrial Chemistry & Engineering
  • IE4080 IE4080 Honors Energy and Sustainability
  • IE4104 Engage to Impact
  • JA3051 Journeys into Japanese I
  • JA3052 Journeys into Japanese II
  • JA3651 Navigating in Japanese I
  • JA3652 Navigating in Japanese II
  • LA3051 Latin Elements I
  • LA3052 Latin Elements II
  • LA3650 Latin Boot Camp
  • LA4050 Caesar in Gaul and Britannia
  • LA4651 Sallust and Cicero I: The Conspiracy of Catiline
  • LA4652 Sallust and Cicero II: The Conspiracy of Catiline
  • LA4661 Ovid's Metamorphoses I
  • LA4662 Ovid's Metamorphoses II
  • MA3510 Math 3a
  • MA3512 Math 3b
  • MA3550 Modeling with Matrices
  • MA4000 Precalculus and Modeling I
  • MA4002 Precalculus and Modeling II
  • MA4010 Biocalculus
  • MA4020 AP Calculus AB I
  • MA4022 AP Calculus AB II
  • MA4030 AP Calculus BC I
  • MA4030 MA4030 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics I
  • MA4032 AP Calculus BC II
  • MA4032 MA4032 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics II
  • MA4050 Modeling with DiffEQ
  • MA4060 Multivariable Calculus
  • MA4064 MA4064 Honors Multivariable Calculus with Applications I
  • MA4066 MA4066 Honors Multivariable Calculus with Applications II
  • MA4100 AP Statistics I
  • MA4102 AP Statistics II
  • MA4110 Data Science I
  • MA4112 Data Science II
  • MA4200/CS4200 Cryptography
  • MA4210 Topics in Civic Mathematics
  • MA4210 MA4210 Honors Topics in Civic Mathematics
  • MA4220 Mathematical Modeling
  • MA4230 Complex Systems
  • MA4230 MA4230 Honors Complex Systems and Modern Networks
  • MA4240 Numerical Analysis
  • MA4300 Combinatorics and Game Theory
  • MA4310 Topics in Theoretical Mathematics
  • MA4500 Graph Theory with REX Math
  • MA4510 Research in Mathematics
  • MA4512 Research in Mathematics II
  • MA4520 Advanced Mathematical Topics I
  • MA4522 Advanced Mathematical Topics II
  • MR3080 Mentorship: Foundations in Research
  • MR4040 Engage to Impact
  • MR4050A Mentorship: Senior Research
  • MR4050B Mentorship: Senior Research
  • MU3500 Classical Piano and Guitar: Theory and Practice
  • MU4100 Chorale
  • MU4110 Wind Ensemble
  • MU4120 Jazz Performance Workshop
  • MU4130 Orchestra
  • MU4300 Music Theory and Composition
  • MU4310 AP Music Theory
  • MU4320 Audio and Digital Music Production
  • MU4330 Advanced Audio Recording Technology
  • MU4400 History of Western Music
  • MU4410 Twentieth-century Music History
  • PA1000 Racquet Sports I: Badminton and Pickle Ball
  • PA1001 Racquet Sports II: Tennis and Racquetball
  • PA1002 Outdoor Recreation
  • PA1003 Disc Sports: Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf
  • PA1004 Archery
  • PA1005 Weight Training for Sports and Fitness
  • PA1006 Team Sports
  • PA1007 Pilates and Yoga
  • PA1008 Self Defense
  • PA1009 Hiking
  • PA1020 Fit for Life
  • PH3040 Astronomy
  • PH3125 PH3125 Honors Computational Physics
  • PH3500 Physics Core: Mechanics
  • PH3900 Research Experience in Physics (*R*)
  • PH3920 Waves Sound, and Optics
  • PH4000 Physics Core: E&M
  • PH4020 Physics Core: Mechanics (Math Intensive) (*M*)
  • PH4120 Physics Core: E&M (Math Intensive) (*M*)
  • PH4130 Computational Physics
  • PH4180 Astrophysics (*R*)
  • PH4220 Advanced Physics Problem Solving
  • PH4240 AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • PH4241 AP Physics C: E&M
  • PH4250 Modern Physics
  • PH4260 Quantum Mechanics
  • PH4280 Galaxies and Cosmology
  • PH4920 Research in Physics I (*R*)
  • PH4921 Research in Physics II (*R*)
  • PH4922 Research in Physics III (*R*)
  • RE1002 Cornerstone: Foundational Life Skills
  • RE1010 Exploring Multicultural America
  • RE1012 Public Speaking
  • RE1016 Marketing You
  • RE1018 Excellence in Leadership
  • RE1020 Financial Planning
  • RE1022 NCSSM to College
  • SE4001 Emergency Care of Illness and Injuries
  • SP3051 Journeys into Spanish I
  • SP3052 Journeys in Spanish II
  • SP3250 Breakthroughs in Spanish
  • SP3651 Navigating in Spanish I
  • SP3652 Navigating in Spanish II
  • SP3850 Explorations in Spanish: Climate Change (Topic for 2020-2021)
  • SP4051 Advanced Spanish for Global Applications I
  • SP4052 Advanced Spanish for Global Applications II
  • SP4651 Readings in Spanish with Topics I
  • SP4652 Readings in Spanish with Topics II
  • SP4851 Advanced Readings in Spanish with Topics I
  • SP4852 Advanced Readings in Spanish with Topics II
  • VS1002 Men's Soccer
  • VS1004 Women's Volleyball
  • VS1006 Women's Tennis
  • VS1008 Cross-Country
  • VS1010 Competitive Cheer
  • VS1012 Women's Golf
  • VS1022 Men's Basketball
  • VS1024 Women's Basketball
  • VS1026 Swimming
  • VS1028 Wrestling
  • VS1030 Cheerleading
  • VS1032 Indoor Track
  • VS1034 Diving
  • VS1042 Men's Golf
  • VS1044 Men's Tennis
  • VS1046 Men's Baseball
  • VS1048 Women's Softball
  • VS1050 Women's Soccer
  • VS1052 Track and Field
  •      AR4100

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Art
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    AR4100 Drawing

    Drawing is the foundation of all art studio practices and is highly recommended as a prerequisite for all other art courses. A creative mind is increasingly sought out in every professional career track as art elements and design concepts are interdisciplinary. This course is taught to nurture creative and critical thinking, increase visual communication skills, and reacquaint the student with the "artist within." No experience is necessary! All students receive individual feedback from the instructor and further engage with classmates during studio time and the critiquing process. Through traditional drawing exercises with pencil, charcoal, and ink, students gain creative applications to better interpret reality and respond to their aesthetic values. In addition to in-class drawing assignments, all students are given a sketchbook to heighten their observation skills while building a visual vocabulary and further documenting their time at NCSSM. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      AR4110

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Art
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    AR4110 Painting

    This course is an introduction to basic painting, although all levels of experience are welcome. The primary goal of this course is to develop students' painting skills through constant exploration of visual perception. Assignments address the use of both acrylic and oil paint to create dynamic compositions that incorporate elements such as depth of field, line, texture, linear perspective, and illusion – while students gain knowledge to better understand light and the interaction of color. Students enhance their levels of perception as they learn color theory. No grade can compete with the gift that comes from intuitive color mixing. Through assignments and presentations by the instructor, students gain knowledge, inspiration, and appreciation for art history and from artists working today. All students receive individual feedback from the instructor and further engage with classmates during studio time and the critiquing process. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      AR4120

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Art
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s):
    Related Links: Oneunitadditionalelectivecredit

    AR4120 Open Studio

    Open Studio allows students to develop and transform their own inspirations and conceptions into an artistic reality with the ongoing support of the instructor. Although students generate their projects, they are challenged to link their concepts to a branch of philosophy, to study artists who have worked with similar concepts or materials, and to close the trimester with a formal critique/presentation about their art and research. The purpose of this course is to gain feedback from the instructor and classmates through one-on-one critiques. Students develop a dialogue about art and learn to articulate their aesthetic values through giving and receiving constructive criticism. This course is perfect for students who have a creative idea and seek the time needed for artistic development. Students work with the instructor to find methods of visually communicating their concepts and have ample studio time to do so. Enrolled students have access to all studio equipment and art materials needed to bring their ideas to life. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Offered in January Term

  •      AR4300

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Art
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    AR4300 Darkroom Photography

    Students get to know the NCSSM darkroom while learning how to use enlargers, mix photographic chemicals, and, by the semester's end, process and print their own film. After becoming familiar with the basic use, function, and history of a 35mm camera, students create black and white prints on 8" x 10" photography paper. This class utilizes instructor-assisted darkroom work along with independent student work so that students become confident with their abilities to execute, develop, and create photographic prints. Students are expected to maintain a safe and respectful darkroom etiquette, which includes proper handling of chemicals and equipment while developing a healthy studio practice. Although this course is catered to the beginner, all levels of experience are welcome. Intermediate and advanced students will be required to propose projects, meet deadlines, and share techniques used during formal critiques. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      AR4310

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Art
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    AR4310 Digital Photography

    This course introduces students to the concepts and techniques necessary to create, edit, and print color photographic images using digital technology. Units on composition, color theory, image-editing, printing options, and digital image storage are also covered. Students focus on personal exploration using technology as a creative medium for visual expression. Students are expected to respect photography equipment, the art studio, and develop a healthy studio practice. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      AR4320

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Art
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1, Trimester2, Trimester3
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    AR4320 Art and Technology

    This studio art course asks students to expand on their definition of art to include technology as a platform for creativity. Students will be introduced to the resources in NCSSM's FabLab and our new Creative Technology Lab, which houses a Virtual Reality Painting Studio, and to a variety of other digital applications and equipment. Students will have the time to develop their skills on their choice of state-of-the-art equipment while bringing their creative ideas into existence. Although there is no prerequisite for this course, priority use of our Virtual Reality Painting Studio will be given to students who have already taken AR4100 Drawing. The goal of this course is to develop and expand on creative skills and construct an innovative work of art. Through slide presentations, readings and class discussions, students will gain knowledge and appreciation of art history while becoming more familiar with artists who are working with groundbreaking methods and materials. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Two periods per week including labs.

  •      AR4500

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Art
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): AR4100 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links: AR3020

    AR4500 Advanced Drawing

    This largely self-paced advanced art course allows students the opportunity to further develop skills and techniques acquired in AR4100 Drawing. Students are encouraged to take creative risks while building their art portfolios and expanding on their definitions of drawing. Emphasis is placed on creating more complex visual statements, increasing comprehension of conceptual content, and developing further technical competence. Students will create an independent body of work and demonstrate their ability to speak critically and professionally about their art. In addition to studio time, this course includes a sketchbook assignment, a written artist statement, and at least one formal critique. This course may be repeated for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      AR4510

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Art
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): AR4110 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links: AR3022

    AR4510 Advanced Painting

    This largely self-paced advanced art course allows students the opportunity to further develop skills and techniques acquired in AR4110 Painting. Students are encouraged to take creative risks while building their art portfolios and expanding on their definitions of drawing. Emphasis is placed on creating more complex visual statements, increasing comprehension of conceptual content, and developing further technical competence. Students will create an independent body of work and demonstrate their ability to speak critically and professionally about their art. In addition to studio time, this course includes a sketchbook assignment, a written artist statement, and at least one formal critique. This course may be repeated for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      AR4520

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Art
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): AR4320 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    AR4520 Advanced Studio Art

    This largely self-paced advanced art course allows students the opportunity to further develop skills and techniques acquired in AR4320. Students are encouraged to take creative risks while building their art portfolios and expanding on their definitions of drawing. Emphasis is placed on creating more complex visual statements, increasing comprehension of conceptual content, and developing further technical competence. Students will create an independent body of work and demonstrate their ability to speak critically and professionally about their art. In addition to studio time, this course includes a sketchbook assignment, a written artist statement, and at least one formal critique. This course may be repeated for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week plus one 100-minute evening class meeting.

  •      AR4600

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    AR4600 Research Experience in the Fine Arts

    Research informs action; action brings about change. The synthesis, production, and dissemination of new knowledge can have broad implications for every area of human endeavor, and art provides an entryway to new understandings of that human endeavor for both artist and audience. In this course, we explore and apply the research process in the creation of fine art. Through careful study of a selected genre or discipline and rigorous interrogation of a subject or set of subjects, we explore the intersections between fact and invention, the difficulty of separating the objective from the subjective, and the ethical implications of using research to inform the creation of art. The culmination of the course is student-created works of art informed by the research process. The area of the fine arts on which the course focuses varies year to year and encompass the range of the fine arts – from creative writing to the visual arts, music, and drama. The focus is announced with the published course offerings each year.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      AS4030a

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. The year-long sequence (AS4030a/b) meets the junior-year history and English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s):
    Related Links:

    AS4030a Writing and American Studies I

    American Studies is the core humanities experience for all NCSSM juniors. In this second part of the year-long, interdisciplinary cultural studies course sequence, students continue to explore American history and literature from the fifteenth-century Atlantic World to twenty-first-century digital communities. Students examine the continuing development of both collective and individual American identities through the study of history and historiography, literature and literary theory, politics, economics, the visual arts, film, music, and other aspects of American culture. A key feature of the curriculum is instruction and practice in critical reading, thinking, and writing—skills foundational to NCSSM's senior humanities courses and to future higher-level work across disciplines. Discussions, projects, and written assessments invite students to recover, construct, and interpret the past as narratives woven from many threads. Through collaborative inquiry and investigation, students encounter the past as a means of interrogating issues in our current world and as a path to becoming active citizens in their local and global communities. AS4030 is grounded in the same curricular content as AS4050 but is designed especially for students who need more intensive practice to develop their skills in critical reading, interpretation, and academic writing. Working collaboratively in small groups and with their teachers, students hone their skills in reading, in analyzing what they read, and in planning, developing, and writing the academic essay.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      AS4030b

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. The year-long sequence (AS4030a/b) meets the junior-year history and English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): AS4030a

    AS4030b Writing and American Studies II

    American Studies is the core humanities experience for all NCSSM juniors. In this year-long, interdisciplinary cultural studies course sequence, students explore American history and literature from the fifteenth-century Atlantic World to twenty-first-century digital communities. Students examine the continuing development of both collective and individual American identities through the study of history and historiography, literature and literary theory, politics, economics, the visual arts, film, music, and other aspects of American culture. A key feature of the curriculum is instruction and practice in critical reading, thinking, and writing—skills foundational to NCSSM's senior humanities courses and to future higher-level work across disciplines. Discussions, projects, and written assessments invite students to recover, construct, and interpret the past as narratives woven from many threads. Through collaborative inquiry and investigation, students encounter the past as a means of interrogating issues in our current world and as a path to becoming active citizens in their local and global communities. AS4030 is grounded in the same curricular content as AS4050 but is designed especially for students who need more intensive practice to develop their skills in critical reading, interpretation, and academic writing. Working collaboratively in small groups and with their teachers, students hone their skills in reading, in analyzing what they read, and in planning, developing, and writing the academic essay.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      AS4050a

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. The year-long sequence (AS4050a/b) meets the junior-year history and English graduation requirement.

    AS4050a American Studies I

    American Studies is the core humanities experience for all NCSSM juniors. In this year-long, interdisciplinary cultural studies course sequence, students explore American history and literature from the fifteenth-century Atlantic World to twenty-first-century digital communities. Students examine the continuing development of both collective and individual American identities through the study of history and historiography, literature and literary theory, politics, economics, the visual arts, film, music, and other aspects of American culture. A key feature of the curriculum is instruction and practice in critical reading, thinking, and writing—skills foundational to NCSSM's senior humanities courses and to future higher-level work across disciplines. Discussions, projects, and written assessments invite students to recover, construct, and interpret the past as narratives woven from many threads. Through collaborative inquiry and investigation, students encounter the past as a means of interrogating issues in our current world and as a path to becoming active citizens in their local and global communities.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      AS4050b

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. The year-long sequence (AS4050a/b) meets the junior-year history and English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): AS4050a
    Related Links:

    AS4050b American Studies II

    American Studies is the core humanities experience for all NCSSM juniors. In this second part of the year-long, interdisciplinary cultural studies course sequence, students continue to explore American history and literature from the fifteenth-century Atlantic World to twenty-first-century digital communities. Students examine the continuing development of both collective and individual American identities through the study of history and historiography, literature and literary theory, politics, economics, the visual arts, film, music, and other aspects of American culture. A key feature of the curriculum is instruction and practice in critical reading, thinking, and writing—skills foundational to NCSSM's senior humanities courses and to future higher-level work across disciplines. Discussions, projects, and written assessments invite students to recover, construct, and interpret the past as narratives woven from many threads. Through collaborative inquiry and investigation, students encounter the past as a means of interrogating issues in our current world and as a path to becoming active citizens in their local and global communities.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI3025

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1, Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): Biology/Math III

    BI3025 BI3025 Honors Epidemiology

    In this introductory course in human microbial disease, students explore the impact that various microbes have had in our lives, identify the characteristics of various pathogens and infectious agents, explain how diseases spread, and construct models, create presentations, and collaborate on projects related to epidemiology. Students learn the principles and methods of disease investigation: investigating patterns of illness in populations, identifying infectious microbes by visual assessment, mode of infection, and symptoms.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Wednesday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 3, 2020/ Optional
    Spring Semester: Monday 7:00pm
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/ Optional

    Requirements:
    Students should have at least one semester of biology, preferably at the honors/AP level. Additionally, completion of Math III is required. For example, successful students need a strong working background of basic statistics.

  •      BI3065

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1, Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): None

    BI3065 BI3065 Honors Forensic Science

    This course is designed to integrate the core scientific disciplines (as outlined in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for grades 9-12) while giving students both theory and hands-on experience with the skills and knowledge required of a forensic crime scene investigator. This multidisciplinary approach will highlight topics in pathology, DNA, anatomy, chemistry, anthropology, toxicology, entomology, and investigative techniques with supplemental subject matter through case studies, earth science, mathematics, medicine, technology and psychology. In addition, some of the ethical, legal, and social concerns surrounding forensics will be discussed. Process skills will include comparative analysis, critical thinking, deductive reasoning, observation, organization, problem solving, research, communication, and technical reading. Project-based learning through laboratory investigation and discussions/class lecture will serve as the main method of content delivery. Individually and/or in groups, students will perform lab work and apply inference and deductive reasoning to the investigation and potential solving of crimes.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Thursday 7:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 3, 2020/ Optional
    Spring Semester: Tuesday 7:00pm
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/ Optional

    Requirements:
    Suggested Skills: This course requires the ability to write clear and concise lab and investigative reports. Good writing skills are imperative. This course also deals with graphic content. Parents are asked to sign a permission slip at the beginning of the course, but students are expected to be mature when dealing with this content.

  •      BI3115

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1, Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of a Biology course

    BI3115 BI3115 Honors Introduction to Neuroscience

    This course is focused on the basic knowledge base surrounding modern neuroscience. With a focus on the physiology of neurons, neuroanatomy, and neuropsychology, students will complete this course with a basic understanding of how the brain works at cellular, systems, and organismal levels. The course contains a research component as well as significant group work requirements.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Monday 9:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/Required
    Spring Semester: Monday 9:00pm
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/ Required

  •      BI3560

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit

    BI3560 Sports Kinesiology

    This course provides an in-depth study of the skeleton and muscular structure and function of the upper and lower extremity of the human body. Topics include origins, insertions, action and nerve innervation of muscles in the body, along with in-depth study of the skeletal upper and lower extremity, some discussion of the central nervous system, cranial nerves, spinal column, pelvic cavity, urinary systems along with the cardiovascular system. The laboratory component of this course takes place in the gym and weight room where students study their own bodies to learn about the function and action of the muscles, with hands-on palpation of other students. Students will visit the human cadaver lab at UNC.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Parental permission is required for a field trip to a human cadaver lab.

  •      BI3580

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit

    BI3580 Classical Genetics (*M*)

    This course begins with the fundamentals of cell division (mitosis and meiosis) and focuses on modes of inheritance of traits, beginning with Mendel's pea plants and stressing extensions and exceptions to Mendel's principles. Laboratory activities with fruit flies, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills are emphasized. Students enrolling in this course should have strong mathematical and problem-solving skills.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI3640

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit

    BI3640 Developmental Biology (*R*)

    Building a viable multicellular organism from a single fertilized egg involves the coordination of many biological processes. This course studies the molecular and genetic mechanisms involved in embryogenesis with an emphasis on the processes that establish axis orientation of an embryo, specify the fate of stem cells, and regulate the formation of organ systems. Inherent in the field of developmental biology is the comparison of these processes across a variety of species in their evolutionary context. Emphasizing experimental design and technical writing, this course focuses on applying modern and canonical laboratory techniques using live animal models. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI3700

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit

    BI3700 Evolution

    In this course, students gain an appreciation for evolution as a process that is relevant to their everyday lives. Students learn to identify and quantify variation in populations and understand sources of variation. Basic evolutionary processes are studied including natural selection, mutation, drift, and migration. The course concludes with the study of speciation, phylogeny, and other selected topics. NOTE: Students may take either this course or BI4020 Population Genetics, but not both.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI3900

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit

    BI3900 Research Experience in Biology (*R*)

    This introductory course is for students who want to pursue a research opportunity in biology. Students will learn to design and conduct an experiment, analyze data, and present their findings. In addition, students read and discuss scientific literature. Students will work in small groups on a research project. Research questions may be selected from an area identified by the instructor (examples: microbiology, food science, neurobiology, entomology etc.), or from topics proposed by the student as appropriate. Students will write a final paper describing their research and make a formal oral and visual presentation of their findings. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Four weeks intenstive January Term

  •      BI4010

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): none

    BI4010 Anatomy & Physiology

    This course provides an in-depth study of the structure and function of the human body. The structure of the body systems, including integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems is put into context of how the body grows, maintains homeostasis, and responds in the disease-state. The laboratory component includes microscopic analysis and dissection of relevant animal models, as well as physiological concepts via experimentation.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4020

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit

    BI4020 Ecology (*R*)

    In this course students study ecology at the level of the organism, population, community, and ecosystem. Special emphasis is given to quantifying population growth and interspecific interactions, including predator-prey, and competitive relationships. Labs are designed to expose students to working with live organisms, seeing ecological patterns in the field, and quantifying ecological variables. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4030

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): None

    BI4030 Environmental Science (*R*)

    This course focuses on the study of natural Earth processes in order to understand how these processes have grown interdependent over millennia to form a life-supporting and balanced Earth system. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this course, the laboratory and field components include a variety of activities from analysis of existing data sets to experimental design. Many of the field trips and labs are off campus and outdoors. Topics will include: ecosystem processes, population ecology, climate change, and environmental risks and exposures. Students will be introduced to relevant analytical methods in spatial analysis and toxicology. This course could be used to self-study for the AP environmental science exam but is not an official AP course. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4040

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit

    BI4040 Climate Change Biology (*M*)

    Climate change biology is the study of the impact of climate change on natural systems with emphasis on understanding the interactions between biological systems and the climate system. The goal of climate change biology is the development of management techniques designed to preserve natural systems. Students study past climate-biological systems interactions, currently observed changes, biological theory, and modeling in order to develop an understanding of possible mitigation and management approaches. Students enrolling in this course should have strong mathematical and problem-solving skills.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4105

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1, Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): Biology

    BI4105 BI4105 Honors Molecular Genetics

    This course focuses on DNA. Beginning with Watson and Crick’s double-helix model the course focuses on DNA structure, replication, transcription and translation. Current topics in DNA technology, gene cloning, and bioinformatics are discussed in terms of basic research, medical advancement, and for treatment of cancer & HIV. Critical thinking skills and thoughtful data interpretation are stressed. This course meets North Carolina standards for Agriscience and Biotechnology III: Agricultural Biotechnology.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Tuesday 7:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 3, 2020/ Required
    AND
    Tuesday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/Required
    Spring Semester: Monday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/ Required

  •      BI4110

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): none
    Corequisite(s): Chemistry

    BI4110 Molecular Genetics (*R*)

    This course focuses on the Central Dogma of molecular biology. The Central Dogma is our framework for understanding how information that is coded in DNA is translated into RNA and ultimately transcribed into proteins. Beginning with Watson and Crick's double-helix model, the course focuses on DNA structure, replication, transcription and translation. Current topics in DNA technology, gene cloning and bioinformatics are discussed. The course transitions to topics involved in gene expression and gene regulation in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Critical thinking skills and thoughtful data interpretation are stressed. This course emphasizes laboratory activities and research projects. Students enrolling in this course should have strong mathematical and problem-solving skills.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4120

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Classical Genetics or Molecular Genetics, or AP Bio I

    BI4120 Population Genetics (*M*)

    In this course students learn about genetics at the population level and start the course by identifying and quantifying variation in populations. Evolutionary processes, such as natural selection, drift, mutation, migration, and non-random mating are studied alone and in all possible combinations. Students explore how natural selection produces adaptations at the morphological and molecular levels. The course concludes with a study of macro evolutionary patterns including speciation. In contrast to BI3700 Evolution, this course is faster-paced, places more emphasis on mathematical models, and requires more independent learning. Students enrolling in this course should have strong mathematical and problem-solving skills. NOTE: Students may take either this course or BI3700 Evolution, but not both.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4130

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of BI4020 Ecology.

    BI4130 Aquatic Ecology (*R*)

    Aquatic ecology is the study of abiotic and biotic factors that influence the structure and dynamics of aquatic ecosystems. It includes the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of streams, lakes, estuaries, and intertidal zones. Special emphasis is placed on interactions between abiotic and biotic factors, energy flow in food webs, and the role of humans in altering aquatic ecosystems. Students learn about ongoing research in aquatic ecology and gain experience making field observations, designing experiments, and analyzing data to test hypotheses. Regular outdoor experiences, both on and off campus, expose students to a variety of aquatic ecosystems. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab, plus 1 required Saturday trip to the beach.

