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High School Diploma and College Admission Requirements

 

Subject Requirements

(A-G)

High School Graduation Requirements

Cal State University

University of California

Social Studies

(A)

(35 credits)

World Geography

World History 1/2

US History 1/2

Gov't/Econ

2 years:

1 yr. World History

1 yr. US History

or

1 yr. World History

1 sem. Gov't

1 sem US History

2 years:

1 yr. World History

1 yr. US History

or

1 yr. World History

1 sem. Gov't

1 sem US History

English

(B)

4 yrs. (40 credits)

4 yrs. CP (40 credits)

4 yrs. CP (40 credits)

Math

(C)

2 yrs (20 credits)

Algebra 1

Geometry

Algebra 2

Algebra 1

Geometry

Algebra 2

4th year recommended

Science

(D)

2 yrs (20 credits)

1 yr. Physical and

1yr. Life Science

2 years of lab science (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics, A &P)

2 years of lab science -

3rd year recommended (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics, A &P)

World Language

(E)

(20 Credits) required from any two fields

2 yrs of the same language

2 yrs of the same language 3rd year recommended

Visual/Perf. Arts

(F)

See World Lang.

1 yr.

1 yr.

Career Tech ED/ Applied Arts

See World Lang.

None

None

Health

1 sem (5 credits)

None

None

Physical Education

2 yrs (20 credits)

None

None

Electives

(G)

(80 Credits)

1 year (2 semesters) of additional college prep courses

1 year (2 semesters) of additional college prep courses

Total Credits

240 Credits

Grade of C or higher in all college prep courses

Grade of C or higher in all college prep courses

Test Requirements

Pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Assessment

ACT Assessment plus Writing or SAT Reasoning Test and two SAT Subject Tests in two different areas (some majors require SAT subject tests in specific subjects).

* Beginning with the class of 2012, the UC's are no longer requiring the SAT Subject Tests.

 

 

 

 

Subject Requirement

 

To satisfy this requirement for college, students must have successfully completed a specific sequence of high school courses often called the "a-g subjects."

To be accepted by the University, they must appear on a list certified by the high school principal as "Courses to Meet Requirements for Admission to the University of California."  The grades earned in the "a-g" subjects taken in the 10th and 11th grades are the only grades the University will use to calculate the grade point average for admission. If students take more courses than the minimum required in an "a-g" subject, the University will use only the highest grades earned.

A student is required to complete 15 "a-g" subjects as described above. At least seven of the required units must be taken in the last two years of high school.