Science Department

Taking a science class isn’t just about meeting a degree requirement. It can also give you a deeper understanding — and appreciation — of life and the world (and universe) we live in. Whether your goal is to transfer to a university or you’re taking a class as a visiting student, our dedicated faculty and staff are here to assist you. 

Many of our courses are offered online or in a hybrid format in addition to our traditional on-campus setting. For students who are especially interested in the sciences, we have a very active Science Club and host several seminars each semester covering a variety of subjects.

In the news

Durham Tech Team Flexes Robotic Arm at NASA Langley

A group of North Carolina college students preparing a payload for a high-altitude balloon ride visited NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, recently and got a little taste of what it will be like for that payload to go right up to the outer edge of Earth's atmosphere. The students are part of Unacceptable Risks, a team from Durham Technical Community College in Durham, North Carolina, that’s readying for the 2018 High Altitude Student Platform (HASP), a program that allows teams to mount payloads on high-altitude balloons.

Durham Tech Programmabulls win 2018 NASA Swarmathon

On Monday, April 16th, seven members of the Durham Tech Programmabulls, led by faculty lead Julie Hoover and team lead Daniel R. Koris, traveled to Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL to compete in NASA’s 2018 Swarmathon, which is a competition that involves programming robots to collect items ("cubes") and return them to a central location. Durham Tech was one of 23 two- and four-year schools from across the country that were invited to come to FL to compete.

Durham Tech handily won the competition. In the quarterfinal the Durham Tech team collected 42 cubes; the third-best team got only 11! Durham Tech also took 2nd place for their technical paper that compiled their research and results, as well as 1st place for the team video that documented their journey over the course of the year.