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A- G Requirements

What is A-G?

 

Colleges want to know that you have taken the kinds of classes that will prepare you to do well when you arrive at their campus.

 

Which courses they count and which they don’t might vary from one college to another, so the best way to be sure that you are eligible at any college you might want to apply to is to satisfy the UC and CSU’s required courses.

 

These are known as the A-G requirements. If you satisfy them, you will have the courses you need to meet the basic eligibility requirements for almost any university.

 

Click HERE to view SVHS approved list of A-G courses

A: History / Social Science (2 years)
2 years of history/social science, including

1 year of world history, cultures and geography

1 year of US history or 1/2 year of US history and

1/2 year of Civics or American Government.

 

B: English (4 years)
4 years of college-preparatory English.

 

C: Math (3 years required; 4 years recommended)
3 years of college preparatory mathematics; the minimum pattern is Algebra I, Geometry, & Algebra II (Math Int. 1, Math Int. 2 & Math Int. 3)

 

D: Laboratory Science (2 years required; 3 years recommended)
2 years of laboratory science in at least two of these three subjects: biology, chemistry, and physics.

  

E: Language Other than English (2 years required; 3 years recommended)
Two years of the same language other than English.

 

F: Visual and Performing Arts (1 year)
A single yearlong visual or performing arts class such as dance, drama, music, or visual art (drawing, painting, etc.).

 

G: College Preparatory Elective (1 year)
One year chosen from additional "A-F" courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved elective classes.

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL

SUBJECT AREA

BPUSD GRADUATION

REQUIREMENTS

Students can earn grades of “D” or better to pass courses

A-G REQUIREMENTS

 FOR UC/CSU

Students MUST earn grades of “C” or better in courses

A:

SOCIAL SCIENCE

 

3 YEARS

30 CREDITS

World History

US History

Government (1 semester)

Economics (1 semester)

 

2 YEARS

20 CREDITS

 including one year of U.S. history or U.S. history and government and one year of other approved social science.

B:

ENGLISH

 

4 YEARS

40 CREDITS

ENGLISH 9,10,11,&12

(including Honors & AP Courses)

 

4 YEARS

40 CREDITS

ENGLISH 9,10,11,&12

(including Honors & AP Courses)

 

C:

MATHEMATICS

3 YEARS

30 CREDITS

Math Int. 1, Math Int. 2, Math Int. 3 or higher level

3 YEARS

30 CREDITS

*4 years recommended

Math Int. 1, Math Int. 2, Math Int. 3 or higher level

D:

SCIENCE

 

2 YEARS

20 CREDITS 

Life Science (Biology)

Physical Science (Chemistry, Conceptual/Physics)

 

2 YEARS

20 CREDITS

*3 years recommended

 including one year of biological and one year of physical science with lab

E:

WORLD LANGUAGE

 

1 YEAR

10 CREDITS

World Language OR

Fine Arts

2 YEARS

20 CREDITS

*3 years recommended

 in same language required

F:

FINE ARTS

 

1 YEAR

10 CREDITS

Fine Arts OR World Language 

 

1 YEAR

10 CREDITS

of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.

G:

ELECTIVES

65 CREDITS

1 YEAR

10 CREDITS

chosen from additional "A-F" courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved elective classes.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

2 YEARS

20 CREDITS

 

Not Applicable

HEALTH

1 SEMESTER

5 CREDITS

 

Not Applicable


FAQ - A-G Requirements

 

Q: What are the differences between college requirements and graduation requirements?

A: Graduation requirements are not the same as college requirements. Usually, you can graduate from high school but be a few courses short of meeting the A-G requirements. Graduation requirements might include courses that colleges don’t care about like PE or Health. One of the biggest things to remember is that, while many high schools consider a D to be a passing grade for graduation, UC’s and CSU’s don’tA class must be passed with a C- or better for a UC or CSU to count it.

 

Q: How do I know if a class counts?

A: Good ways to check which classes at your high school will count for college are to ask your counselor or to check for yourself on the University of California A-G Course List website. If your school does not offer all the classes you need to satisfy the A-G classes, a good way to get them is to take them at a community college.

 

Q: I heard that colleges count my GPA differently than my high school does, is that true?

A: This is true. UC’s and CSU’s, for example, will count only the grades from your A-G courses, and only from your sophomore and junior years. The grades you earned freshman year don’t count in your GPA for UC’s and CSU’s, although you still have to get at least a C- to get credit for freshman classes. Some colleges will give an extra point to Honors, GATE, AP, or IB courses as well, so your GPA for college admissions might be a little different from the GPA on your transcript.