Acceptable High School Courses

Review the list below to learn the many high school courses that can be used to meet our coursework requirements.


Studies in language, composition, and literature requiring practice in expository writing. Coursework should emphasize reading, writing, speaking, and listening.


Algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, and statistics. Applied business math, pre-algebra, computer processing, and information technology courses aren't acceptable. At least 3.5 years of math, including trigonometry or higher, are required for admission to the following:

  • All Computer Science + X majors
  • All Gies College of Business majors
  • All Grainger College of Engineering majors
  • Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ACES)
  • Architectural Studies (FAA)
  • Astronomy + Data Science (LAS)
  • Astrophysics (LAS)
  • Biochemistry (LAS)
  • Chemical Engineering (LAS)
  • Chemistry (LAS)
  • Geology (LAS)
  • Information Sciences (SIS)
  • Information Sciences + Data Science (SIS)
  • Secondary Education: Mathematics (EDU)

Social Sciences

History and government. Additional acceptable social studies include anthropology, economics, geography, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Lab Sciences

Lab courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. Lab courses in agricultural sciences, astronomy, and geology are also acceptable. General science is not acceptable.

Language Other than English

Completion through the second level of any 1 language other than English. American Sign Language is acceptable.

Flexible Courses

At least 2 years of coursework in any of the above subject categories. Approved art, music, or vocational education courses may be counted in this category.