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  • BI3025 Honors Epidemiology
  • BI3065 Honors Forensic Science
  • BI3115 Honors Introduction to Neuroscience
  • BI4105 Honors Molecular Genetics
  • BI4135 Honors Public Health
  • BI4145 Honors Climate Change Biology
  • BI4155 Honors Agricultural Biotechnology
  • BI4185 Honors Classical Genetics
  • BI4300 Honors Special Topics: Public Health
  • BI4310 Cancer Biology
  • CH3085 Honors Nanotechnology & Research
  • CH3125 Honors Intro to Computational Chemistry (*R*)
  • CH3135 Honors Green Chemistry
  • CH3145 Honors Computational Medicinal Chemistry (*R*)
  • CH3510/BI3510 Honors Introduction to Biochemistry
  • CH3510/BI3510 Honors Introduction to Biochemistry
  • CH3550/BI3550 Honors Human Nutrition and Chemistry
  • CH3550/BI3550 Honors Human Nutrition and Chemistry
  • CH3900 Honors Research Experience in Chemistry (*R*)
  • CH4105 Honors Organic Chemistry
  • CS4100 Honors Human-Computer Interaction
  • CS4120 Honors Computing for Everyone
  • CS4200/MA4200 Honors Cryptography
  • CS4200/MA4200 Honors Cryptography
  • CS4270 Fundamentals of Object-Oriented Design
  • EE4140 Honors Aerospace Engineering
  • EE4155 Honors Agricultural Biotechnology
  • EE4160 Honors Civil Engineering
  • EE4180 Honors Environmental Engineering
  • EN4000 Honors Creative Writing
  • EN4300 Honors Creative Writing
  • EN4310 Contemporary African-American Literature
  • EN4490 Honors Ecocriticism
  • EN4600 Research Experience in the Humanities
  • HU4400 Black Studies
  • IE3400 Honors Computational Science (*R*)
  • IE3400 Honors Computational Science (*R*)
  • IE3620 Honors Data Science for Scientists
  • IE3800 Honors Bioinformatics: Computational Biology
  • IE3900 Honors Research Experience in Computational Science (*R*)
  • IE4020 Honors Industrial Chemistry & Engineering
  • IE4020 Honors Industrial Chemistry & Engineering
  • IE4080 Honors Energy and Sustainability
  • MA4030 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics I
  • MA4032 AP Calculus BC w/ Advanced Topics II
  • MA4064 Honors Multivariable Calculus with Applications I
  • MA4066 Honors Multivariable Calculus with Applications II
  • MA4110 Honors Foundations of Data Science
  • MA4210 Honors Topics in Civic Mathematics
  • MR3080 Mentorship: Foundations in Research
  • MU4400 Honors History of Western Music
  • CS4060 Honors Scientific Programming
  • EE4080 Honors Biomedical Engineering
  • PH3125 Honors Computational Physics
  •      BI3025

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): Biology/Math III
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      BI3065

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      BI3115

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): Biology
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      BI4105

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): Biology
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      BI4135

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    BI4135 Honors Public Health

    This course examines a wide variety of public health principles and concepts using a systems thinking approach. It provides a broad framework for understanding the role that public health plays in community health, prevention and medicine. During the semester, students will explore public health infrastructure, surveillance, social determinants of health, policy and emerging issues in public health. In addition, this course will weave public health areas such as chronic disease, infectious disease, environmental health, maternal and child health, mental health and more. We will use case studies, data analysis and discussion to examine social, economic, and political factors that contribute to health inequalities and suggest innovative ways to reduce disparities in health when the goal is to achieve health equity.

  •      BI4145

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): Biology or Ecology
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      BI4155

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): Biology
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      BI4185

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): Biology
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      BI4300

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): Biology
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    BI4300 Honors Special Topics: Public Health

    This course examines a wide variety of public health principles and concepts using a systems thinking approach. It provides a broad framework for understanding the role that public health plays in community health, prevention and medicine. During the semester, students will explore public health infrastructure, surveillance, social determinants of health, policy and emerging issues in public health. In addition, this course will weave public health areas such as chronic disease, infectious disease, environmental health, maternal and child health, mental health and more. We will use case studies, data analysis and discussion to examine social, economic, and political factors that contribute to health inequalities and suggest innovative ways to reduce disparities in health when the goal is to achieve health equity.