  •      BI4140

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Corequisite(s): Chemistry

    BI4140 Molecular & Cellular Biol

    The first portion of this course examines biochemical principles and the structure and properties of lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates. Students then examine cellular structure and function common to most eukaryotic organisms. Students examine biological levels of organization (molecules, organelles, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems) by exploring human diseases and drug therapies. Topics in the course include cellular components, membrane function, energetics, enzyme function, cellular aging, cellular communication, biological levels of organization, diseases, and the drug approval process. Laboratory activities are designed to develop critical thinking skills and thoughtful data interpretation.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4145

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): Biology or Ecology

    BI4145 BI4145 Honors Climate Change Biology

    Climate Change Biology is the study of the impact of climate change on natural systems in the environment with emphasis on understanding the interactions between biological systems and the climate system. The goal of climate change biology is the development of management techniques designed to preserve natural systems. Students study past climate-biological systems interactions, currently observed changes, biological theory, and modeling in order to develop an understanding of possible mitigation and management approaches.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Monday 7:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/ Required

  •      BI4155

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): Molecular Genetics (BI4105) OR Classical Genetics (BI4185)

    BI4155 BI4155 Honors Agricultural Biotechnology

    As the human population grows over the next few decades, we will need to produce more food on agriculture's existing footprint, saving land for biodiversity. This can be done by improving seeds and through better management of farms-- through technological innovation. Agricultural biotechnology is thriving globally, especially in the Research Triangle here in NC as new agriculture companies set up shop to employ and collaborate with our region's' academic talent. In this course, students will examine how farms around the world are intensifying agriculture and promoting sustainability through plant breeding, transgenic plant and animal development, and soon, gene editing. They will learn about and build automated smart devices like weather stations, sensor motes, robots and drones using the Arduino platform. They will analyze agricultural data to help farmers make better decisions. And finally they will propose and prototype solutions that improve the practices of subsistence farmers and large scale growers around the world. This course meets North Carolina standards for Agriscience and Biotechnology IV: Agricultural Solutions.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Monday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/ Required

  •      BI4160

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Completion, with a course grade of B- or higher in at least one course from either the Human Body or Cellular Biology course strands (see Intro to Course Catalog).
    Related Links:

    BI4160 Neuroscience (*R*)

    The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the biological basis of behavior at cellular, systems, and organismal levels. This course enables students to understand the physiological and anatomical mechanisms underlying complex behaviors such as sensory input, motor control, animals as model organisms for human behavior, auditory and visual perception, higher order processing, and memory. The course will provide an entry into how scientists attempt to understand the complexity of our human experience as sentient biological entities. This course emphasizes group work through a significant amount of independent project work. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4185

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): Biology

    BI4185 BI4185 Honors Classical Genetics

    This course begins with the fundamentals of cell division and focuses on modes of inheritance of traits, beginning with Mendel’s pea plants and stressing extensions and exceptions to Mendel’s principles. The course also covers topics in population genetics and molecular evolution. Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are emphasized. This course meets North Carolina standards for Agriscience and Biotechnology II: Agricultural Genetics.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Monday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 3, 2020/ Required

  •      BI4200

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): Molecular Genetics, or Molecular and Cellular Biology, or AP Biology (I) with a grade of B- or higher or permission of the Dean of Science.
    Related Links: BI360, BI410, BI434

    BI4200 Immunology (*R*)

    This course extends the concepts of molecular and cellular biology to focus upon the mechanisms that compose the immune system. We begin with the general properties and development of immunity against infectious diseases such as flu and measles, as well as the recent emerging infectious diseases. Then we proceed to the generation of B-cell and T-cell responses, immune effector mechanisms, vaccination and allergy. Lastly, students will have an opportunity to further study advanced topics of their own choice. Examples of the advanced topics may include AIDS and other immunodeficiencies, cancer immunology, transplantation immunology, autoimmunity, leukocyte migration and inflammation, expression of immunoglobulin genes, etc. This course emphasizes analytical and critical thinking as well as independent project work. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4210

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Juniors - completion of a general biology course and a chemistry course in 9th or 10th grade with a grade of A or higher. Seniors - completion of general biology course and a chemistry course with a final grade of B or higher, or permission of the Dean of Science. .

    BI4210 AP Biology (I) (*R*)

    This course is the first semester of a two-term sequence that surveys most areas of biology and prepares students for the Advanced Placement Biology exam. AP Biology I focuses on cellular biology, including biomolecules, cellular energetics, signaling, and molecular genetics. The course has a strong laboratory emphasis, with a significant research component. Students who are planning to take the AP exam should also enroll in AP Biology II.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4211

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): BI4210 AP Biology (I) or permission of the Dean of Science.
    Related Links: BI4000a

    BI4211 AP Biology (II) (*R*)

    This course is the second semester of a two-term sequence that surveys most areas of biology and prepares students for the Advanced Placement Biology exam. AP Biology II covers organisms, populations, and ecosystems, with a focus on evolutionary processes. The course has a strong laboratory emphasis, with a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      BI4920

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit of core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): By application in the Fall of the Junior year.

    BI4920 Research in Biology I (*R*)

    This is an advanced course for January Term junior students with the maturity, independence, and motivation necessary to conduct their own research project. Students learn the scientific method and experimental design before conducting a trial experiment on a small scale. Students then write a mini- literature review on the topic of interest to them. Throughout the term students read from the primary scientific literature and participate in discussion groups on current issues in biological research. Students with a final grade of P or higher are expected to continue in Research in Biology II. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Immersive 8 days for the First Session of January Term.

  •      BI4921

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core biology graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Students with Junior standing apply in the Fall for entry in RBio I taught during the 1st two weeks of Jan Term.

    BI4921 Research in Biology II (*R*)

    This is an advanced course for second semester junior students. Students write a detailed research proposal and defend it to a panel of their peers. Students begin to learn techniques and to gather data for their experiments. Based on the outcomes of the term's work, students may be given an opportunity to participate in summer research programs on campus. Students with a final grade of B or higher are expected to continue in Research in Biology III. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Seven periods per week including three labs.

    Requirements:
    Offered in the Spring

  •      BI4922

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Credits: One unit core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Final grade of B or higher in Research in Biology II, or successful participation in a summer research program and permission of the Dean of Science.

    BI4922 Research in Biology III (*R*)

    Students continue work on their previous research to produce additional data and conduct statistical analysis, as needed. They may research extension questions based on their original work. Students write a formal research paper and prepare a formal presentation. Students are required to present their results at the NCSSM Research Symposium in the spring and are encouraged to present their research at the North Carolina Student Academy of Science competition and other competitions. This course includes a significant research component

    Meeting Times:
    Seven periods per week including three labs.

    Requirements:
    Offered in the Fall

  •      CH3085

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): None

    CH3085 CH3085 Honors Nanotechnology & Research

    This course provides an introduction to topics in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Students will be introduced to common visualization and fabrication techniques in nanotechnology and will explore the scientific principles necessary for understanding the functionality of nanoscale material. Students will explore topics such as nanofibers, optical LED lights, metallic organic frameworks (MOFs), artificial intelligence (AI) and other topics that are currently at the cutting edge of science! This is also a research course, so students will read scientific literature and write multiple reports (2-3) using the LaTeX publication typesetting language.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Tuesday 7:30pm
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/ Required

    Requirements:
    Suggested Skills: Students should have a reasonable mathematics background, preferably at the algebra level or higher. Ability to work in a computing environment is important in doing this course. Students will spend a considerable number of hours interacting with the computer in this course. This course uses a significant amount of specialized software, all of which is provided free of charge, either by NCSSM or by the creators of that software. Students must be able to install software on the computers used for these courses, sometimes on short notice! If using a school computer, students must ensure that the school will allow them to install specialized software on a school machine. There are no paper/pencil alternate activities. Students must ensure that a backup machine is available if their primary machine is not available.

  •      CH3125

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Credits: One unit core chemistry graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Honors Chemistry

    CH3125 CH3125 Honors Intro to Computational Chemistry

    This course is designed to teach students the technologies, techniques, and tools of computational science. The course will benefit students who are interested in any area of study that uses chemistry (including subjects such as environmental science, medicine, biology, materials science, nanotechnology, etc.). This is essentially a course in quantum chemistry, and is one of the most challenging courses in the sequence. NCSSM is one of the only high schools in the country that teaches a formal course in computational chemistry. This course is typically offered at the upper undergraduate/graduate at most universities, and requires a strong chemistry background and at least 12 to 14 hours/week of dedicated time. Recommended for fall, senior year. This course includes topics that satisfy the chemistry graduation requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Thursday 7:30pm
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/ Optional

    Requirements:
    Suggested Skills: Students should have a reasonable mathematics background, preferably at the algebra level or higher. Ability to work in a computing environment is important in doing computational chemistry. Students will spend a considerable number of hours interacting with the computer in this course. This course uses a significant amount of specialized software, all of which is provided free of charge, either by NCSSM or by the creators of that software. Students must be able to install software on the computers used for these courses, sometimes on short notice! If using a school computer, students must ensure that the school will allow them to install specialized software on a school machine. There are no paper/pencil alternate activities. Students must ensure that a backup machine is available if their primary machine is not available

  •      CH3135

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): Chemistry

    CH3135 CH3135 Honors Green Chemistry

    This course provides an overview of the original twelve principles established at the inception of the field Green Chemistry and the sources, chemical components, and elimination of hazardous chemical substances. Students examine historical events that impacted the identification and regulation of hazardous substances and identify natural events and human activities that contribute to pollution. Through case studies and computational tools, students analyze chemical components of carcinogens and pollutants and discuss actions to increase energy efficiency, prevent waste, and design safer chemicals.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Thursday 7:30pm
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/ Required

  •      CH3145

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Credits: One unit core chemistry graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Honors Chemistry, Algebra

    CH3145 CH3145 Honors Computational Medicinal Chemistry

    Computational Medicinal Chemistry is the study of how new drugs are developed and tested. Students will learn the basic concepts and methods used by medicinal chemists. In the process of doing so, basic and advanced concepts in chemistry, biology, mathematics, and computing will be learned and applied to one or more medicinal chemistry problems. As such, this is an applied course: students will be expected to apply their knowledge of the basic sciences to medicinal chemistry challenges of increasing difficulty. This course makes significant use of computer modeling (computational chemistry). NCSSM is one of the only high schools in the country that teaches a formal course in medicinal chemistry. Like computational chemistry, this course is typically offered at the upper undergraduate/graduate level, requires a strong chemistry and biology background, and at least 12 to 14 hours/week of dedicated time. Recommended for spring, senior year. This course includes topics that satisfy the chemistry graduation requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Thursday 8:30pm
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/ Optional

    Requirements:
    Suggested Skills: Successful students need a strong working background of chemical kinetics. Students should also have reasonable mathematics background, preferably at the algebra level or higher. A solid background in biology, particularly protein science, is recommended. Students will spend a considerable number of hours interacting with the computer in this course. This course uses a significant amount of specialized software, all of which is provided free of charge, either by NCSSM or by the creators of that software. Students must be able to install software on the computers used for these courses, sometimes on short notice! If using a school computer, students must ensure that the school will allow them to install specialized software on a school machine. There are no paper/pencil alternate activities. Students must ensure that a backup machine is available if their primary machine is not available.

  •      CH3500

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core chemistry graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): none

    CH3500 Chemistry Core - Atoms & Molecules

    This course provides a thorough introduction to chemical principles using a college-level textbook. It is a rigorous course that covers the fundamental concepts (atomic structure, molecular structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, and an introduction to thermodynamics.) Students who wish to enroll in CH412 (AP Chemistry: Energy and Transformations) require a grade of B+ or better in CH350 (or permission of the Dean of Science) and must complete the January-term prerequisite .

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Placement is determined by the Dean of Science.

  •      CH3900

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): none

    CH3900 Research Experience in Chemistry (*R*)

    This introductory course is for students who want to pursue a research opportunity in chemistry. No previous chemistry coursework is required. Students will reflect on their prior observations and learn how to read the primary scientific literature; learn how to select a research question and propose a hypothesis; learn experimental design and finally they will conduct experiments and analyze and present their data. Throughout the entire term, students learn scientific writing in the form of literature review, grant proposal, progress report, and research paper. Students also exercise aspects of scientific communication through individual study, group discussion, and lecture presentation. Students are encouraged to present their work at the NCSSM Research Symposium and/or other state and national competitions.

    Meeting Times:
    January Term, Intensive

    Requirements:
    Students with a chemistry exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      CH3900

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2

    CH3900 CH3900 Honors Research Experience in Chemistry

    This introductory course is for students who want to pursue a research opportunity in chemistry. No previous chemistry coursework is required. Students will reflect on their prior observations and learn how to read the primary scientific literature; learn how to select a research question and propose a hypothesis; learn experimental design and finally they will conduct experiments and analyze and present their data. Throughout the entire term, students learn scientific writing in the form of literature review, grant proposal, progress report, and research paper. Students also exercise aspects of scientific communication through individual study, group discussion, and lecture presentation. Students are encouraged to present their work at the NCSSM Research Symposium and/or other state and national competitions.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Wednesday 8:00
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/ Required

  •      CH4000

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core chemistry graduation requirement or core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of CH3500 or by placement or permission of the Dean of Science.
    Related Links:

    CH4000 Chemistry Core - Reactions & Energy

    This course is designed for students who already have proficiency in the concepts of chemistry that are introduced in CH3500. Additional topics covered in this course include chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases and electrochemistry. Students are exposed to instrumentation and computation as part of their lab skills development. Activities and labs are designed to provide opportunities for students to develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as they learn to design and conduct chemistry experiments, as well as to become independent learners. This course includes topics that satisfy the chemistry graduation requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a modified chemistry exemption may waive the pre-requisite and enroll in this course.

  •      CH4020

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core chemistry graduation requirement.

    CH4020 AP Chemistry (I): Atoms & Molecules (*M*)

    This course provides a thorough introduction to chemical principles using a college-level textbook. It is a rigorous course that covers the fundamental concepts (atomic structure, molecular structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, and an introduction to thermodynamics.) It covers additional topics not contained in CH3500 and treats many areas in greater depth. Students should have strong math and abstract reasoning skills. This course provides the the foundation of the AP Chemistry curriculum but it is not complete; students interested in taking the AP Chemistry examination should also enroll in CH4120.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Placement determined by the Dean of Science.

  •      CH4105

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Honors and/or AP Chemistry with grade of B or higher

    CH4105 CH4105 Honors Organic Chemistry

    This course introduces students to the structure, synthesis, and reactions of the major functional groups present in organic compounds. Reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and the prediction of products are covered. Instrumental methods of verifying the products of reactions will be investigated.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Wednesday 7:30pm
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/ Required

  •      CH4120

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core chemistry graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): This course is for students with a modified chemistry exemption. See Chemistry FAQs in the Intro to the Course Catalog.
    Related Links:

    CH4120 AP Chemistry (II): Kinetics & Energy

    This course is for students who completed a previous chemistry course that covered molecular structure and reactions and who qualify for a modified exemption. This course covers topics in chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases and electrochemistry. Emphasis is on completion of the AP chemistry curriculum along with further development of laboratory and problem solving skills. This course includes topics that satisfy the chemistry graduation requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CH4130

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core chemistry graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Chem Core I, or Chem Core II, or AP Chem I, or permission of the Dean of Science.

    CH4130 Organic Chemistry

    This course introduces students to the structure, synthesis, and reactions of the major functional groups present in organic compounds. Reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and the prediction of products are covered. The laboratory involves synthetic and separation techniques and the use of physical and instrumental methods of verifying the products of reactions. Most of the experiments are performed at a micro scale level. This course includes topics that satisfy the chemistry graduation requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a chemistry exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      CH4140

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core chemistry graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Chem Core I, or AP Chem I, or Chem Core II, or permission of the Dean of Science.
    Corequisite(s): Students with a modified exemption may request this course with AP Chem II as a co-requisite.

    CH4140 Environmental Chem (*R*)

    This course focuses on the chemistry associated with topics of environmental concern such as acid rain, photochemical smog, global warming, and water and land pollution. Principles of sustainable development are addressed within each of these topics, and solutions that may contribute to a sustainable future are discussed. Laboratory activities include field and sampling trips that focus on the fate of chemicals in the environment. A service-learning component enables students to apply their knowledge and understanding to the solution of a local or regional environmental problem. This course includes topics that satisfy the chemistry graduation requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a chemistry exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      CH4150

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core chemistry graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Chem Core I, or AP Chem I, or Chem Core II, or permission of the Dean of Science.
    Related Links: CH305c, CH353b, CH401b, CH405b, EC1, EC2

    CH4150 Polymer Chemistry

    This course is an introduction to polymer science. Its scope includes fundamental principles of bonding as related to macromolecules and important structure-property relationships. Laboratory work includes natural polymer modification, synthesis of linear and cross-linked polymers, characterization of polymers using infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis, and viscosity measurements. This course includes topics that satisfy the chemistry graduation requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a chemistry exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      CH4210

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of any two NCSSM semester chemistry courses, or completion of one NCSSM semester chemistry course with a modified chemistry exemption, or exemption from the NCSSM core chemistry requirement.

    CH4210 Introduction to Applied Chemistry and Engineering

    This course provides a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary overview of the global chemical industry, covering the chemical synthesis of major inorganic and organic products, chemical engineering concepts, and history and economics of the chemical industry. Four-member student teams conduct a trimester-long product development lab designed to meet product requirements determined via consumer market analysis. Students gain a broad understanding of the international chemical industry and of chemical engineering, acquire practical, real world experience with the product development process, and develop problem-solving skills within a teamwork model.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a chemistry exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      CH4270

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit Chemistry elective credit or STEM elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of any two NCSSM semester chemistry courses, or completion of one NCSSM semester chemistry course with a modified chemistry exemption, or exemption from the NCSSM core chemistry requirement.

    CH4270 Analytical Chemistry

    This course delves into the methods used to determine unknown compounds and purify complex samples. We learn about different separation and purification techniques including, but not limited to thin-layer and reverse phase chromatography as well as instrumental analysis techniques such as gas chromatography (GC), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), visible and ultraviolet spectroscopy (UV-VIS), fluorescence spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectroscopy (IR). This course has an extensive laboratory component.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students who have exempted the core chemistry graduation requirement may elect to take this course because they have satisfied the prerequisite

  •      CH4280

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of any two NCSSM semester chemistry courses, or completion of one NCSSM semester chemistry course with a modified chemistry exemption, or exemption from the NCSSM core chemistry requirement.
    Related Links: CH305c, CH353b, CH401b, CH405b, EC1, EC2

    CH4280 Materials Chemistry (*R*)

    This course explores the connection between material properties and the underlying chemical phenomena on which those properties depend. We examine the structure-function relationships that give rise to properties such as conductivity, elasticity, optical response, and material strength. In both the classroom and the laboratory, we explore polymers, inorganic semiconductors, ceramics and glasses, organic electronics (photovoltaics, batteries, LEDs), and more. We also consider special topics in surface chemical phenomena, responsive materials, and nanomaterials.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a chemistry exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      CH4290

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of any two NCSSM semester chemistry courses, or completion of one NCSSM semester chemistry course with a modified chemistry exemption, or exemption from the NCSSM core chemistry requirement. Completion of an NCSSM biology course is recommended but not required.

    CH4290 Biochemistry (*R*)

    This course introduces students to biochemistry that focuses on the chemical structure and dynamic interactions of the four major classes of biological macromolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. Students examine the thermodynamics and kinetics of enzymes and explore how enzymes catalyze reactions in the cell. In the laboratory, students learn important biochemical techniques required to purify a protein and to analyze enzyme kinetics and protein-ligand interactions.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a chemistry exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      CH4910

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Credits: One unit core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Students apply in the Fall of their Junior year for entry in the Spring Semester.

    CH4910 Research Computational Sci I

    This is an advanced course for students with the maturity, independence, and motivation necessary to conduct their own research project. Students learn computational methodology and design while conducting a variety of computational projects on a small scale. Students then write their own research proposals on a problem of interest to them. Throughout the semester, students read from the primary scientific literature and participate in discussion groups on current issues in computational science research. Based on the outcomes of the semester’'s work, students may be given an opportunity to participate in summer research programs on campus or in the Triangle area. Students with a final grade of B or higher are encouraged to continue in CM444 Research in Computational Science II.

    Meeting Times:
    Seven periods per week including three labs.

  •      CH4911

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Credits: One unit core STEM or core elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): Final grade of B or higher in Research in Computational Science I or permission of the Dean of Science.

    CH4911 Research Computational Sci II

    In this course, students continue to conduct computational research based on their previous semester and summer work. Time is devoted to the completion of the research project and a written paper. Students are required to present their results at the NCSSM Research Symposium and are encouraged to present their research at the North Carolina Student Academy of Science competition and at other state and national competitions. Students will also work on a computationally-relevant project as a group, such as developing curricular materials for external distribution.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including labs (G block).

  •      CH4920

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): By application in the Fall of the Junior year.
    Related Links: CH4422

    CH4920 Research Chem I (*R*)

    This is an advanced course for January Term junior students with the maturity, independence, and motivation necessary to conduct their own research project. Students learn the scientific method and experimental design before conducting a trial experiment on a small scale. Students then write a mini- literature review on the topic of interest to them. Throughout the term students read from the primary scientific literature and participate in discussion groups on current issues in biological research. Students with a final grade of P or higher are expected to continue in Research in Chemistry II. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Immersive 8 days for the First Session of January Term.

  •      CH4921

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core chemistry graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Students with Junior standing apply in the Fall for entry in RChem I taught during the 1st two weeks of Jan Term.

    CH4921 Research Chem II (*R*)

    This is an advanced course for second semester junior students who have completed the CH492. Students write a detailed research proposal. Students begin to learn additional techniques and to gather data for their experiments. Based on the outcomes of the term's work, students may be given an opportunity to participate in summer research programs on campus. Students with a final grade of B or higher are expected to continue in CH496 Research in Chemistry III. This course includes a significant research component. This course includes topics that satisfy the chemistry graduation requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Seven periods per week including three labs.

    Requirements:
    Offered in the Spring. Students with a chemistry exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      CH4922

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Credits: One unit core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): Final grade of B or higher in Research in Chemistry II, or successful participation in a summer research program and permission of the Dean of Science.
    Related Links: CH4420

    CH4922 Research Chem III (*R*)

    Students continue work on their previous research to produce additional data and conduct statistical analysis, as needed. They may research extension questions based on their original work. Students write a formal research paper and prepare a formal presentation. Students are required to present their results at the NCSSM Research Symposium in the spring and are encouraged to present their research at the North Carolina Student Academy of Science competition and other competitions. This course includes a significant research component

    Meeting Times:
    Seven periods per week including three labs.

    Requirements:
    Students with a chemistry exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      CN3051

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.

    CN3051 Journeys into Chinese I

    Journeys into Chinese I is designed for those non-heritage Mandarin speakers who have never spoken or studied the language. This course provides students with the fundamentals for learning to understand, speak, and begin to read and write Mandarin Chinese. The course focuses on developing accurate pronunciation and tones, learning to understand the spoken language in context, and developing a foundation of basic sentence patterns, questions, and everyday vocabulary. The sound system (Pinyin and tones) and the writing system (radicals and stroke order) are presented in detail. Reading is used to support and reinforce the acquisition of the spoken language. The course is proficiency-based and its focus is on the development of listening and speaking skills.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      CN3052

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CN3051 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links: CN305a

    CN3052 Journeys into Chinese II

    Journeys into Chinese II is designed for those who have learned Pinyin and basic characters and can understand and answer simple questions. This course provides students with the fundamentals for learning to understand, speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese. The course focuses on learning to understand the spoken language in context and developing a foundation of basic sentence patterns, questions, and everyday vocabulary. Reading is used to support and reinforce the acquisition of the spoken language. The course is proficiency-based and its focus is on the development of listening and speaking skills. The class is conducted mainly in Chinese.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      CN3651

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CN3052 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links:

    CN3651 Navigating in Chinese + Global Understanding I

    Navigating in Chinese + Global Understanding is designed for students who are able to carry out basic conversations in Mandarin about everyday topics and have mastery of pinyin and stroke order. The focus continues to be on the development of listening and speaking skills, with the specific goals of expanding vocabulary and exposing students to more complex sentence patterns. There is an additional focus on character/word analysis and reading strategies, composition skills, and cultural understanding. The course is proficiency-based, and class is conducted entirely in Chinese. A special feature of the course is a weekly shared virtual classroom with a high school in China. Students thus have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural exchange with their counterparts in China, and to communicate in Chinese in real-life interactions with native speakers.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CN3652

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CN3651 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links: CN3070a

    CN3652 Navigating in Chinese + Global Understanding II

    Navigating in Chinese + Global Understanding is a continuation of CN3651 and is designed for students who are able to carry out basic conversations in Mandarin about everyday topics and have mastery of pinyin and stroke order. The focus continues to be on the development of listening and speaking skills, with the specific goals of expanding vocabulary and exposing students to more complex sentence patterns. There is an additional focus on character/word analysis and reading strategies, composition skills, and cultural understanding. The course is proficiency-based, and class is conducted entirely in Chinese. A special feature of the course is a weekly shared virtual classroom with a high school in China. Students thus have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural exchange with their counterparts in China, and to communicate in Chinese in real-life interactions with native speakers.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CN4051

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CN3652 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links:

    CN4051 Advanced Chinese I

    Advanced Chinese is designed for students who grew up hearing or speaking Mandarin, as well as for non-Chinese heritage students who have studied Mandarin as a second language at school. Students are placed in this course if they are able to comfortably carry on extended conversations in Mandarin about everyday topics. The primary focus of the course is on developing students' reading and writing abilities, while continuing to expand their listening and speaking skills. Selected vocabulary and sentence patterns are introduced in order to support students' discussion of a broader range of topics. Reading and writing are used to reinforce new language skills and explore cultural understanding. The course is proficiency-based and conducted entirely in Chinese.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      CN4052

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CN4051 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links:

    CN4052 Advanced Chinese II

    Advanced Chinese is designed for students who grew up hearing or speaking Mandarin, as well as for non-Chinese heritage students who have studied Mandarin as a second language at school. Students are placed in this course if they are able to comfortably carry on extended conversations in Mandarin about everyday topics. The primary focus of the course is on developing students' reading and writing abilities, while continuing to expand their listening and speaking skills. Selected vocabulary and sentence patterns are introduced in order to support students' discussion of a broader range of topics. Reading and writing are used to reinforce new language skills and explore cultural understanding. The course is proficiency-based and conducted entirely in Chinese.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      CN4060

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    CN4060 Explorations in Chinese for Heritage Speakers

    Explorations in Chinese for Heritage Speakers is designed for students who speak Mandarin at home and are able to comfortably carry on extended conversations in Mandarin, but who have limited literacy skills. The primary focus of the course is on developing students' reading and writing abilities, while continuing to expand their listening and speaking skills. Starting from Pinyin, stroke order, basic radicals and characters, the course will gradually expand students' character-recognition abilities. Students will learn characters and phrases through reading stories and novels that provide cultural topics to narrate, describe, discuss and compare. The course is conducted entirely in Chinese.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      CN4651

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CN4052 or CN4060, or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links:

    CN4651 Readings in Chinese with Topics I

    Readings in Chinese with Topics I is designed for students who are able to comfortably carry on extended conversations in Mandarin beyond everyday topics and comprehend readings containing 300 basic characters. The course focuses on developing students' reading and writing abilities while continuing to strengthen their listening and speaking skills. Expanding vocabulary and sentence patterns are also key goals in this course. By building these skills, students will further develop their ability to discuss various topics in a more sophisticated way. Students will also expand their cultural knowledge and language skills through reading and writing. The course is proficiency-based and conducted entirely in Chinese.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      CN4652

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester2
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CN4651 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links: CN4004

    CN4652 Readings in Chinese with Topics II

    Readings in Chinese with Topics is designed for students who are able to comfortably carry on extended conversations in Mandarin beyond everyday topics and comprehend readings containing 300 basic characters. The course focuses on developing students' reading and writing abilities while continuing to strengthen their listening and speaking skills. Expanding vocabulary and sentence patterns are also key goals in this course. By building these skills, students will further develop their ability to discuss various topics in a more sophisticated way. Students will also expand their cultural knowledge and language skills through reading and writing. The course is proficiency-based and conducted entirely in Chinese.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      CN4851

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CN4652 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    CN4851 AP Chinese Language and Culture I

    This course is designed for students who are able to converse in Mandarin in more extended and complex ways and to read simple Chinese writings. Students develop and expand their speaking and listening abilities to make formal presentations, to narrate, describe, discuss, debate and persuade. Students also read authentic materials on a variety of topics related to Chinese culture, history and modern life. Students improve their composition skills through regular writing assignments. The basics of Classical Chinese are introduced. Students deepen their cross-cultural communication skills by continuing to observe and compare cultural commonalities, similarities and differences. The course is proficiency-based and conducted entirely in Chinese. Both individual and collaborative work are emphasized. This course prepares students for the AP exam.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      CN4852

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CN4851 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    CN4852 AP Chinese Language and Culture II

    This course is a continuation of CN4852 and is designed for students who are able to converse in Mandarin in more extended and complex ways and read simple Chinese writings. Students develop and expand their speaking and listening abilities to make formal presentations, to narrate, describe, discuss, debate and persuade. Students also read authentic materials on a variety of topics related to Chinese culture, history and modern life. Students improve their composition skills through regular writing assignments. The basics of Classical Chinese are introduced. Students deepen their cross-cultural communication skills by continuing to observe and compare cultural commonalities, similarities and differences. The course is proficiency-based and conducted entirely in Chinese. Both individual and collaborative work are emphasized. This course prepares students for the AP exam.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      CS4020

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    CS4020 Web Development

    This beginning course introduces the basic ideas of computing via the World Wide Web through the creation of dynamic web pages. Three layers are built: HTML, for document structure, CSS for document appearance, and JavaScript for page behavior. JavaScript, a full-featured, Turing-complete programming language, is used to learn the fundamental components of programming: variables, objects, functions, conditional logic, and iteration. In-class individual and group work culminates in an individual or group project chosen by the students.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CS4040

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    CS4040 Game Design and Simulation

    Students will apply proper game design techniques to developing playable games in multiple formats. This includes developing an idea of what makes a game fun, and having rules and environments that support users to feel that the game experience is pleasing yet challenging, with the MDA (Mechanics, Dynamics, Aesthetics) format. Students will learn foundational programming concepts with Ruby and associated libraries and use it to develop a text adventure game, 2D, and 3D programs and simulations. A culminating final project will be developed to showcase game development knowledge and skill set. This course serves as a prerequisite (it covers all skills required) for taking more advanced CS courses at NCSSM.

