A-G Requirements

UC AND CSU REQUIREMENTS

To satisfy the UC and CSU subject requirements, students must complete 15 units of UC-approved high school coursework in the subjects listed below. These courses are also known as the "a-g" subjects or requirements. For the class of 2012 and beyond, at least 11 of the 15 units must be completed by the end of Junior year.


REQUIRED MINIMAL (a-g) COURSES


(a) History/Social Science 3-4 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) English 4 years required
Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature. Not more than two semesters of ninth-grade English or no more than one year of ELD can be used to meet this requirement.


(c) Mathematics3 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.


(d) Laboratory Science 3 years required, 4 years recommended
Three years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three core disciplines: biology (which includes marine biology, aquatic biology, etc.), chemistry and physics. The final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program may be used to fulfill this requirement. Not more than one year of ninth-grade laboratory science can be used to meet this requirement.


(e) World Languages – 1 year recommended, 2-3 years recommended for UC track
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.


(f) Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) 1 year required
Two semesters of approved arts courses from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art. If scheduling challenges demand, students may divide the year-long course in two different academic years, as long as the course curriculum is designed as a year-long sequence and approved as such by the University.

Note: Students may also meet the VAPA requirement by taking a UC-transferrable community college course from IGETC category 3A. To determine which courses meet this requirement you can go to the "ASSIST" website at: http://www.assist.org/web-assist/welcome.html 


(g) 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).

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