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Jumpstart: Sample Course Progressions

Course grids are descriptive, not prescriptive, and may vary by student based on a number of individual considerations. These grids are drafts only and are subject to change at any time.

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Together with school counselors, students will select courses toward high school graduation requirements. This remains a priority for all students, regardless of program choice. Beginning in students’ 10th grade year, HCC advisors will help students determine which HCC course offerings will best meet their degree requirements and maximize transfer opportunities.

Each course progression has three aims:

These are suggested progressions which represent the most direct route for certain programs at certain institutions, but students’ individual course selections may differ due to their readiness, goals, or interests. Consult your school counselor and HCC advisor before making your course selections. Carefully review admissions and program requirements in those programs and institutions you are interested in seeking transfer to. In order to meet MSDE content requirements, two HCC courses may be required for one HCPSS equivalent course credit.

  • – Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.
  • Bold = Fulfills requirements for HCC Degree
  • (#) = Number of HCC credits
  • PHG – Post-High School Graduation
  • † – Can be taken at HCPSS or HCC depending on students progress through NGSS required courses
  • Pale orange square. – High School courses only
  • Pale green square. – Dual Credit courses taken at high school site
  • Pale yellow square. – Dual Credit courses taken at HCC
  • Pale blue square. – Courses taken at HCC
  • Pale purple square. – Courses taken at ARL

Course Sequence: Early College Program in General Studies

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Fall 12th Winter 12th Spring CDS Fall CDS Spring
English English 9 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Course taken at High School site. English 10 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. + INFO 100 Required course. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 11 / ENGL 121 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 12 / ENGL 210 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) SPCH 101 or SPCH 105 (3) Social & Behavioral Sciences Critical and Creative Thinking (3) Ethics Elective (3) General Elective (3)
Math Algebra I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Geometry or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Algebra II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Math Core Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3-5) General Elective (3) Arts & Science Elective (3) General Elective (3)
Social Studies US History Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. American Gov’t Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Modern World History / HIST 132 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) General Elective (3) General Elective (3)
Science Earth Science or Biology GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Biology or Chemistry GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Advanced Physical Science or AP Physics I Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Science Core (3) Science Core (4) General Elective (3)
World Language, Fine Arts, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health, and Electives World Language I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) World Language II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.    
Tech Ed Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Fine Arts / ARTS 101 or MUSA 140 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
PE/Health Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  

Course Sequence: Early College Program in General Studies in STEM

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Fall 12th Winter 12th Spring PHG Fall
English English 9 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Course taken at High School site. English 10 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. + INFO 100 Required course. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 11 / ENGL 121 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 12 / ENGL 210 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) SPCH 101 or SPCH 105 (3) Social & Behavioral Sciences Critical and Creative Thinking (3) Ethics Elective (3)
Math Geometry or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Algebra II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Math Analysis / MATH 143 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Trigonometry / MATH 153 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Science Elective (4) Arts & Science Elective (4)
Social Studies US History Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. American Gov’t Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Modern World History / HIST 132 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Arts & Science Elective (4) Science Elective (4) Science Elective (4)
Science Earth Science or Biology GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Biology or Chemistry GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Advanced Physical Science or AP Physics I Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. CHEM 101 (4) Science Core (3)
World Language, Fine Arts, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health, and Electives World Language I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) World Language II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
Tech Ed Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Fine Arts / ARTS 101 or MUSA 140 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
PE/Health Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  

Course Sequence: Early College Program in General Studies – A.A.

Currently Applicable to Students at Oakland Mills and River Hill H.S.

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Fall 11th Winter 11th Spring 12th Fall 12th Winter 12th Spring
English English 9 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Course taken at High School site. English 10 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. + INFO 100 Required course. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 11 / ENGL 121 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. SPCH 101 or 105 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) General Elective (3) English 12 / ENGL 210 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) General Elective (3) Ethics Elective (3)
Math Geometry or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Algebra II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Math / MATH 143 or 153 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Arts & Science Elective (3) Statistics / MATH 138 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Social / Beh. Critical & Creative Thinking (3)
Social Studies US History Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. American Gov’t Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Modern World History / HIST 132 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) General Elective (3)
Science Earth Science or Biology GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Biology or Chemistry GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Science / Science Core (4) Science Core (3) General Elective (3)
World Language, Fine Arts, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health, and Electives World Language I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) World Language II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Science Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Science Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.
Tech Ed Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Fine Arts / ARTS 101 or MUSA 140 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3)  
PE/Health Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  

Course Sequence: Early College Program in General Studies – A.A.

