A-G Subject 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.

Required A-G Courses:

(A) 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) 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) 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.

(D) Laboratory Science - 2 years required, 3 years recommended
Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three core disciplines: biology (which includes anatomy, physiology, 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) Language Other than English (LOTE) - 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.

(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 VPA requirement by taking a UC-transferrable community college course from IGETC category 3A. To determine which courses meet this requirement you can visit the ASSIST website.

(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).