Summer Start Courses


Get an early start on your NC State degree! Summer START participants can earn up to 8 credit hours in just five weeks.   Summer START participants have the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses.  Some students use Summer START as an opportunity to get a semester ahead in certain course tracks while others retake courses they took in high school to prepare for more rigorous college level courses.  Summer START is a great way to adapt to the rigors of college academics and get a jump start on a path towards four year graduation.

All students are given the option to enroll in USC 100: Transition into a Diverse Community. All majors at NC State require a diversity course for graduation and this fills that requirement. The course focuses on building a successful community in helping students acclimate to campus while learning about campus resources. 

Students are offered courses to accelerate their path within their specific major in their college.  Each college will have multiple paths in which a student will be advised to take.  Many paths allow students to get started on their first major course meaning they will be working on sophomore level courses in the spring of their first year.  Summer START staff works alongside advisors from the incoming students major to decide the best course path for the student. 

International Students:Upon acceptance to Summer START, International students will be enrolled in courses to help facilitate the transition to the American higher education system.  Course selection will depend on the student’s scores on the TOEFL Exam and high school course work.  Most international students will take their freshmen English course towards their major and a course on the American college success.

If you will be taking a math or chemistry course over the summer, you will be required to take a placement exam. It is imperative that you take this as soon as possible to ensure you are enrolled in the appropriate course. For more information, visit


Exact course offerings for Summer 2015 are not yet available. Please find the past summer's course offerrings for reference. 

Summer 2014 Courses

College of Engineering:

Track 1: English 101, Economics 201/205, Engineering 115

Track 2: Math 141 (Calculus), Economics 201/205, Engineering 115

Track 3: Chemistry 101, Economics 201/205, Engineering 115

College of Education:

General Education: Sociology 202, Communication 110, USC

Elementary Education: English 101, Math 107 (Precalculus)

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Education: Math 107, GEP

*Option to take USC 100 course

Poole College of Management:

Track 1: Math 107/121/141, Pick one of: Communication 110, Science, Technology & Society 214, History 251

Track 2: Pick two of: Communication 110, Science, Technology & Society 214, History 251

Track 3: English 101, Pick one of: Communication 110, Science, Technology & Society 214, History 251

*Option to take USC 100 course

College of Sciences:

English 101, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, USC 100

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:

Track 1: Biology 181, GEP

Track 2: English 101, GEP

Track 3: Math 107/131, GEP

*Option to take USC 100 course

First Year College:

Track 1: English 101, GEP

Track 2: Chemistry and Math (One has to be a 3 credit)

Track 3: Chemistry or Math, GEP

*Option to take USC 100 course

College of Textiles:

Track 1: Math 107/111/131, Chemistry 111

Track 2: Math or Chemistry, GEP

*Option to take USC 100 course

College of Design:

Track 1: 3D Drawing, GEP

Track 2: 3D Drawing, English 101

*Option to take USC 100 course

College of Natural Resources:

For Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management and Professional Golf Management majors:

  • English 101, GEP

  • Option to take USC 100 course

For all other Majors:

  • English 101, Chemistry 101, Biology 181

  • Math 121, Economics 205, GEP

College of Humanities and Social Sciences:

English 101, Intro course for major

*Option to take USC 100 course

*GEP = General Education Program

  • Communications 110: Public Speaking

  • Foreign Languages-French

  • Foreign Languages-Spanish

  • History 251: Early American History

  • IPGK 295: Feast or Famine

  • Poultry Science 201

  • Political Science 201: Intro to American Government

  • Psychology 200

  • Sociology 202

  • Statistics 311

  • Science, Technology, & Society 214

  • Women and Gender Studies 304