Course Recommendations

Take the right classes in high school to prepare for college.

To be ready for college, begin building a strong academic foundation in high school by taking the right classes. Doing so will help you develop an understanding of different subjects and what is expected in college-level classes.

The following recommended classes taken during grades 9-12 have been found to provide high school graduates with the preparation needed to succeed in college and the workforce. These classes also meet qualifications for the Regents’ Scholarship.

High School Class Recommendations

  • 4 credits of English
  • 4 credits of mathematics taken in a progressive manner (Secondary Math I, II, and III or Secondary Math Honors I, II, and III, plus one course beyond)
  • 3.5 credits of social science (such as history, geography, government, psychology- see list of classes that meet the Regents’ Scholarship requirement)
  • 3 credits of lab-based science (one each of biology, chemistry, and physics)
  • 2 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, you should follow these math recommendations while you are in high school:

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

Recommendation 2 – You 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 you intend to pursue an associate (AA/AS) or bachelor’s degree, you 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 prior to 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 course 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

Regents‘ Scholarship

The Regents’ Scholarship encourages Utah high school students to prepare for college.

Learn More

Students, what should you be doing now?

Grade-by-grade checklist

Make sure you do these things each year in high school to be college ready!

Learn More