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A-G Requirements and College/ Career Planning

A-G Course Requirements


a. History/Social Science: 

2 years of history/social science, including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of American government, AND 1 year of world history, cultures, and geography from the "a" subject area

b. English: 

4 years of college-preparatory English composition/literature (including no more than 1 year of Advanced ESL/ELD)

c. Mathematics: 

3 years of mathematics, including successful completion of Math III or Algebra II or the equivalent; 4 years are recommended (must include a geometry course)

d. Laboratory Science: 

2 years including at least 2 from biology, chemistry, and physics; 3 years are recommended

e. Language Other Than English: 

2 years, or the equivalent to the 2nd level high school course of the same language (American Sign Language is accepted); 3 years are recommended

f. Visual and Performing Arts: 

1 yearlong course in visual and performing arts, or 2 one semester courses in the same discipline (Dance, Music, Theater/Drama, or Visual Arts)

g. College Preparatory Elective: 

1 year of an elective chosen from any area on approved "a-g" course list




What are the A-G Requirements?

  • The A-G/College Entrance Requirements are a sequence of high school courses that students must complete (with a  grade of a C or better) to be minimally eligible for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU).

Is Physical Education (PE) an A-G requirement?

  • No, it is a high school graduation requirement.