Course Recommendations

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High School Class Recommendations

These courses also meet the requirements for the Regents’ Scholarship.

  • 4 years/credits of English
  • 4 years/credits of mathematics taken in a progressive manner (Secondary Math I, II, and III or Secondary Math Honors I, II, and III, plus one class beyond)
  • 3.5 years/credits of social science
  • 3 years/credits of lab-based natural science (one each of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
  • 2 years/credits of world or classical language, other than English, taken in a progressive manner

Math Recommendations

To have the best chance of succeeding in college, Utah’s colleges and universities suggest that students should follow these math recommendations in high school:

Recommendation 1 – Each year in high school (4 years), students should take the most rigorous mathematics course for which they qualify.

Recommendation 2 – Students should successfully complete Secondary Math I, II and III, or Secondary Math Honors I, II and III.

NOTE: Secondary Math I, II and III cover more content than Math 1010 (Intermediate Algebra). Math 1010 should not be substituted for any component of the Secondary Math I, II, III sequence.

Recommendation 3 – If students intend to pursue an associate (AA/AS) or bachelor’s degree, they should complete one or more mathematics courses from the following list (BEYOND Secondary Math I, II and III).

NOTE: Students interested in STEM or other math-intensive careers should take one or more of the classes identified with an asterisk in advance of high school graduation.

• HS Calculus* or AP Calculus* or IB Math*

• HS Precalculus*†

• AP Statistics

• Any other course equivalent to one satisfying a USHE General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement including: Math 1030, 1040, 1050 or any Math class with Math 1050 as a prerequisite

† HS Precalculus covers the content of Math 1050, Math 1060, and some statistics.

Course recommendations approved by the Utah State Board of Regents on March 28, 2014

College and Career Readiness Recommendations to High School Students

All students should have education and career goals that prepare them to experience fulfilling lives, actively participate in their communities, and succeed in a competitive economy. These recommendations are joint college-and-career-readiness recommendations from the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah System of Higher Education. Download recommendations.

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