The Montana Rigorous Core consists of the following:
English - 4 years In each year the content of the course should have an emphasis upon the development of written and oral communication skills and literature. In addition a designated college-prep or research-writing course is recommended.
Mathematics - 4 years Courses shall include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II (or the sequential content equivalent of these courses) and a course beyond Algebra II, or Integrated Math III (such as Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Computer Math, or Integrated Math IV.) Completion of Algebra I in 8th grade is acceptable and must be listed on their High School transcript. All courses must have grades of "C" or better.
Lab Science - 3 years Typical Lab Sciences: Physical, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
Social Studies - 3 years The courses include Global Studies (such as World History or World Geography); American History; and Government, Economics, Indian History, or other third year courses. Note: Students must complete a full year of global studies such as World History or World Geography, a full year of American History, and an additional year in another social studies field such as economics, problems of democracy, psychology, sociology, tribal government or Indian History. With the recommendation of an additional 1/2 year or more of other courses such as psychology or humanities.
Electives - 3 years 3 years chosen from the following: World Language (preferable 2 years), Computer Science, Visual and Performing Arts (including Speech/Debate), Vocational Education units which meet OPI guidelines (such as Information Technology, Computer Science.)
Alternate Rigorous Core Math/Science Combination Three years of mathematics, including a course beyond Algebra II, and four years of laboratory science may be substituted for the four years of math and three years of science.