A-G Requirements

"A" - History/Social Science - 2 years required
      Two years of history/social science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography: and one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government. 
 
"B" - English - 4 years required
      Four years of college preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement (ELD 3). 
 
"C" - Mathematics - 3 years required; 4 recommended
      Three years of college preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses. 
 
"D" - Laboratory Science - 2 years required; 3 recommended
      Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three core disciplines: biology, chemistry, and physics. Advance laboratory science courses that have biology, chemistry or physics as prerequisites and offer substantial additional material may be used to fulfill this requirement. 
 

"E" - Language Other than English - 2 years required; 3 recommended

      Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, and composition. Courses in language other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grade may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses. 

 
"F" - Visual and Performing Arts - 1 year required

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

 

"G" - College-preparatory elective - 1 year required

      One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in “a-f” courses above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the “e” requirement or two years of another language). 
 
For more information, visit University of California A-G Guide.