    Meeting Times:
    Four days per week including lab

  •      CS4060

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    CS4060 Scientific Programming

    This course teaches computer programming skills and how to apply them for analyzing, interpreting, and displaying both large and small scientific data sets. Using Python, MATLAB, R, Mathmatica, and associated software libraries, students learn to access data sets, write programs to calculate and manipulate data, display data, and perform basic statistical analysis. Programming concepts such as objects, variables, functions, conditional logic, and iterations are important concepts that are taught in the context of scientific programming and which allow this course to serve as a prerequisite for more advanced courses. The course features a final project allowing students to explore datasets in scientific areas of interest to them.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CS4060

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1, Semester2

    CS4060 CS4060 Honors Scientific Programming

    This course teaches computer programming skills and how to apply them for analyzing, interpreting, and displaying both large and small scientific data sets. Using Python, MATLAB, R, Mathmatica, and associated software libraries, students learn to access data sets, write programs to calculate and manipulate data, display data, and perform basic statistical analysis. Programming concepts such as objects, variables, functions, conditional logic, and iterations are important concepts that are taught in the context of scientific programming and which allow this course to serve as a prerequisite for more advanced courses. The course features a final project allowing students to explore datasets in scientific areas of interest to them.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Tuesday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/ Optional

  •      CS4070/AR4070

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    CS4070/AR4070 Art, Technology, and Computing

    This course asks students to expand on their definition of art to include technology as a platform for creativity. Students will be introduced to the resources in NCSSM's FabLab and our new Creative Technology Lab, which houses a Virtual Reality Painting Studio, and to a variety of other digital applications and equipment. Students will also learn electronics and programming to enable the use of the Arduino electronic platform to sense the environment and respond with light, sound, and motion. Students will have the time to develop their skills on their choice of state-of-the-art equipment while bringing their creative ideas into existence. The goal of this course is to develop and expand on creative skills and construct an innovative and interactive work of art. Through slide presentations, readings, and class discussions, students will gain knowledge and appreciation of art history while becoming more familiar with artists who are working with groundbreaking methods and materials. Programming concepts such as objects, variables, functions, conditional logic, and iteration are taught in the context of artistic expression.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including two labs.

  •      CS4200

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1, Semester2

    CS4200 CS4200/MA4200 Honors Cryptography

    This course introduces students to cryptographic methods used to encipher and decipher secret messages with an emphasis on using computer programming to automate the process. Through class discussions, problem solving, group activities, and programming assignments, students will learn a variety of encryption schemes ranging from the age of Caesar to modern public key encryption used to secure digital communications online. Students will learn introductory number theory and statistics to describe these methods and identify weaknesses that allow secret messages to be read without the key. Students will also master programming topics such as variables, functions, conditional logic, looping and recursion, and file input/output in the Python language to implement each cryptographic method. This course will utilize a blended learning environment with large portions of material being taught online and utilizing in class time for working in groups. Students will receive one unit of credit for this course, but the course will satisfy both the mathematics and engineering/computer science course requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Wednesday 7:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/ Optional
    Spring Semester: Wednesday 7:00pm
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/ Optional

  •      CS4200/MA4200

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement OR Math Requirement.

    CS4200/MA4200 Cryptography

    Crosslisted as MA4200. This course introduces students to cryptographic methods used to encipher and decipher secret messages with an emphasis on using computer programming to automate the process. Through class discussions, problem solving, group activities, and programming assignments, students will learn a variety of encryption schemes ranging from the age of Caesar to modern public key encryption used to secure digital communications online. Students will learn introductory number theory and statistics to describe these methods and identify weaknesses that allow secret messages to be read without the key. Students will also master programming topics such as variables, functions, conditional logic, looping and recursion, and file input/output in the Python language to implement each cryptographic method. This course will utilize a blended learning environment with large portions of material being taught online and utilizing in class time for working in groups. Students will receive one unit of credit for this course, but the course will satisfy both the mathematics and engineering/computer science course requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CS4220

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    CS4220 Databases

    Databases are everywhere, and they come in many flavors. They are not just in obvious places like Facebook and Twitter. There are also hundreds of databases installed on the phone in your hand. You may find that your life would be easier if you were able to build a few of them yourself. This course introduces students to basic database concepts, gives them experience using databases for real-world applications, and demonstrates how one size most certainly does not fit all. Topics include: relational databases, SQL wizardry, database design, object-relational mappers (ActiveRecord in Ruby on Rails), and scalability.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CS4240

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CS4020, CS4040, CS4060, CS4070/AR4070, CS4200/MA4200, EE4100, PH4130, MA4110 or by placement test.

    CS4240 Procedural and Object-Oriented Programming

    This is a second course in programming which achieves two major goals: one is building skill in writing short, correct procedures that implement algorithms or perform other computational tasks; the second is gaining insight into using classes to build custom objects that encapsulate state and behavior. Advanced topics such as recursion and regular expressions will be covered. This course will be bilingual, beginning with the Python language and, as we develop classes and objects, the Java language. This class will closely study the object model in both languages, including interfaces, polymorphism, and inheritance. There will be several major programming projects, some individual and some group projects in addition to smaller in-class studies of programming constructs.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CS4260

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CS424 Procedural Programming (Trimester Course), score of 4 or 5 on AP Computer Science A exam, or by placement test.

    CS4260 Java with Topics

    This course is intended for students who took procedural programming in the 2019-2020 school year. It will cover the core of the Java language, including the type system (primitive and object) and conditional and iterative structures. Students will use this knowledge to build an applications programming interface (API) as a capstone to the first portion of this course and will learn how to use standard library APIs. The second major portion of the course is concerned with inheritance relationships among classes and interfaces. This material is applied to building fully-featured graphical applications that can save and reconstitute program state. The "topics" portion of this course will deal with the creation of applications using SceneBuilder and FXML, which allow for the separation of model, view, and controller. This knowledge will be applied in the production of a final project that incorporates the major components of this course.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CS4280

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CS4240 Procedural and Object-Oriented Programming or CS4260 Java with Topics or score of 4 or 5 on AP Computer Science A exam or placement test.
    Related Links: CS4240

    CS4280 Advanced Java

    This course is a programming-intensive experience that has two major portions: one is a full development of event-driven GUI programming that enables the student to create a modern full-featured application that is fully interactive and which can save state in a file. The second is an exploration of Java's data structure framework. Students begin this by building iterable data structures from scratch, then they study Java's Collection Framework and the Java Streams API with its functional programming interface. The emphasis in this course is on projects that increase in complexity as the course progresses.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CS4320

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CS4240 Procedural and Object-Oriented Programming or CS4260 Java with Topics or placement test.

    CS4320 Machine Learning

    This course teaches basic machine learning concepts, algorithms and their applications using Python and associated software libraries. Machine learning concepts include where ML fits within AI, Data Science, and Statistics, where ML is being commonly used, and the larger societal context including possible ethical concerns. Machine learning techniques include supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and reinforcement learning. Applications may include implementation of decision trees, neural networks, and other frameworks. This course features a final project allowing students to apply machine learning techniques to a problem of interest to them. This course requires advanced programming skill and expects mastery of the Python programming language as evidenced by meeting the course prerequisite or by placement exam.

    Meeting Times:
    Four days per week including lab

  •      CS4340

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CS4240 Procedural Programming with Java, by placement test, or score of 4 or 5 on AP Computer Science A exam.

    CS4340 Data Structures with C

    This course is a low-level introduction to the C programming language, including pointers, pointer arithmetic, and memory management. Students learn to use valgrind and gdb to debug programs, eliminate segmentation faults, and detect memory leaks. Several projects and case studies incorporating the list model are performed and analyzed using Big-O notation.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CS4380

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): CS4340 Data Structures with C or by placement test.

    CS4380 Algorithms

    Students use the C programming language to study and implement basic data structures, including heaps, priority queues, and hash tables and the relevant algorithms and applications. Students choose and implement a case study of a related advanced topic.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CS4900

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Dean of Engineering and Computer Science.

    CS4900 Advanced Computer Science Topics

    This course offers an opportunity for students with an especially strong background in computer science to pursue a rigorous study of a topic outside the standard curriculum. This course is intended for students who have exhausted the other course offerings in computer science or who wish to do independent research in computer science.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      CS4920

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Dean of Engineering and Computer Science.

    CS4920 Advanced Computer Topics

    This course offers an opportunity for students with an especially strong background in computer science to pursue a rigorous study of a topic outside the standard curriculum. This course is intended for students who have exhausted the other course offerings in computer science or who wish to do independent research in computer science.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      DR4101

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Drama
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    DR4101 Theater Performance Workshop: Movement and Scene Study

    This course focuses on the craft of stage performance beginning with rudiments of stageworthy presence and building outwards to develop the skills and vocabulary of the theater artist. Our focus is on creating character and story using various approaches to movement on stage including Viewpoints, Roy Hart, and Stanislavski. Students will work as individuals and as cooperative ensembles in text analysis and scene study with both devised and existing texts. During each class, students participate in acting exercises that include structured peer feedback and often require physical activity. The semester will culminate in a brief performance by the full ensemble that may include found, devised, and/or existing script text. In addition, enrolled students apply their classroom experience by engaging as artist or audience with the coinciding mainstage theatrical production. No previous experience is required. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    One 100-minute evening class meeting per week.

  •      DR4102

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Drama
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    DR4102 Theater Performance Workshop: Voice and Scene Study

    This course focuses on the craft of stage performance beginning with rudiments of vocal presence and building outwards to develop the skills and vocabulary of the theater artist. Our focus is on creating character and story using various approaches to voice on stage including Linklater, Roy Hart, and Rodenberg. Students will work as individuals and as cooperative ensembles in text analysis and scene study with both devised and existing texts. During each class, students participate in acting exercises that include structured peer feedback and often require physical activity. The semester will culminate in a brief performance by the full ensemble that may include found, devised, and/or existing script text. In addition, enrolled students apply their classroom experience by engaging as artist or audience with the coinciding mainstage theatrical production. No previous experience is required. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    One 100-minute evening class meeting per week.

  •      EE3080

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE3080 History of Engineering and Technology

    This course explores the history of engineering and technology in its cultural, ethical, and scientific context. We focus on historical readings, projects, and labs to illuminate the development and relevance of this history.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week with lab.

  •      EE3100

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE3100 CAD/CAM

    This course provides in-depth instruction in computer graphics. The goal of this course is to learn how to use computer-aided design (CAD) software to graphically represent two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects. This course emphasizes product design, assembly drawing, and exploded views. This course is well-suited to students considering a career in engineering or research, and for those students who wish to become more effective in visually communicating technical information in any profession. The final project is an original design of a functional object complete with all drawings necessary for its construction.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE3620

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE3620 Engineering the Modern

    This course examines the transformations in engineering, science, and the arts that define the birth of Modernism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The visual arts, music, architecture, literature, engineering, science, and technology are examined against the background of historical and political events in order to comprehend the links between the arts, technology, engineering, and science. Topics include the construction of the Brooklyn and Eads Bridges, steel and the skyscraper, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Wright Brothers and the airplane, Einstein and Heisenberg, World War I's impact and technology, automation and the automobile, the computer, the movies, Dada, Kafka, Woolf, and the emergence of abstraction in art and atonality in music. Assessments for the course are designed to allow students to develop their analytical reasoning, critical thinking skills, and ability to communicate ideas across disciplines.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week with lab.

  •      EE3700

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE3700 Biomechanics of Injury

    Biomechanics is an interdisciplinary field that describes, analyzes, and assesses human movement and the effects of forces on the body. As part of this course, students will learn the in-depth anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system with special consideration given to lower extremities. Students will also investigate how physical laws affect human activity and how three major areas of biomechanics (movement, joint, and material mechanics) contribute to injuries such as fractures, dislocations, sprains, and strains. This course will integrate both lecture and lab components, as well as case studies, to engage students in qualitative and quantitative analysis of biomechanical principles in the context of the mechanism and care of sports injuries.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE3900

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE3900 REX Engineering and Computer Science

    This introductory course is for students who wish to pursue a research opportunity in engineering. Participants learn basic research skills in methodology, research design, and literature review. During the first part of the course students learn to design and conduct an experiment, analyze data, and present their findings in a written paper. In addition, students read and discuss research articles, including those of local professional engineers. When possible, a local engineer joins us in the laboratory for a hands-on, directed project. The second portion of the course is devoted to working in small groups on a research project. Research questions may be selected from an area identified by the instructor (examples: mechanical engineering, civil/environmental engineering, or biomechanics), or from topics proposed by the student if appropriate. Students then write a final paper describing their research project and make a formal oral presentation of their findings.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE4000

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE4000 Mechanical Engineering

    This course introduces students to the study and practice of mechanical engineering. Using activities, design projects, and laboratory modules students learn how engineers use mathematics and science to design efficient and beneficial devices such as automobiles, power plants, airplanes, machinery, and heating/cooling equipment. Topics include engineering design, simple machines, mechanisms, materials, dynamics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and modeling.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE4020

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE4020 Electrical Engineering

    This course introduces students to topics important to the fields of electrical, electronic, and computer engineering. Using activities, laboratory modules, and a major design project students learn first-hand how electrical engineers analyze and solve problems. Topics include basic DC and AC circuits, OpAmps, semiconductors, and logic design.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE4040

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE4040 Architecture

    This course introduces students to the field of architecture. Students use industry-standard software (Revit Architecture) to design buildings. Driven by hands-on projects and activities, this course covers topics such as architectural history, structural engineering, green building, project planning, site planning, building design, and project documentation. The final project is the design of a a commercial building, giving students the opportunity to model the real-world experiences of architects.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including two labs.

  •      EE4080

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1, Semester2
    Credits: Online students have registration priority. For residential students, this course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester and satisfies your Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): B or better in Math II Honors, or an A in Math II.

    EE4080 EE4080 Honors Biomedical Engineering

    How are electrical signals from the heart measured outside the body? Is there a way to design high-heel shoes that don't hurt women's feet? How do engineers design heart valves that only allow blood to flow one way? This course introduces students to the different sub-specialties of biomedical engineering including bioelectronics and instrumentation, biomaterials, biomechanics, and biochemical. Through homework sets, hands-on lab activities, research article review, and design projects the students explore and experience biomedical engineering principles, the engineering design process, and problem solving and troubleshooting.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Wednesday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/ Required
    Spring Semester: Monday or Wednesday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/ Required

  •      EE4080

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE4080 Biomedical Engineering

    This course introduces students to the different sub-specialties of biomedical engineering including biomaterials, biomechanics, bioelectricity, biomedical devices, and measurements, as well as design. Through hands-on labs, activities, and collaborative design projects students kinesthetically explore and experience biomedical engineering principles, the engineering design process, and problem solving and troubleshooting.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE4100

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE4100 Introductory Robotics

    This course provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in basic programming and design using an autonomous LEGO EV3 robot and industry-level LabVIEW software. Students will explore the use of sensors to have the robot react to its environment and learn to troubleshoot mechanical and software issues. Self-guided skill development early in the trimester is followed by a series of project challenges emphasizing teamwork and design.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE4140

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE4140 Aerospace Engineering

    This course introduces students to the field of aerospace engineering, engineering design, and the core math and science concepts needed to solve problems related to aerospace and other engineering disciplines. The course is presented with historical context, emphasizing the development of human flight from antiquity through modern aviation and on into current and future exploration of space. Topics include spatial reasoning, properties of fluids, descriptions of 3-dimensional motion, the mechanics of flight, and basic aero- and thermodynamic principles applied to the design and control of aircraft and spacecraft. Students have opportunities to experiment, calculate, compute, design and build as they explore and solve problems associated with the mechanics of flight, and are encouraged to earn course credit through aerospace-themed projects of their own design.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE4140

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1, Semester2
    Credits: Online students have registration priority. For residential students, this course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester and satisfies your Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Math III or Integrated Math III with a B or higher.

    EE4140 EE4140 Honors Aerospace Engineering

    This course introduces students to the field of aerospace engineering, engineering design, and the core math and science concepts needed to solve problems related to aerospace and other engineering disciplines. The course is presented in historical context with topics that include spatial reasoning, fluid statics and dynamics, thermodynamics, kinematics and the mechanics of flight. These principles are applied to the design and control of aircraft and spacecraft through small-scale physical design projects and computational modeling examples. Students have opportunities to experiment, calculate, compute, design and build as they explore and solve problems associated with the flight, and are encouraged to earn course credit through aerospace-themed projects of their own design.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Tuesday 8:30pm
    Online Weekend: October 3, 2020/ Required
    Spring Semester: Tuesday 8:30pm
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/ Required

  •      EE4160

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Credits: Online students have registration priority. For residential students, this course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester and satisfies your Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Math III or Integrated Math III with a B or higher

    EE4160 EE4160 Honors Civil Engineering

    This course introduces students to the study and practice of civil engineering and to math and science concepts needed to solve problems related to this and other engineering disciplines. Topics include the engineering design process, engineering mathematics, applied and reactive forces and moments, static equilibrium, distributed loadings, strength of materials, and stress and buckling analyses for structures in tension, compression, and bending. Activities include small-scale laboratory explorations, design projects inspired by the profession, data acquisition and computational modeling.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Tuesday 7:00pm
    Online Weekend: May 01, 2021/ Required

    Requirements:
    Suggested Skills: Students should be able to relate lengths of sides of a triangle to angles using trigonometry.

  •      EE4160

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE4160 Civil Engineering

    This course introduces students to the study and practice of civil engineering and to math and science concepts needed to solve problems related to this and other engineering disciplines. Topics include the engineering design process, engineering mathematics, applied and reactive forces and moments, static equilibrium, distributed loadings, strength of materials, and stress and buckling analyses for structures in tension, compression, and bending. Activities include small-scale laboratory explorations, design projects inspired by the profession, data acquisition and computational modeling.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE4180

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Credits: Online students have registration priority. For residential students, this course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester and satisfies your Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Math III or Integrated Math III with a B or higher

    EE4180 EE4180 Environmental Engineering

    This course introduces students to the study and practice of environmental engineering and to math and science concepts needed to solve problems related to these and other engineering disciplines. Topics include engineering design, hydrology and water resources, stormwater modeling and management, drinking and wastewater treatment, pollutant fate and transport, health effects of environmental pollutants, and mitigation and remediation strategies. Activities include small-scale laboratory explorations, design projects inspired by the profession, field measurement, online data acquisition and computational modeling.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Tuesday 7:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 03, 2020/ Required

  •      EE4180

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.

    EE4180 Environmental Engineering

    This course introduces students to the study and practice of environmental engineering and to math and science concepts needed to solve problems related to these and other engineering disciplines. Topics include engineering design, hydrology and water resources, stormwater modeling and management, drinking and wastewater treatment, pollutant fate and transport, health effects of environmental pollutants, and mitigation and remediation strategies. Activities include small-scale laboratory explorations, design projects inspired by the profession, field measurement, online data acquisition and computational modeling.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE4420

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Students are accepted by application.

    EE4420 Research in Engineering and Computer Science I

    Research in Engineering and Computer Science I is an advanced course for second trimester junior students with the motivation, independence, and maturity necessary to conduct their own research or design projects in engineering or computer science. Students learn research methodology, experimental design, and the engineering design process before conducting a small scale experiment and design project. Students then write a literature review as well as their own research proposal or design specification for a problem of interest to them. Throughout the term students read from the primary engineering literature and participate in discussion groups on current issues in engineering research. Students with a final grade of B or higher are encouraged to continue in EE444 Research in Engineering and Computer Science II.

    Meeting Times:
    Seven periods per week including three labs.

  •      EE4422

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Final grade of B or higher in EE4420 Research in Engineering I and permission of the Dean of Engineering and Computer Science
    Related Links: EE4420

    EE4422 Research in Engineering and Computer Science II

    In Research in Engineering and Computer Science II, students continue to gather and analyze experimental data or complete their design project based on their previous trimester work. Time is devoted to the completion of the research or design project and a written paper. Students are encouraged to present their results at the NCSSM Research Symposium, the North Carolina Student Academy of Science competition, and other state and national competitions.

    Meeting Times:
    Seven periods per week including three labs.

  •      EE4520

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): B or higher in EE4020 Electrical Engineering or EE4080 Biomedical Engineering, or through an exemption test.
    Corequisite(s): MA4020 AP Calculus AB or higher.

    EE4520 Biomedical Instrumentation

    In this course students learn the basic principles of electronic instrumentation with biomedical examples. Concepts of analog signal processing, filters, and input and output impedances are emphasized. Students are exposed to system design concepts such as amplifier design and various transducers. Laboratories reinforce basic concepts and offer the student design opportunities in groups. Course includes a final design project.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      EE4540

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): PH4020 or higher or permission of the Dean of Engineering and Computer Science.
    Corequisite(s): MA4020 AP Calculus AB or higher.

    EE4540 Statics

    In this course students learn how to apply the principles of Mechanics to problems of equilibrium. Topics include: vectors, moments, analysis of force systems (trusses, frames, and machines), rigid body equilibrium, center of gravity, and moment of inertia.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      EE4560

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Engineering and Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Engineering and Computer Science Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Calculus and final grade of B or higher in EE4020 Electrical Engineering or through an exemption test.
    Corequisite(s): MA4020 AP Calculus AB or higher.

    EE4560 Circuits

    In this course, students continue the study of electrical circuits, including DC circuit analysis and theorems, op-amps, first and second order circuits, transient analysis, AC sinusoids and phasors, sinusoidal steady-rate analysis, AC power analysis, three-phase circuits, magnetically coupled circuits, frequency response, and Laplace and Fourier transforms.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including two labs.

