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High School Academic Unit Requirements
For Incoming New Freshman


As a general rule, the courses listed below fulfill the high school academic unit requirement for new freshman applicants to UWSP.  Courses must fulfill DPI and high school graduation requirements.  Should you have questions about acceptable courses, please contact the UWSP admission office at .

ENGLISH  - 4 units/years

Acceptable composition and/or literature courses:
Freshman English
Sophomore English
Junior English
Senior English
English sequences of 1, 2, 3 and 4
Grammar (if not remedial)
Writer’s Workshop
Literature – any literature course as long as it isn’t remedial
Creative Writing
NOTE: 3 of the credits must be in college prep courses of composition and/or literature. The 4th credit may be any non-remedial English course that DPI and the school count as English for graduation. 
Acceptable courses for 4th credit of English:
Mass Media
Literacy of Media Communications (Literature of Media)
The following courses only count toward the 4th credit if the high school counts them toward the 4 credits of English for high school graduation:
Business Writing
School Newspaper courses
Theater Appreciation
These courses generally are not accepted toward the unit requirements:
Remedial English courses
English as a Second Language (ESL) courses
Theater acting courses

MATHEMATICS – 3 units/years (through Algebra II)

Algebra I (even if taken in the 8th grade)
Advanced Algebra
Algebra II
Core Math 1, 2, 3 and 4
Geometry (including basic geometry)
Pre-Calculus, Calculus
Transition to College Math
College prep math courses for which Algebra and/or Geometry are prerequisites
These courses generally are not accepted toward the unit requirements:
Business or Computer Math
College and Career Ready Math
Consumer Math
General Math     
Applied Math

SOCIAL SCIENCE – 3 units/years

American Government
Geography (cultural, not physical)
These courses generally are not accepted toward the unit requirements:
Business Law
Personal Finance
Consumer Economics

NATURAL SCIENCE – 3 units/years 

Agricultural Science – UWSP can accept a maximum of one approved agriculture
     science course.  Approved agriculture science courses must be designated
     “SE” (science equivalent) on the high school transcript
Chem Comm (Chemistry in the Community)
Earth Science
Engineering – Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses identified as Biotechnical Engineering and Principles of Engineering if they have been designated “SE” (science equivalent) on the high school transcript.
Environmental Science (if offered through the Science Dept and has Biology as a prerequisite)
General Science (9th grade only)
Geography (Physical)
Intro to Physical Science
Organic Chemistry
Physical Science
These courses generally are not accepted toward the unit requirements
Basic Biology or Basic Chemistry
Non-college prep or remedial science courses
“Applied” or “Technical” science courses

ELECTIVE CREDITS – 2 units/years

Additional non-remedial courses in English, Social Science, Math and Natural Science (courses not counted toward the above)
Computer Science courses (excluding keyboarding)
Fine Arts courses offered through music, fine arts, theatre arts or art departments such as:
Choir, Band, Orchestra, Ensemble courses, Music Theory, Appreciation and History, Art courses, Art History or Appreciation, Drawing, Painting, Architecture, Photography, Graphic Design, Crafts, Jewelry, Drama, Acting, StageProduction, Stagecraft
Foreign Language (including American Sign Language and foreign language courses taken in 8th grade if they serve as prerequisites for the next year of foreign language at the high school)

OTHER ELECTIVES – 2 units/years

Additional courses from English, Social Science, Math and Natural Science
Additonal courses from English, Social Science, Math and Natural Scienc
Additional elective course as listed above
Agricultural courses
Business and Marketing courses
Family and Consumer Education
Health Education
Trade and Technology courses
Cooperative Education/Work Experience
Driver Education
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Physical Education
Remedial courses in all areas
Special Education courses
Independent study courses may be counted if they otherwise meet qualifications for content