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What math courses are required for my major?

To find the courses required for the majors and degrees offered at NRCC, go to graduation requirement page.

Be sure to meet with an advisor before making any final decisions in your schedule.

Which first-semester calculus courses should I take?

For engineering programs:

Math 263 (4 credits)

This is the first semester in a four semester calculus sequence (MTH 263, 264, 265, 266, and 267) for engineering, mathematics, computer science and science majors. You should have taken a precalculus class and a trigonometry class and passed with a grade of C or better in each.

If this is your first college level math course, you should have taken 4 years of high school math, including Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and a course on functions. We offer MTH 167 Preclaculus with Trigonometry (or MTH 161/162 Precalculus I and II) which satisfies the prerequisites for MTH 263. MTH 161 alone DOES NOT satisfy this requirement since Trigonometry is not a topic in MTH 161 and is a requirement for MTH 263.

For non-engineering transfer programs:

Math 161 (3 credits) and 261 (3credits)

Check with the college to which you intend to transfer. Some common choices are

MTH 161(3 credits) and 261 (3 credits) (Precalculus and Calculus)

MTH 154 (3 credits) and 155 (3 credits) (Quantitative Reasoning and Statistical Reasoning)

MTH 155 or MTH 245 (Statistics)

MTH 261 is a one-semester introduction to topics in calculus, emphasizing applications, and primarily oriented for students who are business or social science majors. Concepts are developed more intuitively and less formally than in MTH 263.

The prerequisite for MTH 261 is a course that may have a title such as college algebra, precalculus or functions.

Where can I go if I need help with math?

All students enrolled in math classes can take advantage of the free tutoring service available at Academic Success Center on the NRCC campus in Dublin and the Christiansburg site.

Dublin site Godbey Hall room 131 to sign up. The hours of operation are:

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Christiansburg site upstairs room 202A to sign up. The hours of operation are:

Monday - Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The telephone number is (540) 674-3664

Email: nraa@nr.edu

If you are taking a lecture course, your instructor will help you during office hours. Check your course syllabus for the times.

Mathematics Department Contact Information

General questions and requests about the Mathematics department should be directed to Pablo Chalmeta 1-866-462-6722, extension 4266, or (540) 674-3600 extension 4266.
You may also email pchalmeta@nr.edu.

Mathematics Department Faculty

Call (540) 674-3600 or toll-free 1-866-462-6722, then you will be prompted to add the extension number to reach any employee.

Christopher Brewer



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Paul Burchett


Math Adjunct Instructor

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Kasey Cantrell-McCowan


Instructor of Mathematics

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William Case


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Pablo Chalmeta


Professor of Mathematics / Department Head

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Travis Coake


Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Debra Gupton


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Rachel Keller


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Christopher Murphy


Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Richard Oderwald


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Robert Powers


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Kathleen Tolley


Math Lab Assistant

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Michelle Wilkins


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