  •      EN4000

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    EN4000 Creative Writing

    This course is an introduction to the composition and reading of creative writing—poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Students will read from a variety of genres, times, and traditions and will explore forms of writing through modeling and experimentation. The guiding principle of the course is that creative writing is a means of exploration, discovery, and engagement with the world. The course is run as a workshop in which students collaborate in the creative process, giving each other constructive criticism and ideas for improvement. Assignments focus on developing the tools necessary for writing in many genres and styles, along with developing the habits to enable the generation of ideas, the creation of voice, the construction of narrative and image, and the process of revision. Throughout the term, students accumulate a group of works written in and out of class for inclusion in a portfolio that is the foundation of students' assessment in the course.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4010

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    EN4010 Poetry Writing

    “I love this – you will love this.” Jonathan Safran Foer's shorthand definition of art provides a context for this course, an introduction to the composition and understanding of poetry. Topics include the current state of poetry writing and publication, the influence of other art forms on poetry, and the role of poetry as a means of both artistic expression and social communication. Assignments focus on developing the tools necessary for writing in a variety of styles, along with developing the habits to enable the generation of ideas, the creation of an authentic voice, the construction of narrative and image, and the process of revision. Throughout the term, students accumulate a group of works written in and out of class for inclusion in a portfolio that is the foundation of students' assessment in the course.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4020

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    EN4020 Gram-O-Rama

    Formal teaching of grammar bit the dust in the 1960's. Gram-O-Rama is a language laboratory, a verbal arts studio where we attempt to replace the cool mechanics of tradition with the sizzle of experiment. Students interested in wordplay, word power, linguistic acrobatics, the elasticity of syntax, and the profundity of the absurd and incongruous write and perform pieces that explore the music of language and the collusion of sense and nonsense. This is a class that aims to turn the serious study of grammar into performance art. The course culminates in a public performance of selected sketches and skits students have written during the course of the trimester.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4201

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4201 African Studies I: Pre-Colonial Africa

    In this course, we reflect on the realities and representations of Africa's pre-colonial past before the advent of European political domination around 1880. We consider how Africans, Europeans, and the African diaspora have attributed meaning to the place called Africa. We examine how power, trade, and production have intersected with human lives on a global stage. We discuss how humans have tried to make sense of their life situations in relation to Africa and how the diverse peoples of the continent have communicated their particular contexts.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4202

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4202 African Studies II: Modern Africa

    In this course, we explore Africa's recent events, predicaments, and accomplishments. We learn how late nineteenth-century colonialism, anti-colonial resistance, nationalism, independence, modernization, post-colonialism, and neo-colonialism have affected and shaped modern Africa. One way to try to understand the reality of modern Africa is to see multiple aspects of that reality through the eyes of Africans themselves as well as through the eyes of outside observers. We thus turn to writers, scholars, and filmmakers to gain a critical understanding of Africa's historical and contemporary events and experiences.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4203

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4203 African Studies III: Modern North Africa and the Middle East

    This course is an introduction to the cultural, political, social, and economic aspects of modern North Africa and the Middle East, from Napoleon's Egyptian invasion to the present Syrian crisis. Proceeding chronologically and thematically, we explore a wide range of North African and Middle Eastern self-identities and stories. Together, we think about North Africa's and the Middle East's ever-changing relations with sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. We reflect on the specific collective memories that help varied peoples from Algerian Islamic fundamentalists to Ashkenazi Israeli settlers explain who they are, what they are doing, and where they are going.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4211

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4211 Asian Studies I: Ethical Structures and Frameworks of Power

    This interdisciplinary course ranges from the ancient civilizations and foundational ethical structures of East Asia to the Mongol invasions and their aftermath. Drawing from the fields of archaeology, history, literature, and cultural studies, students trace the development of early China, Japan, and Korea. Students examine texts from early religious and literary traditions, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. Texts may include Buddhist sutras, Confucius' Analects, Laozi's Dao de Jing, T'ang poetry, Lady Shonagon's Pillow Book, Luo Guanzhong’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Lady Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji, and the Tale of the Heike. The class consists of a creative mix of lectures, discussions, and verbal and written analyses of moving and still images. Students continue to develop their writing skills by writing academic and interpretive essays on interdisciplinary topics as well as creative works that emulate East Asian genres. Students also collaborate on projects in which they produce their own artwork (such as digital and terrestrial gardens, curated museum exhibits, and revisions and additions to literary masterpieces) to demonstrate their understanding of East Asian cultures and accomplishments.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4212

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4212 Asia II: East Meets West: Colonialism, Appropriation, Fusion, and Exchange

    This interdisciplinary course begins with the Ming dynasty in China and the Ashikaga Shogunate in Japan. A major focus of this course is the experience of East Asian societies as they confront internal challenges and Western colonizers. Primary texts include Zen parables, Kenko's “Essays in Idleness,” Basho's poetry, Journey to the West, Dream of the Red Chamber, and Outlaws of the Marsh. The second part of the course presents a radically changed and dynamic landscape. We explore the upheavals of the early twentieth century, including the world wars and revolutionary restructuring of East Asian politics and societies. We explore the significance of modernism and postmodernism in contemporary Asian cultural expressions with an emphasis on the cartoon visions found in manga and anime. Texts may include Kawabata's Snow Country or Tanizaki's Naomi, manga and anime, writings of Mao Zedong, CCP propaganda posters, Ai Wei Wei's art, kung fu and samurai film clips, and Zhang Yimou’s To Live. The class consists of a creative mix of lectures, discussions, and verbal and written analyses of moving and still images. Students continue to develop their writing skills by writing academic and interpretive essays on interdisciplinary topics as well as creative works that emulate East Asian genres. Students also collaborate on projects where they produce their own artwork (such as kung fu and samurai film scripts reflecting East Asian geopolitical realities, visual depictions of futuristic dystopias drawing from techno-Orientalist stereotypes, etc.) to demonstrate their understanding of East Asian cultures and accomplishments.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4221

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4221 East-West Studies I: Intellectual Frameworks and Ethical Foundations

    This course explores intersections of East Asian and Western civilizations while simultaneously comparing and contrasting their unique cultural trajectories. We seek to compare and contrast the historical experiences, cultural values and products of civilizations inhabiting opposite extremes of the Eurasian landmass. Given the existence of numerous stereotypes that emphasize divergence, we aim to explore patterns of both similarity and difference. Readings may include excerpts from Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, Sima Qian's Records of the Historian, Sun Tzu's Art of War, Confucius' Analects, Laozi's Dao de Jing, memorials by Han Feizi and Li Si, the Bible, Buddhist sutras, Homer's Iliad, Luo Guanzhong's Three Kingdoms, St. Augustine's City of God, collected writings of the Church fathers, Castiglione's Book of the Courtier, Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book, and Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji. Secondary texts and film clips will also be used to interpret these ancient and classical works. Students reflect on the intellectual frameworks and ethical foundations of East Asia and the West and analyze the evolution and manifestations of these ideas and values in cultural products, institutions, rituals, and ceremonies. In pursuit of these goals, students write at least one academic essay and undertake multiple group projects. These collective experiences encourage students to imagine history into being through manipulation, integration, and creation of products representative of the various intersections and divergences encountered on our journey across Eurasia.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4222

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4222 East-West Studies II: Ideational and Material Conflicts

    This course explores intersections of East Asian and Western civilizations while simultaneously comparing and contrasting their unique cultural trajectories. We seek to compare and contrast the historical experiences, cultural values and products of civilizations inhabiting opposite extremes of the Eurasian landmass. Given the existence of numerous stereotypes that emphasize divergence, we aim to explore patterns of both similarity and difference. Readings may include excerpts from Arthurian legend, the Tale of the Heike, Yamamoto Tsunetomo's Hagakure, accounts of chevaliers Marshal and de Charney, Priscus' account of the Huns, the Secret History of the Mongols, Marco Polo's Il Milione, Bartolomé de las Casas, accounts of Zheng He, Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy, Hobbes' Leviathan, Zhu Xi, Joseph Needham's Science in Traditional China, Newton's Principia Mathematica, les lettres de Madame de Sévigné, Saint-Simon's Mémoires, selections from Bodin, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Mao, and Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Students identify and examine myriad sources of conflict in ideological, political, and material realms that exist within and among European and East Asian societies. In pursuit of these goals, students write at least one academic essay and undertake multiple group projects. These collective experiences encourage students to imagine history into being through manipulation, integration, and creation of products representative of the various intersections and divergences encountered on our journey across Eurasia.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4231

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4231 Latin America I: Encounter, Conquest, and Colonialism

    This interdisciplinary course takes a transatlantic approach to the investigation of the native and colonial cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean, from the pre-Columbian era to the early nineteenth century. We examine indigenous civilizations—including those of the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas—along with the Renaissance backgrounds of the European conquests and the flowering of a new economy of imagination for both Europeans and natives. We investigate the complex world view that produced innovations in cartography and navigation in Europe, as well as the religious and social motivations of Iberian explorers and how their attitudes differed from their English and French counterparts. We look at the blended culture of the Caribbean and at the nature of slave culture in Brazil and the Caribbean, along with constructions of color and understandings of race that differ markedly from those in North America. Literary works include selections from the Mayan Popol Vuh, the chronicles of European explorers like Christopher Columbus and Bernal Díaz del Castillo, and writings by Catalina de Erauso and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4232

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4232 Latin America II: Revolution, Nationhood, and the Search for Identity and Autonomy

    This interdisciplinary course explores both the quest for independence and the world after independence, along with the search for authentic national literatures and national and international identities, among Latin American and Latino peoples from the early nineteenth century through the early twenty-first century. As a part of this effort, we focus extensively on United States-Latin American relations. Finally, we explore a variety of works by major Latin American historical and literary figures including Juana Manuela Gorriti, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, José Martí, Rubén Darío, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Gabriel GarcÍa Marquez, and Isabel Allende.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4233

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4233 Latin American Studies III

    This course examines modern-day Latin America with a special emphasis on its long, complex relationship with the U.S. Although the time span of the course is largely focused on the aftermath of the Cold War to the present day, some analysis is given to the early encounters and assumptions formed largely in the nineteenth century that created the foundation for relations between Latin America and its neighbors to the North. Students examine topics such as the devastating effects of the Cold War/Proxy wars in Latin America, the development of different cultures throughout the region, environmental concerns and crises affecting the resources and environment of Central and South America, the influx of Hispanic immigrants into North America, the development of Latino identity, the impact of the drug wars on all parts of the Americas, and new roles for Latin Americans in the twenty-first century. Texts for this course include modern periodicals and media, current analyses of the political, economic and cultural events of Latin America, as well as reports and materials on Hispanic and Latino life and culture in North America. Students participate in a research project/presentation investigating a current issue in Latin American life and culture.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4241

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4241 Western European Cultural Studies I: The Making of the West from Homer to Dante and Petrarch

    This course begins with the idea of the individual as it emerges in the literature, philosophy religion, and art of Ancient Greece, Rome, and Late Antiquity. It continues with ideas about identity in medieval Christendom, and traces the emergence of national literatures, new forms of architecture, and the first nation-states in the High Middle Ages and early Renaissance. It ends with Dante’s Inferno and with Petrarch, the poet whose preoccupation with his own celebrity points the way to the humanism of the Renaissance and the concept of self-fashioning that is the hallmark of modernity. We see the Greeks invent history as an entity distinct from both myth and chronicle, and learn how ideas about history evolve along with ideas about the self, that mysterious and vexing entity that is still our preoccupation today. Throughout the term, we read forward and backward in the Western tradition, exploring both contemporary and historical debates about the nature of history, personal identity, and the uses of literature and art, not only in ancient and medieval writers, but in modern thinkers from Marx to Nietzsche, Adorno, Althusser, and Deleuze. We delve into Homer’s epic accounts of the Trojan War and its aftermath. We see the epic transformed by the Roman poet Virgil, and the metamorphosis of the epic into an individual drama of salvation in Dante. We read tragedies by Euripides where individuals engineer disasters from which no recovery is possible, and we discuss Plato's quest for the ideal education, ideal love, and the ideal society. In political theory, we read Aristotle's analysis of political communities and the good life, and Marsilius of Padua’s medieval treatise on the direct descent of political power from God to human beings. In history, we not only read Thucydides' tragic history of the fate of the Athenians in the Peloponnesian War, we also encounter the Enlightenment ideal of writing scientific history and those who question whether that is possible or even desirable. We look at the cityscapes of Alexander’s empire, and we see how they became the model for Rome and its imitators. We read the first autobiography, written by St. Augustine in the fourth century, and the first Christian theory of history, which is also by Augustine. Throughout the course, we ask questions about the uniqueness of Western man's continuing fascination with the life of the mind and reason, and we think about why the idea of the alienated individual develops as it does in the West. In the process, we make connections between long-vanished worlds and our time. Grades are based on a series of essays, as students discuss and write their way to knowledge.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4242

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4242 Western European Cultural Studies II: Fashioning the Self and Society in the Modern World

    This course explores the emergence of the modern world, the modern self, and the modern state, along with revolutions in politics, literature, philosophy, and the visual arts that lead to a culture of alienation in which individual selves increasingly feel themselves to be alone, even in the midst of oceans of humanity in cities of dizzying size. We begin with phenomenon of self-fashioning, not only in characters like Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, who barters his soul for knowledge, or Shakespeare’s Hamlet, who finds himself imprisoned in the private spaces of his mind, but with self-fashioning in religion with the Reformations of the sixteenth century and in revolutionary changes in the visual arts and architecture. Readings from Montaigne, Galileo, and others point the way toward a subjectively constituted, demystified world. Topics include the emergence of secular philosophy in Descartes and Locke; the origins of modern theories of the social contract in Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau; and Romanticism, with its emphasis on the world of feeling. We encounter the alienating world of industrial culture, and new theories about nature and history in Marx and Darwin. We examine Modernism in all its forms—in psychology, in narrative, in the visual arts and architecture, in social planning, and in cinema. We also examine the impact of world wars, globalism, the newest versions of cultural imperialism, and the modern world's obsessions with self and self-revelation, and the attendant culture of celebrity. Readings include Rousseau, the English Romantics, Darwin, Marx, Kierkegaard, Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Freud, Thomas Mann, Heidegger, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Beckett as well as contemporary writers as various as Patti Smith and Donna Tartt. Grades are based on a series of essays and on class participation. In WECS, we use the essay as a tool of thought as we write and discuss our way to knowledge.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4251

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4251 Western Civilizations I: Wisdom, Revelation, Reason, and Doubt

    This interdisciplinary course explores Western societies from the ancient world to the Early Middle Ages. Through examining texts and cultural artifacts, students discuss the history, literature, philosophy, art, and cultures of the ancient Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, early Christians, and Europeans of the Middle Ages. Readings include The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Old and New Testaments, Beowulf, and works by Homer, Aristophanes, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Virgil, and St. Augustine. Guiding questions for the course include: How have people organized their societies and why? How has religion shaped their lives? How do they define the individual? What are their ethical and moral systems? What is the role of the arts in each culture? What is the relationship between the public and the private spheres? How have people defined themselves in relationship to nature? What are the lasting influences of these societies on the modern world? The course develops students' skills in writing, critical thinking, research, and public speaking.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4252

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4252 Western Civilizations II: Wisdom, Revelation, Reason, and Doubt

    This interdisciplinary course explores modern Europe from the late eighteenth century to the present. Through examining history, literature, philosophy, art, and culture, students discuss the French Revolution, Romanticism, the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, Modernism, Communism, Feminism, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, Existentialism, Post-Modernism, Globalization, and the European Union. Readings include works by Rousseau, Mill, Marx, Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Freud, Sartre, Virginia Woolf, and Tom Stoppard. Guiding questions for the course include: How have people organized their societies and why? How has religion shaped their lives? How do they define the individual? What are their ethical and moral systems? What is the role of the arts in each culture? What is the relationship between the public and the private spheres? How have people defined themselves in relationship to nature? What are the lasting influences of these events and ideas on the world today? The course develops students' skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, research, and public speaking.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4400

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4400 AI in Science Fiction

    Science fiction doesn’t predict the future, but it can help shape it. Good science fiction, in the words of Philip K. Dick, takes a new idea and makes it “intellectually stimulating to the reader. . . . It unlocks the reader’s mind so that that mind, like the author’s, begins to create. Thus science fiction is creative and it inspires creativity.” In this course, we will follow a series of writers and filmmakers as they attempt to unlock our minds and open them to the potentialities and problems of artificial general intelligence. As scientists around the world work to enhance machine learning capabilities and as figures ranging from Elon Musk to Henry Kissinger warn of the dangers of AI, this course will look to science fiction as a laboratory of ideas, one in which creative minds ask us to consider a number of different ways that AI is and could transform our society. Students will thus be asked, and generate their own answers to, a variety of questions that will accompany the development of general intelligence. Such questions include: How will researchers know when they have actually created a general intelligence? Will it be sentient? If so, what rules and laws should govern our treatment of AI, or AI’s treatment of humanity? What’s the difference between a human and algorithm trained to perfectly mimic that human’s speech patterns? Can AI make art? And do androids dream of electric sheep? In this class, we will explore the answers our most imaginative artists have come up with to those questions.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4410

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4410 British Literature and Culture

    This course explores selected works from Britain’s rich literary history, including works by Shakespeare, Milton, the Romantic poets, Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett (among other visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians). These readings will allow us to think about how changing perceptions of the self, history, truth, women, sexuality, politics, social existence, and the natural world are registered in artworks spanning from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Our course begins with an emphasis on Shakespeare’s major comedies and tragedies, and from here we consider how Shakespeare’s innovative approach for representing human nature was adapted and transformed by the artists who succeeded him. We pay special attention throughout the course to selected historical and social developments throughout British history and how they influenced (and were influenced by) the arts: the development of Renaissance humanism, the rise of Enlightenment rationalism, and the transformation of Britain into a modern, industrialized nation are a few of the trends that we study in parallel with the arts.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4420

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4420 Classical Myth: Epic and Tragedy

    The creation of the world. The rise of Zeus. The birth of Athena. The abduction of Persephone. The fall of Troy. The wanderings and homecoming of Odysseus. For nearly three thousand years, these stories of gods and mortals have gripped the imaginations of listeners and readers. In this course, we explore major myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans, with a special emphasis on how these oral tales were committed to writing in epic poems and tragic plays. Throughout the course, we seek to understand these myths in the geographical, historical, and cultural contexts in which they were created. We read ancient Greek and Roman texts in English translation, including works by Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Vergil, and Ovid. Ancient works of art and architecture, including vase paintings and sculpture, form a rich complement to these written sources. We also explore major theories of myth interpretation—from approaches taken by the ancient Greeks themselves to those developed by modern-day theorists—and apply these theories to the myths we encounter. Finally, we explore how later artists, writers, and filmmakers have appropriated, interpreted, and transformed these ancient stories into new forms—often for very different purposes than those served by the myths in the ancient world. Although most of the assessments are essay-based, we also take these ancient myths into our own imaginations in a deep and powerful way and transform them into our own original creations—poems, narratives, dramatic scenes, visual art, and other forms. Our journey together culminates in a public performance of these metamorphoses.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4430

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4430 Modern World Fiction: Narrating the Self

    Beginning with experimental novels of the late nineteenth-century and focusing on French, Spanish, German, Czech, English, American, Cuban, Colombian, African, and Japanese writers, this comparative literature course examines the extraordinary flowering of twentieth-century fiction—with its open-ended form and experimental styles—against a backdrop of what Stephen Kern has called a transformed “culture of time and space.” In our effort to understand this rich body of literature, we explore the relationships between movements in philosophy and the visual arts—including photography and film—and the changing shapes of fiction. Readings may include short stories by Jorge Luis Borges and Michel Tournier; novels such as Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human, Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Alejo Carpentier's The Kingdom of This World, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Miguel de Unamuno's San Manuel Bueno, Mártir, Kafka's Metamorphosis, Gide's The Immoralist, Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Donna Tartt's Secret History. Through a series of analytical essays, students explore questions about authors and their audiences and the relationship between literary texts and contexts. In the process, students strengthen their own voices and explore the connections between literary and cultural identity.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4440

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4440 Philosophy and Literature in the Twentieth Century: Strategies for Being

    This course explores twentieth-century philosophy, literature, the visual arts, and the thematic ties that bind them together. After the mid-1840s, in both texts and images, painters, literary artists, and philosophers increasingly present the self as inherently unstable, reality as a construction, history as a fiction, and the universe as random and chaotic. We read Kierkegaard, who believed that escape from despair lay in taking a “leap” into an “absolute beginning,” and Nietzsche, who embraced an ecstatic vision of the self as a product of will and desire. Heidegger, Sartre, Althusser, Baudrillard, and Deleuze provide other perspectives on the self as a freely constructed project. In painting, we trace the retreat from the Real in artists like Picasso and Matisse, and the longing to reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary in Magritte—a desire that is pervasive in the novels of Virginia Woolf. Literary texts may include Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Paul Bowles's The Sheltering Sky, Marguerite Duras' Hiroshima Mon Amour, Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Samuel Beckett's Company, along with readings in Sartre, Woolf, Dostoevsky, Thomas Mann, Gertrude Stein, and Donna Tartt. Films include Ingmar Bergman's Kierkegaardian Winter Light and Woody Allen's Dostoevskian Crimes and Misdemeanors. Classes are conducted as seminars, with group discussions, background lectures, and presentations. Grades are based on a series of comparative essays and on class participation.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4450

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4450 Shakespeare Now: Page, Stage, and Screen

    Few playwrights' bodies of work persist in production as dependably as that of William Shakespeare, the Elizabethan bard who, as his contemporary Ben Jonson eulogized, “was not of an age, but for all time.” Yet today these plays are as likely to elude as illuminate—at times accomplishing both in the same breath. We'll turn many a page and roll film as we seek to more deeply understand these texts not only in their historical contexts but in light of modern adaptation and staging concerns for film and theater. Class discussion and substantial writing opportunities seek to bridge close analytical readings and broader contextual understandings of these plays in period, at present, and points between. Creative projects and presentations offer students the chance to learn in process and “suffer the slings and arrows” of rendering these works to engage an audience. As we hold the proverbial “mirror up to nature,” what will these plays say to us now, and perhaps more importantly, what will that say about who we are?

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4460

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4460 Southern Studies

    This course in Southern Studies introduces the literature, history, and culture of the American South up to the present day. The notion of “the South” has a peculiar function in the United States’s national literary and cultural traditions, from an identifier of some of the most important literary works of the 20th century to serving as the place par excellence to think about questions of progress and backwardness, equality and injustice, good and evil. On our way to understanding what it is that makes a work “Southern” besides a map and a birth certificate, we investigate an array of aspects of Southern literature and culture, both “high culture” and “low culture.” Through a combination of study of the work of major Southern novelists, short-story writers, and poets (e.g., William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker, Natasha Trethewey, Walker Percy, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, Cormac McCarthy), as well as key cultural features that are taken to be crucial to the South (including memory, food, music, and religion), we discuss the ways place, race, class, gender, and sexuality refract our ideas of what it means for a person or a work to be “Southern.” We also address the questions of whether and how “the South” continues to be, if it ever was, a useful or coherent concept—particularly regarding claims of uniqueness.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4470

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4470 STEM and the Stage

    If “it's wanting to know that makes us matter,” as Tom Stoppard suggests in Arcadia, then it's little wonder that the endeavors of STEM fields to understand the mysteries of our universe have proven such fertile ground for dramatists. In this page-to-stage course, we examine how theatrical art wrestles with the implications and repercussions of STEM discoveries to explore larger questions of our humanity, purpose, and meaning. In addition to plays that include Life of Galileo, Copenhagen, and Arcadia, we consider a range of historical, literary, and scholarly texts that inform and contextualize these works. Through close reading, we strengthen our communication skills by analyzing and critiquing the way an author orients a lay audience to complex STEM concepts and connects them to larger thematic ideas. In a broader sense, our chief concern is to investigate how the efforts of science, mathematics, and the humanities to explain our world intersect, inform, and challenge one another—how in mapping the stars, we might also map our hearts and minds. Creative, stage-related projects and formal academic writing assignments provide substantial opportunities for students to experiment with their own ideas and demonstrate their learning throughout the course.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4481

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4481 (Topics in Lit) Modern Latin American Literature in Translation (Topic for 2020-2021)

    This survey course explores Latin American fiction in the 20th and 21st centuries, with excursions into memoir, essay, and poetry. Writers of the Latin American “Boom” of the 1960s and 70s such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Julio Cortazar will be studied alongside authors such as Uruguayan short story writer Horacio Quiroga, Argentinian purveyor of enigmatic fictions Jorge Luis Borges, and protean Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, whose short fiction and novels are at the moment finding a large audience in North America. In Latin America, literature and politics are hardly strangers; we will particularly examine the influence and representations of one political event—the Chilean coup d’etat in 1973, which was experienced firsthand by Ariel Dorfman and Roberto Bolaño, writers whose accounts of the event we will compare. Students will read, research, and write about contemporary authors such as Valeria Luiselli and César Aira, and we will debate the usefulness of terms associated with Modern Latin American literature (e.g. “magical realism”). Much of the literature we read in this class is highly original and experimental, sometimes wildly so. Developing the skills and confidence required to read, think about, discuss, and make sense of complex and rich texts are central concerns of this class.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4482

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    EN4482 Topics in Literature II

    This comparative literature course focuses on a selected period, genre, movement, author, or literary theme. Students examine authors and audiences, texts and contexts, and their intellectual milieu. Through writing a series of commentaries and academic essays, students claim intellectual ownership of what they have learned. The focus, whenever the course is offered, varies and is announced when course offerings are published.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4483

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4483 Topics in Literature III

    This comparative literature course focuses on a selected period, genre, movement, author, or literary theme. Students examine authors and audiences, texts and contexts, and their intellectual milieu. Through writing a series of commentaries and academic essays, students claim intellectual ownership of what they have learned. The focus, whenever the course is offered, varies and is announced when course offerings are published.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4484

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    EN4484 Topics in Literature IV

    This comparative literature course focuses on a selected period, genre, movement, author, or literary theme. Students examine authors and audiences, texts and contexts, and their intellectual milieu. Through writing a series of commentaries and academic essays, students claim intellectual ownership of what they have learned. The focus, whenever the course is offered, varies and is announced when course offerings are published.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4490

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): English II

    EN4490 EN4490 Honors Ecocriticism

    Ecocriticism is the study of literature focused through an environmental lens. Students explore a variety of ways to understand literature and how the ideas from those texts better help us define and refine our relationship with nature. Students will consider cross-cultural matters involving the natural world and how these matters influence our sense of identity. Students in Ecocriticism will read widely, both literary and academic texts, and they will draw upon those selections as well as class discussions and online materials to sharpen their critical reading, thinking, and writing skills.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Mondays 8:00 PM
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/Optional

  •      EN4600

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of one semester of AS4030 or AS4050.

    EN4600 Research Experience in the Humanities

    This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the rigorous pleasures of research in the humanities. Through work in and out of class, including visits by guest lecturers and trips to local archives and museums, students learn the basic skills of research, including the identification of a compelling intellectual interest and the transformation of that interest into a question that at once requires and excites research of the highest quality. Students then answer this question, in a provisional way, by work that leads first to the statement of a thesis (the answer to the question), then to the initial development of that statement in a shorter paper of ten to twelve pages. Successful completion of the course may also lead to summer research, internships, or apprenticeships with local scholars. Following this course, optional enrollment in EN4610 Research in the Humanities offers selected students the opportunity for more substantial work in their chosen fields of scholarship.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      EN4610

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the senior English graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): AS4030 or AS4050, EN4600 or Summer Research in the Humanities, and permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links: EN4000

    EN4610 Research in the Humanities

    Research in Humanities encourages writing and reading that is at once critical and necessarily creative, for by these acts of interdisciplinary scholarship, students seek to construct new objects of knowledge—a knowledge commensurate with their experience of the world, informed and indeed altered by the works and words of others. This course is necessarily interdisciplinary, because it is, among other things, a critique of the division of labor within institutions of knowledge. In other words, even as it seeks to understand how disciplines such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, and literature constitute their objects of study (the human, the mind, society, etc.), it also attends carefully to the limits of disciplinary formation, to the ways in which the “human” or “nature” escape the classificatory systems within which they are defined and to which they are confined. Research in Humanities is organized around theories and practices of research in the humanities and the sciences. The study of theory is necessary because these researches should be critical and historical, interrogating both their subject’s conditions of possibility and the contemporary situation of their study. Each week, members of the seminar will consider different theoretical approaches to reading and writing about diverse texts. These approaches include, but are not limited to, political criticism, cultural and ethnic studies, feminism, gender and sexuality, historicism, and colonial and post-colonial critique. As for practice, students will learn how to conduct research and how to construct an effective thesis statement that will govern an argument developed and sustained throughout a paper of twenty- to twenty-five pages. The proper use of evidence, as well as considerations of evidentiary significance, will also be fundamental to the course’s concerns. Students will then transform their research into articles for scholarly publication, including Fifth World, NCSSM’s journal of interdisciplinary research in the humanities. They will serve on the editorial board for Fifth World, evaluating submissions, offering suggestions for revisions, and ensuring the timely delivery of the completed journal to the publisher.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      FR3051

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.

