High School Coursework

College Coursework in High School

Are you earning college credit while you're in high school? Wonderful! While college credit isn't required for admission, taking college coursework during high school is a great way to prepare you for future college classes. Here are tips to help you plan for educational experiences that best fit with a future degree in engineering.

Time to Degree

It's important to keep in mind that an engineering curriculum is inherently sequential. Subjects build upon each other from course to course. For example, a student needs to master the content in general chemistry before moving on to organic chemistry.

This means that, in general, college coursework completed during high school doesn't significantly shorten an engineering student's time to graduation. However, if you take college coursework in high school, you will be better prepared to excel in these subjects while at college. It also provides you with more flexibility to incorporate co-curricular opportunities, such as second majors, study abroad programs, and minors.

If your aren't able to take any college-level coursework during high school, that's fine! Offerings vary from school to school. Instead, you should schedule classes at your high school that are connected to math, science, and writing.

(Yes, as an engineering student, you will be writing. Communication --whether technical, professional, or personal --  is a critical skill to develop as you work toward your educational and professional goals.)

Choosing Subjects

Engineering builds off the foundational disciplines of math and science. Taking classes in calculus, general chemistry, and physics during high school can help you start building this foundation. When choosing a math class, look for a traditional, theory-based calculus courses as opposed to a specialized version, such as business calculus. For physics, choose a calculus-based physics courses, not algebra-based physics.

In addition to math and science, you can take classes that can apply to your General Education curriculum. The General Education is the part of your degree that provides the breadth to your college education. It incorporates coursework in the areas of writing, historical study, arts and humanities, social sciences, ethics and diversity. Courses such as first year composition, psychology, history, and literature can oftentimes fulfill these degree requirements.

Finding Course Equivalencies

You can use the resources below to see if your local college or Advanced Placement program offers a course equivalent that is already approved as a direct equivalent to a course at Ohio State! In general, we recommend that you select courses in which an exact OSU course (department and course number) is listed as an equivalent. Try to avoid courses in which you will only receive general, special, or technical credit. 

  • Advanced Placement Exams and OSU Course Credit: This chart shows you how Advanced Placement (AP) exams translate to course credit at Ohio State.
  • OSU Quick Equivalencies: Click to download a master spreadsheet of courses which have already been evaluated by Ohio State. It's a long list, as you can imagine! You can sort by the institution through which you will be taking the course or the course at Ohio State for which you want to earn credit.
  • Transferology: this online portal can show you the amount of coursework that transfers between other institutions and Ohio State. Transferology is most useful to current college students who are researching how their college credit may apply to a degree at another institution, but it can also be used by you as you plan on exploring college credit in high school.

Recommendations for Engineering

Once you have decided on subjects, you will need to choose specific classes. But which ones? One good strategy is to review whether the class you want to take will transfer to Ohio State as a specific equivalent course. For example, Ohio State's first calculus course is called Math 1151. If you take class X through University Y, will it transfer to Ohio State as the equivalent of Math 1151?

Here are some general recommendations for Ohio State course equivalencies in math and science. Choose courses based on the topics you want to explore!

  • Traditional Calculus I: Math 1151
  • Traditional Calculus II: Math 1152
  • Traditional Calculus III: Math 2153
  • General Chemistry I: Chemistry 1210
  • General Chemistry II: Chemistry 1220
  • Calculus-Based Physics I: Physics 1250
  • Calculus-Based Physics II: Physics 1251
  • Computer Science and Engineering 1221 / 1222 /1223, if you are strongly interested in majors connected to computer science or programming

Also, here are some recommended Ohio State courses from the General Education curriculum.

  • First Writing Course: English 1110.01
  • Social Sciences: Economics 2001.01, Political Science 1100, Psychology 1100, Sociology 1101
  • Historical Study: History 1212, 1151, 1681
  • Literature: English 2201, 2202, Classics 1101, 2220
  • Visual and Performing Art: Art 2100, History of Art 2002, 

For most of these General Education categories, you will only need to complete one course. If you plan on taking a lot of General Education courses during high school, choose classes from a range of areas. For example, choose a history, a social science, a literature, etc. 

Transferring Credit to Ohio State

Once you have completed high school, you should transfer any college credit you've earned to Ohio State. This involves sending some type of official document to Ohio State that certifies your completion of the class or exam. 

