Complete the 15 college-preparatory courses listed below. These
courses are also known as the "a-g" subjects. At least 11 of the 15
required courses must be completed prior to the senior year.
California High School Students
The courses you take to fulfill the Subject Requirement must be
certified by the University of California as meeting the
requirement and must be included on your school's UC-certified course
|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
|Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent
and regular writing and reading of classic and modern literature.
No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this
|Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the
topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and
three-dimensional geometry. Geometry must be completed by all
applicants. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill
part or the entire requirement, as may math courses taken in the
seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as
equivalent to its own math courses.
|Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge
in at least two of these three foundational subjects: biology,
chemistry and physics. Advanced laboratory science classes that
have biology, chemistry, or physics as prerequisites and offer
substantial additional material may be used to fulfill this
requirement, as can the final two years of an approved three-year
integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at
least two of the three foundational subjects.
|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 languages 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.
|One year or two semeters from a single V P A discipline: dance,
drama/theater, music, or visual art.
|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).
Grade Point Average
The minimum GPA is 3.0 for California applicants and 3.4 for
nonresident applicants. Calculate your GPA by assigning point
values to the grades you earn in the 10th and
11th grades, totaling the points and dividing the total
by the number of "a-g" courses. The university assigns grade points
as follows: A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points, D=1 point and F=0
points (pluses and minuses are not included).
Only the grades you earn in "a-g" courses in the 10th and 11th
grades - including summer sessions - are used to calculate your
preliminary GPA. Courses you took in 9th grade can be used to meet
the Subject Requirement if you earned a grade of C or better, but
they will not be included in your GPA for determining
Honors Courses: UC assigns extra points for up to eight
semesters of university-certified honors-level, Advanced Placement
(AP) courses and some International Baccalaureate (IB) courses
taken in the last three years of high school: A=5 points, B=4
points, C=3 points. No more than two yearlong UC-approved
honors-level courses taken in the 10th grade may be given extra
points. A grade of D or F in an honors course does not earn an
The courses must be certified as honors courses by the
university and must be in the following "a-g" subjects:
history/social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory
science, language other than English and visual and performing
arts. In these subjects, as well as in computer science, acceptable
honors-level courses include Advanced Placement courses, designated
International Baccalaureate courses and college courses that are
transferable to the University of California. Acceptable honors courses
are listed on your school's UC-certified course list.
D and F Grades: If you have earned a D or F in an "a-g" course,
you must repeat the course with a grade of C or better. The
original D or F grade will not be included in the GPA calculation,
and the new grade will be used. If you repeat a course in which you
initially earned a grade of C or better, the second grade will not