    FR3051 Journeys into French I

    Students embark on a journey of linguistic and cultural exploration as they take the first steps toward becoming proficient in French. This course is for students who have not studied French before or who have appropriate NCSSM placement. Students learn to negotiate meaning among individuals, interpret written and spoken meaning, and to present meaning via oral and written messages in the present tense that focus on some of the following themes: formal and informal greetings, time, self, family, friends and hobbies, school and schedule, places and activities in the city, and ordering food and drink. Cultural aspects of the French-speaking world are interwoven throughout the course. Web-based exercises, videos, songs and short readings aid students in their acquisition of grammatical concepts, new vocabulary, and listening skills.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      FR3052

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): FR3051 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    FR3052 Journeys into French II

    Students continue their early steps toward becoming proficient in French. This course is for students who have had limited previous exposure to French or who have appropriate NCSSM placement. Students learn to negotiate meaning among individuals, interpret written and spoken meaning, and to present meaning via oral and written messages in the present tense that focus on some of the following themes: parties, holidays, and celebrations, chores and tasks in the house, parts of the house, clothing and sizing, vacation plans, means of travel, and making reservations. Students also learn to address the same themes within a limited introduction to the past tense. Cultural aspects of the French-speaking world are interwoven throughout the course. Web-based exercises, videos, songs and short readings aid students in their acquisition of grammatical concepts, new vocabulary, and listening skills.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      FR3651

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): FR3052 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    FR3651 Navigating in French I

    Students continue to navigate their linguistic and cultural journeys in French. Students begin to read short narratives and comprehend a wider array of media produced in French. Students also begin to develop an understanding of nuances of the language. Students learn to negotiate meaning among individuals, interpret written and spoken meaning, and to present meaning via oral and written messages in present, preterite and imperfect tenses. Students further increase their proficiency in the language by reading short texts, viewing video programs, and using the language in everyday conversational situations that focus on themes such as French cuisine, food categories, daily routines, and health and illness. Students continue to explore cultural aspects of the French-speaking world. Students have access to web-based exercises and tutorials, video activities, individual and group projects, as well as film and documentaries, to aid them in the acquisition of grammatical concepts and new vocabulary.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      FR3652

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): FR3651 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    FR3652 Navigating in French II

    Students continue to navigate their linguistic and cultural journeys in French. Students continue to read short narratives and to comprehend a wider array of media produced in French. Students also continue to develop an understanding of nuances of the language. Students learn to negotiate meaning among individuals, interpret written and spoken meaning, and to present meaning via oral and written messages in all tenses previously learned, including the future, and conditional and subjunctive moods. Students further increase their proficiency in the language by reading short texts, viewing video programs, and using the language in everyday conversational situations that focus on themes such as technology and computers, doing business in the city, objects in the workplace, professions and their functions in the community, and the environment. Students continue to explore cultural aspects of the French-speaking world. Students have access to web-based exercises and tutorials, video activities, individual and group projects, as well as film and documentaries, to aid them in the acquisition of grammatical concepts and new vocabulary.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      FR4051

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): FR3652 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    FR4051 Advanced French for Global Applications I

    In this course, the exploration into language continues but expands to encompass elements that reflect the breadth and depth of the francophone world: the primary focus is culture, history, society, and literature of various French-speaking peoples. Through a rich program of original short films, audio activities, cultural readings, authentic literary selections, and a full-length short story, students improve their understanding of spoken French and develop their speaking, reading, and writing skills. Classroom activities emphasize communication, allowing students to interact and apply what they are learning. An accompanying web-based program provides additional language exercises to reinforce and enhance grammatical structures learned in previous courses. Students will become familiar with most grammatical structures and will learn to apply them in speaking and writing. The course content is theme-focused and speaks to current as well as perennial issues, such as values and beliefs, family dynamics and trends, gender, poverty, issues of immigration and assimilation, and problems of decolonization in francophone countries. These topics inform class discussions, skits, debates, oral presentations, and serve as the basis for writing in French. Students will begin the course by writing one-page personal reflections and, by the end of the term, advance to completing multi-page analytical, research-based essays.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      FR4052

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): FR4051 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    FR4052 Advanced French for Global Applications II

    In this course, the exploration into language continues but expands to encompass elements that reflect the breadth and depth of the francophone world: the primary focus is culture, history, society, and literature of various French-speaking peoples. Through a rich program of original short films, audio activities, cultural readings, authentic full length stories and plays, students improve their understanding of spoken French and further develop their speaking, reading, and writing skills. Classroom activities emphasize communication, allowing students to interact and apply what they are learning. An accompanying web-based program provides additional language exercises to reinforce and enhance grammatical structures learned in previous courses. Students will become familiar with most grammatical structures and will apply them in speaking and writing. The course content is theme-focused and speaks to current as well as perennial issues, such as race and gender, the role of science, technology and media, and environmental issues in francophone culture and society. These topics inform class discussions, skits, debates, oral presentations, and serve as the basis for writing in French. Students will practice their writing skills in a variety of ways, including short blog entries, reflections, and analytical essays.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      FR4651

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): FR4052 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    FR4651 Modern French Readings and Media I

    Another important aspect of French is its major influence on modernist and post-modernist thought, literature, and art. In this course, students read, analyze, and discuss in French short stories, plays, poetry, and essays in conjunction with study of the fine arts, film, TV, and advertising to gain a deeper understanding of modern French and francophone cultures. Through the study of different media, students examine popular currents such as symbolism, surrealism, and existentialism that have shaped modern thought and philosophy. Previously-studied grammatical structures are reviewed, and more advanced grammar is introduced organically as it appears in the readings. Students sharpen all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Independent projects allow students to pursue personal interests, and class activities are enriched by visits to local museums, theater productions, and film screenings, depending on available exhibitions and shows.

    Meeting Times:
    Two periods per week including lab.

  •      FR4652

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): FR4651 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    FR4652 Modern French Readings and Media II

    Another important aspect of French is its major influence on modernist and post-modernist thought, literature, and art. In this course, students read, analyze, and discuss in French short stories, plays, poetry, and essays in conjunction with study of the fine arts, film, TV, and advertising to gain a deeper understanding of modern French and francophone cultures. Through the study of different media, students examine popular currents such as symbolism, surrealism, and existentialism that have shaped modern thought and philosophy. Previously-studied grammatical structures are reviewed, and more advanced grammar is introduced organically as it appears in the readings. Students sharpen all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Independent projects allow students to pursue personal interests, and class activities are enriched by visits to local museums, theater productions, and film screenings, depending on available exhibitions and shows.

    Meeting Times:
    Two periods per week including lab.

  •      HU4000

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1

    HU4000 HU4000 Honors Entrepreneurship

    The special function of the entrepreneur is to innovate. At the core of this course in entrepreneurship is an exploration of what it means to be innovative. Students will experience the search for “innovation opportunities” within a wide range of market spaces. Questions related to value generation, effective collaboration, design thinking, and leadership will be investigated. The element of risk will be front and center as student-entrepreneurs evaluate the complexities of moving from an idea to a sustainable and (we hope) profitable business model. Throughout the course, student teams will bring the themes and principles of entrepreneurship to life by building a business around an innovative product. Importantly, the course introduces students to successful entrepreneurs to learn from their knowledge, experience, and insights. As a culminating event, students will showcase their innovations during an entrepreneurial competition on campus. The course thus provides students with a platform for creative and innovative thinking.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Thursdays 6:15-7:55 PM
    No online weekend.

  •      HU4000

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    HU4000 Entrepreneurship

    The special function of the entrepreneur is to innovate. At the core of this course in entrepreneurship is an exploration of what it means to be innovative. Students will experience the search for “innovation opportunities” within a wide range of market spaces. Questions related to value generation, effective collaboration, design thinking, and leadership will be investigated. The element of risk will be front and center as student-entrepreneurs evaluate the complexities of moving from an idea to a sustainable and (we hope) profitable business model. Throughout the course, student teams will bring the themes and principles of entrepreneurship to life by building a business around an innovative product. Importantly, the course introduces students to successful entrepreneurs to learn from their knowledge, experience, and insights. As a culminating event, students will showcase their innovations during an entrepreneurial competition on campus. The course thus provides students with a platform for creative and innovative thinking.

    Meeting Times:
    One 100-minute evening class meeting.

  •      HU4010

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): Admission by application and selection.

    HU4010 Applications in Entrepreneurship

    “Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.” – Victor Kiam. This course provides the necessary background material and a structured opportunity for students with ideas for products or services to bring their ideas from conception to market through this real-life activity of entrepreneurship. A thematic focus for the products or services is announced each year. Students submit their thematically-related ideas to a proposal evaluation committee which reviews the applications and selects the student teams for that year's course. Students then learn and apply the steps involved in marketing their ideas including market analysis, business plan development, and presentation to potential investors.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week, plus one 100-minute evening class meeting.

  •      HU4200

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): None

    HU4200 HU4200 Honors 21st Century Media Studies

    Media Studies is an interdisciplinary cultural studies course in which students examine and interpret the ways various modes of media influence us. Students study media theory; they analyze cultural and historical contexts as well as aesthetics of a variety of formats; they examine how forms have shifted; they investigate the relationship between media and reality, ways that media influences and changes our culture, and how responses to media change over time. Students contemplate issues such as: technology, representations of reality, human meaning, identity politics, economics, gender/race/ethnicity, and community/belonging. Students demonstrate understanding by creating original media such as podcasts, videos, social media posts, and graphic narratives in addition to traditional, formal written assignments.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Mondays 8:00 PM
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/Optional

    Requirements:
    Suggested Skills: Students should be self-motivated and active learners who like to develop their own interpretations.

  •      HU4400

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4400 Black Studies

    Black Studies implements an interdisciplinary format to examine the cultural, political, and economic development of Black America. The course begins with the African Diaspora and culminates with the rise of Hip Hop culture. On one hand, the course examines a long history of white supremacy in Anglo-American thought and action that exploited black labor and delegitimized black lives. On the other hand, the course interrogates Black America's persistent fight for full citizenship and cultural autonomy—a domestic crusade that draws strength and meaning from anti-colonial struggles abroad. Students will continually ask: What defines "whiteness" and "blackness"? What functions do racial classifications serve? Overall, students locate the origins and development of the conflicts and commonalities at the heart of the Black American experience.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      HU4410

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4410 Critical Race Theory

    This course explores the foundations and central tenets of Critical Race Theory, from its origins in Critical Legal Studies, to current applications, debates, and evolutions, with particular attention to CRT’s intersections with the field of American Studies (including “offshoots” such as TribalCrit, LatCrit, AsianCrit, and DisCrit). The class will collectively create a working list of characteristics that we can apply to legal cases, literature, and other mainstream pop-cultural texts such as plays, music (videos), TV shows, and movies. CRT provides a meaningful, practical, and evidence-based lens to engage in cultural productions of citizenship and race as they relate to the U.S. and to emerging concepts of global citizenship. One of the most important aspects of engaged citizenship is to formulate an understanding of the diverse experiences of U.S. citizens; this course allows students to explore those diverse experiences and different understandings of belonging through legal studies and storytelling/narratives. By the end of the course, students will produce scholarship that addresses their expanded knowledge base by applying the framework to a cultural text outside the required course texts.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      HU4420

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4420 Digital Humanities

    When you think about "technology" you probably don't think about the humanities, but inventions from the alphabet and the printing press to the internet browser, apps, and e-readers are all technologies that have shaped not only what and how we read but how we think. In the twenty-first century, texts and technologies are inextricably intertwined. Computational data analysis, topic modeling, GIS mapping, and data visualization give us more tools with which to explore the rich field of humanities, as we strive to understand what it means to be humans who read, write, interpret, and share texts. In Digital Humanities, students learn and apply a wide variety of computing methods (such as text pattern analyses, network generation and analyses, and image processing) and tools (such as Mathematica and R) to the study of literature, history, art, and other subjects in the humanities and social sciences. A main feature of the course is the opportunity for students to apply these methods and tools to explore their own interests and areas of inquiry in a culminating research project. Digital Humanities lies at the intersection of the study of the humanities—literature and language, history, economics, psychology, sociology, and the arts—with the technologies, techniques, and tools of computational science and is team-taught by instructors from the Humanities and Science Departments.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      HU4430

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4430 Ethics of AI

    This course will introduce students to the major ethical topics and problems facing researchers and policymakers in the development and social integration of artificial intelligence. Because the class does not require any previous coursework in ethics, it will begin with a unit introducing students to the field of ethics and the techniques and terms of ethical reasoning. Students will read foundational texts in the three major fields of ethics—virtue ethics, rules-based ethics, and consequentialist ethics—as well as pragmatist and evolutionary challenges to those fields. This unit will conclude with an essay in which students choose one of the thinkers or schools of ethics that we have studied and argue for its usefulness in the programming of AI. After students have completed their introduction to ethical decision-making, the course will shift to project-based, student-driven learning, in which each student chooses one area of current AI research (i.e. self-driving cars, lethal autonomous weapons, facial recognition software, etc.) and explores the ethical ramifications of that research. Students will first assess the state of the field and its ethical challenges in a literature review, then generate a presentation for researchers and policy makers outlining those challenges and proposed solutions, and conclude with a position paper that argues for a specific legal or regulatory policy to govern the ethical rules of their chosen field.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      HU4440

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4440 Film Studies

    Filmmaker Orson Welles once said, “A film is a ribbon of dreams. The camera is much more than a recording apparatus; it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world that is not ours and that brings us to the heart of a great secret. Here magic begins.” In a culture that increasingly relies on visual information, a comprehension of how meaning grows out of the moving image is essential. This course is a historical and critical survey of the motion picture both as a developing art form and as a medium of mass communication. The course entails systematic analysis of how filmmakers use sound and image to tell stories on the screen. Students view selected films as case studies to understand the relationship between theory and practice in filmmaking. Through explorations of the historical, social, and political dimensions of filmmaking, students learn to read and write more effectively, to look at the world with a critical eye, and most importantly, to develop a critical audio-visual literacy. Students demonstrate what they have learned through analytical writing assignments. The course may also include individual or group projects, presentations, creative writing, or short exercises in filmmaking.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      HU4450

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2

    HU4450 HU4450 Honors Race, Leadership, and Ethics

    Students will study profiles of leadership in relationship to issues of race and ethics. Additionally, students will understand the ways that race influences ethical decision-making. They will acquire an in-depth knowledge of ethics and apply that knowledge to historical and contemporary issues involving racial identity and racial justice in the United States. Topics addressed in the course include tools for ethical decision-making, moral theories and ethical frameworks, race and education, the criminal justice system, cultural appropriation, race-based medicine, eugenics, racial profiling, and racial privilege. Course materials and activities include readings, discussions, videos, essays, and tests.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Wednesdays 7:00PM
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/Optional

  •      HU4450

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4450 Race, Leadership, and Ethics

    Students study profiles of leadership in relationship to issues of racial justice and equality. They acquire an in-depth knowledge of ethics and apply that knowledge to historical and contemporary issues involving racial identity and racial justice in the American cultural landscape. Topics addressed in the course include tools for ethical decision-making, race and education, the criminal justice system and the death penalty, race-based medicine, eugenics, racial profiling, racial privilege, and appreciation vs. appropriation of culture. Course materials and activities include readings, discussions, tests and essays, films, and guest speakers.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      HU4460

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4460 The Immigrant Experience Today: What is an American? (Topic for Fall 2020)

    The experiences of immigrants to this “nation of immigrants” have a profound influence on our nation’s history and a deep influence on the development of what it means to be an American. Immigration patterns and policy play key roles in these experiences. However, the United States has a fraught relationship with its own immigration history and remains divided about immigration policy. In this course, we examine twentieth- and twenty-first-century public policy and how political decisions affect and reflect the realities faced by immigrants, particularly immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. In addition, by reading fiction by authors including Chimamanda Adichie, Junot Diaz, Fae Myenne Ng, and Jhumpa Lahiri, we examine how stories tell personal as well as political truths about the immigrant experience. By collecting oral histories from friends, family, and community members, students will contribute to current scholarship on immigration and will create work that can be contributed to the University of Minnesota immigration archives.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      HU4461

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4461 Philosophy: Mind as Maker of AI (Topic for Spring 2021)

    In critically examining our own minds we will distinguish several basic mental activities. Most basic is INTUITING as looking at or beholding any sensate thing, and even as contemplating mathematical truths or meaning expressed in images or symbols. SUFFERING is also a basic mental activity, as a being subjected to wide ranges of experience and feeling, as presupposed for knowing how another is feeling and even for recognizing and responding to irony and jokes. DREAMING is meaningful lived experience while sleeping, AESTHETIC SENSE is perception of beauty, and ETHICAL AWARENESS is perception of “ought” as “not is,” as presupposing some degree of freedom. Earliest in life is APPERCEPTION as an infant’s experience of being looked at, by mother, as a continuity of being. Even EXPERIENCING NONSENSE may be creative. THINKING is grasping a manifold into a concept; JUDGING is joining concepts into a statement; REASONING is putting statements together logically; AI as computer logic depends on and expresses these three mental acts. In this course, we will read and discuss original texts describing mind: Plato on recollection; Aristotle on cause; Augustine on time; Anselm on belief; Descartes and Leibniz on thinking; Kant and Husserl on intending awareness; Winnicott on apperception; Mme de Condorcet and Mme de Lambert on feeling. Six two-page papers, one class presentation, no final exam.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      HU4470

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4470 Topics in the Study of Religion

    Religion matters. Even in today's modern, ostensibly secular world, religion continues to exercise a powerful role in the lives and relationships of individuals, communities, and societies. Religious literacy is more important than ever in an increasingly globalized age, and for the promotion of peaceable world. In this course, using a variable selection of topics, we investigate the phenomenon of religion as a human activity, taking a comparative approach to examine several of the world's major religious traditions, as well as a number of practices that don't usually count as "religious." Through the exploration of key topics, we ask a variety of questions about religion, including: What is religion? What commonalities do religions have, and how do they differ—internally and externally? How do religions attempt to address the major problems of human life? What visions of the true, the beautiful, and the good do various religions offer? How do religious adherents and discontents seek to shape their individual and social lives in response to religion? What is the relationship of religion and the modern world, especially regarding secularity and science? To answer these questions, we investigate myth and ritual theory, textual and oral traditions, religious thought and dissent, ethics and identity formation, aesthetics and practices, and more. We also take our exploration out of the classroom, conducting field work to experience religion as it is lived.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      HU4480

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4480 Topics in Contemporary American Studies

    This interdisciplinary course allows students to continue their exploration of the multiple strands of American culture begun in the junior year American Studies course. With time for deeper examination of contemporary American life, the course familiarizes students with the context of continuing political, social, and cultural issues and with the arcs of recent change relevant to their own lifetimes. By studying selected primary and secondary sources from the 1960s to the present day, students construct their own understandings of the multiple identities articulated by modern Americans living in increasingly global and virtual communities. The course offers students the opportunity to explore topics of consequence to them, including explorations of the effects of 9/11, the rise of the LGBTQ movement, and the changes wrought on American culture by the internet and mobile computing. Students cultivate skills of analysis that help them to think and speak with greater clarity, power, and eloquence. Assessments include writing assignments that invite students to synthesize their understanding of the texts, contexts, and cultural artifacts explored in the course.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      HU4490

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets the interdisciplinary humanities elective graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two semesters of AS4030 or AS4050 OR one semester of AS4030 or AS4050 and permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    HU4490 Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    An interdisciplinary introduction to the field of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, this course explores feminist perspectives on intersecting inequalities. Topics include: work and labor; sexuality and sexual identity; gender relations; images of women and gender in literature, science and technology, religion, and art; family structures and domestic roles; and the history of feminist struggles. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences. We will use discussion, lecture, film, reading, written texts, and popular culture to help students continue to develop their skills in reading, critical thinking, writing, presenting, and working collaboratively with their peers to answer questions such as: How do the experiences of women and other subordinated groups help us to understand gender norms, identity categories, and sexuality? How might one perform, analyze, interrogate, and challenge what has been constructed as “normal” in contemporary western culture? This class explores a multitude of feminist perspectives on the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, physical ability, nationality, age and other categories of identity. Students will interrogate these categories as socially-constructed while acknowledging that these constructions have real effects in subordinating groups, marking bodies and creating structural, intersectional inequalities.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      IE3400

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): None

    IE3400 IE3400 Honors Computational Science

    This is an honors level introductory course in the technologies, techniques, and tools of computational science. Computational science, not to be confused with “computer science,” looks to answer this question: “How can computers and mathematics be used to study interesting problems in science and social science?” Computational science is sometimes known as “modeling and simulation,” or “scientific computing,” and looks to create and use mathematical models to study complicated and complex problems in all areas of study. Recommended for fall, junior year.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Tuesday 8:30pm
    Online Weekend: October 3, 2020/ Optional

    Requirements:
    Suggested Skills: This is a computer-intensive course; there are no physical (wet) labs. This course uses a significant amount of specialized software, all of which is provided free of charge, either by NCSSM or by the creators of that software. Students must be able to install software on the computers used for these courses, sometimes on short notice! If using a school computer, students must ensure that the school will allow them to install specialized software on a school machine. There are no paper/pencil alternate activities. Students must ensure that a backup machine is available if their primary machine is not available.

  •      IE3620

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1

    IE3620 IE3620 Honors Data Science for Scientists

    Data Science is the study of the generalizable extraction of knowledge from data. Being a data scientist requires an integrated skill set spanning mathematics, statistics, machine learning, databases and other branches of computer science along with a good understanding of the craft of problem formulation to engineer effective solutions. This course will introduce students to this rapidly growing field and equip them with some of its basic principles and tools as well as its general mindset. Students will learn concepts, techniques and tools they need to deal with various facets of data science practice, including data collection and integration, exploratory data analysis, predictive modeling, descriptive modeling, data product creation, evaluation, and effective communication. The focus in the treatment of these topics will be on breadth, rather than depth, and emphasis will be placed on integration and synthesis of concepts and their application to solving problems. To make the learning contextual, real datasets from a variety of scientific disciplines will be used.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Wednesday 8:30pm
    Online Weekend: October 3, 2020/ Optional

    Requirements:
    Suggested Skills: Some background in computer science is helpful but not required.

  •      IE3800

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2

    IE3800 IE3800 Honors Bioinformatics: Computational Biology

    Computational biology – known also as “bioinformatics” – is a hybrid, interdisciplinary course, and is one of the most important new fields of study in science. Computational biology isn't a biology course per se – it's the application of computing and mathematics (primarily statistics) to biological data. What biological data? Mostly genetics and genomics data, such as studies of DNA extracted from mice breeding experiments to predict the genetic basis of diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity! Do well in this class, and there will be a multitude of opportunities open as an undergraduate researcher and beyond! Recommended for spring, junior year.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Wednesday 8:30pm
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/ Optional

    Requirements:
    Suggested Skills: This course uses a significant amount of specialized software, all of which is provided free of charge, either by NCSSM or by the creators of that software. Students must be able to install software on the computers used for these courses, sometimes on short notice! If using a school computer, students must ensure that the school will allow them to install specialized software on a school machine. There are no paper/pencil alternate activities. Students must ensure that a backup machine is available if their primary machine is not available.

  •      IE3900

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of one or more computational science courses in the NCSSM Online catalog OR evidence of computational experience/permission of the Dean.

    IE3900 IE3900 Honors Research Experience in Computational Science

    Research Experience courses provide research skills development and the opportunity to complete a research project in the subject areas indicated. There are no prerequisites and these single-semester courses are available to juniors or seniors. Some students, upon completion of the course, may elect to be considered for other research opportunities at NCSSM, although it is not required.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Tuesday 7:30pm
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/ Optional

    Requirements:
    Suggested Skills: This is a computer-intensive course; there are no physical (wet) labs. This course uses a significant amount of specialized software, all of which is provided free of charge, either by NCSSM or by the creators of that software. Students must be able to install software on the computers used for these courses, sometimes on short notice! If using a school computer, students must ensure that the school will allow them to install specialized software on a school machine. There are no paper/pencil alternate activities. Students must ensure that a backup machine is available if their primary machine is not available.

  •      IE4020

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): Honors Chemistry

    IE4020 IE4020 Honors Industrial Chemistry & Engineering

    This is a semester-long interdisciplinary course that focuses on the industrial practice of chemistry. It provides students with a real-world perspective thereby creating an awareness of the relevance of chemistry to their daily lives. For example, students will learn in a chronologically historical sequence about major developments in industrial chemistry, such as ammonia, aluminum, and nylon that have significantly affected people's lives. Students will engage in individual and group online activities, as well as collaborative lab experiences on campus, such as developing soap or aspirin.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Monday 7:30pm
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/ Required

  •      IE4080

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): None

    IE4080 IE4080 Honors Energy and Sustainability

    This course will introduce students to key topics in the field of global sustainability. Students will explore how human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and global resource limitations. The course requires multidisciplinary study of topics linked by their importance to sustainability in the sciences (both natural and social), engineering, and economics and will include policy and technical insight into systems and methods used to analyze and understand systems. Students will practice applying analytical skills, often in groups, through case studies, technical and popular science articles, systems thinking models, videos and interactive simulations and an engineering design project.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Tuesday 8:30pm
    Online Weekend: October 3, 2020/ Required

  •      IE4104

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of a Research or Professional Experience at NCSSM or through Summer Ventures; or permission of the instructor if student completed an experience with another organization.

    IE4104 Engage to Impact

    The Engage To Impact course provides students the opportunity to further develop professional skills to communicate their findings and the impact of an experience where the student has engaged as a maker/thinker/doer to address challenges in the world beyond the classroom. Ultimately in this course, students will present their findings or progress via a paper, poster, and/or oral presentation. This course further builds the technical communication skills to discuss students' findings from a previous research or professional experience accurately and clearly, but also provides time to further investigate appropriate background and context in the literature necessary to present. The course prepares students to present at conferences or events such as NC Science and Engineering Fair, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, State of North Carolina Undergraduate Creativity and Research Symposium, and similar events.

