About the Program

  • Recommends that applicants be at least 14 years old
  • Is more academically rigorous than the Standard Program
  • Prepares students to enter competitive colleges or universities
  • Requires two years of a world language, writing and literature, and upper-level math and science courses
  • Requires students to complete 24.0 credit hours; most required courses are worth 0.5 credit hour
  • Requires completion of at least three courses every six months (an extension may be granted if extenuating circumstances arise)
  • Prepares students to take the ACT or SAT
  • Requires that students complete a minimum of 3.0 BYU Independent Study credit hours, regardless of the number of credits earned at other schools
  • Students receive an official high school transcript upon completion

Note: Although most colleges accept credits from the BYU Independent Study High School Programs, students should always consult with their intended college before enrolling.

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Required Courses

English (4.0 credits)

Complete the following sequences or the bold college-level course (12th grade):

9th Grade English:
ENGL 041, 043

10th Grade English:
ENGL 045, 047

11th Grade English:
ENGL 051, 053

12th Grade English:
ENGL 055, 057 or WRTG 150

Writing/Literature (1.0 credit)

Complete any two of these courses or the bold college-level course:

Literature:
LIT 047, 051, 061

Writing:
WRIT 041, 043, 045, 047 or ENGL 218

Math (4.0 credits)

Complete these courses:

Algebra 1:
ALG 051, 053

Geometry:
GEOM 041, 043

Algebra 2:
ALG 055, 057

Complete any one of the bold college-level courses or high school-level sequences:

College Algebra:
MATH 110

Statistics:
STAT 121

Precalculus:
PRECALC 041, 043

Trigonometry:
TRIG 041, 043 or MATH 111

Calculus:
MATH 112
AP CALC 061
AP CALC 063

SCIENCE (3.0 credits)

Complete each one of the high school-level sequences or bold college-level courses:

Biology:
BIOL 041, 043
or AP BIO 059, 060
or BIO 100

Chemistry:
CHEM 061, 063

Physics:
PHSCS 041, 043
or PHYS 100

Social Science (3.0 credits)

Complete the following course:

Geography:
GEOG 041

Complete one of these courses:

World History:
HIST 061, 062, 063, 064, 065, 066

Complete any one of the high school-level sequences or bold college-level course:

US History:
HIST 041, 043
AP HIST 061 & 062
or AHTG 100

Complete any one of the high school-level courses or bold college-level course:

American Government:
GOVT 051
AP GOV 61
or POLI 110*

Complete this course:

ECON 041

Health/Physical Education (2.0 credits)

Complete the following course:

Health Education:
HLTH 041

Complete one of these PE courses:

AEROB 045
BOWL 041
CYCLE 041
FIT 041
FIT 049
GOLF 041
JOG 041
SWIM 043
TEN 041
WALK 041
WTRNG 041

Complete any two of these Health courses, including any previously listed Health and/or PE courses:

Lifetime Weight Control: FIT 045
Health Education, Part2: HLTH 042 (0.25 credit)
Eating Disorders and Basic Nutrition: HLTH 043 (0.25 credit)
Drug Use and Abuse: HLTH 045 (0.25 credit)
Medical Terminology: MEDIC 051
Preparing for Health Occupations: OCCUP 041
Why Try? Life Skills for Student Success: RES 041

WORLD Language (2.0 credits)

Complete one two-year sequence from these courses:

American Sign Language:
ASL 041, 043, 051, 053

Arabic:
ARAB 041, 043, 051, 053

Chinese:
CHIN 041, 043, 051, 053

French:
FREN 041, 043, 051, 053

German:
GERM 041, 043, 051, 053

Japanese:
JAPAN 041, 043, 051, 053

Korean:
KOREA 041, 043, 051, 053

Latin:
LATIN 041, 043, 051, 053

Russian:
RUSS 041, 043, 051, 053

Spanish:
SPAN 041, 043, 051, 053, 061, 063

DIGITAL STUDIES (0.5 credit)

Complete one of the following courses:

CS 041, 043,
CTECH 041

FINANCIAL LITERACY (0.5 credit)

Complete the following course:

Financial Literacy:
FINL 041

Career & Technology Education (1.0 credit)

Complete any two of these courses:

Accounting: ACC 041
Digital Photography: ART 061
Automotive Basics: AUTO 043
Business Law: BLAW 041
Business and Consumer Math: BMATH 041, 043
Marketing: BMRKT 041
Child Development: CHILD 041, 043
Preparing for Responsible Parenthood: CHILD 051
Basic Clothing Construction: CLOTH 041
Clothing Fashion Fundamentals: CLOTH 047
Computer Science: CS 041, 043
Computer Technology: CTECH 041
Small Engine Repair: ENGN 041
Food and Nutrition: FOODS 041, 043
Home Gardening: GARD 041
Keyboarding: INFOP 041
Interior Design: INTDE 041
Medical Terminology: MEDIC 051

FINE ARTS (0.5 credit)

Complete one of the following courses:

Art Foundations: ART 041, 043
Drawing: ART 045
Calligraphy: ART 051
Introduction to Commercial Art: ART 059
Digital Photography: ART 061
Public Speaking: COMMS 051
Beginning Guitar: GUITR 041
Introduction to Music: MUSIC 041
Beginning Piano: PIANO 041

Elective (2.5 credits)

Complete 2.5 credits of elective courses:

An elective course is any nonrequired course offered that has not previously been taken. Courses that may fulfill the requirements for two or more subjects can only be counted once.

For students who plan to attend college, we recommend taking 2.0 credits of a world language sequence as elective courses.

Total Credits: 24

AP Courses

View the list of available AP courses.

* Students who plan on attending BYU after high school and who take the AP Biology exam should go to to see if they are able to receive credit to fulfill specific BYU graduation requirements

Concurrent Enrollment Courses

Concurrent enrollment courses count for one BYU Independent Study high school credit and three BYU university credits. To participate in concurrent enrollment courses students must have completed at least 12 high school credits and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must also submit a Concurrent Enrollment Form for authorization prior to enrolling in the course.

List of courses coming soon.

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