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UC/CSU a-g Requirements


SSHS a-g Approved Courses

* = Receives Honors Credit in UC/CSU GPA Calculations

History / Social Science ("a")

  • American Government
  • AP Government and Politics United States*
  • AP Human Geography*
  • AP United States History*
  • AP World History*
  • United States History
  • World History 

English ("b")

  • AP English Language and Composition*
  • AP English Literature and Composition*
  • CSU Expository Reading and Writing
  • English 10
  • English 10H
  • English 11
  • English 9
  • English 9H

Mathematics ("c")

  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Algebra II and Trigonometry
  • AP Calculus AB*
  • AP Calculus BC*
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Statistics*
  • Business Algebra 2
  • Business Algebra 1
  • Calculus C Honors*
  • CP Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus

Laboratory Science ("d")

  • AP Biology*
  • AP Chemistry*
  • AP Computer Science Principles*
  • AP Environmental Science*
  • AP Physics 1*
  • AP Physics 2*
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism*
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics*
  • Biology CP
  • Biology H
  • Chemistry H
  • Chemistry CP
  • Earth Science
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology Honors*
  • ROP Engineering Honors*
  • The Science of Health and Wellness

Language Other than English ("e")

  • AP French Language and Culture*
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture*
  • French I
  • French II
  • French III H*
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Spanish III H*

Visual & Performing Arts ("f")

  • AP 2D Art and Design*
  • AP 3D Art and Design*
  • AP Drawing*
  • Ballet I
  • Ballet II
  • Basic Design
  • Chamber Chorale
  • Children's Theatre
  • Commercial Illustration
  • Concert Choir
  • Concert Orchestra
  • Dance Ensemble
  • Digital Photography
  • Drawing & Painting II
  • Drawing and Painting I
  • Entertainment Ensemble
  • Graphics and Publication
  • Jazz Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz I
  • Jazz II
  • Play Production
  • Pointe
  • Production Orchestra
  • ROP Choreography 
  • ROP Graphic Design Honors*
  • ROP Sound and Music Production 
  • ROP Stage Production Honors*
  • ROP Video Production Honors*
  • Show Choir
  • Tap I
  • Tap II
  • Theater Essentials
  • Theatre: Musical Production
  • Video Production
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Yearbook Design

College-Preparatory Elective ("g")

  • AP Macroeconomics*
  • AP Psychology*
  • College and Career Seminar
  • Economics CP
  • Exploring Computer Science
  • Law and Order
  • Robotics and Engineering
  • ROP Auto Body Repair
  • ROP Certified Nurse Assistant Honors*
  • ROP Criminal Justice 
  • ROP Cyber Security Honors*
  • ROP Dental Assistant Honors*
  • ROP Digital Broadcasting
  • ROP Entrepreneurship and Innovation Honors*
  • ROP Game Design
  • ROP Medical Assistant Clinical
  • ROP Medical Terminology
  • ROP Stagecraft


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).




Required for all PSAT, SAT, and AP Exams