  •      BI4310

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Meeting Times: Asynchronous online course

    BI4310 Cancer Biology

    Cancer is defined as uncontrollable cell growth. The mechanisms of the development of cancer and its progression have been extensively studied and shown to have a high level of complexity that has made universal treatments difficult to obtain. Advancements in basic and biomedical research have led to more effective and personalized treatments, enhanced detection methods, and better prevention strategies. This course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the biology and pathology of cancer. Students will learn about the basic mechanisms of cancer pathologies, current treatments, research models and how to manage data sets to ask novel questions in the cancer research field. 

  •      CH3085

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Prerequisite(s): Chemistry
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      CH3125

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Prerequisite(s): Honors Chemistry
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    CH3125 Honors Intro to Computational Chemistry (*R*)

    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 7 to 8 hours/week of dedicated time. Recommended for fall, senior year. This course includes topics that satisfy the chemistry graduation requirement.

  •      CH3135

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Prerequisite(s): Chemistry
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      CH3145

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Prerequisite(s): Honors Chemistry/Honors Math 1
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    CH3145 Honors Computational Medicinal Chemistry (*R*)

    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 7 to 8 hours/week of dedicated time. Recommended for spring, senior year. This course includes topics that satisfy the chemistry graduation requirement.

  •      CH3510/BI3510

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): High school chemistry and biology
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    CH3510/BI3510 Honors Introduction to Biochemistry

    Introduction to Biochemistry is an introductory course in biochemistry that focuses on the chemical structure and interactions of the four major classes of biological macromolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. We will also examine the thermodynamics and kinetics of enzymes and explore how enzymes enhance the cell’s ability to perform the chemical reactions necessary for life and underpin cellular metabolism. In the laboratory, students will learn various biochemical techniques related to proteins and biological macromolecules.

  •      CH3510/BI3510

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Prerequisite(s): High school chemistry and biology
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    CH3510/BI3510 Honors Introduction to Biochemistry

    Introduction to Biochemistry is an introductory course in biochemistry that focuses on the chemical structure and interactions of the four major classes of biological macromolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. We will also examine the thermodynamics and kinetics of enzymes and explore how enzymes enhance the cell’s ability to perform the chemical reactions necessary for life and underpin cellular metabolism. In the laboratory, students will learn various biochemical techniques related to proteins and biological macromolecules.

  •      CH3550/BI3550

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of General Chemistry
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    CH3550/BI3550 Honors Human Nutrition and Chemistry

    This course introduces students who have successfully completed General Chemistry to the structure, function, and biochemical reaction pathways of major nutrients including carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, and essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, etc. Fundamental chemistry concepts about thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and chemical equilibrium, will also be covered. Course activities are designed to provide opportunities for students to develop higher order thinking skills and to become independent learners. The laboratory activities involve biochemical analysis of major and essential nutrients, calorimetric measurements of food energy, investigation of metabolic pathways, investigation on enzyme function and kinetics, etc.

    We will use simulations from online resources such as PhET. We may also have home experiments using food supplies and kitchen supplies. The Online weekend will have 2 - 3 wet labs planned.

  •      CH3550/BI3550

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Biology
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of General Chemistry
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    CH3550/BI3550 Honors Human Nutrition and Chemistry

    This course introduces students who have successfully completed General Chemistry to the structure, function, and biochemical reaction pathways of major nutrients including carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, and essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, etc. Fundamental chemistry concepts about thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and chemical equilibrium, will also be covered. Course activities are designed to provide opportunities for students to develop higher order thinking skills and to become independent learners. The laboratory activities involve biochemical analysis of major and essential nutrients, calorimetric measurements of food energy, investigation of metabolic pathways, investigation on enzyme function and kinetics, etc.

    We will use simulations from online resources such as PhET. We may also have home experiments using food supplies and kitchen supplies. The Online weekend will have 2 - 3 wet labs planned.

  •      CH3900

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    CH3900 Honors 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.

