CORE COURSES NCAA member schools require incoming student-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses that will best prepare them for the academic expectations in college. ◾To play Division I sports, you must earn 16 core courses. ◾Ten of them must be completed prior to the seventh semester. Those ten courses are “locked in” and can’t be retaken to improve the grade-point average. ◾Seven of those 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that fulfills the overall distribution requirements listed below. ◾If you don’t earn 10 courses before your seventh semester, you are still eligible to practice and receive a scholarship, but you can’t compete. ◾For a complete list of your high school’s NCAA core courses, visit http://www.eligibilitycenter.org. Division I Core Course Requirements: ◾4 years of English. ◾3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). ◾2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). ◾1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. ◾2 years of social science. ◾4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).