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NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA schools require college-bound student-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses to prepare them for college coursework. Students who plan to compete in NCAA sports at Division I or II schools must pass a certain number of NCAA core courses.
College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.

NCAA Eligibility Requirements

NCAA Eligibility Center Quick Reference Guide

NCAA Core Courses

NOTE: This section was taken directly from the NCAA web site

What are core courses?

Not all high school classes count as NCAA core courses. Only classes in English, math (Algebra 1 or higher), natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy may be approved as NCAA core courses. Remedial classes and classes completed through credit-by-exam are not considered NCAA core courses.

Classes that are NCAA core courses include:

  • English: English 1-4, American Literature, creative writing
  • Math: Algebra 1-3, Geometry, statistics
  • Natural of physical science: biology, chemistry, physics
  • Social science: American History, civics, government
  • Additional: comparative religion, Spanish 1-4

Classes that are not NCAA core courses include:

  • Classes in non-core areas, fine arts or vocations such as driver education, typing, art, music, physical education or welding.
  • Personal skill classes such as personal finance or consumer education.
  • Classes taught below grade level, at a slower pace or with less rigor or depth. These classes are often titled basic, essential, fundamental or foundational.
  • Classes that are not academic in nature such as film appreciation, video editing or greenhouse management.

If you take a high school class such as Algebra 1 or Spanish 1 before you start ninth grade, the class may count for your 16 core courses if it is on your high school’s list of approved core courses and is shown on your high school transcript with a grade and a credit.



You can earn credit for a core course only once. If you take a course that repeats the content of another core course, you earn credit for only one of these courses and the higher grade counts toward your core-course GPA.

Generally, you receive the same number of credits from the NCAA for a core course that you receive from your high school for the class. One academic semester of a class counts for .5 of a core course credit. One academic trimester of a class counts for .34 of a core-course credit. One academic quarter of a class counts for .25 of a core-course credit. A one-year class taken over a longer period of time is considered one core course and is not awarded more than one credit.

NCAA Guide and Worksheets

2015-15 Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete

CORE COURSES at Chico High

NOTE: Courses listed are current for the 2014 - 2015 School Year
  • American Literature - P
  • AP English Language/Composition - P
  • AP English Literature/Composition - P
  • Contemporary Literature - P
  • English 10 - P
  • English 9 - P
  • Honors English 10 - P
  • Honors English 9 - P
  • Humanities 1 - P
  • Humanities 2 - P
  • Literature of Controversy - P
  • AG Economics/Government - P
  • AP European History - P
  • AP Government - P
  • AP US History - P
  • Economics - P
  • Government - P
  • Psychology - P
  • US History - P
  • World History - P
  • Algebra 1 - P
  • Algebra 2 - P
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Statistics - P
  • Geometry - P
  • Integrated Math 1 - P
  • Math Analysis - P
  • Animal Science
  • AG Biology - P
  • Anatomy/Physiology - P
  • AP Biology - P
  • AP Chemistry - P
  • Biology - P
  • Chemistry - P
  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics - P
  • Plant/Soil Science - P
  • AP Spanish - P
  • Spanish 1 - P
  • Spanish 2 - P
  • Spanish 3 - P
  • Spanish 4 - P
  • Spanish Speakers 1 - P
  • Spanish Speakers 2 - P
  • French 1 - P
  • French 2 - P
  • French 3 - P
  • French 4 - P

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