Academic Programs


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Core Courses

The core courses (26 credits) required for graduation with the Texas Academy diploma are: 

English Language Arts (4 credits)

• English I

• English II

• English III

• English IV

Mathematics (4 credits)

• Algebra I

• Algebra II

• Geometry

• An additional math credit

Science (4 credits)

• Biology

• Chemistry

• Physics

• An additional Science credit

Social Studies (4 credits)

• U.S. History (1 credit)

• U.S. Government (0.5 credit)

• Economics (0.5 credit)

• World History (1 credit)

• World Geography (1 credit)

Physical Education (1 credit)

Languages other than English (3 credits in the same language)

Fine Arts (1 credit)

Speech (0.5 credit) from either:

• Communication Applications

• Professional Communications (CTE)

Electives (4.5 credits)


Texas Academy students may select electives from the Lamar University core curriculum:

Communication (two courses)

• ENGL 1301 AND

• One course from: COMM 1315, COMM 1321; DSDE 1371; FREN 1311; SPAN 1311

Mathematics (one course)

• MATH 1314, MATH 1316, MATH 1324, MATH 1325, MATH 1332, MATH 1342, MATH 1350, MATH 1414, MATH 2305, MATH 2310, MATH 2311, MATH 2312, MATH 2413, MATH 2414, MATH 3370

Life and Physical Science (two courses)

• Must include lab for high school science credit

• BIOL 1308, BIOL 1315, BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, BIOL 2306, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402; CHEM 1306, CHEM 1308, CHEM 1311, CHEM 1312; GEOL 1390, GEOL 1403, GEOL 1404; PHYS 1305, PHYS 1307, PHYS 1311, PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402, PHYS 1405, PHYS 1407, PHYS 1411, PHYS 1425, PHYS 1426, PHYS 2425, PHYS 2426; SPSC 1301, SPSC 1401

Language, Philosophy, & Culture (one course)

• DSDE 1374; ENGL 2300, ENGL 2310, ENGL 2320, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2371, ENGL 2376; FREN 2312; PHIL 1370, PHIL 2306; SPAN 2312

Creative Arts (one course)

• ARTS 1301, ARTS 1303; COMM 1375; COSC 1324; DANC 2304; MUSI 1306, MUSI 1309, MUSI 1310; PHIL 1330; THEA 1310

American History (two courses)

• HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301

Government (two courses)

• POLS 2301, POLS 2302

Social and Behavior Sciences (one course)

• ANTH 2346, ANTH 2351; BULW 1370; CRIJ 1301; ECON 1301, ECON 2301,* ECON 2302;* INEN 2373; POLS 1301; PSYC 2301; SOC 1301; SOWK 2361

* Business majors must complete ECON 2301 & 2302 to satisfy degree requirements.

Component Area Option (two courses)

• BIOL 1108, BIOL 1115; BUAL 2310; ENGL 1302; HNRS 2160; INEN 2301; LIBR 1101; LMAR 1101; MATH 1314, MATH 1316, MATH 1324, MATH 1325, MATH 1332, MATH 1342, MATH 1350, MATH 1414, MATH 2311, MATH 2312, MATH 2413, MATH 2414; MUSI 1309; PSYC 2317; any excess hours from listed four-hour core math or science courses may be applied here.

View course descriptions in Lamar University's Course Directory Catalog

Academic Tracks

Expand your learning journey at Texas Academy by pursuing an academic track. Each track was created to prepare you to progress in a career path or to undertake courses to complete your college career.

Academic Tracks

Distinguished Achievement Program

Texas Academy strives to ensure that all students are provided the opportunity to pursue the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP). This is accomplished by successful completion of the four by four curriculum in addition to 1 PE credit, 3 LOTE credits and 4.5 credits of electives. A student may also become a DAP graduate by completing a minimum of 4 credits in Math, including Algebra II, a total of 4 credits in science and at least one endorsement set by the TEA. For more information regarding endorsements and graduation plans, refer to the Graduation Toolkit published by the Texas Education Agency.


We are proud to offer high-achieving high school students the opportunity to earn college credits for free. Since the Texas Academy is a Texas legislative program, funding is contingent on demonstrated attendance. Students must attend all classes, regardless of any professors' absentee policies. Regular and punctual attendance is required. 

