Undergraduate Admissions - The University of Iowa

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Minimum High School Course Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must successfully complete these minimum high school course requirements. Any college prep courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and world language can also be used in calculating your Regent Admission Index (RAI) score.

Minimum High School Course Requirements for First-Year Applicants
  Liberal Arts
& Sciences
or Business
Engineering Nursing
English/
Language Arts
4 years 4 years 4 years
World Languages 2 years in a single language* 2 years in a single language* 4 years in a single language or 2 years each in two languages
Natural Science 3 years 3 years with at least one year each in chemistry and physics 3 years, including one year each of biology, chemistry and physics
Social Studies 3 years 2 years 3 years
Algebra 2 years 2 years 2 years
Geometry 1 year 1 year 1 year
Higher Mathematics 1 year

* Liberal Arts and Sciences students must complete 4 years in a single language to graduate from the university; Business students must complete 4 years in one language or 2 years each in two languages. Students who have taken the requisite years in high school have fulfilled these requirements.