Resources

A-G course lists

Use this search engine to find a California high school's, program's or community college's "a-g" course list. Only those courses listed on an institution's "a-g" course list can be used to satisfy the "a-g" subject requirements for UC and CSU admissions purposes.

A-G subject area course criteria

UC faculty have established course requirements and guidelines for all “a-g” subject areas. All courses must meet the criteria specific to each subject area to receive “a-g” approval.

BOARS Statement on High School Mathematics Curriculum Development under the Common Core State Standards

The University’s Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) released their Statement on High School Mathematics Curriculum Development Under the Common Core State Standards [PDF] in April 2013. This statement is meant to recognize the significant changes that high schools across the state must make in their mathematical curricula as they implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), and reiterate BOARS' support for offering math courses in either the traditional or integrated pathway.

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Arts Initiative

The CCSESA Arts Initiative, sponsored by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is taking a leadership role in providing support, technical assistance, and services for teachers, administrators and parents. The CCSESA Initiative is designed to build capacity and provide continued support to schools and districts by offering a full complement of services utilizing the statewide county office of education infrastructure. Under the grant, county superintendents work with the business community and the arts community to begin a systemic state (research, resources, support) and local (data gathering, education, courses of study and professional development) approach to bringing the arts into the classroom at every grade level.

California Subject Matter Project (CSMP)

CSMP is a statewide network of nine different subject-specific projects and professional development programs for teachers administered by the UC Office of the President. CSMP is committed to: (1) raising the level of teacher content and pedagogical content knowledge, (2) providing on-going teacher leadership development, (3) building teacher learning communities, (4) strengthening existing partnerships with low-performing schools and creating new ones, and (5) supporting teachers of English learners.

Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures to guide educators toward curricula and teaching strategies that will give students a deeper understanding of the subject and skills they need to apply their knowledge. These standards for mathematics and English language arts represent a set of expectations at each grade level for student knowledge and skills that high school graduates need to master to succeed in college and careers.

The CCSS, adopted by California in August 2010, were developed through a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English language arts and mathematics that would better prepare students for success in our competitive global economy.

Content Standards and Frameworks for California public schools

All of the California Content Standards and Curriculum Frameworks were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student by defining the knowledge, concepts and skills that students should acquire at each grade level. These standards and frameworks provide guidance to course development, but simple coverage of all standards is not enough to assure course approval.

Options for Satisfying UC's A-G Subject Requirements for Freshman Applicants matrix

The Options for Satisfying UC's A-G Subject Requirements for Freshman Applications matrix [PDF] summarizes the options available for students to use in order to fulfill their "a-g" subject requirements for admissions to the University of California.

Sample "a-g" courses

Sample courses are now accessible through the “a-g” Course List website. A search feature is available to locate sample course descriptions from across all of the "a-g" subject areas and a number of Career Technical Education (CTE) industry sectors. The number of sample courses will continue to grow as our subject area analysts receive exemplary courses.

Statements of Competencies Expected of Students Entering California’s Public Colleges and Universities

The Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates (ICAS), comprised of all three segments of California’s higher education system, seeks to advise California high school students the kind of intellectual preparation necessary for success in higher education. This committee has developed Statements of Competencies Expected of Students Entering California's Public Colleges and Universities in the areas of English, mathematics, foreign language, the natural sciences, the visual and performing arts, and the social sciences. 

UC-CSU comparison matrix

Students, parents and counselors often try to sort out the differences in admissions criteria between the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) systems. The UC-CSU Comparison of Minimum Requirements for Freshman Admission [PDF] is a collaborative effort to highlight both the similarities and differences in the admissions requirements for these two systems.

University of California admissions

The UC Undergraduate Admissions website provides prospective students, their parents, and high school and community college counselors with comprehensive information about admissions, applicant selection policies and financial aid, as well as a look at each of the 9 undergraduate UC campuses.

Validation matrix 

The Validation Matrix [PDF] provides detailed information on the University's validation rules for math and language other than English (LOTE) courses. In areas of sequential knowledge, as applicable to the math and LOTE subject areas, UC recognizes the completion of a higher-level (advanced) course with a letter grade of C or better as demonstrating proficiency of lower-level coursework in the same subject area.

Workshops and webinars 

UC offers free workshop and webinars focusing on topics such as developing courses for UC approval and updating the UC/CSU “a-g” course list. Archived presentations and webinars are also available.