a-g requirements




UC/CSU  nzzuvqfx%5b1%5dA-G Subject Requirements



The UC/CSU requirements divide the subjects into 7 different categories and have labeled each category with a letter ranging from “A-G” as specified below:


A.  HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE:  (20 Credits).  Must include two sessions of World    

      History, two sessions of U. S. History, or one session each of U.S. History and    

      American Government.


B.  ENGLISH:  (40 credits).  Must consist of eight sessions of college preparatory    

      composition and literature.


C.  MATHEMATICS:  (30 Credits---40 recommended).  Must consist of college

      preparatory mathematics which includes topics covered in Algebra 1, Geometry  

      and Advanced Algebra.


D.  LABORATORY SCIENCE:  (20 credits---30 recommended).  Must provide basic

      knowledge in at least two of the fundamental disciplines of biology, chemistry and

      physics.  (At least one life and one physical).


E.  LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH:  (20 credits---30 recommended).  All

      credits must be in the same language.


F.  VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS:  (10 Credits).  These courses must be in the

     categories of dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art and meet the approval of   

     the UC/CSU system.


G.  COLLEGE PREPARATORY ELECTIVES:  (10 Credits).  These credits must be

      earned in one of the following subject areas:  history, social science, English,  

      advanced mathematics, laboratory science, and languages other than English.


What are the rules on REPEATING courses?

For freshman applicants, a grade of C or better is required to fulfill a subject requirement. D and F grades are not acceptable and must be cleared by repeating a class, completing advanced work in the same subject area of sequential knowledge (math or language other than English) or attaining certain minimum scores on SAT, AP or IB examinations.

There is no limit to the number of repeated courses applicants may present, but each course can be repeated only once. The University of California does not accept Pass/Fail grades for freshman admission.

If a student repeats a course used to satisfy the "A-G" requirements in which he or she originally earned a grade of C or higher, the repeated grade will not be used in calculating the GPA.