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3 credits required for graduation
3 credits required for college admission
  (2-3 lab science credits)

General Information

  • Biology (BIO), Physics (PHYS), and Chemistry (CHEM) are recommended for most average or above-average students planning on attending college.
  • Astronomy (ASTRON), Geology (GEOLG), Meteorology (METEOR), and Environmental Issues (ENVIRO) may be taken in place of Physics or Chemistry if the student has difficulty in science or math.

Lab Sciences

  • College-bound students are required to earn 3 science credits, two of which must be what colleges consider "lab sciences." These include Biology, Chemistry/College Chemistry (CCHEM), and Physics/College Physics (CPHYS). Students should see their counselor for more information. 
  • Universities do not consider Physical Science (PHSCI), Astronomy, Geology, Meteorology, or Environmental Issues "lab sciences." 
  • In some cases, a STEM course may be considered a lab science depending on the institution of learning.



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