Statistics & Calculus Requirements and Diagnostic Exams

A course in introductory applied statistics and a semester of calculus are prerequisites for all of the Nicholas School professional programs. The Student Services office reviews the transcripts of incoming students and notifies those who don't appear to have met these prerequisites.

At the start of the program, new students will take diagnostic tests in calculus and statistics in order to assess readiness for graduate courses requiring these subjects at Duke. Students must show proof of completion of prerequisite level courses before they are permitted to take the diagnostic exams. Here is some guidance on diagnostics in statistics and calculus, particularly for those needing prerequisite-level courses.

Obtaining passing scores on the diagnostic exam is required for enrollment in many courses in the Nicholas School. A frequently required course that necessitates passing the statistics diagnostic is ENVIRON 710 Applied Data Analysis, while classes such as ENVIRON 520 & 521 Resource Economics, 680 Economics of Forest Resources, 734L Watershed Hydrology, and 764 Applied Differential Equations in Environmental Sciences require passing scores on the Calculus Diagnostic Exam.

Students failing the diagnostic exams may need additional preparation before they are permitted to enroll in the graduate level courses above. In all cases, students should plan to work with either their academic coursework advisor or program chair to make course selections. Additional information about Quantitative Course Options can be view at the advising web pages.

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