Mathematics Courses

Mathematics Courses

Central Piedmont offers a variety of math courses for general education, core, and elective credit, including Developmental Math (DMA) courses. While no math degrees are currently offered, these courses meet the needs and interests of students working towards a degree, diploma, or certificate, those who plan to transfer to four-year institutions, visiting students who wish to transfer credit back to their home institution, and others who are just interested in math.

What You Will Learn

Math courses will provide foundational knowledge for a variety of programs.

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We offer all students a real-world, hands-on, well-rounded education in order to provide the foundational skills and knowledge you need to succeed in any career. You will also have the opportunity to participate in Mu Alpha Theta.

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At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

It is essential that students pursuing a degree, diploma, or certificate know the mathematics courses required to complete their program.

What We Offer

  • Developmental Mathematics (DMA)

    Depending on certain requirements (PDF document), such as placement score on the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NDAP) Test or the Central Piedmont placement tests, students may take Developmental Mathematics (DMA) courses. First-time DMA students have access to attend a Developmental Studies Success seminar to learn more about Mastery grading, computer training, student services and resources, and DMA class expectations and procedures. DMA courses may be taken in traditional format, Math Emporium format, or online format.

    Students may register for up to four developmental math courses each semester (semesters are divided into several four-week sessions), but may only take one developmental math course per each four-week session. Students must register for all developmental math courses needed at the beginning of the semester. Be sure to verify the start dates for each four-week session to ensure that courses are taken in the proper order. Students are required to attend all scheduled class meetings. Students who miss the first two hours of class will receive a WN grade for the course and will not be eligible for a refund. This may impact financial aid. Developmental math courses are graded on the Pass/Retake system rather than the traditional A-F scale. A final grade of 80% or better is required to pass any developmental math course. The final grade is composed of 10% homework assignments, 10% proctored assessments, and 80% the final exam. Students who earn a grade of P (Pass) have successfully completed the developmental math course. Students earning a grade of R (Repeat) or who are withdrawn from the course will need to register for the course again in a subsequent session.

    Developmental Math Advancement Studies

    Developmental Math Advancement Studies is a pathway to complete two developmental math courses during one four-week session. In order to be eligible to begin Advancement Studies, a student must first complete all course requirements in the current course in which they are enrolled. If a student anticipates completing a developmental math course early and is considering the Advancement Studies option, they should contact their instructor as soon as possible to develop a plan to also complete the advancement course.

    Completion of a developmental math course by Advancement Studies utilizes the "Credit by Exam" process:

    • After completion of one developmental math course and upon completion of all preparation materials for the advancement developmental math course, the student delivers a "CBE” form to the cashier's office (incurs a small fee).
    • The instructor will then allow the student to take the Advancement Studies final exam.
    • If the student passes the exam, they have earned credit for the advancement developmental math course by examination, which will be noted on the student's academic transcript and the developmental math course will be considered complete for the registration purposes.
  • Available Math Courses, Locations, and Delivery Methods

    Credit math classes are classes commonly referred to as for-credit or curriculum courses. Students enrolled in credit courses earn semester hours that may be applied toward the completion of a degree or certificate program. College transfer courses are classes intended for transfer to another two- or four-year institution. Credits earned in these classes are transferable to select NC higher education institutions. For detailed information on math courses at Central Piedmont, visit the college catalog.

    To meet the needs of our diverse student population, we offer some math courses online. However, please note that course offerings, delivery methods, and location availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm current course offering locations and delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

    Students seeking to earn an associate degree related to math should explore the Central Piedmont Associate in Science, which offers pathways in Biological Sciences, Computer Science and Mathematics, and Physical Science.

      Visiting Students

      If you wish to transfer math course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

      Corporate and Continuing Education

      Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

      College and Career Readiness

      If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

      College Credit for High School Students

      Visit Career & College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

    • Explore Careers

      Taking math courses at Central Piedmont can give you the knowledge and foundation you need to succeed in a variety of careers. Visit Career Coach for detailed career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

    Math Resources

    • S.O.S. Math (for Developmental Math Students)

      S.O.S. Math is events providing extra help to developmental math students in traditional format, Math Emporium format, and online format developmental math classes. Events are held on Central, Levine, and Cato campuses. Events include the Supplemental Instruction Series, Extended Math Labs, and help connecting to tutoring resources. Any developmental math student can participate and attend any S.O.S. Math event, regardless of the their courses’ format. There is no registration to attend our regular S.O.S. Math events — just show up.

