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Cal State/UC Requirements

University of California General Requirements

The following sequence of high school courses is required by the Academic Senate of the University of California as appropriate for fulfilling the minimum eligibility requirements for admission to the University of California. It also illustrates the minimum level of academic preparation students ought to achieve in high school to undertake university level work.
To be eligible for admission to the University of California as a freshman, students must meet the Examination Requirement, Subject Requirement, and Scholarship Requirements below.

Freshman applicants must submit scores on an approved test of mathematics, language arts and writing. This requirement may be satisfied by taking either of the following:

  • ACT Assessment plus Writing test

  • SAT Reasoning Test

In addition applicants must take two SAT Subject Tests in two different subject areas, chosen from the following: English (Literature only), history and social studies, mathematics (Level 2 only), science or language.


The A-G requirements are:

1. History/Social Science: Two years, including one year of world history, cultures, and historical 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.

2. English: Four years of college preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature.

3. Mathematics: Three years of college preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two-and three-dimensional geometry.

4. Laboratory Science: Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three areas: biology, chemistry, and physics.

5. Language Other than English: Two years of the same language other than English.

6. Visual and Performing Arts: One year, including dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.

7. College Preparatory Electives: One year (two semesters), chosen from additional “a-f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely for use as “g” electives.

The scholarship requirement defines the grade point average (GPA) students must attain in the “a-g” subjects to be eligible for admission to the University.
Please see your counselor for specifics regarding this requirement.


To establish eligibility for admission as a first-time freshman, an applicant is required to: (1) be a high school graduate; (2) have completed, with grades of C or better, each of  the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements; and (3) have a qualifiable eligibility index.

1. U.S. history or U.S. history and government

2. English

3. Mathematics (algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra, pre-calculus)

4. Science and laboratory (biology, chemistry, physics, or one physical/one life science

5. Foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)

6. Visual and performing arts (art, dance, drama/theater, or music). Must be UC approved

7. College preparatory electives (English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, and agriculture)

For the purpose of satisfying CSU’s college preparatory course requirements, CSU accepts all high school courses identified by the University of California as meeting “a-g” requirements. CSU also accepts courses in the visual and performing arts and in agriculture if accepted by the University of California.