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A-G Requirements

A-G Requirements

The University of California and the California State University systems have laid out a plan for the course a student needs to take for acceptance into those university systems. This includes:

 

Subject Area

Years Required

  1. History/Social Science
    Two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography; and one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government.

2 Years

  1. English
    Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature. No more than one year of ESL - type courses can be used to meet this requirement.

4 Years

  1. Mathematics
    Three units (equivalent to three years) of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or this entire requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.

3 years required, 4 years recommended

  1. Laboratory Science

Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. Advanced laboratory science classes that have biology, chemistry or physics as prerequisites and offer substantial additional material may be used to fulfill this requirement, as may the final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects.

3 years required, 4 years recommended

  1. Language Other than English
    Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses in languages other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.

2 years required, 3 years recommended

  1. Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)

A single yearlong approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.

1 year

  1. College-Preparatory Electives

One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language).

1 year