A-G Requirements

To be considered for University of California (UC) admission, students must complete 15 A-G courses with a letter grade of C or better — at least 11 of them prior to the last year of high school.

The intent of the "A-G" Subject Requirements is to ensure that students can participate fully in the first-year program at University of California colleges in a wide variety of fields of study. The requirements are written deliberately for the benefit of all students expecting to enter university, and not for preparation for specific majors. UC faculty consider the Subject Requirement to be effective preparation, on many levels, for undergraduate work at the University.

This pattern of study assures the faculty that the student has attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study. Fulfillment of the "A-G" pattern also demonstrates that the student has attained essential critical thinking and study skills. It is important to remember that the requirements listed are the minimum needed for eligibility. All A-G requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Course remediation may be completed during the school day if students' schedules permit. Summer school may be an option depending on availability. If not, outside coursework at parents' expense may be an option. There are specific criteria for such programs. Full information and the required application are available through your student's counselor.

Requirement A

Subjects:

  • Social Studies (World History, U.S. History)

Years Required:

  • Two (2) Years

Requirement B

Subjects:

  • English

Years Required:

  • Four (4) Years

Requirement c

Subjects:

  • Mathematics

Years Required:

  • Three (3) Years

Requirement D

Subjects:

  • Laboratory Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Anatomy/ Physiology)

Years Required:

  • Two (2) Years

Requirement F

Subjects:

  • Visual and Performing Arts (Art, Ceramics, Dance Performance, Photography, Concert Band, Choir, Theater, Journalism)

Years Required:

  • One (1) Year

Requirement G

Subjects:

  • College Preparatory Electives (Can use A-F courses that exceed required minimum above, as well as LQ-approved courses—e.g. Earth Science, Psychology, Journalism, History of Rock and Roll)

Years Required:

  • One (1) Year