BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts high school students looking to be admitted to one of the state's four-year universities, including the University of Massachusetts, will soon be required to take at least three years of lab-based science.
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education announced Tuesday that beginning in 2017, high school seniors looking to attend a four-year state university in Massachusetts must have taken three years of lab-based courses in natural and physical sciences or technology and engineering.
Board members voted in favor of the new requirement Tuesday.
Currently, students are required to take only three years of science courses, with only two lab-based courses in the natural or physical sciences.
Department officials said the move will align admission requirements with the curriculum adopted by the state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2007.