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Satisfying UC/CSU a-g Entry Requirements

Ways to satisfy the UC Entry Subject Matter Requirements

Subject UC-approved high school course requirement SAT Subject Examination AP or IB Examination College courses
 
A) History/social science two semesters US History (or one semester US History and one semester US Govt) U.S. History: Score of 550 satisfies one year. U.S. History: score of 3+ on the AP US History exam or score of 5+ on the IB History of the Americas HL exam U.S. History: grade of C or better in a transferable course of 3 or more units in U.S. history, civics or American government
and U.S. Government: Score of 3+ on the AP Exam
Two semesters World History World History: Score of 540 satisfies one year. World History: score of 3+ on the AP exam in European History, World History or Human Geography; score of 5+ on the IB History HL or Geography HL exam World History: grade of C or better in a transferable course of 3 or more  units in world history, cultures and geography
 
B) English Four years of college-preparatory English. SAT Reasoning Exam -Writing section: Score of 560 satisfies first three years; score of 680 satisfies entire four-year requirement. Score of 3+ on the AP English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition Exam; score of 5+ on the IB Language A1 English HL exam For each year required through the 11th grade, a grade of C or better in a course of 3 or more semester (4 or more quarter) units in English composition, literature (American or English) or foreign literature in translation. Courses used to satisfy the fourth year and/or the entire requirement must be transferable. For lower-division transfer, all courses must be transferable. Literature courses must include substantial work in composition.
No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement. SAT Subject Exam - Literature: Score of 560 satisfies first three years.
 
C) Mathematics Three years (four years recommended) of college-preparatory math that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry. All students must complete geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement. UC also accepts algebra and geometry courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades. Mathematics 1C: Score of 570 satisfies entire requirement. Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics Exam satisfies elementary and intermediate algebra. Three units of non-transferable courses in elementary algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra or trigonometry, with a grade of C or better, satisfy one year of the math requirement.  Grade of C or better in a transferable mathematics course that has intermediate algebra as a prerequisite satisfies the entire requirement. Freshman applicants cannot satisfy this requirement with statistics.
Mathematics Level 2: Score of 480 satisfies entire requirement. Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB or Calculus BC Exam satisfies three years.
Score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Mathematics HL exam
 
D) Laboratory science Two years (three recommended) of laboratory science in two of these three subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. The final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program may be used to fulfill this requirement. Physics: Score of 530 Score of 3, 4 or 5 on any two AP Exams in Biology, Chemistry, Physics B or Physics C, and Environmental Science; score of 5, 6 or 7 on any two IB HL exams in Biology, Chemistry or Physics For each year of the requirement, a grade of C or better in a transferable course in a natural (physical or biological) science with at least 30 hours of laboratory (not "demonstration")
Biology: Score of 540
Chemistry: Score 530
 
E) Language other than English Two years (three recommended), or equivalent, of the same language other than English are required. American Sign Language and classical languages, such as Latin and Greek, are acceptable. Courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement if the high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses. The following scores satisfy the entire requirement: Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Exam in Chinese Language and Culture, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature or Latin; Grade of C or better in any transferable course(s) (excluding conversation) held by the college to be equivalent to two years of high school language. Many colleges list the prerequisites for their second course in language as "Language 1 at this college or two years of high school language." In this case, Language 1 clears both years of the requirement.
Chinese With Listening: 520
French/French With Listening: 540
German/German With Listening: 510
Modern Hebrew: 470
Italian: 520
Japanese With Listening: 510 score of 5, 6 or 7 on an IB Language A2 HL exam
Korean With Listening: 500
Latin: 530
Spanish/Spanish With Listening: 520
 
F) Visual and performing arts One yearlong course of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art Score of 3+ on the AP History of Art, Studio Art or Music Theory Exam; Grade of C or better in any transferable course of 3 units that clearly falls within one of four visual/performing arts disciplines: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art
score of 5+ on any one IB HL exam in Dance, Film, Music, Theatre Arts or Visual Arts
 
G) College-preparatory elective One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" 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) U.S. History: Score of 550 Score of 3, 4 or 5 on any one AP Exam in Computer Science A, Computer Science AB, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Human Geography, Psychology, U.S. Government or Comparative Government; score of 5, 6 or 7 on any one IB HL exam in Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, or Computer Science Grade of C or better in one transferable course beyond those listed above as clearing any of the "a-f" requirements; or a transferable course having as a prerequisite the equivalent of two high school years in a second language; or a transferable course equivalent to those that clear the "c," "d" or "e" requirement; or a transferable course of 3 or more semester (4 or more quarter) units in history, social science, or visual or performing arts
World History: Score of 540
Writing/English Compositions or Literature: Score of 560
Mathematics Level 2: Score of 520
Science (other than taken for "d" requirement): Same tests and scores as listed above under "d"
Language Other Than English, third year
Chinese With Listening: 570
French/French With Listening: 590
German/German With Listening: 570
Modern Hebrew: 500
Italian: 570
Japanese With Listening: 570
Korean With Listening: 550
Latin: 580
Spanish/Spanish With Listening: 570
A second Language Other Than English: Same tests and scores as listed under "e"
 
Additional UC Entry Requirements
At least 11 of these 15 courses must be completed prior to your senior year.  The courses you take to fulfill the subject requirement must be certified by UC as meeting the requirement and must be included on your school's UC-certified course list.  You must earn aGPA of 3.0 or better in these courses with no grade lower than a C.  Lastly, you must meet the examination requirement by taking the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test by December of your senior year. SAT Subject Tests are not required, but certain programs on some campuses recommend them, and you can use subject tests to satisfy the "a-g" requirements above.   

