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Need Calculus for your degree program?

The ALEKS PPL placement test is the prerequisite for Calculus I (Math 1530, 1550, or 1551).

If you have not already received credit for Calc I, then you should take the ALEKS PPL placement test as soon as possible.

Register for a free asynchronous online Moodle course

STEM for Everyone

We host one of nine regional Louisiana Regional STEM Network Centers, a resource developed by LaSTEM under the auspices of the Board of Regents.
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Learn about our programs

The Gordon A. Cain Center promotes STEM literacy in PK–12 schools and promotes career and college readiness for high school students as well as incoming LSU students. Read about our mission and get to know us and how we make a difference…

For PK–12 School Administrators…

Expand your course catalog with enhanced content. Ignite a culture of STEM curiosity in your school community, while cultivating inclusion, equity, and diversity. Our programs and initiatives help to increase accountability, boost school performance scores, and enhance career advancement potential at your school. Find out how…

For PK–12 Teachers

  • We provide content modules for you to bring more STEM into your classroom.
  • Your students earn credits towards a STEM seal on their diploma.
  • Your students become eligible for LSU scholarships.
  • Our summer trainings, materials, and ongoing support guide your journey.

Teach with STEM Pathways

  • Your students take LSU courses while remaining in your high school classroom.
  • Your students earn both high school and college credit at the same time.
  • You serve as an LSU course facilitator by completing summer training at LSU.

Become an LSU Dual Enrollment Facilitator

  • Purchase re-usable educational materials and equipment.
  • Improve the quality of science and mathematics education in your classroom.
  • Receive up to $1,000 (PK–8) or $1,500 (9–12) per year.

Start your QSM grant application

  • Receive  special distinction as an LDOE secondary math content leader.
  • All our offerings are customizable and LDOE-approved.

Find out more…

For 6th–12th grade students

  • For rising 6th–12th graders.
  • Day camps, residential camps, virtual camps.
  • Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, World Languages, Mathematics, Music, Physics.

See what we offer…

  • For rising 6th–12th graders.
  • Virtual 3-week summer camp.
  • Explore an area of mathematics guided by LSU professors and graduate students.

Register today…

  • For 7th–12th graders.
  • Weekly practice sessions.
  • AMC, AIME, and Purple Comet Math Meet.
  • Participate in regional and national mathematics competitions.

Sign up…

  • Register for this FREE college preparatory program.
  • Eligible 9–12 graders receive:
    • tutoring,
    • academic counseling,
    • college and career counseling,
    • social and cultural enrichment,
    • opportunities to visit college campuses.

Get involved…

For incoming LSU students

Let us help you…

  • Increase your score on the ALEKS PPL.
  • Develop conceptual understanding necessary for calculus.
  • Enhance your mathematical reasoning, problem‐solving skills, and study habits.
  • Place higher in LSU Mathematics courses.