order to be eligible to attend any school in the University of
California (UC) or the California State University (CSU) and other
public and private four year colleges and universities systems as a
freshman, you must take certain classes in high school. These classes
are known as the "A-G Subjects".
History/Social Science - 2 years required:
One year of U.S. History or ½ year of U.S. History and ½ year of civics
or American Government. CSU requires one additional year of Social
Science. UC requires one year of world history, cultures, and geography.
English - 4 years required: Four years of college preparatory English
Mathematics - 3 years required, 4 years recommended:
Classes must include the topics of algebra, geometry, and intermediate
algebra. Approved integrated math courses can also fulfill this
Laboratory Science - 2 years required, 3 years recommended:
CSU requires one biological and one physical. UC requires classes in at
least two of the following areas: biology, chemistry, and physics.
Language Other Than English (Foreign Language) - 2 years required, 3 years recommended: At least two years of the same language.
Visual & Performing Arts - 1 year required: One year-long course in dance, drama/theatre, music, or visual art.
College Preparatory Electives - 1 year required: One additional year in any of the above A-F areas or other approved elective.
must get a "C" or better in each of these classes. Additionally,
current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (classes of 2012-2014) will
need to complete eleven of the fifteen a-g requirements by the end of
their junior years. Visit the University of California and CSU
websites for specific requirements, classes that satisfy each area, and
more information. Many private colleges and universities require
similar high school classes, but be sure to check out these schools'
websites for specific information. You'll want to work with your
Guidance Counselor to make sure you're signing up for the right classes
and that you're on track to complete all A-G requirements by the time
you graduate from high school. For more information, see the californiacolleges.edu link