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.

Cadre of Experts

The UC Cadre of Experts provide the “human touch” to high schools and teachers developing curriculum and preparing course descriptions for “a-g” review. UC has trained dozens of educators and administrators specializing in an array of academic and technical subjects.

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.

Course description templates

Subject-specific course description templates give a comprehensive overview of the required course content information needed for “a-g” review, and can offer guidance in developing course descriptions for submission.

Course evaluation guidelines

Our subject area analysts use the “a-g” course evaluation guidelines, in addition to the subject area course criteria established by UC faculty, to determine the acceptability of a course for “a-g” approval. We recommend using this tool when preparing your new curriculum for submission or when working on a course resubmission.

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.

Workshops and webinars 

UC offers free workshops 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.