Currently Applicable to Students Not Attending Oakland Mills or River Hill

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Fall 11th Winter 11th Spring 12th Fall 12th Winter 12th Spring
English English 9 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Course taken at High School site. English 10 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Credit course taken at high school site. ENGL 121 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. SPCH 101 or 105 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) General Elective (4) ENGL 210 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) General Elective (3) Fine Arts / ARTS 101, ARTS 102, MUSA 107 or MUSA 140 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (6)
Math Geometry or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Algebra II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Mathematics – Quantitative Reasoning Core Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Arts & Science Elective (1) MATH / General Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) General Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (1)
Social Studies US History Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. American Gov’t Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Technological Literacy Core (3) HIST 132 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Social & Behavioral Sciences – CCT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Biological & Physical Sciences – Scientific Reasoning Core w/ Lab (4)
Science Earth Science or Biology GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Biology or Chemistry GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Science Core (3) General Elective (3) Ethics Elective (3)
World Language, Fine Arts, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health, and Electives PE/Health Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Health / Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. NGSS Science NGSS Science or Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.
Tech Ed Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. INFO 100 Required course. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site.  
World Language I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) World Language II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4)

Course Sequence: Early College Program in Computer Science

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Fall 12th Winter 12th Spring PHG Fall
English English 9 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Course taken at High School site. English 10 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. + INFO 100 Required course. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 11 / ENGL 121 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 12 / ENGL 210 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) SPCH 101 or SPCH 105 (3) Social / Beh. Critical & Creative Thinking (3) MATH 250 (4)
Math Algebra II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Pre-Calculus or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Calculus / MATH 181 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Calculus / MATH 182 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Math 220 (3) PHYS or BIOL course (4)
Social Studies US History Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. American Gov’t Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Modern World History / HIST 132 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) CHEM 101 (4) CHEM 102 (4)
Science Earth Science or Biology GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Biology or Chemistry GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Advanced Physical Science or AP Physics I Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. CMSY 141 (4) CMSY 171 (4)
World Language, Fine Arts, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health, and Electives World Language I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) World Language II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) World Language III / World Language 201 or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
Tech Ed Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Fine Arts / ARTS 101 or MUSA 140 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
PE/Health Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  

Course Sequence: Early College Program in Criminal Justice

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Fall 12th Winter 12th Spring PHG Fall
English English 9 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Course taken at High School site. English 10 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. + INFO 100 Required course. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 11 / ENGL 121 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 12 / ENGL 210 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) A&H Oral Communications (3) Ethics Elective (3) Criminal Justice Elective (3)
Math Algebra I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Geometry or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Algebra II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. MATH 138 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Science Core (4) Criminal Justice Elective 200 Level (3)
Social Studies US History Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. American Gov’t Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Modern World History / HIST 132 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) PSYC 101 (3) SOCI 101 (3) Science Core (3)
Science Earth Science or Biology GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Biology or Chemistry GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Advanced Physical Science or AP Physics I Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. CRIM 101 (3) CRIM 102 (3) Social / Beh. Critical & Creative Thinking (3)
World Language, Fine Arts, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health, and Electives World Language I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) World Language II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Fine Arts / ARTT 101, MUSA 140 or MUSA 107 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
Tech Ed Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
PE/Health Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  

Course Sequence: Early College Program in Cybersecurity – HCPSS Class of 2023 and Beyond

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Fall 11th Spring 12th Fall 12th Spring HCC Year 1 Fall HCC Year 1 Spring
English English 9 English 10 CC at ARL English 11 English 11 English 121 Arts & Humanities – Critical & Creative Thinking Core CMSY 262 – Encryption & Secure Communications CMSY 266 – Cybersecurity Analysis & IDPS
Math Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Algebra II MATH 138 (067/070) CMSY-257 Advanced Python Programming Social & Behavioral Sciences – Critical & Creative Thinking Core
Social Studies US History American Gov’t Modern World History CSCO 291 Introduction to Networks CMSY-176 Cybersecurity Fundamentals & Practice Biological & Physical Sciences – Scientific Reasoning Core Social & Behavioral Sciences – Global Competency Core
Science Earth Science Biology Advanced Physical Science CMSY 163 – Intro to Firewalls and Network Security Systems CSCO 292 – Routing and Swtiching Essentials CMSY 263 – Ethical Hacking & Cyber Defense Biological & Physical Sciences – Scientific Reasoning Core w/ Lab
World Language, Fine Arts, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health, and Electives Fine Art World Languages / Fine Art / Tech Ed Graduation Pathway* Elective Elective** Elective**   SPCH 105 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
Tech Ed World Languages / Fine Art / Tech Ed Graduation Pathway* CMSY 110 – Software Applications for Micros CMSY 158 Fundamentals and Practice for Network+ Certification  
PE/Health Speech Communication I at ARL CMSY 255 – Intro to Unix and Linux CMSY 156 Introduction to Python  

