Courses to Take - Course Guidelines for College Admission, ACE and Oklahoma's Promise

The following guidelines are designed to help students, parents, teachers, counselors and college officials determine what high school courses meet the State Regents' requirements for college admission, the eligibility requirements for Oklahoma's Promise and the requirements for the college preparatory/work-ready curriculum for Oklahoma high school graduation.

To meet approval, all courses must meet the following requirements:

  • All courses must fit into one of the State Regents' categories for college admission: English, laboratory science, mathematics or history/citizenship skills; or be one of the following: foreign language, computer science/computer technology or Advanced Placement (AP) (except studio art courses). All additional units must fit one of these categories. Oklahoma's Promise also requires coursework in the fine arts.
  • Students participating in Oklahoma's Promise must complete the college preparatory curriculum as outlined. Students with a disability or on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may participate in Oklahoma's Promise. However, to qualify for the scholarship, the core courses completed by the student must have the same academic content and be of the same academic rigor as the regular college preparatory core courses offered by the high school in the same academic subject. It is important to note that courses titled "Concepts" or "Essentials" exclude students from eligibility for Oklahoma's Promise and do not count toward curricular requirements for college admission.
  • All courses must meet the Oklahoma C3 standards, if standards have been developed for that course. Oklahoma C3 standards can be found on the Oklahoma State Department of Education website at http://ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-academic-standards.
  • Note: The following does not automatically qualify the course as acceptable.
    All courses must meet the NCAA's criteria for a core course and be listed as an acceptable course on the NCAA website at http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp (except computer science/computer technology courses, which do not apply to the NCAA core).
  • One-year courses taught over a two-year period will count as only one unit (for example, Algebra IA and Algebra IB).
  • A course taken in the 8th grade may count only if it is a high school level course (for example, Algebra I).
  • High school courses not listed as approved may be submitted for consideration by the high school principal. All of the following documentation must be provided:
    • Course syllabus
    • Description of course
    • Course outline with units of instruction covered and time spent on each unit
    Requests may be submitted by mail to Daniel Archer, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, PO Box 108850, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850, by fax to 405.225.9230 (Attn: Academic Affairs) or by email to Daniel Archer at darcher@osrhe.edu. State Regents' staff will respond in writing to the high school principal within 45 days of receipt of the materials.
  • A limited number of career technology center courses may be included in the course listing. For course consideration, career technology centers and high school faculty/staff must submit the request to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE). The request must be submitted to Becki Foster, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, 1500 W. 7th Ave., Stillwater, OK 74074 or email bfost@okcareertech.org. Career tech courses submitted by high schools or other staff to State Regents' staff will not be reviewed.
  • Concurrent enrollment courses may be used to satisfy the high school curricular requirements for college admission, Oklahoma's Promise and the college preparatory/work ready curriculum if the courses fit within one of the core subject areas and are approved for that purpose by the student's school district. The student should check with the school counselor to verify that the school district allows the concurrent enrollment course to count for high school credit. If a concurrent enrollment course is used for high school curricular requirements, it is recommended that the course be shown on the student's high school transcript.

English
Laboratory Science
Mathematics
History and Citizenship Skills
Foreign/Non-English Language
Computer Science/Computer Technology

 

English

Four units are required. All English courses must include an integrated writing component, demonstrate critical thinking skills and fit into one of the categories of grammar, composition or literature. The following are acceptable courses for the English requirement:

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
English/Language Arts I (grade 9) Must be taught to Oklahoma Oklahoma C3 standards.
English/Language Arts II (grade 10) Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
English/Language Arts III (grade 11) Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
English/Language Arts IV (grade 12) Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
AP English Language and Composition Must be taught to AP course standards.
AP English Literature and Composition Must be taught to AP course standards.
American Literature Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards..
Classical Literature Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
English Literature Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Introduction to Literature Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Shakespeare Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
World Literature Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.

