A-G & Graduation Requirements


 Courses Credits/Years Required
Language Arts 40 Credits: 4 Years
Social Sciences:
  • World History
  • US History
  • Government/Economics
30 Credits:
1 year
1 year
1 semester each =1 year

 Health  5 Credits - 1 semester
 Mathematics  20 Credits - 2 years
(10 credits must be from Integrated Math 1)
 Biological Sciences  10 Credits - 1 year
 Physical Science  10 Credits - 1 year
 Physical Education  20 Credits - 2 years
 World Language or Fine Art or CTE  10 Credits - 1 year
 Electives  75 Credits
 Total Credits Required 220 Credits


Each high school's college preparatory courses in California must be approved through the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) in order for a student taking the course to be eligible for admission to the University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) system. Each year the course list is updated based on the courses being offered at a particular high school. Students appear to advantage when applying to UC or CSU when they take advantage of the most rigorous courses available at the school, as indicated on the A-G course list.

In order to complete the A-G course sequence, students must earn grades of “C” or better on a variety of courses. Visit the A-G Guide for a detailed list of A-G requirements. While it is highly recommended that all students complete the A-G course sequence, all students must also complete all high school graduation requirements in order to graduate with a diploma.

Subject A-G CA State University & University of CA  University of CA Recommends
 (a) Social Science (US & World History, Government)  2 year  
 (b) English  4 years   
 (c) Math (Integrated Math 1, 2, & 3)  3 years (CSU recommends a 4th year of college prep math)  4 years
 (d) Lab Science (UC: Biology, Chemistry CSU: Biological, Physical) 2 years 3 years (Physics) 
 (e) Language other than English  2 years 3 years 
 (f) Visual and Performing Arts  1 year  
 (g) College Prep Elective 1 year   

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