  •      CH4105

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Prerequisite(s): Honors or AP Chemistry with B or higher.
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      CS4100

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering & Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Prerequisite(s): Any previous Computer Science course or permission of instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    CS4100 Honors Human-Computer Interaction

    This course is designed to introduce students to a user-centered approach to the design of software artifacts. Topics covered include concepts and techniques for interaction design, interface development and usability evaluation.

  •      CS4120

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering & Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    CS4120 Honors Computing for Everyone

    This course is an introduction to basic programming skills and to the Python 3 programming language. Python is one of the most popular programming languages and is the language of choice for data science, machine learning and humanities research. Topics covered will include variables, expressions and statements, functions, conditionals, loops, recursion, string manipulation, input/output statements, lists, and dictionaries. Students will learn to develop and code solutions to problems consistent with challenges found in mathematics, science, engineering and the humanities.

  •      CS4200/MA4200

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      CS4200/MA4200

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering & Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      CS4270

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering & Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Prerequisite(s): CS4020: Web Development; CS4040:Game Design and Simulation; CS4120:Computing for Everyone: CS/MA4200:Cryptography or Placement Exam
    Corequisite(s): None
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    CS4270 Fundamentals of Object-Oriented Design

    This is a second course in computer science which achieves two major goals: one is building skill in writing coherent programs that implement algorithms; the second is using classes and objects to assist in separating concerns through encapsulation and modularization. It is a course meant to turn good programmers into good computer scientists. We will discuss the various ways data can be stored and how the flow of programs can be manipulated. Finally, we will study the object model including problem decomposition, polymorphism, and inheritance. While this course does not exhaustively cover all concepts on the AP Computer Science A exam, it can be used to assist with preparation for the exam.

  •      EE4140

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering & Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Prerequisite(s): Math III with a B or higher
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      EE4155

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering & Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering

    EE4155 Honors Agricultural Biotechnology

  •      EE4160

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering & Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Prerequisite(s): Math III with a B or higher
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      EE4180

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering & Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Prerequisite(s): Math III with a B or higher
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    EE4180 Honors 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.

  •      EN4000

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    EN4000 Honors Creative Writing

    This is a course for students who get excited about language, who feel compelled to copy down poems and song lyrics in the pages of their journal, who find language the most natural form of expression. In this introduction to the composition and reading of creative writing—poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction—students can build a solid foundation for the craft of creative writing. Participants will stretch themselves creatively through experimenting with form and modeling the work of great writers across genres, times, and traditions. The guiding principle of the course is that creative writing is a means of engaging with the world, whether that means writing a personal essay, a food memoir, or a sonnet. In addition to one synchronous class each week, students will work individually on asynchronous assignments and collaborate with peers in workshops where burgeoning writers encounter an affirming and constructive audience for their work. Assignments focus on developing the tools 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. By the end of this course, students will have both a polished portfolio of their best work and the skills to deeply engage in a creative process that results in powerful writing.

  •      EN4300

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    EN4300 Honors 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.

  •      EN4310

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Meeting Times: Asynchronous online course

    EN4310 Contemporary African-American Literature

    In 2011, Ken Warren declared that "African-American literature" was dead, arguing that its usefulness only extended as a response to Jim Crow and was, for all intents and purposes, no longer necessary. This course in contemporary African-American literature, inherently a diasporic study, explores this question as an exclusive study of African-American literature and literary critique. This body of literature, marked by the first Black presidency as well as the Black Lives Matter movement, offers a rich canon of texts that grapple with the meaning of Black life and Black artistic production in the late 20th- and 21st-century context. The course asks students to participate in literary analyses and engage with major theoretical frameworks including, but not limited to, Black Feminism, Neo-Colonialism, and Afro-Futurism. In addition, students consider the historical, social, and political processes that impact the literature they read. Activities include in-class presentations, video essays, and analytical writing assignments.

  •      EN4490

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Prerequisite(s): English II
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      EN4600

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: English
    Credits: 1
    Prerequisite(s): none
    Corequisite(s): none
    Graduation Requirements Met: One English credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: Asynchronous online course

    EN4600 Research Experience in the Humanities

  •      HU4000

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      HU4200

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      HU4400

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: Asynchronous online course

    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.

  •      HU4450

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      IE3400

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    IE3400 Honors Computational Science (*R*)

    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.