*Students can work with their high school counselor to ensure they are enrolled in a graduation pathway at their home high school.
**Students will work with their HS counselors to ensure enrollment in courses that maintain progress towards HS graduation requirements and maintain athletic participation eligibility as needed

Course Sequence: Early College Program in Health Pathways (Nursing and Allied Health)

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Fall 12th Winter 12th Spring CDS Fall CDS Spring
English English 9 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Course taken at High School site. English 10 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. + INFO 100 Required course. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 11 / ENGL 121 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 12 / ENGL 210 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) PSYC 101 (3) SPCH 101 or SPCH 105 (3) Students enter HCC clinicals or complete requirements for a clinical nursing program at a transfer institution. (ie. MATH 141 and/or NUTR 211)
Math Algebra I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Geometry or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Algebra II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Statistics / Math 138 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) SOCI 101 (3)
Social Studies US History Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. American Gov’t Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Modern World History / HIST 132 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) CHEM 103 (4) PSYC 200 (3)
Science Earth Science or Biology GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Biology or Chemistry GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Advanced Physical Science or AP Physics I Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. BIOL 107 (4) BIOL 203 (4) BIOL 204 (4)
World Language, Fine Arts, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health, and Electives World Language I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) World Language II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
Tech Ed Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Fine Arts / ARTS 101 or MUSA 140 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
PE/Health Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  

Course Sequence: Early College Program in Health Pathways (Public Health)

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Fall 12th Winter 12th Spring CDS Fall CDS Spring
English English 9 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Course taken at High School site. English 10 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. + INFO 100 Required course. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 11 / ENGL 121 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 12 / ENGL 210 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) SOCI 101 (3) PUBH 101 (3) ENST 233 (3) PUBH 230 (3)
Math Algebra I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Geometry or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Algebra II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Statistics / Math 138 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) GEOG 101 or GEOG 102 (3) PUBH 210 (3) PUBH 250 (3)
Social Studies US History Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. American Gov’t Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Modern World History / HIST 132 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) HEED 115 (3) HEED 125 (3) NUTR 211 (3) PUBH 260 (3)
Science Earth Science or Biology GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Biology or Chemistry GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Advanced Physical Science or AP Physics I Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Science Core (4) Science Core (3) PUBH 280 (3)
World Language, Fine Arts, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health, and Electives World Language I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) World Language II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) World Language III / World Language 201 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (4) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.    
Tech Ed Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Fine Arts / ARTS 101 or MUSA 140 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
PE/Health Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  

Course Sequence: Early College Program in Secondary Teacher Education

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Fall 12th Winter 12th Spring CDS Fall
English English 9 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Course taken at High School site. English 10 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. + INFO 100 Required course. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 11 / ENGL 121 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Dual Credit course taken at high school site. English 12 / ENGL 210 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Math or Science Elective (3-4) SPCH 101 or SPCH 110 (3) PSYC 204 (3)
Math Geometry or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Algebra II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Math Analysis / MATH 143 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Trigonometry / MATH 153 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Math or Science Elective (3-4) SOCI 101 (3)
Social Studies US History Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. American Gov’t Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Modern World History / HIST 132 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) EDUC 200 (3) PSYC 101 (3) EDUC 260 (3)
Science Earth Science or Biology GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Biology or Chemistry GT Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Advanced Physical Science or AP Physics I Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Math or Science Elective (3-4) Science Core with Lab (4) Science Core with Lab (4)
World Language, Fine Arts, Technology Education, Physical Education, Health, and Electives World Language I or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. World Language II or above Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Math or Science Elective (3-4)
Tech Ed Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Teaching as a Profession / EDUC 110 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.  
PE/Health Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. Fine Arts / ARTS 101 or MUSA 140 Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement. (3) Elective Fulfills HCPSS graduation requirement.