  •      JA3051

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.

    JA3051 Journeys into Japanese I

    Students begin to acquire and practice basic language skills in speaking, listening, comprehension, reading, and writing. Students acquire a base vocabulary and learn the simple grammatical constructions needed for essential communication. Cultural aspects of Japan are also introduced.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week, plus one 100-minute evening class meeting.

  •      JA3052

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): JA3051 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    JA3052 Journeys into Japanese II

    Students continue to acquire and practice basic language skills in speaking, listening, comprehension, reading, and writing. Students acquire a base vocabulary and learn the simple grammatical constructions needed for essential communication. Cultural aspects of Japan continue to be introduced.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week, plus one 100-minute evening class meeting.

  •      JA3651

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): JA3052 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    JA3651 Navigating in Japanese I

    Students continue their journey into Japanese language and culture. Students continue to develop their proficiency in the language by learning and applying grammatical constructions, reading short texts, viewing video programs, and using the language in everyday conversational situations. Students continue to learn and understand important aspects of Japanese culture.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week, plus one 100-minute evening class meeting.

  •      JA3652

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): JA3651 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    JA3652 Navigating in Japanese II

    Students continue their journey into Japanese language and culture. Students continue to develop their proficiency in the language by learning and applying grammatical constructions, reading short texts, viewing video programs, and using the language in everyday conversational situations. Students continue to learn and understand important aspects of Japanese culture.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week, plus one 100-minute evening class meeting.

  •      LA3051

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.

    LA3051 Latin Elements I

    As Euclid’s Geometry begins with definitions, axioms, and postulates that found all that comes after, so this course is foundational for the rest of Latin study. The seven parts of speech are distinguished, their endings are learned by heart, their grammar is understood and is expressed in sentence diagrams. Nouns and verbs get the most attention, with pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs relating to them. But prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections are short and spare. This first semester course is for students who have little or no rigorous knowledge of Latin.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      LA3052

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): LA3051 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    LA3052 Latin Elements II

    This course is a continuation of LA3051 Latin Elements I and is necessary for a solid foundation for any further Latin study.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      LA3650

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): LA3052 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    LA3650 Latin Boot Camp

    This course is a rigorous transition to the study of original ancient Latin literature, which contains much complex grammar and basic vocabulary, and so demands rigorous training. Infinitives, participles, gerunds, gerundives, ablative absolutes, deponents, locatives, subjunctives—the forms, various uses, their translations, the ways in which each is diagrammed—present daily challenges, that, once overcome, bring the student to a new level of understanding, perception, and appreciation of literature.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      LA4050

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): LA3650 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    LA4050 Caesar in Gaul and Britannia

    This upper-level course is first of all a study of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico, book I, 1-29, in which Caesar tells how he prevents the Helvetians and several other tribes from migrating to southern Gaul and how he has his army kill 258,000 of them. The simple grammar in the book's beginning becomes more complex as the fighting increases; rhetorical devices of style are evident. This true story of human suffering arouses compassion and fear, as Aristotle said tragic accounts must do in educating and transforming their audience, and comparison is made with current events. This course ends with a study of parts of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico, book 4, 1-33, in which Caesar states that his lack of knowledge about Britannia spurs him to invade its coast, though it turns out afterwards that, as he wrote about himself, “This one thing was lacking to his pristine fortune."

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      LA4651

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): LA4050 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    LA4651 Sallust and Cicero I: The Conspiracy of Catiline

    This upper-level course is part one of studies of Sallust’s history and Cicero’s orations on the conspiracy of Catiline, when a local uprising in Rome was stifled but led to a war outside of Rome. Sallust’s original and concise style is marked with antique flavor, while Cicero’s speeches flourish in both rhetorical and poetic devices of style. Cicero, a novus homo or man who had no aristocratic ancestors, was consul at the time of this emergency in Rome, and his duplicity is analyzed by later critics. Yet both Sallust and Cicero came to be standard authors studied in schools for subsequent centuries, for both their historical and their literary content. LA4651 and LA4652 may each be taken independently of the other.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      LA4652

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): LA4651 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    LA4652 Sallust and Cicero II: The Conspiracy of Catiline

    This upper-level course is part two of studies of Sallust’s history and Cicero’s orations on the conspiracy of Catiline, when a local uprising in Rome was stifled but led to a war outside of Rome. Sallust’s original and concise style is marked with antique flavor, while Cicero’s speeches flourish in both rhetorical and poetic devices of style. Cicero, a novus homo or man who had no aristocratic ancestors, was consul at the time of this emergency in Rome, and his duplicity is analyzed by later critics. Yet both Sallust and Cicero came to be standard authors studied in schools for subsequent centuries, for both their historical and their literary content. LA4651 and LA4652 may each be taken independently of the other.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      LA4661

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): LA4050 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    LA4661 Ovid's Metamorphoses I

    This upper-level course is part one of studies of selections from Ovid’s Amores, poems of love and war, and his Metamorphoses, ancient tales made into poetic stories, including Apollo and Daphne, Pyramus and Thisbe, Orpheus and Eurydice, Daedalus and Icarus, Baucis and Philemon, Atalanta and Hippomenes, Narcissus and Echo, Pentheus and Bacchus. Ovid’s artistic genius and psychological insight made him a fruitful source for artists, playwrights, musicians, poets, and story tellers for the subsequent two millennia. We note connections to Ovid in current culture, especially in two films. LA4661 and LA4662 may each be taken independently of the other.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      LA4662

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): LA4662 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links:

    LA4662 Ovid's Metamorphoses II

    This upper-level course is part two of studies of selections from Ovid’s Amores, poems of love and war, and his Metamorphoses, ancient tales made into poetic stories, including Apollo and Daphne, Pyramus and Thisbe, Orpheus and Eurydice, Daedalus and Icarus, Baucis and Philemon, Atalanta and Hippomenes, Narcissus and Echo, Pentheus and Bacchus. Ovid’s artistic genius and psychological insight made him a fruitful source for artists, playwrights, musicians, poets, and story tellers for the subsequent two millennia. We note connections to Ovid in current culture, especially in two films. LA4661 and LA4662 may each be taken independently of the other.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      MA3510

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement

    MA3510 Math 3a

    The Math 3 curriculum is designed to prepare students for Precalculus, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics by emphasizing proficiency in problem-solving and applications included in the NC state standards for mathematics. Students will go beyond merely finding solutions and creating functions towards deriving formulas, exploration of complex and open-ended problems, and learning to express/ prove ideas through mathematical discourse. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA3510 and MA3512). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab

  •      MA3512

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement

    MA3512 Math 3b

    The Math 3 curriculum is designed to prepare students for Precalculus, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics by emphasizing proficiency in problem-solving and applications included in the NC state standards for mathematics. Students will go beyond merely finding solutions and creating functions towards deriving formulas, exploration of complex and open-ended problems, and learning to express/ prove ideas through mathematical discourse. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA3510 and MA3512). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab

  •      MA3550

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: One unit core mathematics or core elective credit

    MA3550 Modeling with Matrices

    Miniterm Course for Credit? This introduction to linear algebra develops the arithmetic and algebra matrices and how matrices and matrix operations can be used to model a variety of real-world phenomena. While focusing on applications, the course considers linear transformations, Euclidean vector spaces and inner product spaces, and eigenvectors and eigenvalues. Models include least squares, Fourier analysis, CT scans, morphs, and age specific growth models.

    Meeting Times:
    Miniterm Course

  •      MA4000

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics

    MA4000 Precalculus and Modeling I

    This course is devoted to developing a toolkit of functions that serves as a bridge between mathematics and the world it models. The toolkit includes explicitly defined functions such as exponential, polynomial, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, as well as functions that are defined recursively and parametrically. Students investigate functions, bivariate data, and models with graphing calculators and computers. Both graphical and analytical approaches to problem solving are emphasized. Students also complete lab activities and present their results in formal written reports. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4000 and MA4002). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4002

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): MA4000 Precalculus & Modeling w/ Advanced Topics I

    MA4002 Precalculus and Modeling II

    This course is devoted to developing a toolkit of functions that serves as a bridge between mathematics and the world it models. The toolkit includes explicitly defined functions such as exponential, polynomial, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, as well as functions that are defined recursively and parametrically. Students investigate functions, bivariate data, and models with graphing calculators and computers. Both graphical and analytical approaches to problem solving are emphasized. Students also complete lab activities and present their results in formal written reports. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4000 and MA4002). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4010

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): MA4002 Precalculus & Modeling w/ Advanced Topics II

    MA4010 Biocalculus

    This course introduces students to concepts of calculus and the applications of calculus to mathematical modeling of biological systems. The emphasis in this course is on understanding many of the big ideas of calculus through discovery labs and the use of technology. Through class discussions, problem solving, laboratory experiences, and writing assignments students discover connections between concepts of calculus and life sciences. They will develop an understanding of these concepts, and use these concepts in solving realistic problems, including applying mathematical techniques to analyze real data sets. There is less of an emphasis on algebraic manipulation in this course compared to AP Calculus courses. Calculators and computers are frequently used as tools in the course. Calculus topics normally covered include rates of change, linear approximations, interpretations of the derivative and integral, differential equations, and the concept of a limit. Biology topics may include homeostasis, ecological stability, population dynamics, membrane dynamics, molecule interactions, climate change, and evolution.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4020

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): Course ending grade of B- or better in MA4002 Precalculus & Modeling w/ Advanced Topics II
    Related Links:

    MA4020 AP Calculus AB I

    This course introduces students to the concepts of differential calculus and the applications of calculus to mathematical modeling. Through class discussions, problem solving, laboratory experiences, and writing assignments students discover the important concepts of calculus, develop an understanding of these concepts, and use these concepts in solving realistic problems. This course generally includes the completion of a substantial mathematical modeling project. Calculators and computers are used as tools in the course. Topics normally covered include the derivative, techniques of differentiation, local linearity of functions, linear approximations, and the concept of a limit. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4020 and MA4022). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4022

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): MA4020 AP Calculus AB w/ Advanced Topics I

    MA4022 AP Calculus AB II

    This course continues the study of calculus and its applications to mathematical modeling. Through class discussions, problem solving, laboratory experiences, and writing assignments students discover the important concepts of calculus, develop an understanding of these concepts, and use these concepts in solving realistic problems. This course generally includes the completion of a substantial mathematical modeling project. Calculators and computers are used as tools in the course. Topics normally covered include applications of the derivative, Euler's method, implicit differentiation and related rates, and the concepts of definite and indefinite integrals. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4020 and MA4022). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4030

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): Course-ending grade of B+ or higher in MA4002 Precalculus & Modeling w/ Advanced Topics II

    MA4030 AP Calculus BC I

    This course provides students with a fast-paced introduction to the concepts of differential calculus and the applications of calculus to mathematical modeling. Through class discussions, problem solving, laboratory experiences, and writing assignments students discover the important concepts of calculus, develop an understanding of these concepts, and use these concepts in solving realistic problems. This course generally includes the completion of a substantial mathematical modeling project. Calculators and computers are used as tools in the course. Topics normally covered include the derivative, local linearity of functions, linear approximations, some applications of the derivative, l'Hopital's rule and the concept of a limit. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4030 and MA4032). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4030

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): Precalculus with a grade of B+ or higher

    MA4030 MA4030 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics I

    This course provides students with a fast-paced introduction to the concepts of differential calculus and the applications of calculus to mathematical modeling. Through class discussions, problem solving, laboratory experiences, and writing assignments students discover the important concepts of calculus, develop an understanding of these concepts, and use these concepts in solving realistic problems. This course generally includes the completion of a substantial mathematical modeling project. Calculators and computers are used as tools in the course. Topics normally covered include the derivative, local linearity of functions, linear approximations, some applications of the derivative, l'Hopital's rule and the concept of a limit. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4030 and MA4032). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Wednesday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/ Optional

  •      MA4032

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): MA4030 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics I

    MA4032 AP Calculus BC II

    This course continues the accelerated study of calculus and its applications to mathematical modeling. Through class discussions, problem solving, laboratory experiences, and writing assignments students discover the important concepts of calculus, develop an understanding of these concepts, and use these concepts in solving realistic problems. This course generally includes the completion of a substantial mathematical modeling project. Calculators and computers are used as tools in the course. Topics normally covered include additional applications of the derivative, an introduction to differential equations, slope fields, Euler's method, definite and indefinite integrals, numerical approximations of integrals, calculating area and total change of a function, and some applications of integrals. Students also focus on skills necessary for success on the AP BC Calculus examination. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4030 and MA4032). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4032

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): MA4030 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics I OR AP Calculus AB

    MA4032 MA4032 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics II

    This course continues the accelerated study of calculus and its applications to mathematical modeling. Through class discussions, problem solving, laboratory experiences, and writing assignments students discover the important concepts of calculus, develop an understanding of these concepts, and use these concepts in solving realistic problems. This course generally includes the completion of a substantial mathematical modeling project. Calculators and computers are used as tools in the course. Topics normally covered include additional applications of the derivative, an introduction to differential equations, slope fields, Euler's method, definite and indefinite integrals, numerical approximations of integrals, calculating area and total change of a function, and some applications of integrals. Students also focus on skills necessary for success on the AP BC Calculus examination. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4030 and MA4032). Students must either enroll in both semesters when registering or have completed AP Calc AB previously. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Wednesday, 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/ Optional

  •      MA4050

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Corequisite(s): MA4032 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics II

    MA4050 Modeling with DiffEQ

    In this course students examine what differential equations are and how they are used to model real-world phenomena. They also look at different techniques for solving differential equations and interpret their solutions in a real world context. Matrices and vector functions will be utilized to help prepare students for future coursework in Calculus and Linear Algebra. Analytical methods, geometric methods, and numerical methods are included. Technology is an important component of the course.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4060

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): MA4032 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics II
    Related Links: MA434, MA454, MA456, MA460, MA462, MA464, MA466, MA476

    MA4060 Multivariable Calculus

    This course begins with the theory and application of vector functions and partial derivatives. Topics include a vector approach to regression modeling, the Frenet-Serret equations, continuity and differentiability of functions of several variables, gradients and directional derivatives, and classic optimization problems. Numerical methods such as Newton's Method for solving non-linear systems and modeling with vector-valued functions of scalar and scalar-valued functions of a vector are included. Students will then continue their study of multivariable calculus including multiple integrals, the Jacobian and change of variables, vector fields, line and surface integrals, divergence and curl. Significant time is devoted to the study of Green's Theorem, Stokes' Theorem and the Divergence Theorem.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      MA4064

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): AP Calculus BC AND Score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC Exam

    MA4064 MA4064 Honors Multivariable Calculus with Applications I

    This is the first half of a university-level course in multivariable calculus. This course includes the theory and application of vector functions and partial derivatives. Topics include basic operations with vectors and parametric curves in 2- and 3-space, the Frenet Frame and Frenet-Serret equations, continuity and differentiability of functions of several variables, gradients and directional derivatives, and classic optimization problems. Additional topics and projects will be added throughout the course to explore interesting applications of calculus and differential equations.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Wednesday 8:30pm
    Online Weekend: October 3, 2020/ Optional

  •      MA4066

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): MA4066 Multivariable Calculus with Applications I

    MA4066 MA4066 Honors Multivariable Calculus with Applications II

    Students will continue their study of multivariable calculus including multiple integrals, the Jacobian and change of variables, vector fields, line and surface integrals, divergence and curl. Significant time is devoted to the study of Green's Theorem, Stokes' Theorem and the Divergence Theorem. Students will be expected to use formal mathematical proofs and to work on extended problem sets. Additional topics and projects will be added throughout the course to explore interesting applications of calculus and differential equations.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Wednesday 8:30pm
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/ Optional

  •      MA4100

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement

    MA4100 AP Statistics I

    MA4100 and MA4102 constitute a comprehensive introduction to statistics and include all of the topics on the AP Statistics syllabus. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4100 and MA4102). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4102

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): MA4100 AP Statistics w/ Advanced Topics I

    MA4102 AP Statistics II

    MA4100 and MA4102 constitute a comprehensive introduction to statistics and include all of the topics on the AP Statistics syllabus. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4100 and MA4102). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4110

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Corequisite(s): MA4000 Precalculus & Modeling w/ Advanced Topics I

    MA4110 Data Science I

    This course combines three perspectives: inferential thinking, computational thinking, and real-world relevance. Given data arising from some real-world phenomenon, how does one analyze that data so as to understand that phenomenon? The course teaches critical concepts and skills in computer programming and statistical inference, in conjunction with hands-on analysis of real-world datasets, including economic data, document collections, geographical data, and social networks. It delves into social issues surrounding data analysis such as privacy and design.

    Meeting Times:
    Four days a week including lab.

  •      MA4112

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): Course-ending grade of B+ or higher in MA4110 Foundations of Data Science

    MA4112 Data Science II

    Combining data, computation, and inferential thinking, data science is redefining how people and organizations solve challenging problems and understand their world. This second course in data science prepares students for future work in computer science and statistics courses as well as computational science courses in other fields. In this class, we explore key areas of data science including question formulation, data collection and cleaning, visualization, statistical inference, predictive modeling, and decision making.​ Through a strong emphasis on data centric computing, quantitative critical thinking, and exploratory data analysis, this class covers key principles and techniques of data science. These include languages for transforming, querying and analyzing data; algorithms for machine learning methods including regression, classification and clustering; principles behind creating informative data visualizations; statistical concepts of measurement error and prediction; and techniques for scalable data processing.

    Meeting Times:
    Four days a week including lab.

  •      MA4200/CS4200

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR Engineering and Computer Science Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement

    MA4200/CS4200 Cryptography

    Crosslisted as CS4200. This course introduces students to cryptographic methods used to encipher and decipher secret messages with an emphasis on using computer programming to automate the process. Through class discussions, problem solving, group activities, and programming assignments, students will learn a variety of encryption schemes ranging from the age of Caesar to modern public key encryption used to secure digital communications online. Students will learn introductory number theory and statistics to describe these methods and identify weaknesses that allow secret messages to be read without the key. Students will also learn programming topics such as variables, functions, conditional logic, looping, and file input/output in the Python language to implement each cryptographic method. This course will utilize a blended learning environment with large portions of material being taught online and utilizing in class time for working in groups.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4210

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): MA4000 Precalculus & Modeling w/ Advanced Topics I
    Related Links:

    MA4210 Topics in Civic Mathematics

    Topics in Civic Mathematics offers students an overview of a number of applications of mathematics, especially those topics that relate to the concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. Topics covered include fair division of resources and costs, voting methods, apportionment of legislative bodies, power of voting coalitions, graph theory and networks and recursive systems. The course will also extend students' knowledge of matrices and their use in applications related to the social sciences, as well as probability and univariate data analysis. Applications and modeling are central to this course of study. Students are expected to be involved in formulating and modeling problems, applying the appropriate mathematics to find solutions, and evaluating those solutions. Computers and calculators are incorporated as computational modeling aids. Activities in this course include lectures, weekly synchronous class meetings, discussions, projects, group activities and assessments.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4210

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1

    MA4210 MA4210 Honors Topics in Civic Mathematics

    Honors Topics in Civic Mathematics offers students an overview of a number of applications of mathematics, especially those topics that relate to the concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. Topics covered include fair division of resources and costs, voting methods, apportionment of legislative bodies, power of voting coalitions, graph theory and networks and recursive systems. The course will also extend students' knowledge of matrices and their use in applications related to the social sciences, as well as probability and univariate data analysis. Applications and modeling are central to this course of study. Students are expected to be involved in formulating and modeling problems, applying the appropriate mathematics to find solutions, and evaluating those solutions. Computers and calculators are incorporated as computational modeling aids. Activities in this course include lectures, weekly synchronous class meetings, discussions, projects, group activities and assessments.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Wednesday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: October 2, 2020/ Optional

  •      MA4220

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement

    MA4220 Mathematical Modeling

    Students with advanced mathematical knowledge are introduced to the creative and analytic aspects of modeling real-world phenomena. Models from engineering, biology, political science, management science, and everyday life are examined through a variety of techniques. When presented with a situation, students learn to develop, test, and revise an appropriate model. The course is project-oriented and focuses on applying the mathematics students already know. Group work is required, and students present their work in extensive written reports.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab OR 3 periods per week including 2 labs

    Requirements:
    Senior students only

  •      MA4230

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement

    MA4230 Complex Systems

    This course is a survey of topics involving complex systems and modern networks. Some of the topics studied in the course are fractals and iterated function systems, chaos and chaotic behavior, cellular automata and self-organization, genetic algorithms and neural networks. Web applications and computer programs are essential tools of the course. Familiarity with programming is advantageous but not necessary.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4230

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): MA4032 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics II OR AP Calculus BC

    MA4230 MA4230 Honors Complex Systems and Modern Networks

    This course is a survey of topics involving complex systems and modern networks. Some of the topics studied in the course are fractals and iterated function systems, chaos and chaotic behavior, cellular automata and self-organization, genetic algorithms and neural networks. Web applications and computer programs are essential tools of the course. Familiarity with programming is advantageous but not necessary.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Tuesday and Thursday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/ Optional

  •      MA4240

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): Previous knowledge of a programming langauge
    Corequisite(s): MA4032 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics II

    MA4240 Numerical Analysis

    This course, which requires familiarity with a programming language, introduces students to the theory and practice of computational methods to analyze mathematical problems. Topics include computer arithmetic and computational error, function approximation, numerical differentiation and integration, curve-fitting, solving non-linear equations and systems of equations, and numerical solutions to ordinary differential equations. This course is the equivalent of a one-semester university course in numerical analysis.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      MA4300

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement

    MA4300 Combinatorics and Game Theory

    This is a college-level mathematics course that introduces students to some of the major topics in combinatorics. Topics include permutations and combinations, binomial and multinomial expansions, inclusion-exclusion, methods of generating functions, recursive equations, and economic game theory.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4310

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): A- or higher in MA4500 OR Previous experience with rigorous proof writing AND Permission of the Dean of Mathematics

    MA4310 Topics in Theoretical Mathematics

    Selected topics from number theory, abstract algebra, and advanced combinatorics, are studied. They include divisibility properties of integers, special properties of prime numbers, congruences, Euler's Phi function, and some applications to fields such as cryptography and computer science. Students are expected to enter this course with previous experience in proof writing. Students with programming experience are encouraged to use this tool to investigate some of the ideas presented in the course. Strong interest and talent in mathematics are required.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4500

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement

    MA4500 Graph Theory with REX Math

    This course develops the theory and application of graphs, a major area of modern mathematics, and also provides an introduction to mathematical proof and research. Students develop their ability to make thoughtful conjectures, and to verify those conjectures with valid mathematical arguments. This is done by considering questions of graph structures and colorings, tree and path optimization, matrix representations, and some open questions in the field. Students are then required to investigate an open problem in which they demonstrate their ability to make conjectures and to write concise, complete, and coherent proofs. Strong interest and talent in mathematics are required.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4510

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): MA4500 AND Research Program Application

    MA4510 Research in Mathematics

    This course is designed for students who have completed calculus and would like to work on a research team investigating an unsolved problem in mathematics. Since the research questions usually arise from the fields of graph theory and complex systems, students are encouraged to complete MA4500 Graph Theory with REX Math and MA4230 Introduction to Complex Systems prior to enrolling or to have completed comparable coursework in 9th or 10th grade.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4512

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): MA4510 Research in Mathematics OR MA4520 Advanced Mathematical Topics I OR MA4522 Advanced Mathematics Topics II
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    MA4512 Research in Mathematics II

    This course continues the project begun in MA4510. Students write a formal paper presenting the background of the problem and any prior results found by other researchers. The students' results are then presented in standard mathematical form with all necessary detail in the proofs and corollaries presented. If the students' results warrant, the paper may be submitted for publication.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      MA4520

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Dean of Mathematics

    MA4520 Advanced Mathematical Topics I

    This course offers an opportunity for students with an especially strong background in mathematics to pursue a rigorous study of a topic outside the standard curriculum. The topic chosen may be in mathematics or a mathematical study of another field. Students are expected to make formal presentations and to write a paper on the topic. This course is intended for students who have exhausted the other course offerings in mathematics or who wish to do independent research in mathematics. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    3 periods per week AND 1 after school meeting per week with faculty sponsor from partner university

  •      MA4522

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Mathematics
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. This course meets the following graduation requirements: Math Requirement OR STEM and STEM Interdisciplinary Requirement
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Dean of Mathematics

    MA4522 Advanced Mathematical Topics II

    This course offers an opportunity for students with an especially strong background in mathematics to pursue a rigorous study of a topic outside the standard curriculum. The topic chosen may be in mathematics or a mathematical study of another field. Students are expected to make formal presentations and to write a paper on the topic. This course is intended for students who have exhausted the other course offerings in mathematics or who wish to do independent research in mathematics. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    3 periods per week AND 1 after school meeting per week with faculty sponsor from partner university

  •      MR3080

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Credits: One unit additional elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite courses required, however, students must apply, be accepted, and fully commit to the Mentorship Program. This course is required for juniors selected to the NCSSM Mentorship program via application reviewed by Director of Mentorship and Research and committee. The successful completion of this course with a minimum of a B is required to be accepted to continue the NCSSM Mentorship experience in the summer for Mentorship 1 students, in academic year for Mentorship 2 students, and summer/academic year for Mentorship 3 students.

    MR3080 Mentorship: Foundations in Research

    Foundations in Mentorship is a required course for NCSSM junior online and residential students selected for NCSSM Mentorship Program to prepare students to engage in their Mentorship experience with an off-campus mentor in the upcoming summer and/or academic year. This course equips students with research skills to be a proactive participant in an ongoing or independent research and the personal success skills necessary for the social and communication dynamics in a professional environment. Students will identify their strengths and weaknesses, implement tools for developing and evaluating goals, , and develop critical thinking skills as they apply techniques to acquire, read, understand, and synthesize primary research or professional literature or sources as well as engage in small group interactions to discuss peer reviewed research articles. As part of this course, students will begin a portfolio of materials demonstrating their growth and skill development, including a set of readings that relate to their research and a record of their reflection and activities throughout the journey. In addition, students will complete all necessary tasks to identify and secure a mentor for the student’s upcoming research experience and to be in compliance for their off-campus Mentorship experience.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week. Online and residential sections will be offered.