  •      IE3400

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    IE3400 Honors Computational Science (*R*)

    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.

  •      IE3620

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      IE3800

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      IE3900

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of one or more computational science courses in the NCSSM Online catalog OR evidence of computational experience/permission of the Dean.
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    IE3900 Honors Research Experience in Computational Science (*R*)

    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.

  •      IE4020

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      IE4020

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Chemistry
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      IE4080

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives

    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.

  •      MA4030

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Prerequisite(s): Precalculus with a grade of B+ or higher
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One Biology credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      MA4032

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Prerequisite(s): MA4030 AP Calculus BC
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One Biology credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of five courses required each semester
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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 enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

  •      MA4064

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Prerequisite(s): AP Calculus BC AND Score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC Exam
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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. This is one part of a 2-semester course sequence (MA4064 and MA4066). Students must enroll in both semesters when registering. Once enrolled students may not drop a single semester without approval from the Dean of Mathematics.

  •      MA4066

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Prerequisite(s): MA4066 Multivariable Calculus with Applications I
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      MA4110

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    MA4110 Honors Foundations of Data Science

    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.

  •      MA4210

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Mathematics
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    MA4210 Honors Topics in Civic Mathematics

    Finite Mathematics w/ Social Science Focus 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.

  •      MR3080

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Interdisciplinary Electives
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      MU4400

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: Music
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    MU4400 Honors 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.

  •      O-CS4060

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering & Computer Science
    Subject: Computer Science
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      O-EE4080

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Engineering & Computer Science
    Subject: Engineering
    Prerequisite(s): B or better in Math II Honors, or an A in Math II
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of five courses required each semester
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      PH3125

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Science
    Subject: Physics
    Prerequisite(s): Honors Physics/ AP Physics/ Pre-Calculus
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      SS4000

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      SS4010

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      SS4060

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      SS4061

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): AP Microeconomics I
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    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.

  •      SS4070

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    SS4070 AP Macroeconomics 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 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 economic growth, 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 macroeconomics 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.

  •      SS4071

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): AP Macroeconomics I
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    SS4071 AP Macroeconomics II

    This course is a continuation of SS4070 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 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 economic growth, 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 macroeconomics 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.

  •      SS4090

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    SS4090 AP European History I

    AP European History explores the internal processes and external relations of European societies from 1450 to the present. In addition to a study of evolving political, economic, social, and cultural forces, this two-semester course sequence will emphasize artistic expression and intellectual history. Students enrolling in the course should expect to read several hours per week and should be prepared to share their thoughts and opinions with their peers. Students will develop their analytic and interpretive skills, working with both primary and secondary texts. Students will also practice crafting arguments, exercising judgment, persuading others, and using evidence to support their claims. This course aims to prepare students for collegiate study of history, philosophy, literature, art, and other humanities and enrich their understanding of Europe’s past and present. AP European History I examines developments from 1450 to the early 1800s. Topics include the Renaissance and Age of Exploration, the Reformation, Absolutism and Constitutionalism, and Scientific, Philosophical, and Political Revolutions. 

  •      SS4091

    School: NCSSM Online
    Dept: Humanities
    Subject: History & Social Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): SS4090 AP European History I
    Corequisite(s): None
    Graduation Requirements Met: One elective credit
    Schedule Requirements Met: One of four required online courses
    Meeting Times: One period per week

    SS4091 AP European History II

    AP European History explores the internal processes and external relations of European societies from 1450 to the present. In addition to a study of evolving political, economic, social, and cultural forces, this two-semester course sequence will emphasize artistic expression and intellectual history. Students enrolling in the course should expect to read several hours per week and should be prepared to share their thoughts and opinions with their peers. Students will develop their analytic and interpretive skills, working with both primary and secondary texts. Students will also practice crafting arguments, exercising judgment, persuading others, and using evidence to support their claims. This course aims to prepare students for collegiate study of history, philosophy, literature, art, and other humanities and enrich their understanding of Europe’s past and present. AP European History II picks up with early 19th-century Industrialization and then turns to Political Developments and Nationalism, followed by early 20th-century Global Conflicts, and then the Cold War and Contemporary Europe.

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