To satisfy the UC subject requirements, students must complete 15 units of UC-approved high school coursework in the subjects listed below. (A unit is equal to an academic year, or two semesters, of study - which would be 130 credits in the Oak Park system.) These courses are also known as the "a-g" subjects or requirements. At least 7 of the 15 units must be taken in the last two years of high school. Students must earn "C" or higher grades in these courses in order to be certified as having fulfilled these subject requirements - this includes the 9th grade!
Required "A-G" Subjects:
- a)History/Social Science– 2 years required 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 American government.
- b)English– 4 years required Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature. Not more than two semesters of ninth-grade English or no more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.
- c)Mathematics– 3 years required, 4 years recommended Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.
- d) Laboratory Science–2 years required, 3 years recommended Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three core disciplines: biology (which includes anatomy, physiology, marine biology, aquatic biology, etc.), chemistry and physics. The final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program may be used to fulfill this requirement. Not more than one year of ninth-grade laboratory science can be used to meet this requirement.
- e)Language Other than English– 2 years required, 3 years recommended 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 a language 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.
- f)Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)– 1 year required Two semesters of approved arts courses from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art. Students entering in the fall of 2006 or later must satisfy the VPA requirement by completing an appropriate single course in a year-long sequence (i.e., the second semester must be the continuation of the first semester). If scheduling challenges demand, students may divide the year-long course in two different academic years, as long as the course curriculum is designed as a year-long sequence and approved as such by the University.
- g) College Preparatory Electives–1 year required 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).
- Alternative Options For Satisfying the "a-g" requirements can be accessed at the following hyperlink: Options for satisfying the "A-G" requirements
- The UC's Campus Admission practices can be accessed at the following hyperlink: UC Campus Specific Admission Practices
- The UC to CSU Admission Requirements Matrix can be accessed at the following hyperlink: UC to CSU Admission Comparison Matrix
- The UC's Validation policy for Math and (LOTE) Language Other Than English can be accessed at the following hyperlink: Math & LOTE Validation Matrix
- To search for "a-g" certified course lists at Community Colleges, Online programs, and High Schools - including Oak Park High School. Click on the following hyperlink: Search for UC "a-g" School Course Lists
- For schools to submit new "a-g" courses they need to access the UC"a-g" guide at the following hyperlink: http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/
To view Oak Park High School's "a-g" certified course list click here