Laboratory Science ("d") Updated Discipline

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, UC is introducing revised science discipline options for courses submitted under the laboratory science (“d”) subject area. These updated science disciplines align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California public schools that many high schools across the state have been implementing.

Please note that the area “d” subject requirement and the relevant course criteria have not changed, so you are not required to resubmit any already approved area “d” courses. However, if you previously earned area “d” approval for a course that is aligned to the California NGSS and you would like to update the science discipline name as a result of the revised options that UC is now using, simply follow the steps to “revise a course” once you log in to the A-G Course Management Portal.

The updated discipline options are:

Single Science Disciplines

  • Biology/Life Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Space Sciences
  • Physics

Single Science Discipline Integrated with Earth & Space Sciences

  • Biology/Earth & Space Sciences
  • Chemistry/Earth & Space Sciences
  • Physics/Earth & Space Sciences

Integrated Science

  • Integrated Science 1
  • Integrated Science 2
  • Integrated Science 3

Other Disciplines Names

  • Applied Science
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Science

April 2016: Summer School A-G Courses

Summer school courses are now listed in their own section on the UC application and the drop-down menu pulls courses from the course list associated with the academic year the student just completed. In other words, when a student self-reports coursework from summer 2016, the drop-down menu of courses will be pulled from the institution’s 2015-16 “a-g” course list. Therefore, it is important that summer school offerings are included on the correct year of your “a-g” course list.

As many students take online coursework over the summer, for a list of the online schools that currently maintain an “a-g” course list, please visit the A-G Course List website.

Feb. 2016: A-G CMP opens for 2016-17 submission period

The A-G Course Management Portal (CMP) opened for the 2016-17 "a-g" course submission period on February 1. Submit new courses, update your "a-g" course list and institution information, and search the database of approved "a-g" course descriptions. 

The course submission period will be continue to be divided into the following three distinct phases and will close on Tuesday, September 15 at midnight PST:

Submission timeline

Feb. 2016: Revisions to the UC honors course policy

UC Faculty approved the following honors policy revisions effective for the 2016-17 "a-g" course submission period and academic year:

  • English courses seeking the UC honors designation need only have one year of English coursework as a required prerequisite. Previously, two years of English coursework were required as a prerequisite.
  • Visual and performing arts courses seeking the UC honors designation need only have one year of art coursework as a required prerequisite. Previously, two years of coursework were required as a prerequisite.
  • A non-honors equivalent is highly recommended for any honors course to be approved with the UC honors designation. This recommendation holds for all school-created honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

Feb. 2016: Revisions to the elective ("g") subject area course criteria

Beginning with the 2016-17 "a-g" course submission period and academic year, UC will approve courses in the college-preparatory elective ("g") subject area that are specifically designed for the 9th and/or 10th grades. Formerly, elective courses were to be designed for the 11th and/or 12th grades, although students in lower grades could still use those courses toward satisfying their "g" subject requirement.

July 2014: UC’s support of Common Core

The “a-g” course criteria and the goals of the “a-g” subject requirements for freshman admission to UC are consistent with the goals underlying California’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Over the past 18 months, UC’s Academic Senate and the UC Office of the President (UCOP) have engaged in several initiatives to bolster statewide Common Core implementation efforts.  For details, please refer to the July 2014 UCOP briefing [PDF] that summarizes how UC faculty and UCOP Articulation support CCSS.

July 2014: A-G Courses & the College Board AP Audit

Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, California high schools submitting new or redesigned Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be required to receive AP Course Audit authorization from the College Board prior to submitting the AP course for “a-g” review. The final deadline to submit a course for UC’s review during the 2015-16 submission period is September 15, 2015, which means schools will need to submit AP Course Audit materials to the College Board in a timely manner, in case the school does not receive AP Course Audit authorization on first submission and needs to revise and resubmit to the College Board. A joint letter from University of California Office of the President (UCOP) and the College Board was sent out in July 2014 detailing the new process for submitting AP courses to UC for “a-g” review and approval.