IMPORTANT: Not all classes taken in high school meet the requirements needed to get into college. Some high school classes only meet the graduation requirements for that high school district but might not make you eligible to apply for college - be informed!
A high school student wanting to go to a university in the CSU or UC system must fulfill specific courses in high school that meet the minimum admission requirements. Those course requirements are all arranged in specific categories, from A-G - thus the term, A-G requirements.
The A-G requirements include 7 core subject categories with many class options available through each. Students must take the required number of courses for each category and pass them with a C or better for it to count. Taking more classes in one category but not taking enough in another category won’t work! So make sure you track your A-G requirements progress!
NOTE: A-G requirements are not required for a private or out of state colleges. You still want to use these requirements as a guideline because they’ll be very similar, but check with the specific college/university for the requirements.
A: History/Social Science - 2 Years Required
(Including 1 year of U.S. History and 1 year of Social Science)
B: English - 4 Years Required
(4 years of college preparatory English Composition and Literature)
C: Mathematics - 3 Years Required/4 Recommended
(Including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics)
D: Laboratory Science - 2 Years Required/3 Recommended
(Including 1 Biological Science and 1 Physical Science)
E: Foreign Language - 2 Years Required/3 Recommended
(2 years of the same language)
F: Visual and Performing Arts - 1 Year Required
(Dance, Drama or Theater, Music, or Visual Art)
G: College Preparatory Electives - 1 Year Required
(Additional year chosen from the "a-g" list)
To find a PDF version of the A-G Requirements click here: A-G Requirements PDF
Interested in finding out what courses your school offers?
Click the link below to find your school to look at all of the courses offered, what requirements they fulfill, if they're considered a UC Honors, and even what grade level you can take the courses in! With this list, you can also create an academic plan! Whether its a four year plan of the courses you want to take, or a one year plan! Be prepared and get ahead!
An additional resource: https://hs-articulation.ucop.edu/guide/a-g-subject-requirements/a-history-social-science/
Understanding A-G requirements is necessary to begin building a solid foundation in high school. Once you have, you will understand the different course levels that exist. They are pivotal because the type of courses you take show colleges how competitive you are academically in comparison to other applicants.