University of California
Subject Requirements A-G
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. Not more than two semesters of ninth-grade English or no more than one year of
ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.
c- Mathematics - 3 years required, 4 years recommended
Three years of college-preparatory mathematics which 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 these requirements, 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 years recommended
Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three core disciplines:
Biology (which includes Anatomy, Physiology, Marine Biology, etc.), Chemistry and Physics. The final two
years of an approved three-year integrated science program may be used to fulfill this requirement. Not
more than one year of ninth-grade laboratory science can be used to meet this requirement.
e- Language Other than English - 2 years required, 3 years recommended
Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and
understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses
in a language other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades 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 (VPA) - 1 year required