  •      MR4040

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives

    MR4040 Engage to Impact

  •      MR4050A

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Prerequisite(s): Requires acceptance to the NCSSM Mentorship 2 or Mentorship 3 program via application reviewed by the Director of Mentorship and Research and committee and successful completion of IE308 Mentorship Explorations with a grade of B or higher and an approved and committed mentor for the Mentorship experience (unless approved by the Director of Mentorship and Research).
    Related Links: IE3080

    MR4050A Mentorship: Senior Research

    Mentorship: Senior Research is a course required for students in Mentorship 2 and Mentorship 3 Programs. This course gives students ownership of their Mentorship opportunity by facilitating students’ professional and personal skills including reflecting on and achieving personal goals, crafting and delivering an effective message, and successfully engaging in a research project. Students will continue to investigate their curiosity and interests by making foundational connections between primary research or professional literature or sources and their own project. As part of this course, students will spend two afternoons per week engaging in their Mentorship experience with an off-campus mentor. A necessary part of that experience includes continuing to build their portfolio of materials demonstrating their growth and skill development, including a set of readings that relate to their particular area of Mentorship interest, a research proposal, a final professional product to communicate their findings, and a record of their reflection and activities throughout the journey. In addition, all students will be required to craft and deliver an oral presentation of their findings to a broad audience at the NCSSM Research Symposium community-wide event in the spring.

    Meeting Times:
    Two lab periods plus one additional meeting block per week. (Note: This course also overlaps the T/Th Flex Use Time.)

  •      MR4050B

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Credits: Two units core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Requires acceptance to the NCSSM Mentorship 2 or Mentorship 3 program via application reviewed by the Director of Mentorship and Research and committee and successful completion of IE308 Mentorship Explorations with a grade of B or higher and an approved and committed mentor for the Mentorship experience (unless approved by the Director of Mentorship and Research).
    Related Links: IE4050a

    MR4050B Mentorship: Senior Research

    Mentorship: Senior Research is a course required for students in Mentorship 2 and Mentorship 3 Programs. This course gives students ownership of their Mentorship opportunity by facilitating students’ professional and personal skills including reflecting on and achieving personal goals, crafting and delivering an effective message, and successfully engaging in a research project. Students will continue to investigate their curiosity and interests by making foundational connections between primary research or professional literature or sources and their own project. As part of this course, students will spend two afternoons per week engaging in their Mentorship experience with an off-campus mentor. A necessary part of that experience includes continuing to build their portfolio of materials demonstrating their growth and skill development, including a set of readings that relate to their particular area of Mentorship interest, a research proposal, a final professional product to communicate their findings, and a record of their reflection and activities throughout the journey. In addition, all students will be required to craft and deliver an oral presentation of their findings to a broad audience at the NCSSM Research Symposium community-wide event in the spring.

    Meeting Times:
    Two lab periods plus one additional meeting block per week. (Note: This course also overlaps the T/Th Flex Use Time.)

  •      MU3500

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Music
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    MU3500 Classical Piano and Guitar: Theory and Practice

    This course is a comprehensive study of instrumental music and theory through the idioms of piano and guitar. Largely self-paced, this course provides students the opportunity to learn the music repertoire and performance practice of guitar or piano. Students learn playing technique, note reading, chords, harmony, rhythm, and pitch. Students choose guitar or piano as their primary instrument. The course includes written music theory assignments, assigned songs to learn and perform for the instructor, a semester exam, and in-class performances. There is no prerequisite for this course. Students of all levels and experience are eligible. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week.

  •      MU4100

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Music
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    MU4100 Chorale

    NCSSM's Chorale is a vocal ensemble that studies and performs a variety of choral literature. This ensemble performs masterworks of choral literature in collaboration annually with other NCSSM musical ensembles. Concepts emphasized include ensemble techniques, vocal production, solfeggio, note reading, and other aspects of choral music. Interested students are encouraged to register for all semesters of this course. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Two evening class meetings. Some scheduled weekend rehearsals and weekend concerts.

  •      MU4110

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Music
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    MU4110 Wind Ensemble

    NCSSM's Wind Ensemble is an advanced wind band with an emphasis on standard wind band music literature and wind chamber music. Concepts emphasized include tone production, ensemble intonation, performance technique, and musical interpretation. Students interested in symphony orchestra literature are selected by audition to rehearse and perform with the NCSSM Orchestra on a regular basis. Interested students are encouraged to register for all semesters of this course. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Two periods per week including lab plus one evening class meeting. Some scheduled weekend rehearsals and weekend concerts.

  •      MU4120

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Music
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    MU4120 Jazz Performance Workshop

    This course is a comprehensive study of jazz music and theory. Students focus on the study of jazz literature, jazz styles, and improvisational skills. Largely self-paced, this course provides students the opportunity to learn jazz literature, theory, and performance practice. Students learn jazz technique, note reading, chords, harmony, rhythm, and style. The course includes written music theory assignments, assigned songs to learn and perform for the instructor, and in-class performances with public performances scheduled as appropriate. Students of all levels and experience are eligible. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week.

  •      MU4130

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Music
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    MU4130 Orchestra

    The NCSSM Orchestra is a string orchestra with an emphasis on masterpieces of string and symphony orchestra music literature. Concepts emphasized include performance technique, tone production, ensemble intonation, musical interpretation, and advanced string technique. Winds and percussion are added to the string section from the Wind Ensemble as required by the literature selected for performance. Interested students are encouraged to register for all semesters of this course. Repeatable for credit.

    Meeting Times:
    Two periods per week including lab plus one evening class meeting. Some scheduled weekend rehearsals and weekend concerts.

  •      MU4300

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Music
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    MU4300 Music Theory and Composition

    This course provides an understanding of classical and contemporary trends in music composition. Students learn fundamental concepts of music theory while learning how to use the latest technologies in musical notation. Students explore songwriting and music composition for various instruments. After understanding fundamental concepts and developing basic skills, students recognize and analyze contemporary trends in music composition and compose and arrange their own music.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week with additional asynchronous online components.

  •      MU4310

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Music
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): MU4300.

    MU4310 AP Music Theory

    This course is a continuation of MU4300 Music Theory and Composition, with an emphasis on preparation for the AP Music Theory exam. Major concepts include musical terminology, analysis, ear training, four-part writing for orchestra and voice, and musical forms.

    Meeting Times:
    Two periods per week with additional asynchronous online components.

  •      MU4320

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    MU4320 Audio and Digital Music Production

    This course employs “hands-on” discovery and application of concepts in music production in the digital realm, focusing on concepts in acoustics, creativity, and music production. Topics include: principles of acoustics, microphones, microphone techniques, digital recording, mixing consoles and mixing theory, production, effects and dynamics processing, stereo and multi-track editing, step sequencing, and open source software applications. Each student completes multiple recording, sequencing, and editing projects.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week.

  •      MU4330

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Music
    Credits: This course does not count towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): MU4320

    MU4330 Advanced Audio Recording Technology

    This course is a continuation of MU4320 Audio and Digital Music Production. This course includes advanced topics such as multi-track digital editing, advanced mixing theory, a variety of recording sessions, and live sound support. Students are expected to complete a major recording project during the semester.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week.

  •      MU4400

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    MU4400 History of Western Music

    This course is a chronological survey of Western art music focusing primarily on the Baroque, Viennese, and Romantic eras of Western music history. Students learn to listen to and analyze music critically, as a vehicle to understanding theoretical and historical trends of each stylistic period. Overviews of composers and their musical styles serve as a conceptual focus for the music that students examine in each historical period. A key component of the course is regular listening labs in which students sharpen their powers of listening and concentration and apply concepts and theories they have learned in the course to their analyses of selected musical compositions and performances.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      MU4410

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Humanities Electives
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    MU4410 Twentieth-century Music History

    This course is a chronological survey of twentieth-century music, focusing primarily on the late Romantic era, Impressionism, Expressionism, Nationalism, Serialism, and twentieth-century American music. Students use music and listening as a vehicle to understanding theoretical and historical trends of each stylistic period. Overviews of the composers and their musical styles serve as a conceptual focus for the music that students examine in each historical period. A key component of the course is regular listening labs in which students sharpen their powers of listening and concentration and apply concepts and theories they have learned in the course to their analyses of selected musical compositions and performances.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      PA1000

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1000 Racquet Sports I: Badminton and Pickle Ball

    Course will focus on the racquet sports of Badminton and Pickle Ball; sports played over a net using rackets with stroking techniques that vary from relatively slow to quick movements. Students will be able to understand the equipment, rules, strategies and etiquette for each sport. Students will be introduced to basic and intermediate skills for each sport.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PA1001

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1001 Racquet Sports II: Tennis and Racquetball

    Course will focus on the racquet sports of Tennis and Racquetball; sports played over a net using rackets with stroking techniques that vary from relatively slow to quick movements. Students will be able to understand the equipment, rules, strategies and etiquette for each sport. Students will be introduced to basic and intermediate skills for each sport.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PA1002

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1002 Outdoor Recreation

    Course will cover elements in outdoor recreation to include: hiking, mountain biking and rock wall climbing. Students will get an exposure of different outdoor recreational activities and use leadership skills in planning activities. They will get the opportunity to explore local parks and trails, gain an appreciation of outdoor education and make it a part of a healthy lifestyle.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PA1003

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1003 Disc Sports: Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf

    Course will focus on the disc sports of Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf. Students will be introduced to basic and intermediate skills of each sport and will understand the rules of the game to play with peers. Students will also learn how to track fitness and make it a part of a healthy lifestyle.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PA1004

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1004 Archery

    Course will focus on Archery and being able to understand the equipment, safety rules, and steps of shooting. Students will be introduced to basic and intermediate skills and learn the steps and technique for nocking and safely shooting an arrow. Students will learn how to track fitness and make it a part of a healthy lifestyle.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PA1005

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1005 Weight Training for Sports and Fitness

    This course provides instruction in the fundamental techniques, principles, and concepts in weight training. Emphasis is on utilizing proper form with each exercise involving resistance to safely obtain increased muscle tone, endurance, strength, or power. Besides performing weight training to become toned, shaped, or stronger, students can design and execute a program specifically geared to enhancing performance in a sport, or to meet other personal fitness goals. Students will learn how to track fitness and make it a part of a healthy lifestyle.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PA1006

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1006 Team Sports

    Course will cover various team sports depending on the interest of the class. Students will be introduced to various sports and learn basic and intermediate skills of each sport while understanding the rules of each sport. Students will learn how to track fitness and make it a part of a healthy lifestyle.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PA1007

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1007 Pilates and Yoga

    Students learn the fundamentals of the Pilates method of exercise, along with basic Yoga movements and poses. Both systems of movement emphasize the use of breath to support mindful movement that develops strength and flexibility. The Pilates mat work is especially effective in the development of core strength, while the Yoga emphasizes flow, balance, and flexibility. No previous experience with Pilates or Yoga is required. Students will learn how to track fitness and make it a part of a healthy lifestyle.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PA1008

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1008 Self Defense

    This course introduces students to personal safety and awareness. Topics of study include the recognition of dangerous situations and instruction in basic self defense moves and counters. Students meet in class weekly for 90 minutes and are expected to participate in two additional weekly exercise sessions beyond the class meeting to comply with the Surgeon General's recommendation of three moderate exercise sessions weekly.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PA1009

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1009 Hiking

    This course provides students the ability to plan and lead a successful hike. Students will be able to understand the rules and etiquette of hiking on the road, greenways and trails. They will acquire values from a lifelong activity that contributes to a healthy lifestyle.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PA1020

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course does not count towards you required 5 enrollments per trimester.  This course meets the following graduation requirements: Physical Activity Requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    PA1020 Fit for Life

    This course is for those who are serious about getting in shape through extremely rigorous exercise. The curriculum will focus is on overall toning and strengthening of the entire body. Every two weeks students participate in a different workout including resistance training, plyometrics, kickboxing, pilates, abdominal exercises, cardio strengthening, and yoga. Students will learn how to track fitness and make it a part of a healthy lifestyle.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week including lab.

  •      PH3040

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit of core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): none

    PH3040 Astronomy

    This introductory astronomy course focuses on using observations to create predictive models. Physics and chemistry concepts are introduced as needed. Topics include the motion of the night sky, seasons, phases of the moon, our solar system, photometry, spectroscopy, and stellar structure. Students use computers extensively to analyze data and access resources. Opportunities for binocular and nighttime sky observations are available. NOTE: Due to overlap of some content and mastery beyond the scope of this course, this is not an appropriate course for students who have completed Astrophysics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a physics exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      PH3125

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): Honors Physics/ AP Physics/ Pre-Calculus

    PH3125 PH3125 Honors Computational Physics

    Students will be introduced to basic methods of numerical analysis and will learn to write programs in the Python programming language to solve and analyze physics problems utilizing these methods. Data from cutting edge physics will be analyzed, including particle physics from CERN, gravitational waves from LIGO, and products of cosmic rays. Students will also create simulations of physics events both numerically and visually using VPython. This course is typically offered at the upper undergraduate/graduate at most universities, and requires a strong physics background and at least 12 to 14 hours/week of dedicated time.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Thursday 8:00pm
    Online Weekend: May 1, 2021/ Optional

  •      PH3500

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit of core physics graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): none

    PH3500 Physics Core: Mechanics

    This course provides an algebra-based foundation in the processes of physics, with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative reasoning. Topics explored focus primarily on mechanics (including forces, momentum, and energy) and an introduction to electrostatics. Students gain experience with problem solving, laboratory practice, and scientific communication. Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take a variety of courses that satisfy the physics graduation requirement. Credit cannot be earned for both PH3500 Physics Core: Mechanics and PH4020 Physics Core: Mechanics (MI).

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab

    Requirements:
    Placement in this course is determined by the Dean of Science

  •      PH3900

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): none

    PH3900 Research Experience in Physics (*R*)

    This introductory course is for students who want to pursue a research opportunity in physics. No previous physics coursework is required. The course begins with an exploration of data analysis, experimental design, and/or reading and writing scientific papers. The majority of the course will be devoted to working on individual and/or small group research projects. The instructor will work with each student to identify a research question based on students' interests; possible topic areas may be restricted at the instructor's discretion based on available resources and/or instructor expertise. The course culminates with students writing a final paper describing their research and giving a formal presentation of their findings.

    Meeting Times:
    Intensive 16 days of January Term

    Requirements:
    Students with a physics exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      PH3920

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit of core physics graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of one Core Physics course (PH3500; PH4020; PH4240; PH353 or PH401)

    PH3920 Waves Sound, and Optics

    This course investigates the physics and application of waves, with emphasis on sound and light waves. We will study how waves are produced, travel, and interact with materials, how sound waves are used to create music, and how light waves are used in technologies including microscopes, spectrometers, interferometers, and lasers. Topics covered include wave properties; wave behaviors including reflection, refraction, interferences, and diffraction; physics of music; geometric optics; and physics of color. The course has a strong lab component, and students will have the opportunity to complete several short projects. This course includes topics that satisfy the physics graduation requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a physics exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      PH4000

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core physics graduation requirement or core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Physics Core - Mechanics

    PH4000 Physics Core: E&M

    This course provides an algebra-based foundation in the areas of Electromagnetism and Waves, with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative reasoning. Electrostatics concepts learned in Physics Core - Mechanics will be expanded upon and new topics will be explored including Mechanical Waves, Simple Harmonic Motion, Circuits, and Magnetism. Students gain experience with problem solving, laboratory practice, and scientific communication. This course, together with Physics Core: Mechanics, covers the majority of material typically found in a year-long introductory course. This course includes topics that satisfy the physics core elective requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab

    Requirements:
    Credit cannot be earned for both PH4000 Physics Core: E&M and PH40120 Physics Core: E&M (MI).

  •      PH4020

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit of core physics graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): none

    PH4020 Physics Core: Mechanics (Math Intensive) (*M*)

    This course provides a precalculus-based foundation in the processes of physics, with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative reasoning. Topics explored focus primarily on mechanics (including forces, momentum, and energy) and an introduction to electrostatics. Students gain experience with problem solving, laboratory practice, and scientific communication. Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take a variety of courses that satisfy the core physics elective requirement. Credit cannot be earned for both PH353 Core Physics and PH401 Core Physics.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Placement in the core is determined by the Dean of Science

  •      PH4120

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit of core physics graduation requirement or core STEM graduation requirement or core elective.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of PH401 or permission of the Chair of Physics
    Corequisite(s): Precalculus iwth Advanced Topics 2

    PH4120 Physics Core: E&M (Math Intensive) (*M*)

    This course provides a precalculus-based foundation in the areas of Electromagnetism and Waves, with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative reasoning. Topics explored will include an expansion on electrostatics from PH401Core, Mechanical Waves, Simple Harmonic Motion, Circuits, and Magnetism. Students gain experience with problem solving, laboratory practice, and scientific communication. Together with PH401, this course covers the majority of material typically found in a year long introductory course. This course includes topics that satisfy the physics graduation requirement. Credit cannot be earned for both PH353 EM and PH401 EM.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      PH4130

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core physics graduation requirement or core STEM elective or core elective credit or core Engineering graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): PH3500 Physics Core: Mechanics; PH4020 Physics Core: Mechanics (MI) or PH4240 AP Physics C Mechanics

    PH4130 Computational Physics

    Students are introduced to basic methods of numerical analysis and programming. Students learn basic programming skills, program structure, and write programs in the Python programming language to solve problems utilizing these methods. Students will write programs to visually represent and analyze laboratory-collected data and big data. Students also create simulations of physics events both numerically and visually. Analyzed systems will include oscillatory systems and electromagnetic systems. This course includes topics that satisfy the physics core elective requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a physics exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      PH4180

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core physics graduation requirement or core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Grade of A- or higher in Physics Core-Mechanics, or B+ or higher in Physics Core-Mechanics (Math Intensive), or B+ or higher in Physics-E&M(MI) with a modified exemption, or exemption from NCSSM core physics requirement. MA355 Precalculus and Modeling.

    PH4180 Astrophysics (*R*)

    This course uses ideas from physics (such as properties of light, Newtonian gravity, and special and general relativity) to investigate topics such as the solar system, stars, and cosmology. Mathematical modeling is emphasized throughout the course as an important tool for astrophysicists, as are scientific communication and research practices. The course ends with students completing a major research project on a topic that they find particularly interesting. This course includes topics that satisfy the physics core elective requirement.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a physics exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      PH4220

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core STEM elective or core elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Physics Core-Mechanics (Math Intensive) or AP Physics C-Mechanics, or exemption of NCSSM Physics, or permission of the Chair of Physics.

    PH4220 Advanced Physics Problem Solving

    The course is for students who want to expand the range of physics problems they are able to solve. Students will solve problems in the areas of physics covered on the AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 syllabi, with emphasis on topics not covered in NCSSM's core physics courses. Students will be expected to learn content from independent textbook readings and come to class prepared to discuss the material and apply it to solve problems. Topics covered may include rotational mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics, wave motion, electromagnetism, optics, and other areas. Students will work in groups to solve problems in class and present their solutions, and will work additional problems for homework. Calculus is not required for problems addressed in this course. This course may be used to help students prepare to take the AP Physics 1 or AP Physics 2 exams, or to prepare for the International Physics Olympiad competition.

    Meeting Times:
    January Term, Intensive

    Requirements:
    Students with a physics exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      PH4240

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core physics graduation requirement or core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Final grade of A- or higher in PH3500 (PH353) Physics or final grade of B+ or higher in PH4020 (PH401) Physics with Advanced Topics or PH402 Physics with Advanced Topics II. Students with previous lab-based physics courses who wish to take AP-C Physics should read the FAQs for Junior Physics Placement or Senior Physics Placement for alternative ways to qualify for enrollment in this course.
    Corequisite(s): MA4030 (MA430) Calculus BC I or MA4032 (MA432) Calculus BC II

    PH4240 AP Physics C: Mechanics

    This course provides an in depth study of classical mechanics: Newton’s Laws, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, and an in depth study of angular momentum, rotational mechanics, oscillating systems and gravitational fields. There is a strong problem-solving emphasis throughout the course and a lab component. Calculus is used where needed and is treated at a level appropriate to students who are taking AP Calculus BC. Completion of PH4240 may be used to prepare for the Mechanics portion of the AP C Physics examination, but its breadth and depth are significantly higher than that of a typical AP C Physics course.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      PH4241

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core physics graduation requirement or core STEM elective graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Final grade of B or higher in PH4240 AP Physics C: Mechanics or exemption, and MA422 AP Calculus BC (II).
    Corequisite(s): MA432

    PH4241 AP Physics C: E&M

    This course provides a detailed study of electromagnetism. The course begins with an overview of electric forces and fields, Gauss' law, capacitance, and voltage. Later topics include electric circuits (R, RC, and RL), electromagnetism, Ampere's law, induction, and the Faraday/Lenz law. Emphasis is on the completion of the AP C Physics curriculum. There is a strong problem-solving emphasis and the course includes a lab component. Calculus is used where needed and is treated at a level appropriate to students who have taken AP Calculus BC. Completion of this course may be used to prepare for the electricity and magnetism portion of the AP C Physics examination. The breadth and depth of this course are significantly higher than that of a typical AP C physics course.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

  •      PH4250

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core STEM elective or core elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of PH406 or PH401a/b with a B+ or higher, or PH353a/b with an A- or higher and any high school calculus course, or exemption of NCSSM Physics, or permission of Chair of Physics. Grade of A- or higher in Physics Core-Mechanics and Physics-E&M, or Grade of B+ or higher in Physics Core-Mechanics (MI) and Physics E&M(MI), or completion of AP Physics C: E&M, or exemption from NCSSM core physics requirement, or permission of the Chair of Physics.
    Corequisite(s): MA355

    PH4250 Modern Physics

    This course continues the Physics core sequence by surveying the physics developed since the start of the twentieth century. Topics are selected from special and general relativity, atomic and nuclear structure, particle- wave duality, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, and grand unified theories. The laboratory experience in this course emphasizes the use of the computer in both the collection and the analysis of laboratory data. Activities in this course are designed to encourage the development of the following skills: excellence in qualitative and quantitative problem solving, independent learning from the course textbooks, careful and thoughtful experimental habits in lab, and proficiency in writing lab reports.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a physics exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      PH4260

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core STEM elective or one core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of PH406 or PH401a/b with a B+ or higher, or PH353a/b with an A- or higher and any high school calculus course, or exemption of NCSSM Physics, or permission of Chair of Physics. Grade of A- or higher in Physics Core-Mechanics and Physics-E&M, or Grade of B+ or higher in Physics Core-Mechanics (MI) and Physics E&M(MI), or completion of AP Physics C: E&M, or exemption from NCSSM core physics requirement, or permission of the Chair of Physics.

    PH4260 Quantum Mechanics

    This course provides an introduction to the quantum mechanical world where objects can behave as both waves and particles. It complements PH410 Modern Physics and goes into much more detail regarding the need for and development of quantum mechanics at the beginning of the 20th century. The course begins with an overview of wave and particle behaviors in classical mechanics and electromagnetism. When classical models fail to explain some behaviors of particles and electromagnetic waves, students learn how the early quantum models of Bohr, Planck, Einstein and others eventually led to the discovery of quantum mechanics in the 1920’s by de Broglie, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Born and others. The course includes concepts and applications of the Schrodinger equation to phenomena such as spectroscopy and radioactivity. Students will also explore a contemporary topic in quantum mechanics of their choice (examples may include quantum computers, quantum teleportation, quantum dots, etc.).

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a physics exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      PH4280

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core STEM graduation requirement or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Astrophysics.

    PH4280 Galaxies and Cosmology

    TThis course emphasizes the origin, structure, and evolution of massive stars and the events that lead to supernovas, black holes, and neutron stars. The origin, structure, and evolution of galaxies and the universe are also studied in detail. Students are expected to integrate physics and chemistry principles into the study of both stellar and galactic structure and evolution. Opportunities for telescope observation and image processing projects are available.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week including lab.

    Requirements:
    Students with a physics exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      PH4920

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): By application in the Fall of the Junior year.

    PH4920 Research in Physics I (*R*)

    This is an advanced course for January Term junior students with the maturity, independence, and motivation necessary to conduct their own research project. Students learn the scientific method and experimental design before conducting a trial experiment on a small scale. Students then write a mini- literature review on the topic of interest to them. Throughout the term students read from the primary scientific literature and participate in discussion groups on current issues in biological research. Students with a final grade of P or higher are expected to continue in Research in Physics II. This course includes a significant research component.

    Meeting Times:
    Immersive 8 days for the First Session of January Term.

  •      PH4921

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core physics graduation requirement or core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the immersive two week JanTerm course Research in Physics I. Students with Junior standing apply in the Fall for entry to the Research in Physics sequence.

    PH4921 Research in Physics II (*R*)

    This is an advanced course for second semester junior students with the maturity, independence, and motivation necessary to conduct their own research project. Students learn the scientific method and experimental design before conducting a trial experiment on a small scale. Students write a literature review on a topic of interest to them. Students then write a detailed research proposal and defend it to a panel of their peers. If time permits, students begin to learn techniques and to gather data for their experiments. Throughout the term, students read from the primary scientific literature and participate in discussion groups on current issues in physics research. Based on the outcomes of the term's work, students may be given an opportunity to participate in summer research programs on campus. Students with a final grade of B or higher are expected to continue in PH446 Research in Physics III during fall semester of their senior year.

    Meeting Times:
    Seven periods per week including three labs.

    Requirements:
    Students with Junior standing apply in the Fall for entry in January Term and Winter trimester. Students with a physics exemption may use this course to satisfy the Science graduation requirement.

  •      PH4922

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Credits: One unit core STEM elective or core elective credit
    Prerequisite(s): PH444 or permission of Chair of Physics.

    PH4922 Research in Physics III (*R*)

    Students continue work on their previous research to produce additional data and conduct statistical analysis, as needed. They may research extension questions based on their original work. Students write a formal research paper and prepare a formal presentation. Students are required to present their results at the NCSSM Research Symposium in the spring and are encouraged to present their research at the North Carolina Student Academy of Science competition and other competitions.

    Meeting Times:
    Seven periods per week including three labs.

  •      RE1002

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Student Life
    Credits: One unit residential education credit

    RE1002 Cornerstone: Foundational Life Skills

    Using a holistic education approach of self-discovery, self-realization, and wellness, this course helps students integrate into the life and culture of NCSSM and to establish the foundation necessary for academic and personal success in the classroom, in relationships, and in community living at NCSSM and beyond. Topics include time management, conflict management and healthy relationships, diversity, and resume-writing and interview skills.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week.

  •      RE1010

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Student Life
    Credits: One unit residential education credit
    Prerequisite(s): RE1002

    RE1010 Exploring Multicultural America

    This course explores how issues of race, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability interact to form the diverse nation in which we live. Students learn the history of prejudice, discrimination, power, and privilege in the United States and discuss the impact it has on today's society. Students also reflect on their own experiences, identities and biases and how each has shaped their own worldview.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week.