      S.O.S. Math Supplemental Instruction Series

      The Supplemental Instruction series is a schedule of workshops focusing on specific topics important to developmental math students. During the workshop, you will work with other students to discuss issues or solve frequently missed problems. A peer tutor will be present to ensure that the discussion is productive, accurate and positive.

      S.O.S. Math Extended Math Lab

      During an Extended Math Lab, you will work on assignments for your developmental math course. While you are working, you may request help. While assisting you, our trained lab facilitators will help you identify strategies for success in your developmental math class and in college in general. Some strategies that will be encouraged include setting long-term and short-term goals, overcoming obstacles, using effective study strategies, preparing for tests, managing math anxiety, etc. Extended Math Labs are "drop-in" events, so you can arrive or leave at any time during the lab hours.

    • Math Skills Support Classes

      MAT001P and MAT001S are supplemental math lab courses required for students that place directly into pre-calculus (MAT 171) or statistics (MAT 152) with a high school GPA between 2.6 and 3.0.

      MAT001P is a co-requisite course for pre-calculus, while MAT001S is a co-requisite course for statistics. Both courses are a semester long. Students receive one credit hour and two lab/contact hours per course. The grading for both MAT001P and MAT001S is pass or repeat. To pass either course, students are required to earn an 80% or higher overall. The class time is organized to provide students with mini-lectures and collaborative group activities. Each mini-lesson recaps previously-taught content in the co-requisite MAT class. Students also work in collaborative groups on assignments that emphasize the previous week’s material. Outside of class, students complete short online homework assignments.

      MAT001P and MAT001S provide students with a one-on-one environment to ask questions, review basic math skills, and recap previously-taught content in the students’ MAT class. In addition, students increase their retention of mathematical knowledge and instructors provide student support. Ask an advisor about MAT001P and MAT001S.

    • Math Course Policies

      Full/Restricted Courses

      As a general rule, the math department does not grant permission for students to enter full or closed course sections. Courses marked as "restricted" are reserved for students enrolled in specific programs and are not available for open registration.

      Retake Policy Exceeded (Repeating Courses)

      Effective Term: 2009 Fall

      Consistent with the College’s position on repeating curriculum courses, students may repeat any mathematics course in an effort to earn a higher grade or to enhance her or his mastery of the course content. Students may not enroll in the same course more than three times without approval of the associate dean, discipline chair, or curriculum coach. Students seeking an override for exceeding the College’s stance on repeating courses should adhere to the following guidelines:

      1. Initial requests for an exception to the retake policy should be initiated by submitting a Mathematics Division ‐ Retake Policy Exceeded Form to the associate dean, appropriate discipline chair, or curriculum coach. Upon receipt of endorsement by one of the aforementioned officials, the student will be allotted one (1) additional attempt at the course.
      2. In the event that approval of the initial request for an exception was not granted or that the fourth attempt at the course was unsuccessful, the student will be:
        1. Required to take/retake the applicable mathematics portions of the Accuplacer assessment to insure proper course placement. The student will then be required to complete the prerequisite requirements that are indicated by this most recent Accuplacer assessment prior to being granted retake permission. Additional Accuplacer retest permission will not be granted, OR
        2. Required to take the necessary prerequisite coursework. This also applies to students that have not previously successfully completed the prerequisite coursework at Central Piedmont, OR
        3. Redirected to the Central Piedmont Office of Counseling and Advisement Services to receive more comprehensive guidance related to his or her academic goals or to the extenuating circumstances associated with the previous unsuccessful attempts.

      To request permission to retake a mathematics course (after having taken a particular course three times), access the Retake Permission Form (PDF document) and complete all information in the student section. In lieu of a physical signature, please type your full name in the block labeled “Student Signature." Upon completion of the form you may submit it in one of the following manners:

      • print the form and submit it in-person to the math department at Central Campus, Zeiss Building, Room 2120
      • fax the form to 704.330.6092
      • save and email the form as an attachment to the math department:
        • Select Save As and save your completed form as a .pdf file with a name-specific title (ex. John_Doe Retake Form.pdf).
        • Attach your saved file in an email with your name in the subject heading (ex. John Doe Retake Permission Form).
        • send the email to

      Once your form has been received and reviewed, an individual from the math department will contact you with further information.