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Laboratory Science

Three units are required. All science courses must include a laboratory component and be taught at or above the rigor of Biology I. The following are some of the acceptable courses for the laboratory science requirement:

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Biology I Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards..
Chemistry Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Physics Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Physical Science Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
AP Biology Must be taught to AP course standards.
AP Chemistry Must be taught to AP course standards.
AP Environmental Science Must be taught to AP course standards.
AP Physics (B or C) Must be taught to AP course standards.
Biology I taught in a
contextual methodology
Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Biology II As with all science courses, these courses must include a laboratory component and be taught at or above the rigor of Biology I.
Earth Science As with all science courses, these courses must include a laboratory component and be taught at or above the rigor of Biology I.
Environmental Science As with all science courses, these courses must include a laboratory component and be taught at or above the rigor of Biology I.
Anatomy and Physiology As with all science courses, these courses must include a laboratory component and be taught at or above the rigor of Biology I.
Anatomy and Physiology
(Career Technology Centers)
Anatomy and Physiology courses taught within the following health careers certifications at career technology centers may count for one unit if the outlined requirements below are met. A second year of a course will not count as a second unit of lab science or as an "additional" unit for the requirement:
  • Health Science Technology - Grades 11 or 12
  • Health Careers Certification - Grades 11 or 12 (Level II Anatomy and Physiology or Level III Anatomy and Physiology)
  • Dental Assisting - Grades 11 or 12
  • Medical Assisting - Grades 11 or 12
  • Practical Nursing - Grade 12

The course must also meet four conditions to count for college admission and Oklahoma's Promise-OHLAP: 1) be taught by a teacher certified to teach secondary biological sciences; 2) be taken by the student in the 11th or 12th grade; 3) be approved for credit by the local boards of education for both the school district and the technology center; 4) and be certified by the local school district as a lab science.

Engineering (Career Technology Centers) The following are acceptable courses for the lab science requirement and must be offered as part of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum and meet the PLTW course requirements:
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Environmental Sustainability
Biomedical Science (Career Technology Centers) The following are acceptable courses for the lab science requirement and must be offered as part of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum and meet the PLTW course requirements:
  • Biomedical Innovation
  • Human Body Systems
  • Medical Interventions
  • Principles of the Biomedical Sciences

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Mathematics

Three units are required. All math courses must be taught at or above the rigor of Algebra I. Algebra courses taught over two years (i.e. Algebra IA and Algebra IB) will count as only one unit of mathematics. The following are acceptable courses for the mathematics requirement:

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Algebra I Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Geometry Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Algebra II Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
AP Calculus (AB or BC) Must be taught to AP course standards.
AP Statistics Must be taught to AP course standards.
Algebra I taught in a
contextual methodology
Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards for Algebra I.
Geometry taught in a
contextual methodology
Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards for Geometry.
Algebra III Must have completed Geometry and Algebra II.
Calculus Must have completed Geometry and Algebra II.
Math Analysis Must have completed Geometry and Algebra II.
Statistics and Probability Must have completed Geometry and Algebra II.
Precalculus Must have completed Geometry and Algebra II.
Trigonometry Must have completed Geometry and Algebra II.
Digital Electronics (Career Technology Centers) Must have completed Geometry and Algebra II.

The course must be offered as part of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum and meet the PLTW course requirements.

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History/Citizenship Skills

Three units are required. The ACE College Preparatory/Work Ready Curriculum does require one unit of U.S. history, one-half unit of Oklahoma history, and one-half unit of U.S. government to be included in the history/citizenship skills three-unit requirement. All students must have one unit of U.S. history. Courses must be from one of the following categories: history, economics, geography, government, civics or non-Western culture. Courses in non-Western culture should teach students about a culture other than their own. The majority of the content of a course must match one of these categories. The following are acceptable courses for the history/citizenship skills requirement:

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
U.S. History Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
World History Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Oklahoma History Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
U.S. Government Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Economics Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
World Geography Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
AP Economics (Macro or Micro) Must be taught to AP course standards.
AP European History Must be taught to AP course standards.
AP Government and Politics
(Comparative or U.S.)
Must be taught to AP course standards.
AP Human Geography Must be taught to AP course standards.
AP U.S. History Must be taught to AP course standards.
AP World History Must be taught to AP course standards.
African American History Courses in non-Western culture, Native American studies or African American studies should provide students with an in-depth view of the subject.
Asian History Courses in non-Western culture, Native American studies or African American studies should provide students with an in-depth view of the subject.
European History Courses in non-Western culture, Native American studies or African American studies should provide students with an in-depth view of the subject.
Native American History Courses in non-Western culture, Native American studies or African American studies should provide students with an in-depth view of the subject.
Political Science Must be taught to C3 standards for U.S. Government.
Civics Must be taught to C3 standards for U.S. Government.