  •      RE1012

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Student Life
    Credits: One unit residential education credit
    Prerequisite(s): RE1002

    RE1012 Public Speaking

    Public speaking aims to inform, convince, influence, persuade, or entertain a group of people. The development of public speaking skills, valuable in itself, can also contribute to one's self-confidence, organizational skills, listening skills, and anxiety-management. In this course, students learn to write and deliver effective speeches. This includes learning the effective use of presentation aids, supporting arguments, communication ethics, and speech organization. Successful completion of this course prepares the student for RE114 Public Speaking II.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week.

  •      RE1016

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Student Life
    Credits: One unit residential education credit
    Prerequisite(s): RE1002

    RE1016 Marketing You

    This course utilizes discussion and cooperative learning experiences to help students identify their strengths and learn how to best market themselves in the professional world. Focus is on using social media as a tool to identify promising career options, writing an effective resume, and learning techniques for professional interviews.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week.

  •      RE1018

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Student Life
    Credits: One unit residential education credit
    Prerequisite(s): RE1002
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    RE1018 Excellence in Leadership

    As stated in the Disney Organizational Leadership (DOL) course description: “. . . as important as theory and application are to the learning process, it all begins with the heart and character of the leader.” Based on concepts from the (DOL) course, students assess their own leadership styles and practice various leadership techniques. Students examine the type of leadership required to create and maintain high levels of excellence on the individual level and in small group, organizational, and community environments.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week.

  •      RE1020

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Student Life
    Credits: One unit residential education credit
    Prerequisite(s): RE1002

    RE1020 Financial Planning

    Many high school and college graduates find themselves in serious financial trouble and in a debt cycle that can be difficult to reverse, causing the deferment or loss of some of their plans and dreams. Learning some simple and sound money management skills during high school can help students take charge of their financial future and can help set them on the path to realizing their important life goals. In this course, students learn basic money management skills such as budgeting, borrowing, earnings, investing, financial services, identity protection, and insurance. We teach practical application of these skills that students can put to immediate use.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week.

  •      RE1022

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Student Life
    Credits: One unit residential education credit
    Prerequisite(s): RE1002

    RE1022 NCSSM to College

    The course, co-taught as a collaboration between the Residential Education and Counseling departments, is designed to assist students in creating pathways to college and career success. This course is taken by all juniors during the second semester junior year to prepare them to navigate the college application and selection process, and to provide them with the professional skills necessary to successfully apply for scholarships, internships, and jobs. Course content focuses on helping students to identify and articulate their strengths, writing an effective resume, identifying and selecting colleges and opportunities of interest based on personal fit, applying for financial aid, and developing techniques for college and professional interviews. By the end of the course students will have a list of colleges to which they intend to apply, a completed draft of their Common Application, a timeline for their personal college application process including scholarship and aid deadlines, a professional resume, and a connection to resources that can help them continue their college decision process after the course has finished.

    Meeting Times:
    One period per week.

  •      SE4001

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: This course counts towards your required 5 enrollments per semester and carries general elective credit.
    Prerequisite(s): None

    SE4001 Emergency Care of Illness and Injuries

    This course prepares students to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and First Aid emergencies. Students learn skills necessary to give immediate first aid and CPR or breathing until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. We look at environmental conditions, mechanics and classification of injury, bloodborne pathogens and taking action. Along with the anatomy of injuries and preventive measures, students also learn how to take blood pressure, pulses and respiration. Along with learning the anatomy and immediate care of injuries and emergency situations of different sections of the body, we discuss shoulder, knee, elbow etc. The course considers equipment that could be applied to help reduce injuries along with devices to assist in caring for an individual, such as spine board and air splints. We conclude with concussion assessment. This is a hands on class where you will be palpating your own and your partner's body.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week.

  •      SP3051

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.

    SP3051 Journeys into Spanish I

    Students embark on a journey of linguistic and cultural exploration as they take the first steps towards becoming proficient in Spanish. This course is for students who have not studied Spanish before or who have appropriate NCSSM placement. Students learn to negotiate meaning among individuals, interpret written and spoken meaning, and to present meaning via oral and written messages that focus on the themes of self, family, friends, and everyday activities in the present tense. Students will be able to greet people in Spanish, identify themselves, talk about classes and school life, discuss everyday activities, talk about family and friends, talk about pastimes,and make plans and invitations. Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are interwoven throughout the course. Web-based exercises, videos, and songs aid students in their acquisition of grammatical concepts, new vocabulary, and listening skills.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      SP3052

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): SP3051.
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    SP3052 Journeys in Spanish II

    Students embark on a journey of linguistic and cultural exploration as they take the first steps towards becoming proficient in Spanish. This course is for students who have completed Journeys I or who have appropriate NCSSM placement. Students learn to negotiate meaning among individuals, interpret written and spoken meaning, and to present meaning via oral and written messages that focus on the themes of self, family, friends, and everyday activities in the present tense. Students also learn to address the same themes within an introduction to the past tense and begin to develop the ability to tell a story in the past. Students will be able to discuss and plan a vacation, talk about how they feel, talk about and describe clothing, express preferences in a store, negotiate and pay for items they buy, describe their daily routine and personal hygiene, and talk about and describe food and order food in a restaurant. Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are interwoven throughout the course. Web-based exercises, videos, and songs aid students in their acquisition of grammatical concepts, new vocabulary, and listening skills.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      SP3250

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    SP3250 Breakthroughs in Spanish

    Students will enrich their Spanish language knowledge through readings and interpretations of authentic texts in the target language. This course is for students with previous experience in the language and appropriate NCSSM placement. Over the course of the semester, students will reinforce grammar and vocabulary knowledge as well as deepen cultural knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world. By the end of the course, students will be able to decode level appropriate Spanish, read with sufficient accuracy and level appropriate fluency, find and interpret key ideas and details, and make inferences in the target language. Authentic texts, videos, and listening comprehension from the target language are the main modes of instruction. This course not only reviews material from the Journeys series, but stresses emphasis on applied language skills such as reading and speaking. By the end of the course, students will be able to have level-appropriate conversations and will have improved their writing skills in Spanish.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      SP3651

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): SP3052 or SP3250 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    SP3651 Navigating in Spanish I

    Students continue to navigate their linguistic and cultural journeys in Spanish. Students begin to read short stories and narratives and to comprehend a wider array of media produced in Spanish. Students also begin to develop understanding of nuances of the language. Students learn to negotiate meaning among individuals, interpret written and spoken meaning, and to present meaning via oral and written messages, primarily in the past tense. Students further develop their proficiency in the language by reading short texts, viewing video programs, and using the language in everyday conversational situations. Students will be able to express congratulations and gratitude and to talk about a variety of topics—including health and medical conditions and technology and electronics. Students continue to explore cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. Students have access to web-based exercises and tutorials, video activities, individual and group projects, as well as film and documentaries, to aid them in the acquisition of grammatical concepts and new vocabulary.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      SP3652

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): SP3651 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    SP3652 Navigating in Spanish II

    Students continue to navigate their linguistic and cultural journeys in Spanish. Students continue to read short stories and narratives and to comprehend a wider array of media produced in Spanish. Students also continue develop understanding of nuances of the language. Students learn to negotiate meaning among individuals, interpret written and spoken meaning, and to present meaning via oral and written messages, primarily in the past tense. Students will also begin to be able to express their wishes, wants, and desires by using the subjunctive mood. Students further develop their proficiency in the language by reading short texts, viewing video programs, and using the language in everyday conversational situations. Students will be able to describe their home or apartment, talk about household chores, give instructions, discuss environmental issues, express beliefs and opinions, give advice to others, and discuss daily errands and city life. Students continue to explore cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. Students have access to web-based exercises and tutorials, video activities, individual and group projects, as well as film and documentaries, to aid them in the acquisition of grammatical concepts and new vocabulary.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      SP3850

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    SP3850 Explorations in Spanish: Climate Change (Topic for 2020-2021)

    Explorations in Spanish is an intermediate course for students who want to improve practical Spanish language skills while communicating about climate change. Through interviews, case studies, projects and authentic materials in Spanish, students will describe the effects of climate change on Spanish-speaking regions and be able to explain those effects from the perspective of various Spanish-speaking communities. Students will use Spanish to discuss course topics in class as well as to research and present class projects.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      SP4051

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): SP3652 or SP3850 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
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    SP4051 Advanced Spanish for Global Applications I

    In this level of Spanish, students' exploration into the language continues but expands to encompass elements that reflect the breadth and depth of the Spanish-speaking world and its cultures. Students will explore the culture, history, society, and literature of various Spanish-speaking peoples as they continue to acquire proficiency in the language. Through a rich program of original short films, audio activities, cultural readings, and authentic literary selections, students improve their understanding of spoken Spanish and develop their speaking, reading, and writing skills. Classroom activities emphasize communication, allowing students to interact and apply what they are learning. An accompanying web-based program provides additional language exercises. The course content is theme-focused and speaks to current as well as perennial issues, such as family, society, and the natural world and its protection. These topics inform class discussions and debates and serve as the basis for writing in Spanish.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      SP4052

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): SP4051 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.
    Related Links:

    SP4052 Advanced Spanish for Global Applications II

    In this level of Spanish, students' exploration into language continues but expands to encompass elements that reflect the breadth and depth of the Spanish-speaking world and its cultures. Students will explore the culture, history, society, and literature of various Spanish-speaking peoples as they continue to acquire proficiency in the language. Through a rich program of original short films, audio activities, cultural readings, and authentic literary selections, students improve their understanding of spoken Spanish and continue to develop their speaking, reading, and writing skills. Classroom activities emphasize communication, allowing students to interact and apply what they are learning. An accompanying web-based program provides additional language exercises. The course content is theme-focused and speaks to current as well as perennial issues, such as family, society, and the natural world and its protection. These topics inform class discussions and debates and serve as the basis for writing in Spanish.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      SP4651

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): SP4052 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    SP4651 Readings in Spanish with Topics I

    This course encourages students to synthesize language, ideas, and culture in new and rich ways. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this course is designed to serve as a bridge between language study and literature. The course is an exploration of Hispanic literature, culture, and society through a variety of genres, including short stories, poetry, plays, films, the arts, and brief critical essays. Students develop an advanced vocabulary and improved reading comprehension. They discuss and write about the issues and themes presented in the readings as they explore different points of view and forms of creative expression. Students are invited to participate in the creative process by transforming their responses to assigned readings into drawings, paintings, songs, dances, photography, collages, or any other previously approved creative form of their choosing. Students develop their writing skills in personal and descriptive narratives as well as essays that compare and contrast, critique, and persuade. They learn to edit their writing through discussion with the instructor, peer editing, by using an editing key, and through rewrites. Students review grammatical structures and make oral presentations.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      SP4652

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): SP4651 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    SP4652 Readings in Spanish with Topics II

    This course encourages students to continue to synthesize language, ideas, and culture in new and rich ways. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this course is designed to serve as a bridge between language study and literature. The course is an exploration of Hispanic literature, culture, and society through a variety of genres, including short stories, poetry, plays, films, the arts, and brief critical essays. Students develop an advanced vocabulary and improved reading comprehension and higher thinking skills in Spanish. Students discuss and write about the issues and themes presented in the readings as they explore different points of view and forms of creative expression. Students are invited to participate in the creative process by transforming their responses to assigned readings into drawings, paintings, songs, dances, photography, collages, or any other previously approved creative form of their choosing. Students develop their writing skills in personal and descriptive narratives as well as essays that compare and contrast, critique, and persuade. They learn to edit their writing through discussion with the instructor, peer editing, by using an editing key, and through rewrites. Students review grammatical structures and make oral presentations.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      SP4851

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): SP4652 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    SP4851 Advanced Readings in Spanish with Topics I

    Literature in Spanish encompasses writers from Latin America, Spain, and the United States. Reading this literature opens a window into the minds of Spanish-speaking peoples and their cultures. In this course, we invite students to explore this fascinating world and to experience the richness, depth, and variety of its literary expression. Our knowledge of the language prepares us to better appreciate some of the great contributions to world literature, both modern and classical, by writers from all corners of the Spanish-speaking world. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this courses are designed for students with a particularly strong background in Spanish language, reading, and writing. Students explore topics in literature and culture that are beyond the standard curriculum. They read from a variety of genres such as the short story, poetry, plays, essays, and the novel as well as articles related to topics ranging from the practical to the abstract. They develop intensive reading strategies and a more advanced vocabulary, and they write persuasive essays that defend a thesis. Students continue to review advanced grammatical topics and continue to develop their discussion skills in Spanish. Students make oral presentations in Spanish and complete a paper or independent project in Spanish on a topic of interest.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      SP4852

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: World Languages
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. It meets a world language graduation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): SP4851 or permission of the Dean of Humanities.

    SP4852 Advanced Readings in Spanish with Topics II

    Literature in Spanish encompasses writers from Latin America, Spain, and the United States. Reading this literature opens a window into the minds of Spanish-speaking peoples and their cultures. In this course, we invite students to explore this fascinating world and to experience the richness, depth, and variety of its literary expression. Our knowledge of the language prepares us to better appreciate some of the great contributions to world literature, both modern and classical, by writers from all corners of the Spanish-speaking world. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this courses are designed for students with a particularly strong background in Spanish language, reading, and writing. Students explore topics in literature and culture that are beyond the standard curriculum. They read from a variety of genres such as the short story, poetry, plays, essays, and the novel as well as articles related to topics ranging from the practical to the abstract. They develop intensive reading strategies and a more advanced vocabulary, and they write persuasive essays that defend a thesis. Students continue to review advanced grammatical topics and continue to develop their discussion skills in Spanish. Students make oral presentations in Spanish and complete a paper or independent project in Spanish on a topic of interest.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab.

  •      SS4000

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): None

    SS4000 SS4000 Honors International Relations

    Patterns of change and continuity characterize international relations across time. City-state interactions in ancient Greece resemble dynamics of great power relations today, such as those between the United States and China. However, we also find that new technologies (nuclear and cyber weapons,) shared threats (climate change and terrorism,) and the spread of liberal democracy alter these interactions in sometimes counterintuitive ways. International Relations (IR) introduces the formal study of how countries interrelate, focusing on the broad subject areas of international security and economics. In this course, we learn about the primary actors, their various instruments, and patterns of interactions. Students acquire a conceptual toolbox for framing international issues and events and analyzing their causes and consequences. The course challenges students to critically assess the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of major IR schools of thought. Course activities include a group project investigating a contemporary conflict, the application of IR theory to current events, a documentary viewing, and regular discussion of international news.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Mondays 8:00 PM
    Online Weekend: October 3, 2020/Optional

  •      SS4000

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    SS4000 International Relations

    Patterns of change and continuity characterize international relations across time. City-state interactions in ancient Greece resemble dynamics of great power relations today, such as those between the United States and China. However, we also find that new technologies (nuclear and cyber weapons,) shared threats (climate change and terrorism,) and the spread of liberal democracy alter these interactions in sometimes counterintuitive ways. International Relations (IR) introduces the formal study of how countries interrelate, focusing on the broad subject areas of international security and economics. In this course, we learn about the primary actors, their various instruments, and patterns of interactions. Students acquire a conceptual toolbox for framing international issues and events and analyzing their causes and consequences. The course challenges students to critically assess the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of major IR schools of thought. Course activities include a group project investigating a contemporary conflict, the application of IR theory to current events, a documentary viewing, and regular discussion of international news.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week.

  •      SS4010

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): English III

    SS4010 SS4010 Honors Western Political Thought

    Introduction to Western Political Thought introduces students to the study of political philosophy in exploring ideas and theories on the self/other and identity/existence in questioning one's perspective of the world in relation to moral and ethical issues. Students further examine and interpret meanings on the self and other in relation to such ideas and problems as: East/West, culture, community, power, economics, gender, justice, the nation-state and nationalism, colonialism, and other dynamics. In addition to discussing varied historical political ideas, this course emphasizes the interpretation and discussion of these ideas in light of contemporary political debates. In this course, students read and analyze significant excerpts from philosophical texts in addition to related critical cultural theory.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Mondays 8:00 PM
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/Optional

  •      SS4020

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    SS4020 Sociology

    In this course, students gain an understanding of the phenomenon we call "society." Students explore the impact of society on the individual, the various levels of power and inequality in society, and the roles of groups, organizations, and multinational corporations. We discuss the various stages of social change over the course of history, beginning with a discussion of sociological theories and research methods. Often, the theoretical and methodological basis for the assertions in our readings may appear to be “common sense,” but through a detailed examination, we find that this is not the case. According to Berger, "The first wisdom of sociology is this—things are not what they seem. This, too, is a deceptively simple statement. It ceases to be simple after a while. Social reality turns out to have many layers.” We explore the forces that influence us and thus examine our conception of the world around us: the taken-for-granted reality and all its implications.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week.

  •      SS4030

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    SS4030 Medical Sociology

    In this course, students gain an understanding of the social science of medicine—that is, the study of the social causes and consequences of health and illness. We begin with a review of the history of medical care in the United States and the world in general. We then investigate the social facets of health and disease, the functions of healthcare organizations, the relationship of healthcare delivery systems to other social organizations, the social behavior of healthcare practitioners and consumers, social policies toward health, and the relationship of health services in the United States to other countries.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week.

  •      SS4040

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    SS4040 Topics in Psychology

    Students make an in-depth study of several key topics in the field of psychology. After an introduction to the study of psychology—the origins of the discipline, basic theories and terminology, and research methodologies—, students explore special topics which may include abnormal psychology (the history of this area of study, the range of diagnoses in our society today, and current treatment options); medical psychology (psychological conditions that result in illness or death); the psychology of employment and economic class (the effects of work and income levels on mental functions and behavior); the psychology of deviance (how definitions of the term have changed over time; the individual and societal costs of deviance; the origins of deviance and the societal measures used to cope with it); the psychology of the family; and the psychology of advertising. Activities and assessments include readings, lectures, discussions, videos, quizzes, tests, essays, and projects.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week.

  •      SS4050

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    SS4050 AP Psychology

    AP Psychology introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. We explore a range of issues, concerns, and specialties in psychology. Initially, we spend a considerable amount of time discussing the psychological perspective and the role of theory and research in psychology. Then we move into an in-depth study of key components of psychology. We learn about some of the explorations and discoveries made by psychologists over the past century, and we compare, contrast, and assess some of the differing approaches adopted by psychologists, including biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural perspectives. Most importantly, we come to an understanding and appreciation of how psychologists think and the kind of critical analyses of human behavior that psychologists espouse and model in their words and actions. This course prepares students for the AP Psychology exam.

    Meeting Times:
    Four periods per week.

  •      SS4060

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    SS4060 AP Microeconomics

    This course offers students an opportunity for immersion in a fascinating discipline and in logical thinking. This immersive process involves an introduction to general economic theory and more specific microeconomic theory. Graphical analysis will play a major role in understanding the relationship between economic variables. The course will frequently consider international applications and scenarios while studying microeconomic topics related to income inequality, factor market dynamics, labor costs, and global entrepreneurship. Students pursue this topic through case studies or strategic problems involving pricing issues in product and factor markets, competition across various market structures, and industrial and social regulation within both historic and contemporary environments. Thus, the curriculum content and processes of analyses are organized around holistic, ill-structured, real-world "problems,” and case studies. These experiences are designed to be of an integrated and multi-layered nature and provide opportunities to discover and apply the microeconomics concepts from our readings and discussions. In taking this consciously constructivist approach, we integrate other disciplines into the study of microeconomics. Elements from the fields of psychology, history, political science, and mathematics all have roles to play as we propose resolutions to our microeconomic problems and case studies.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      SS4060

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester1
    Prerequisite(s): None

    SS4060 SS4060 AP Microeconomics I

    This course offers students an opportunity for immersion in a fascinating discipline and in logical thinking. This immersive process involves an introduction to general economic theory and more specific microeconomic theory. Graphical analysis will play a major role in understanding the relationship between economic variables. The course will frequently consider international applications and scenarios while studying microeconomic topics related to income inequality, factor market dynamics, labor costs, and global entrepreneurship. Students pursue this topic through case studies or strategic problems involving pricing issues in product and factor markets, competition across various market structures, and industrial and social regulation within both historic and contemporary environments. Thus, the curriculum content and processes of analyses are organized around holistic, ill-structured real-world problems and case studies. These experiences are designed to be of an integrated and multi-layered nature and provide opportunities to discover and apply the microeconomics concepts from our readings and discussions. In taking this consciously constructivist approach, we integrate other disciplines into the study of microeconomics. Elements from the fields of psychology, history, political science, and mathematics all have roles to play as we propose resolutions to our microeconomic problems and case studies.

    Meeting Times:
    Fall Semester: Tuesdays 7:00 PM
    Online Weekend: October 31, 2020/Optional

  •      SS4061

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Semester2
    Prerequisite(s): SS4060.

    SS4061 SS4061 AP Microeconomics II

    This course is a continuation of SS4060 and offers students an opportunity for immersion in a fascinating discipline and in logical thinking. This immersive process involves an introduction to general economic theory and more specific microeconomic theory. Graphical analysis will play a major role in understanding the relationship between economic variables. The course will frequently consider international applications and scenarios while studying microeconomic topics related to income inequality, factor market dynamics, labor costs, and global entrepreneurship. Students pursue this topic through case studies or strategic problems involving pricing issues in product and factor markets, competition across various market structures, and industrial and social regulation within both historic and contemporary environments. Thus, the curriculum content and processes of analyses are organized around holistic, ill-structured real-world problems and case studies. These experiences are designed to be of an integrated and multi-layered nature and provide opportunities to discover and apply the microeconomics concepts from our readings and discussions. In taking this consciously constructivist approach, we integrate other disciplines into the study of microeconomics. Elements from the fields of psychology, history, political science, and mathematics all have roles to play as we propose resolutions to our microeconomic problems and case studies.

    Meeting Times:
    Spring Semester: Tuesdays 7:00 PM
    Online Weekend: February 27, 2021/Optional

  •      SS4070

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    SS4070 AP Macroeconomics

    This course offers students an opportunity for immersion in a fascinating discipline and in logical thinking. This immersive process involves an introduction to general economic theory and more specific macroeconomic theory. Graphical analysis will play a major role in understanding the relationship between economic variables. The course will frequently consider international applications and scenarios while studying macroeconomic topics such as productivity measurement, fiscal and monetary policy, interest rates, inflation, and unemployment. Students pursue these topics through case studies or strategic problems involving national macroeconomic policies for a globalized marketplace environment. Thus, the curriculum content and processes of analyses are organized around holistic, ill-structured, real-world "problems,” and case studies. These experiences are designed to be of an integrated and multi-layered nature and provide opportunities to discover and apply the microeconomics concepts from our readings and discussions. In taking this consciously constructivist approach, we integrate other disciplines into the study of macroeconomics. Elements from the fields of psychology, history, political science, and mathematics all have roles to play as we propose resolutions to our macroeconomic problems and case studies.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      SS4081

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    SS4081 The 2020 Presidential Election (Topic for Fall 2020)

    This course uses the 2020 presidential campaign as a framework for exploring the political system and political culture of the United States. The course provides an overview of relevant aspects of history while focusing on the contemporary American political landscape. The course begins with an examination of the structure of the American political system and the powers and limitations of the president. It then examines a variety of important issues that will confront the next president, including economic policy, health care, Social Security and Medicare, judicial appointments, foreign policy, and other topics. The course also focuses on the mechanics of presidential campaigns, the role of interest groups and the press, and the effects of political polarization. Student assessment will focus on oral presentations and the writing of policy memos, written arguments meant to persuade a presidential candidate (or president) to pursue a particular course of action.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      SS4082

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    SS4082 Topics in History and Social Science II

    This course offers students the opportunity for deeper exploration of a particular area of history or social science. Students increase their knowledge of the subject by reading both primary and secondary sources. Students hone their critical thinking and communications skills by participating actively in seminar-style discussions, by writing academic essays, and by giving class presentations. The focus, whenever the course is offered, varies and is announced when the course offerings are published.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      SS4083

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Credits: This course counts towards students' required 5 enrollments per semester. Students earn general elective credit.

    SS4083 Topics in History and Social Science III

    This course offers students the opportunity for deeper exploration of a particular area of history or social science. Students increase their knowledge of the subject by reading both primary and secondary sources. Students hone their critical thinking and communications skills by participating actively in seminar-style discussions, by writing academic essays, and by giving class presentations. The focus, whenever the course is offered, varies and is announced when the course offerings are published.

    Meeting Times:
    Three periods per week including lab, or two 100-minute evening class meetings.

  •      VS1002

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit
    Prerequisite(s): None

    VS1002 Men's Soccer

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1004

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1004 Women's Volleyball

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1006

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1006 Women's Tennis

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1008

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1008 Cross-Country

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1010

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1010 Competitive Cheer

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1012

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester1
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1012 Women's Golf

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1022

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester2
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1022 Men's Basketball

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1024

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Term(s) Currently Offered: Trimester2
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1024 Women's Basketball

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1026

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1026 Swimming

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1028

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1028 Wrestling

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1030

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1030 Cheerleading

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1032

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1032 Indoor Track

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1034

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1034 Diving

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1042

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1042 Men's Golf

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1044

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1044 Men's Tennis

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1046

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1046 Men's Baseball

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1048

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1048 Women's Softball

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1050

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1050 Women's Soccer

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

  •      VS1052

    School: NCSSM Residential (Durham)
    Dept: Physical Activity & Wellness
    Credits: One unit physical activity credit

    VS1052 Track and Field

    These courses are a way for students who engage in the recommended amount of weekly exercise for a healthy lifestyle through an NCSSM Interscholastic Varsity Sport to meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness graduation requirement or to satisfy an entering credit deficiency in physical activity from 9th/10th grade. Instruction in each sport is geared to developing a high functional level of physical fitness through cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and drills; knowledge of the rules, techniques, and strategies of the sport; and the athletic ability to execute them in an interscholastic competition. Students registered for VS Varsity Sports must be selected by the coach to be on the team and must participate in a minimum of three practices/competitions per week during the sport's season. Students unable to meet these requirements for any reason (poor academic performance in other courses, medical, or disciplinary reasons) will be dropped from VS Varsity Sports and must meet the NCSSM physical activity/wellness requirement by completing another activity-based PA course. NOTE: Though students may be involved in a varsity sport each term, they receive academic credit for VS Varsity Sports only once unless satisfying an entering credit deficiency in physical activity.

    Meeting Times:
    Practices are typically held Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Competitions vary according to sport by day of week and starting time.

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