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Minimum Recommended Programs for Colleges/Universities

The California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) have established a uniform minimum set of courses required for freshman admission.

High School
Subject Area

UC Requirements
for Freshman
Admissions

CSU
Requirements
for Freshman
Admissions

English

Four years of approved courses

Four years of approved courses

Mathematics

Three years, including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra.

Four years recommended.

Three years, including algebra, intermediate algebra, and geometry.

Social Science

Two years of history/social science, including 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.

Two years, including one year of U.S. history or U.S. history and government and one year of other approved social science.

Science

Two years with lab required, chosen from anatomy/physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Three years recommended.

Two years, including one year of biological and one year of physical science with lab.

Foreign Language

Two years in same language required.

Three years recommended.

Two years in same language required.

Visual and Performing Arts

One year of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.

One year of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.

Electives

One year**

One year**

Total

15
(7 in the last two years)

15

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