"A-G" Requirements

Students must complete the following A-G pattern of college preparatory subjects with a C or better to meet minimum eligibility requirements for University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses.

* All the information below can also be found on the UCOP website in the Subject Requirement section.

* UC Doorways is also a great way to see if you're on track with your coursework, and view your high school's A-G course list.

* EAOP has a great worksheet to plan out your academic schedule.


The "a-g" requirements can be summarized as follows:

(a) History / Social Science – Two years, including one year of world history, cultures, and historical 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.

(b) English – Four years of college preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature.

(c) Mathematics – Three years of college preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.

(d) Laboratory Science – Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three disciplines: biology, chemistry, and physics.

(e) Language Other Than English – Two years of the same language other than English.

(f) Visual & Performing Arts – One year, including dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.

(g) College Preparatory Elective – One year (two semesters), chosen from additional "a-f" courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely for use as "g" electives.







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