Course Placement

Use the information in this section to help determine which introductory class best suits your situation and academic interests. Our introductory math courses tend to be in very high demand. Enrollment in full sections of these high-demand courses is handled primarily by the Wait Lists. For more information, please review our Enrollment Policies. The guidance below is intended for incoming students and for undergraduates who have not yet taken a math course at Duke.

Step 1.

Read all of the information in the Placement Guidelines that might be relevant to your situation. The placement page should help most students to determine their own proper placement.

Step 2.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) regarding placement. These will help ensure you're making the correct course choice for your particular background and academic plans. We specifically cover questions about course sequencing for students who enter Duke with Advanced Placement credit, and address common questions from engineering students.

Step 3.

Consider taking one or more of our Self-Assessments -- for the course you are considering taking, and/or for its prerequisite -- to confirm that you are sufficiently prepared.

Step 4.

If you have questions about the enrollment process and you already know the course that you want to take, please carefully read through our Enrollment Policies.

Additional Sources of Assistance

Placement Open House

The Placement Open House takes place each Fall, 9AM-noon on the Saturday morning before the first day of classes, in Physics 123.

Fall 2020.  The Open House will take place through Zoom!  Available faculty are listed below; click the links to talk with them during the operating hours -- Saturday August 15, 2020, 9am-noon.  Note, you might need to wait in their "Zoom Waiting Room" during periods of high demand (come earlier for less waiting!).

Prof. Clark Bray  (Open House Zoom Room) -- Fall 2020 instructor of Math 212 Multivariable Calculus and Math 216 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.  Supervisor of First-Year Instruction.  Most experienced with multivariable calculus and linear algebra courses, and issues relating to "skipping" courses.

Prof. Sarah Schott  (Open House Zoom Room) -- Fall 2020 instructor of Math 122L Introductory Calculus II with Applications.  Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies.  Most experienced with single variable calculus courses and the math major.

Prof. Victoria Akin  (Open House Zoom Room) -- Fall 2020 instructor of Math 230 Probability.  Most experienced with single variable calculus courses.

Prof. Shira Viel  (Open House Zoom Room) -- Fall 2020 instructor of Math 111L Laboratory Calculus I.  Most experienced with first semester calculus courses and Math 202D Multivariable Calculus for Economics.

Dr. Rann Bar-On  (Open House Zoom Room) -- Fall 2020 instructor of Math 105L Laboratory Calculus and Functions I and Math 218L Matrices and Vector Spaces (Lab).  Most experienced with first semester calculus courses, and linear algebra courses.


Getting Credit for Courses Taken Elsewhere


If you are trying to get pre-matriculation credit for a course that you have already taken elsewhere, that process begins by contacting the Registrar's Office. Go to the Trinity College Credit: AP, IPC, and PMC page for more information and instructions.

Getting Exemption for Course Required by your Major

If you have a question about getting an exemption from taking a particular math course required for one of your intended majors or minors, you must ask the Director of Undergraduate Studies in that department. The Mathematics Department does not arbitrate requirements for majors in other departments.