Required High School Curriculum (RHSC)

Students for admission to associate degree programs (AA and AS) or bachelor degree programs (BS, BA, BBA, BAS, BSED, 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.

RHSC Institutional Emphasis
ENGLISH: (4) unitsEnglish which have as their emphasis grammar and usage, literature (American, English, World), and advanced composition skills.
MATHEMATICS: (4) unitsMathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. For students who graduate from a Georgia Public School in 2012 or later, the 4 units of Mathematics must include a course at the level of Math 3 or higher.
SCIENCE: (4) unitsScience, with at least one laboratory course from the life sciences and one laboratory course from the physical sciences. Students who graduate in 2012 or later must have four (4) units of science. Georgia public high school graduates must have at least one (1) unit of biology, one (1) unit of physical science or physics, and one (1) unit of chemistry, earth systems, environmental science, or an advanced placement science course.
SOCIAL SCIENCE: (3) unitsSocial science, with at least one (1) course focusing on United States studies and one (1) course focusing on world studies.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: (2) unitsTwo units in the same foreign language emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Two (2) units of American Sign Language may be used to satisfy this requirement.
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 take the COMPASS examination or equivalent in English and Reading. Based on the student’s scores, the student will either be placed in appropriate Learning Support English or reading courses, 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 take the COMPASS examination or equivalent in mathematics. Based on the student’s score, 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.

Beginning Freshmen

Additional admission information for beginning freshmen: /admission/studentclassification/#beginningfreshmen