Graduation Requirements

About the ‘A-G’ Requirements

Happy graduate To be considered for admission to a University of California campus, such as UC San Diego, students must complete 15 yearlong high school courses with a grade of C or better — at least 11 of them prior to their senior year.

Keep in mind that taking approved high school (“A-G”) courses isn't the only way to satisfy these requirements. You also may meet them by completing college courses or earning certain scores on SAT, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams. Go to the University of California website.

For California State University schools, such as San Diego State University, the "A-G" courses are also a requirement. The California State University's website can help you to chart a path to one of its schools:

Doing well in "A-G" courses will also help you in community colleges, professional schools and wherever your after-high-school life will take you. They provide an excellent foundation for future learning. For more information on these courses, see your counselor.

Minimum Requirements
  1. 4 credits (2 years) History/Social Science

  2. 8 credits (4 years) English

  3. 6 credits (3 years) Mathematics

  4. 4 credits (2 years) Laboratory Science

  5. 4 credits (2 years) Language Other Than English (World Language)

  6. 2 credits (1 year) Visual and Performing Arts

  7. 2 credits (1 year) College Prep Electives

Total: 30 credits