HEC Board’s Minimum High School Core Course Requirements: State law requires the Higher Education Coordinating Board to establish minimum requirements for freshman admission to Washington’s public four-year universities and college. To be admitted as freshmen, high school students must complete the following minimum core course requirements, adopted by the Board in 1987:
- Four years of English, including three years of literature and composition.
- Three years of mathematics, including algebra, geometry and advanced mathematics.
- Three years of social science.
- Two years of science, including one year of laboratory science (the equivalent of biology, chemistry, physics, or principles of technology) Note: Students applying for college freshman admission, beginning in fall 2010, will need to complete two years of laboratory science, including one year of algebra-based biology, chemistry or physics).
- Two years of the same foreign language, Native American language, or American Sign language.
- One year of fine, visual or performing arts or electives from any of the other required subjects.
Starting with the Class of 2019
The credits include 2 years of World Language that can be converted to Personalized Pathway credits based on the student’s high school and beyond plan. Visit the
Washington State School Board of Education for a comprehensive explanation.
WAC 392-410-350 - Seal of Biliteracy
WAC 392-415-070 - Mandatory high school transcript contents
WAC 180-51-068 - Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2019 – includes 2 credits of World Language
WAC 180-51-050 - High school credit — Definition
WAC 180-51-025 - Local school district application of state requirements
WAC 392-210-025 - Credits earned in academic core subjects
Students in Washington state may be able to earn up to four high school credits by demonstrating their proficiency in a language other than English.