English - 4 units
- 4 units with strong reading, writing, communicating and research
- Recommended that 2 of the 4 units are literature based, including American, British
and World literature
- College prep English I, II, III and IV meet requirement
Mathematics - 4 units
- Algebra I*
- Algebra II
- Fourth higher level unit selected among Algebra III, pre-calculus, calculus, probability and statistics, discrete mathematics, or computer science**
Laboratory science - 3 units
- 2 units from different fields: biology, chemistry, physics or earth science
- 1 additional unit from biology, chemistry, physics or earth science or any other laboratory science with biology, chemistry, physics and/or earth science as a prerequisite***
Social studies - 3 units
- 1 unit U.S. history
- ½ unit economics
- ½ unit government
- 1 unit world history or geography strongly recommended
Foreign language - 2 units
- Both units must be in the same language
Fine arts - 1 unit
- Art appreciation, art history or performance in one of the fine arts
Academic electives - 2 units
- 2 units of college-preparatory coursework****
- Computer science with significant programming content recommended
*Foundations in algebra and intermediate algebra may count together as a substitute for Algebra I if a student successfully completes Algebra II.
**Computer science should involve significant programming content, not simply keyboarding or using applications.
***Courses in general science or introductory science for which one of these four units is not a prerequisite will not meet this requirement.
****Alternative electives include college-preparatory courses in English, fine arts, foreign languages, social science, humanities, mathematics and laboratory science (for which biology, chemistry, physics or earth science is a prerequisite).