  • Advanced Placement exam credit: When you take an Advanced Placement (AP) exam, you can universities to which you want your exam scores sent. If you listed Ohio State, then the scores will automatically be sent over the summer, around July. If you didn't list Ohio State initially, no problem! You can contact the College Board, which administers AP exams, and request your scores be sent to Ohio State.
  • Dual Enrollment or College Credit Plus: If you completed coursework through a partnership  between your high school and a college or university, ask your high school guidance counselor about the process for sending your official transcript, including those courses, to Ohio State.
  • Other College Coursework: If you enrolled in coursework at a college or university on your own -- meaning, it wasn't affiliated with your high school at all -- you should contact that institution and request an official transcript be sent to Ohio State. If your institution offers electronic delivery of transcripts, that is the best option. It's faster and easier to process. If not, you can request your official transcript be sent to this address: 
    • The Ohio State University
    • Undergraduate Admissions
    • PO Box 182646
    • Columbus, OH 43218-2646

We hope this helps with your planning during your high school years. Good luck with your courses and we will see you on campus soon!

Add a Course

Add the courses you took during each grade level. 

  1. Enter the course title exactly as it appears on your transcript. 
  2. If the course was completed, enter the letter grade you received for the course during this term. Or, if you received a "pass" rather than a letter grade, enter "Pass." Enter "Planned" if you have not yet taken the course. Enter "In Progress" if you are currently taking the course. If you did not take the course during this term, leave the field blank. 
  3. Select the course type. 
  4. Click the green checkmark to save.
  5. Continue adding courses until all your coursework for the grade level is entered. 
  6. Click Add Grade Level and repeat the steps above to add additional grade levels and courses until your high school transcript is completely entered. 

7th and 8th Grade Coursework

 If you took Algebra 1, Geometry, or a Language Other Than English (LOTE) in the 7th or 8th grade, report your course(s) and grade(s) earned as 9th grade.

Algebra 1

If you have took an Algebra 1 course that was taught in high school over two years (i.e. 4 semesters), you may only enter two semesters worth of credit for these Algebra 1-classified classes. CSU policy only allows for two semesters worth of credit for Algebra 1-classified courses, regardless of how many semesters were taken. Enter the course only once and enter only the second grade received for each year in the Fall and Spring grade fields.

For example, if you received a “B” in the Fall and an “A” in the Spring of the first year, enter “A” in the Fall field. If you received a “C” in the Fall and a “B” in Spring of the second year, enter “B” in the Spring field.

Repeated Courses

CSU defines repeated courses as the exact same course with the exact same course title taken at the same school at a later time. If you repeated a course, enter the highest grade(s) earned for the course. Do not enter this repeated course twice. If the repeated course is planned or in progress, enter the original grade earned since a new grade has not yet been earned.  

“A-F” Subject Requirements Satisfied by an Alternate Method 

If you have not satisfied the “A-G” Subject Requirements through your high school coursework units, you may meet these requirements via test results, validation, or waiver (i.e., in the case of proficiency in a LOTE). You must still report all completed high school coursework and grades earned in order to calculate your high school GPA correctly. 

Subject Matter Validation

For all courses in Mathematics (Area C), Language Other Than English (Area E), and Chemistry (Area D2): if you receive a grade of “D” in the first semester and a grade of “C” or higher in the second semester, you will receive two semesters of subject requirement credit. If you earned a D or F for any of these courses, enter “Pass” for the first semester and the grade received for the second semester. Satisfactory completion of a final year of study validates prior study in math, chemistry, and Languages Other Than English (LOTE). Completion of an advanced course in the same subject presupposes knowledge of the previous course(s).

  • Satisfactory completion of a second year of LOTE (Language Other Than English) will validate the first year.
  • Satisfactory completion of Algebra II (intermediate) will validate Algebra 1 (elementary), but will NOT validate Geometry.
  • Satisfactory completion of a statistics course for which Algebra II is a stated prerequisite can validate both years of Algebra, but NOT Geometry. The CSU high school requirements in mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Intermediate Algebra) may be validated with higher-level college preparatory mathematics courses such as Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, or Calculus. Integrated math studies that appear on the UC "A-G" list will satisfy the subject requirements certified on the UC list. Cal State Apply policy allows for a maximum of two semesters worth of credit for Algebra 1-classified classes, regardless of how many semesters were taken. This applies to two-year Algebra 1 classes offered at some high schools. 

Language Other Than English (LOTE) Requirement – Validation and Waiver

  • If you are fluent in a language other than English, you may qualify for a waiver of the Cal State Apply LOTE subject requirement. The LOTE waiver must be noted on your official high school transcript. You may enter this waiver for subject requirement credit on your application. Enter “Waiver of LOTE” in the Course Title field and enter grades of “Pass”.  Enter this “Waiver of LOTE” course title for two consecutive academic years to obtain the appropriate LOTE credit. 
  • If you completed only the final year LOTE course (2nd year or higher/AP course) with a grade of “C” or better, you have met the Cal State Apply LOTE subject requirement.  Enter the year and the grades you earned in that final year course. Then enter "Waiver of LOTE" in the Course Title field for a second academic year with grades of "Pass."
  • If you did not complete the required number of subject matter course units (4 semesters) in the LOTE area, but you earned a score that is equal to or higher than the minimum required score (see chart) on an SAT subject test in LOTE, you may enter the test for subject course credit in Area E. Select the grade level and the year the test was taken. Enter "SAT ST" along with the exam name in the Course Title field, (e.g. "SAT ST Spanish") and then grades of “Pass.” Enter this “SAT ST” course title for two consecutive academic years to obtain the appropriate LOTE credit.

