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Thinking and planning ahead for high school and beyond are wise actions to do now rather than later.

The following high school courses meet requirements for admission to the University of California.

For additional information, see the A-G Guide

The subject requirement

  • History/social science (“a”) – 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  American government or civics.

  • English (“b”) – Four years of college preparatory English that integrates reading of classic and modern literature, frequent and regular writing, and practice listening and speaking.

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

  • Laboratory science (“d”) – Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

  • Language other than English (“e”) – Two years of the same language other than English or equivalent to the second level of high school instruction.

  • Visual and performing arts (“f”) – One year chosen from dance, music, theater or the visual arts.

  • College-preparatory elective (“g”) – One year chosen from the “a-f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely in the elective area.

A-G Course Criteria

California high schools, online schools and designated programs and publishers can submit their courses to UC for “a-g” approval using the A-G Course Management Portal (CMP). Approval is based on the course meeting the following subject-specific course criteria established by the UC faculty:

Once approved, the course is added to the institution's "a-g" course list. To satisfy the "a-g" subject requirements, the course must appear on the institution's course list for the year the student took the course