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CORE's Approved A-G Courses & Outlines

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Category
Course Download Outline Course Length
A a-g Ag Government 1 Semester
A a-g Amer Government - Cyber High   1 Semester
A a-g Government 1 Semester
A a-g U.S. History 2 Semesters
A a-g U.S. History A - Cyber High   1 Semester
A a-g U.S. History B - Cyber High   1 Semester
A a-g World History 2 Semesters
A a-g World History A - Cyber High   1 Semester
A a-g World History B - Cyber High   1 Semester
B a-g Ag Communications 2 Semesters
B a-g CSU Expository Reading and Writing 2 Semesters
B a-g English 10 2 Semesters
B a-g English 11 2 Semesters
B a-g English 11: America's Past 2 Semesters
B a-g English 12 2 Semesters
B a-g English 1A - Cyber High   1 Semester
B a-g English 1B - Cyber High   1 Semester
B a-g English 2A - Cyber High   1 Semester
B a-g English 2B - Cyber High   1 Semester
B a-g English 3A - Cyber High   1 Semester
B a-g English 3B - Cyber High   1 Semester
B a-g English 4A - Cyber High   1 Semester
B a-g English 4B - Cyber High   1 Semester
B a-g English 9 2 Semesters
B a-g English 9-10 A 2 Semesters
B a-g English 9-10 B 2 Semesters
B a-g English II - FLVS Global   2 Semesters
B a-g English III - FLVS Global   2 Semesters
B a-g English: World Connections 2 Semesters
B Eleventh-Grade English, Part 1 (BYU) (BYU IS)   1 Semester
B Eleventh-Grade English, Part 2 (BYU) (BYU IS)   1 Semester
B Ninth-Grade English, Part 1 (BYU) (BYU IS)   1 Semester
B Ninth-Grade English, Part 2 (BYU) (BYU IS)   1 Semester
B Tenth-Grade English, Part 1 (BYU) (BYU IS)   1 Semester
B Tenth-Grade English, Part 2 (BYU) (BYU IS)   1 Semester
B Twelfth-Grade English, Part 1 (BYU) (BYU IS)   1 Semester
B Twelfth-Grade English, Part 2 (BYU) (BYU IS)   1 Semester
C a-g Algebra 1 2 Semesters
C a-g Algebra 2 2 Semesters
C a-g Algebra IA - Cyber High   1 Semester
C a-g Algebra IB - Cyber High   1 Semester
C a-g Algebra IIA - Cyber High   1 Semester
C a-g Algebra IIB - Cyber High   1 Semester
C a-g Geometry 2 Semesters
C a-g Geometry - FLVS Global   2 Semesters
C a-g Geometry A - Cyber High   1 Semester
C a-g Geometry B - Cyber High   1 Semester
C a-g Mathematics 1A / 1B 2 Years
C a-g Mathematics I 2 Semesters
C a-g Mathematics II 2 Semesters
C a-g Mathematics III 2 Semesters
C a-g Pre-Calculus 2 Semesters
C ALG 051 - Algebra 1 Part 1 - BYU Ind Study   1 Semester
C ALG 053 - Algebra 1 Part 2 - BYU Ind Study   1 Semester
D a-g AG Biology 2 Semesters
D a-g Biology 2 Semesters
D a-g Chemistry 2 Semesters
D a-g Conceptual Physics 2 Semesters
D a-g Environmental Technology - ROP   2 Semesters
D a-g Marine Biology 2 Semesters
D a-g Medical Anatomy & Physiology 2 Semesters
E a-g American Sign Language I 2 Semesters
E a-g American Sign Language II 2 Semesters
E a-g French I 2 Semesters
E a-g French II 2 Semesters
E a-g French III 2 Semesters
E a-g Spanish I 2 Semesters
E a-g Spanish II 2 Semesters
E a-g Spanish III 2 Semesters
E CHIN 51 - 2nd Year Chinese Part 1 - BYU Ind Study   1 Semester
E CHIN 53 - 2nd Year Chinese Part 2 - BYU Ind Study   1 Semester
E French I - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 1)   1 Semester
E French I - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 2)   1 Semester
E French II - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 1)   1 Semester
E French II - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 2)   1 Semester
E French III - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 1)   1 Semester
E French III - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 2)   1 Semester
E Spanish I - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 1)   1 Semester
E Spanish I - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 2)   1 Semester
E Spanish II - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 1)   1 Semester
E Spanish II - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 2)   1 Semester
E Spanish III - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 1)   1 Semester
E Spanish III - Middlebury Interactive Lang (Sem 2)   1 Semester
F a-g Art Media & Color Theory 2 Semesters
F a-g Digital Photography 2 Semesters
F a-g Digital Photography - ROP   2 Semesters
F a-g Environmental Horticulture & Floral Design 2 Semesters
F a-g Fashion Design - ROP   2 Semesters
F a-g Music Studio 2 Semesters
F a-g Studio Arts: Multicultural Emphasis 2 Semesters
F a-g Theater 2 Semesters
GA a-g Ag Business & Economics 1 Semester
GA a-g Economics 1 Semester
GA a-g Economics - Cyber High   1 Semester
GA a-g Intro to Psychology 2 Semesters
GA a-g Psychology 1 Semester
GA a-g Sociology 1 Semester
GA a-g Sociology - Cyber High   1 Semester
GB a-g Journalism 2 Semesters
GC BMATH 041-Business & Consumer Math Part I-BYU IS   1 Semester
GC BMATH 043-Business & Consumer Math Part II-BYU IS   1 Semester
GD a-g AG Earth Science 2 Semesters
GD a-g Animal Science 2 Semesters
GD a-g Earth Science 2 Semesters
GD a-g Intro to Agriculture 2 Semesters
GF a-g Film Studies 2 Semesters
GO a-g Global Health 1 Semester
GO a-g Graphic Design 1 Semester
GO a-g Intro to Business 1 Semester

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