Required High School Curriculum (RHSC)
Students for admission to associate degree programs (AA and AS) or bachelor degree programs (BS, BA, BBA, BAS, BSED, BSN, BSW) who have not been out of high school for over five years must meet the following requirements of the Required High School Curriculum (RHSC):
Students graduating from high school in 2012 must present 17 specified RHSC units of credit. Students graduating from high school prior to 2012 must present 16 College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) units. A comprehensive list of courses approved by the University System of Georgia can be found here.
|ENGLISH: (4) units
|Literature (American, English, World) integrated with grammar, usage, and advanced composition skills.
|MATHEMATICS: (4) units
|Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Advanced Algebra, and a 4th unit of advanced math, or equivalent courses.
|SCIENCE: (4) units
|Must include two courses with a laboratory component. Georgia public high school students should have at least one unit of Biology, one unit of Physical Science or Physics, one unit of Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, or an Advanced Placement of International Baccalaureate course or the equivalent, and an approved 4th science unit.
|SOCIAL SCIENCE: (3) units
|Must include one unit focusing on U.S. studies and one unit focusing on world studies.
|FOREIGN LANGUAGE: (2) units of the same foreign language OR (2) units of American Sign Language OR (2) units of computer science
|The 2 units of the same foreign language must have an emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The 2 units of computer science must have a coding and programming emphasis.
Students lacking one or more of these required units must complete the RHSC according to the following guidelines:
ENGLISH—Students graduating with less than the four required units of English will be required to satisfy the deficiency through appropriate coursework. Based on the student’s high school grade point average and/or SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer scores, the student will either be placed in appropriate Learning Support English course, or will be exempted from such courses. Once all required Learning Support is complete or exempted, the RHSC deficiency will be satisfied.
MATHEMATICS—Students graduating with less than the four required units of mathematics will be required to satisfy the deficiency through appropriate coursework. Based on the student’s high school grade point average and/or SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer scores, the student will either be placed in the appropriate Learning Support mathematics course, or will be exempted from such courses. Once all required Learning Support is complete or exempted, the RHSC deficiency will be satisfied.
SCIENCE—Students graduating with less than the four required units of science will be required to complete one additional course in a laboratory science chosen from the approved laboratory sciences in Area D of the Core Curriculum.
SOCIAL SCIENCE—Students graduating with less than the three required units of social science will be required to complete one additional course chosen from the approved social sciences in Area E of the Core Curriculum.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE—Students graduating with less than two units of the same foreign language will be required to complete one additional core curriculum introductory foreign language course.
The additional courses in science, social science, and foreign language must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. Students placed in Learning Support courses because of RHSC deficiencies will be subject to the regular Learning Support requirements. Entering freshmen and students transferring from outside the University System of Georgia who accumulate twenty or more semester hours of college-level credit at DSC before completing all RHSC requirements may not register for other courses, unless they also register for the appropriate deficiency course or courses.
Additional admission information for beginning freshmen: /admission/studentclassification/#beginningfreshmen