RIGOROUS CORE MONTANA BOARD OF REGENTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Regents’ College Preparatory Program and Rigorous Core

 

In order to improve students' preparation for college-level work, the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education requires a College Preparatory Program for students who wish to enter into a 4-year campus of the Montana University System.  These colleges include Montana State University, University of Montana, MSU Billings, MSU Northern, Montana Tech, and UM Western.

 

Students must have completed Rigorous Core requirements to be eligible for the Montana University System Honor Scholarship. 

 

COLLEGE PREPARATORY PROGRAM

Course College Prep Classes Years
Math Algebra I, II, and Geometry (or the sequential content equivalent, i.e. 3 levels of Integrated Math
3
English Written and oral communication skills and literature
4

Science

Lab sciences:  one year must be earth science,  biology, chemistry, or physics

2

Social Studies

Global studies (world history, world geography), American history, and government.  Economics, American Indian history or other third-year course.

3

Electives

World language, computer science, visual and performing arts or career/technical education.

2

 

RIGOROUS CORE

Course Rigorous Core Years
Math

Algebra I, II, and Geometry (or the sequential  content equivalent) and a course beyond Algebra II  or Integrated Math III (such as Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Computer Math or course equivalent).  All with grades of C or better.

4

English

Written and oral communication skills, literature; Recommendation:  a designated college-prep composition or research writing course.

4

Science

Lab sciences:  General, physical or earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics

3

Social Studies

Global studies (world history, world geography), American history, and government.  Economics, American Indian history or other third-year course.  Recommendation:  ½ year of other courses such as psychology, humanities

3

Electives

Recommendation:  2 years of on world language; and music, fine arts, speech/debate or career/technical education (such as computer science).

3