If a student must be absent, the student must report the absence in writing to the director within three class days of the absence. Absences not reported will be recorded as unexcused. 


First-Year Students: After the Texas Academy evaluates student transcripts, the counselor registers students for their first semester course load. For all other semesters, students will register per Lamar University guidelines. 

All Students: Prior to registration for the upcoming semester, students are required to meet with the Advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their class options with their parents. After students complete the advising process, they will select their class times and the administration will complete the registration process. 

NOTE: All courses, including electives, must be taken in standard format (none can be taken online). 

Adding, Dropping and Retaking Courses

Any change in a student's course load and schedule requires written approval of the Texas Academy director.

Texas Academy students may not drop a required course. Students must complete a student drop request form available from the counselor, get written parental approval and obtain written approval of the Texas Academy director. After approvals are obtained, the counselor will complete a Lamar University drop form for the student to process. Students are responsible for knowing appropriate deadlines as published on the Lamar University website. 

Texas Academy students may repeat courses for credit with the approval of the Texas Academy director. Lamar University's course repetition/grade replacement policy applies. 

Note: Students are responsible for the total costs of any repeated course. Students may also be required to pay all tuition and fees for a dropped course. Undergraduate students are not permitted to drop more than six courses. 

Academic Recognition

Students whose semester GPA is a minimum 3.5 are included on the Dean's List of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students with a 4.0 GPA are included on the President's List. 

Any student whose academic record includes an "I" (Incomplete) is ineligible for Dean's and/or President's List consideration until the course requirements have been met and the grade officially recorded. 

Academic Probation

One of the main goals of the Texas Academy experience is academic success. Texas Academy academic probation is designed to focus effort on reaching this goal. A student may be placed on academic probation for one of the following reasons: 

  • Failure to maintain a 3.0 semester GPA in any fall or spring semester
  • Progress report(s) that indicate poor academic performance (less than a "C")
  • Excessive absences (more than three unexecused per semester)
  • "D" or "F" in any course, regardless of overall GPA

Students who do not maintain a cumulative or semester GPA of 3.0 risk dismissal from the program. 

Note:  Mini sessions and summer sessions may not be used to eliminate academic probation status. 

While on academic probation, the student:

  • Must attend study hall/tutor sessions Monday through Thursday at the designated time
  • Must meet weekly with the counselor for an academic conference
  • Must sign and abide by the TALH Academic Probation Contract
  • May be removed from leadership office in TALH organizations
  • May be required to meet weekly with the Student Services Coordinator
  • Participation in TALH-sponsored field trips is at the discretion of the director

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

For the graduating class, Texas Academy will recognize a valedictorian and salutatorian based on the unweighted cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) of the freshman, sophomore, junior years and the fall semester of senior year (seven semesters). Texas Academy will use the CollegeBoard GPA Conversion Scale. Grades from students' previous high schools will be converted to a 4.0 scale as follows: 

A+ 97-100 4.0
A 93-96 4.0
A- 90-92 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7
D+ 67-69 1.3
D 65-66 1.0
E/F Below 65 0.0

Eligibility for valedictorian and salutatorian status will be determined by the number of Lamar University courses taken, with a minimum of 45 credit hours during the fall and spring of junior year and fall of senior year. Courses must be completed, with no class drops, by the end of the Fall semester before graduation.  

Ineligable: Summer courses may not be used in calculating GPA and credit hours for valedictorian and salutatorian recognition. Any student who drops a course is also ineligible. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the director. 

Note: Texas Academy reserves the right to amend the requirements for valedictorian and salutatorian recognition if the academy determines such change(s) are necessary.

Highest Ranking Graduate

The State of Texas Highest Ranking Graduate Scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest cumulative GPA after completing eight semesters with a minimum of 60 credit hours at Lamar University. In case of a tie for highest ranking graduate, additional criteria will be considered — such as number of courses taken, difficulty of courses (level, prerequisites, etc.) and the number of honors courses completed — to decide the recipient of the State of Texas Highest Ranking Graduate Scholarship.