High School Courses

It is recommended that applicants complete the most challenging and rigorous educational plan available to them during their high school career. Most applicants will have completed the recommended or advanced/distinguished high school program as defined in the Texas Education Code.

Minimum Required Coursework

Texas A&M University’s minimum required coursework mirrors the State of Texas recommended and advanced/distinguished high school curriculum, including:

  • 4 years of English;
  • 4 years of Mathematics
    (Must include Algebra I and II, Geometry and a fourth math course. Applicants are encouraged to take math each year of high school culminating with a course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite.);
  • 4 years of Science
    (Two courses must come from Biology I, Chemistry I, and Physics I plus two additional courses meeting the recommended or advanced/distinguished curriculum.); and
  • 2 years of the same foreign/sign language

Students who graduate from a Texas high school under the recommended or advanced/distinguished high school curriculum will meet Texas A&M's minimum course requirements. Students who graduate from out-of-state high schools or from schools in Texas that do not participate in the recommended or advanced/distinguished program, including private schools and home schools, must meet the college readiness standards as defined in the Uniform Admission Policy and our minimum coursework requirements to be most competitive for admission. Texas A&M University admission requirements are in compliance with Texas Education Code section 51.803 and are subject to change.

The State Board of Education adopted changes to the high school graduation requirements in January 2012. The new requirements are effective beginning with students who enter grade 9 in the 2012-2013 school year.

New Graduation Requirements

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Texas A&M University accepts scores on certain College Board Advanced Placement tests for credit in selected courses. Examinations offered by the AP program are administered during late spring by high schools. Interested high school students should contact their high school counselors for information on AP courses and AP testing. AP scores should be forwarded to Texas A&M University Office of Data and Research Services (DARS). The College Board code for Texas A&M is 6003. Scores reported from the spring AP test administration will not be received until late July.

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Course Credit

There are several ways to earn credit at Texas A&M by demonstrating superior achievement on tests offered through the following examination programs.

Credit by Examination to include Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), SAT subject tests, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

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Dual Credit

At many high schools, students take college courses through their local community college that also count toward their high school diploma. These courses are commonly referred to as dual credit courses, because the student receives both high school and college credit for the courses. To have dual credit courses transfer to Texas A&M, the student must submit to Texas A&M University an official college transcript that lists the completed college courses. Please note! Texas A&M does not guarantee course transferability or applicability towards degree programs.

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