Beginning with the class of 2010, 220 credit hours must be earned in the areas listed below. Ten credits are equivalent to one full year of credit in a specific subject.
Language Arts (40 credits in grades 9-12)10 in 9th Grade English Language Arts
Social Studies (30 credits in grades 9-12)
Math (20 credits in grades 9-12)
Science (20 credits in grades 9-12)
Physical Education (15 credits in grades 9-12)
Second Language Acquisition (10 credits in World Language)
Practical Experiences (5 credits in grades 9-12)
Health (5 credits in grades 9-10)
Fine Arts (5 credits in grades 9-12: includes music or art)
Colorado Higher Education Entrance Requirements
The Colorado Commission on Higher Education established these course guidelines, known as the Higher Education Admission Requirements or HEAR. They specify the courses your student will need to successfully complete in high school, primarily in the areas of English, mathematics, natural and physical sciences, and social sciences, to qualify for admission to a public four-year college or university in Colorado. If your student plans to attend a four-year college or university in Colorado, then he or she will need to complete the following classes to fulfill the Higher Education Admissions Requirements:
High School Academic Area
2010 Graduates & beyond
4 years (must include Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry or equivalents)
Natural/Physical Sciences (two units must be lab-based)
Social Sciences (at least one unit of U.S. or world history)
The Higher Education Admissions Requirements do not apply to Community Colleges, which have open enrollment policies, meaning that students applying to these schools do not need to meet the admissions requirements outlined above.
For more information on helping your student plan for college, please visit the State’s free college-prep website, www.CollegeInColorado.org for valuable information, including financial and scholarship information.
In the course description booklet, courses that meet the Higher Education Admission Requirements for the core academic areas are designated as HEAR, courses that meet the academic elective requirements are identifies as HEAR Academic Elective. Should you have further questions, please contact your school counselor, school principal, or any classroom teacher.