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Required High School Courses

Students entering UofSC as freshmen are expected to complete the following minimum high-school core course curriculum.

English - 4 units

At least two units must have strong grammar and composition components, at least one must be in English literature, and at least one must be in American literature. Completion of college preparatory English I, II, III, and IV will meet this criterion.

Mathematics - 4 units

These include Algebra I (for which Applied Mathematics I and II may count together as a substitute, if a student successfully completes Algebra II), Algebra II, and geometry. A fourth higher-level math course should be selected from among Algebra III/trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, or discrete mathematics or a capstone math course.

Laboratory science - 3 units

Two units must be taken in two different fields and selected from among biology, chemistry or physics. The third unit may be from the same field as one of the first two units (biology, chemistry, or physics) or from any laboratory science for which biology and/or chemistry is a prerequisite. Courses in earth science, general physical science, or introductory or general environmental science for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite will not meet this requirement. It is strongly recommended that students take physical science (taught as a laboratory science) as a prerequisite to the three required units of laboratory science outlined in this section. Also, it is strongly recommended that students desiring careers in science, math, engineering, or technology take one course in each of the three fields.

Social studies - 3 units

Must include one unit of US history. One-half unit of economics and one-half unit of government are strongly recommended.

Foreign language - 2 units

Both units must be in the same language.

Fine arts - 1 unit

One unit in appreciation of, history of, or performance in one of the fine arts.

Academic electives - 1 unit

A college prep course in computer science (i.e., one involving significant programming content, not simply keyboarding) is strongly recommended. Other acceptable electives include college preparatory courses in English, fine arts, foreign languages, social science, humanities, laboratory science (excluding those for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite), or math above the level of Algebra II.

Physical education - 1 unit

One unit of P.E. or ROTC is required.