UC A-G Requirements

  • A-G COURSE REQUIREMENTS
    To satisfy this requirement, you must complete the 15 yearlong high school courses listed below. These courses are also known as the "a-g" subjects. At least seven of the 15 yearlong courses must be taken in your last two years of high school.
    The courses you take to fulfill the Subject Requirement must be certified by the University as meeting the requirement and must be included on your school's UC-certified course list.
     
    Required "A-G" Courses  
    History/Social Science – 2 years required
    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.
     
    b l English – 4 years required
    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.
     
    c l Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended
    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 all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.
     
    d l Laboratory Science – 2 years required, 3 years recommended
    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.
     
    e l Language Other than English – 2 years required, 3 years recommended
    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.
     
    f l Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 year required
    A single yearlong approved arts course from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.
     
    g l College-Preparatory Electives – 1 year required
    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).
     


     

     
    PUSD 
    High School Diploma
    A-G 
    (4 year university requirements)
    *prefer AP classes
    English
    4 years
    4 years required
    Math
    3 years
    3 years required,
    4 recommended.
    (Must be Algebra I, 
    Geometry, Algebra II)
    Science
    3 years
    Laboratory Science
    2 years required,
    3 recommended.
    History
    3 years
    2 years required
    Physical education
    2 year minimum
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    Foreign Language
    1 year
    2 years of the same language,
    3 recommended
    Visual & Performing Arts
    1 year
    1 year required
    Electives
    5 year-long classes
    College Preparatory Electives- 
    1 year required


     

    •For UC admission, students must pass these courses with a minimum grade of "C," and should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    •For Cal State admission, students must pass these  courses with a minimum grade of "C," and should have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
    •In addition to taking the A-G requirements, students must also take a college entrance test called the SAT or ACT test to be eligible to apply for the California State University. 
    • Additionally, students applying to a UC school must also take the SAT Subject test.