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Foreign/Non-English Language

Foreign/non-English language courses may be used as additional units for college admission. Oklahoma's Promise students must have two years of the same foreign/non-English language OR two years of computer science/technology. One year of each will not count for Oklahoma's Promise.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Any modern language course Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
American Sign Language Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Any Native American language course Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Greek Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Latin Must be taught to Oklahoma C3 standards.
Any AP language course Must be taught to AP course standards.

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Computer Science/Computer Technology

College Admission
Computer science or computer technology courses may be used as additional units for college admission. Courses in computer science/computer technology must teach one or more of the following concepts: programming, hardware, and/or business computer applications (such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets and graphics). Additionally, courses in this area offered at high schools must meet the Instructional Technology Oklahoma C3 standards at the Advanced Level. Courses that simply use the computer as a tool do not qualify. Not all courses with "technology" or "business" in the title qualify.

Oklahoma's Promise
Oklahoma's Promise students must have two years of the same foreign/non-English language OR two years of computer science/computer technology. One year of each will not count for Oklahoma's Promise.

Career Technology Courses
The following career technology courses are acceptable for the computer science/computer technology requirement and meet the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education's official course description including 120 contact hours:

Active Directory Infrastructure - 1 unit
Administrative Technologies II - 1 unit
Advanced Computer Applications for the Law Office - 1 unit
Advanced Design Techniques - 1 unit
Advanced Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design - 1 unit
Advanced Digital Animation - 1 unit
Advanced Programming - 1 unit
Advanced Scripting Languages - 1 unit
Advanced Web and Animation Design - 1 unit
Architectural Computer Aided Drafting and Design - 1 unit
Business and Computer Technology - ½ unit
C++ Programming - 1 unit
C# Programming - 1 unit
Computer Repair and Troubleshooting I - 1 unit
Computer Repair and Troubleshooting II - 1 unit
Computerized Accounting - 1 unit
Cyber Forensics - ½ unit
Database Administration - 1 unit
Database Design and Programming - 1 unit
Design Tools and Electronic Marketing Strategies - 1 unit
Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design - 1 unit
Engineering Computer Aided Drafting and Design - 1 unit
Enterprise Security Management - ½ unit
Forms Development - 1 unit
Fundamentals of Administrative Technologies - 1 unit
Fundamentals of Computer Aided Drafting and Design - 1 unit
Fundamentals of Database Development - 1 unit
Fundamentals of Linux/UNIX - 1 unit
Fundamentals of Technology - 1 unit
Fundamentals of Web Design - 1 unit
IT Essentials - 1 unit
Manufacturing Computer Aided Drafting and Design - 1 unit
Multimedia and Image Management Techniques - 1 unit
Network/Client Operating Systems - 1 unit
Network Management - 1 unit
Network Security - ½ unit
Office Administration and Management - 1 unit
Operating System/Command Line - 1 unit
Principles of Information Assurance - ½ unit
Regulatory Compliance & Auditing - 1 unit
Routing and Switching I - 1 unit
Routing and Switching II - 1 unit
Scripting Language Fundamentals - 1 unit
Secure Electronic Commerce - ½ unit
Security Fundamentals - 1 unit
Server Infrastructure Design - 1 unit
Server Operating Systems - 1 unit
Software Configuration Management - 1 unit
SQL and PL/SQL Database Applications Development - 1 unit
Systems Analysis, Design and Testing - 1 unit
User Interface Design - 1 unit
Visual Basic .NET Programming - 1 unit
Web Scripting Foundations - 1 unit

The following are acceptable courses for the computer science/computer technology requirement and must be offered as part of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum and meet the PLTW course requirements:

AP Computer Science A - 1 unit
AP Computer Science Principles - 1 unit
Computer Integrated Manufacturing - 1 unit
Introduction to Engineering Design - 1 unit
Principles of Engineering - 1 unit

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For more information on Oklahoma public college and university admission standards, email darcher@osrhe.edu or call the Student Information Hotline at (800) 858-1840 (225-9239) in Oklahoma City