Advanced Placement (AP) Test Results and Subject Matter Requirements

  • If you did not complete the required number of subject matter course units in the LOTE Area E, but you earned a score of three or higher on an AP test in LOTE, you may enter the test for subject matter credit in Area E. Select the grade level and year the test was take and enter “AP Exam” and the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g.“AP Exam French”), and then enter grades of “Pass.” Enter this “AP Exam” course title for two consecutive academic years to obtain the appropriate LOTE credit. 
  • If you did not complete the required number of subject matter course units in Mathematics, but you earned a score of three or higher on an AP test in Mathematics, you may enter the test for subject matter credit in Area C. Select the grade level and year the test was taken and enter “AP Exam” and the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g. “AP Calculus”), and then enter grades of “Pass.” Enter this “AP Exam” course title for three consecutive academic years to obtain the appropriate Mathematics credit. 
  • If you did not complete the required number of subject matter course units in one of the following subject requirement areas: History/Social Science, English, Science, or Visual/Performing Arts, but you took a subject area related AP test and received a score of three or better, you may enter the test for course credit in the appropriate area. Select the grade level and year the test was taken, enter “AP Exam” and the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g. “AP Exam Psychology”), and then enter grades of “Pass.” Enter this “AP Exam” course title for the appropriate number of consecutive academic years to obtain the appropriate subject credit.
  • To provide you with proper credit toward your degree for Advanced Placement exams, the Cal State Apply campus must receive an official test score report from the College Board.

SAT Test Results and Subject Matter Requirements

  • If you completed both an SAT subject test and a course in that same subject, please report only the courses taken and grades earned in the application. Do not claim subject matter credit based upon SAT tests when you already completed the appropriate high school or college course(s) with a grade(s) of “C” or better.
  • If you did not complete the required number of high school subject matter course units in the Language Other Than English (LOTE) area, but you earned a score that is equal to or higher than the minimum required score (see chart) on an SAT subject test in a LOTE, you may enter the test for subject credit in Area E. Select the grade level and the year the test was taken. Enter "SAT ST" along with the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g. "SAT ST Spanish"), and then enter grades of “Pass.” Enter the number of semesters of subject matter course credit that you lack, up to a maximum of two years of credit. 
  • If you did not complete the required number of high school subject matter course units in Mathematics, but you took an SAT subject test in this area and earned a score that is equal to or higher than the minimum required score (see chart), you may enter the test for subject credit (to a maximum of 6 semesters of subject credit) in Area C. Select the grade level and the year the test was taken. Enter "SAT ST" along with the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g. "SAT ST Math Level II"), and then enter grades of “Pass.”  Enter the number of semesters of subject matter course credit that you lack, up to a maximum of three years of credit. 
  • If you did not complete the required number of high school units in one of the following subject requirement areas: History/Social Science, English, Science, or Visual/Performing Arts, but you took the SAT subject test in these areas and earned a score that is equal to or higher than the minimum required score. Select the institution you attended when the test was taken. Enter "SAT ST" along with the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g."SAT ST World History"), and then enter grades of “Pass.”  Enter the number of semesters of subject matter course credit that you lack, up to a maximum of one year of credit.  

Subject Matter Requirements

This chart shows the tests and the minimum required SAT scores that can be used to meet the subject requirements.


A-G Subject Area

SAT Test Name

Minimum ScoreRequired

Social Sciences/US History/Government

American History

520

Social Sciences/US History/Government

World History

470

English

Writing Subject Test, taken in May 1998 or after

680

Mathematics

Mathematics Level I

540

Mathematics

Mathematics Level II

510

Laboratory Science

Biology

540

Laboratory Science

Chemistry or Physics

530

Language Other Than English

Chinese

460

Language Other Than English

French or French with Listening

490

Language Other Than English

German or German with Listening

460

Language Other Than English

Modern Hebrew

440

Language Other Than English

Italian

460

Language Other Than English

Japanese

460

Language Other Than English

Korean

460

Language Other Than English

Latin

480

Language Other Than English

Spanish or Spanish with Listening

460

EnglishSAT Writing Sub-Score680

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