Science courses should include Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry. If your child plans to major in a STEM field (science, computer science, engineering, or math), Physics will probably also be required. These courses must have a lab component. They are usually designated on the transcript as Biology/Lab, Chemistry/Lab, etc. Other science courses include Marine Biology, Advanced Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Nutrition Science, Earth Science, and Astronomy. For more information on curriculum and classes, login to your FSP portal and view your shared documents.

Early Credit:

High school level science courses, such as Physical Science or Biology, can be taken for high school credit in 8th grade. General Science is not a high school level science course.

Dual Credit:

In 12th grade, a science class at Montgomery College or any other college could be taken for both high school and college credit.


Colleges want to see at least three years of lab sciences. These should be shown on the transcript with “Lab” following the course name (ie: Biology/Lab). If your student plans on majoring in a STEM field (science, computer science, engineering, or math), then colleges will require 4 years of science. Check with the colleges that your student might attend.

State of Maryland Requirements:

Currently, the State of Maryland requires 3 credits in Science.