Advanced Program

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.

Advanced Program Application

Required Courses

English

(4 credits)

Complete all of these courses:

9th Grade: ENGL 041 & ENGL 043
10th Grade: ENGL 045 & ENGL 047
11th Grade: ENGL 051 & ENGL 053
12th Grade: ENGL 055 & ENGL 057, or WRTG 150 (university level course)

Writing/Literature

(1 credit)

Complete any two of these courses:

LIT 047- Advanced Literature Comprehension
LIT 051- Bible as Literature
LIT 061- Science Fiction Literature
WRIT 041- English Usage
WRIT 043- Technical Writing
WRIT 045- Creative Writing
WRIT 047- Writing Poetry

Social Science

(3.0 credits)

Complete the following course:

World Geography: GEOG 041

Complete one of these courses:

World History: HIST 061HIST 063HIST 065HIST 066, or HIST 067

Complete each of these courses:

US History: HIST 041 & HIST 043, or A HTG 100 (university level course)
Honors US Government and Citizenship: GOVT 046 or POLI 110 (university level course)

Complete the following course:

Economics: ECON 041 

World Languages

(2 credits)

Complete any two-year sequence from these courses:

Arabic: ARAB 041 & ARAB 043 & ARAB 051 & ARAB 053
ASL: ASL 041 & ASL 043 & ASL 051 & ASL 053
Chinese: CHIN 041 & CHIN 043 & CHIN 051 & CHIN 053
French: FREN 041 & FREN 043 & FREN 051 & FREN 053
German: GERM 041 & GERM 043 & GERM 051 & GERM 053
Japanese: JAPAN 041 & JAPAN 043 & JAPAN 051 & JAPAN 053
Latin: LATIN 041 & LATIN 043 & LATIN 051 & LATIN 053
Russian: RUSS 041 & RUSS 043 & RUSS 051 & RUSS 053
Spanish: SPAN 041 & SPAN 043 & SPAN 051 & SPAN 053 & SPAN 061 & SPAN 063

Math

(4 credits)

Complete four of these sequences:

Algebra 1: ALG 051 & ALG 053 
Geometry: GEOM 041 & GEOM 043 
Algebra 2: ALG 055 & ALG 057 
College Algebra: MATH 110 (university level course)
Trigonometry: MATH 111 (university level course)
Precalculus: PRECALC 041 & PRECALC 043 
Calculus: AP CALC 061 & AP CALC 063, or MATH 112  (university level course)

Science

(3 credits)

Complete each of these sequences:

Biology: BIOL 041 & BIOL 043, or AP BIO 059 & AP BIO 060, or BIO 100 (university level course)
Chemistry: CHEM 061 & CHEM 063 
Physics: PHSCS 041 & PHSCS 043, or PHY S 100 (university level course)

Health/PE

(2 credits)

Complete the following course:

Health Education, Part 1: HLTH 041 

Complete one of these PE courses:

AEROB 045- Aerobics
BOWL 041- Bowling
CYCLE 041- Cycling
FIT 041- Fitness for Living
FIT 049- Fitness for Sports and Recreation
GOLF 041- Golf
JOG 041- Jogging
SWIM 043- Intermediate Swimming
TEN 041- Tennis
WALK 041- Walking Fitness
WTRNG 041- Weight Training

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

FIT 045- Lifetime Weight Control
HLTH 042 (0.5 credits), HLTH 043HLTH 045 (0.25 credits each)- Health
OCCUP 041- Preparing for Health Occupations
MEDIC 051- Medical Terminology

Career & Technology Education

(1 credit)

Complete any two of these courses:

ART 061- Photography
AUTO 043- Automotive Basics
BLAW 041- Business Law
BMATH 041- Business & Consumer Math, Part 1
BMATH 043- Business & Consumer Math, Part 2
BMRKT 041- Marketing
CHILD 041- Child Development, Part 1
CHILD 043- Child Development, Part 2
CHILD 051- Preparing for Responsible Parenthood
CLOTH 041- Clothing Construction
CLOTH 047- Clothing Fashion Fundamentals
CS 041- Computer Science, Part 1
ENGN 041- Small Engine Repair
FOODS 041- Food and Nutrition, Part 1
FOODS 043- Food and Nutrition, Part 2
GARD 041- Home Gardening
INFOP 041- Keyboarding, Part 1
INTDE 041- Interior Design, Part 1
MEDIC 051- Medical Terminology

Computer Tech

(0.5 credits)

Complete the following course:

Computer Technology: CTECH 041 

Financial Literacy

(0.5 credit)

Complete the following course:

Financial Literacy: FINL 041

Student Development

(0.5 credit)

Complete the following course:

Online Prep: Tools for Success!: STDEV 051

Electives

(2.5 credits)

Complete 2.5 credits of elective courses:

Click here to view the full listing of courses.

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

Total Credits

24

Recommended course of study for grades 9-12

9th Grade:

1.0 English
1.0 Math
1.0 World Geography/World History
0.5 Health
0.5 PE
0.5 Computer Technology Education
0.5 Student Development
1.0 Elective

10th Grade:

1.0 English
1.0 Writing/Literature
1.0 Math
1.0 Science
0.5 PE/Health
0.5 Financial Literacy
0.5 Career & Technology Education
0.5 Elective

11th Grade:

1.0 English
1.0 World Language
1.0 Math
1.0 Science
1.0 US History
0.5 Economics
0.5 Career & Technology Education

12th Grade:

1.0 English
1.0 World Language
1.0 Math
1.0 Science
1.0 Honors US Government and Citizenship
0.5 PE/Health
0.5 Elective

Tutor Information:

Biology/Science: isbioltutor@byu.edu

Business/Economics: isbusntutor@byu.edu

English/Writing: isengltutor@byu.edu

History: ishisttutor@byu.edu

Math: ismathtutor@byu.edu

Physics: isphysicstutor@byu.edu

University Math: virtualmathlab@byu.edu

AP Information

AP Courses offered

AP BIO 059: AP Biology, Part 1
AP BIO 060: AP Biology, Part 2

       AP Biology Score 3, 4, or 5: 3 college credits total earned (3 BYU credits that fulfill BYU BIO 100*)

AP CALC 061: AP Calculus AB, Part 1
AP CALC 063: AP Calculus AB, Part 2

       AP Calculus AB Score 3: 5 college credits total earned (these credits fulfill BYU MATH 110 and 111)

       AP Calculus AB Score 4 or 5: 7 college credits total earned (these credits fulfill BYU MATH 110 and 112)

AP PSY 059: AP Psychology, Part 1
AP PSY 060: AP Psychology, Part 2

       AP Psychology Score 4 or 5: 3 college credits total earned (3 BYU credits that meet the BYU PSYCH 111 GE)

*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.

Please note: MATH 111 is a 2.0-credit BYU course and MATH 112 is a 4.0-credit BYU course. It is important to remember that university courses taken in high school will be recorded on a university transcript and affect the student's university GPA.