UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA and CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

A-G ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

 

The A-G courses are a series of 15 units that need to be taken in a specific order in high school to be eligible for admission to UC's and CSU’s (a unit is equal to one academic year or two semesters of a class). Complete 15 UC-required college-preparatory ("a-g") courses, with 11 of those done prior to the start of 12th grade

a. History/Social Science - 2 years required

Two years of history/social science to include: one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government; and one year of world history, cultures, and geography.

 

b. English - 4 years required

Four years of college preparatory English that includes frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modem literature, and poetry. Not more than two semesters of grade 9 English as a Second Language can be used to meet this requirement.

 

c. Mathematics - 3 years required, 4 recommended

Three years, including elementary algebra, geometry, and second year (advanced) algebra. Mathematics courses taken in grades 7 and 8 (with a minimum grade of C) may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if the high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.

 

d. Laboratory Science - 2 years required, 3 -4 recommended

Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three areas: biology, chemistry, and physics. Lab courses in earth/space sciences are acceptable if they have as prerequisites or provide basic knowledge in biology, chemistry, or physics. Two years of an approved integrated science program may be used to fulfill this requirement. Not more than one year of grade 9 lab science can be used to meet this requirement.

 

e. Language Other than English - 2 years required, 3 -4 recommended

Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, and composition.

 

f. Visual and Performing Arts —1 year required

Freshmen entering UCLA in fall 2012 may satisfy this requirement by completing two semesters of approved arts courses from any of the four VPA areas which include dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.

Freshmen entering in fall 2004 or fall 2005 must satisfy the requirement by completing two semesters of approved arts courses from a single VPA area. [Students should consult their high school guidance counselor when selecting courses to fulfill this requirement.]

Freshmen entering in fall 2006 and later must complete a single yearlong VPA course in one discipline.

 

g. College Preparatory Electives - 1 year required

One unit (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from .the following areas: visual and performing arts, 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).