“A-G” Subject Requirements

Listed below are the minimum high school courses required for eligibility to the University of California and California State University systems. Many UC and CSU schools with competitive admissions standards encourage students to exceed the minimum requirements. Please note that a student must achieve a “C” or better in all college preparatory subjects to meet most college requirements.

English (Subject Area “B”) 4 years
Mathematics (Subject Area “C”)
(Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)
3 years
Social Sciences (Subject Area “A”) 2 years
Laboratory Science (Subject Area “D”)
(UC requires two of the following: Biology, Chemistry or Physics. CSU requires: One year of a life science and one year of a physical science.)
2 years
Language other than English (Subject Area “E”)
(2 years of same World Language including American Sign Language)
2 years
Visual and Performing Arts (Subject Area “F”) 1 year
Elective Courses (Subject Area “G”)
Selected from English, Advanced Mathematics, Social Studies, Laboratory Science, World Language, or Visual and Performing Arts. OLP’s minimum standards for graduation fulfill the Area “G” requirement.
1 year