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California A-G Requirements

  • History/social science (“a”)  Two years, including one year of world history, cultures and historical geography and one year of U.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of  American government or civics.
  • English (“b”)  Four years of college preparatory English that integrates reading of classic and modern literature, frequent and regular writing, and practice listening and speaking.
  • Mathematics (“c”)  Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include or integrate the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.
  • Laboratory science (“d”)  Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • College-preparatory elective (“g”)  One year chosen from the “a-f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely in the elective area.



If you are planning on attending a 4-year college, you will have to complete 15 year-long college prep courses with a grade of "C" or higher*. 


* Required "a-g" courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in which a semester grade of a D or F is earned must be repeated, EXCEPT in the areas of math and foreign language, where grades of D in the first semester can be validated by successful completion of the second semester with a grade of C or higher. 

To view the complete UC/CSU approved course list for Fresno High go to and enter Fresno High School.

Testing Requirements:  ACT/SAT must be taken by December of your senior year

Students planning on attending a CSU:  SAT or ACT with Writing.

Students planning on attending a UC:  SAT or ACT with Writing and optional, but recommended, SAT Subject tests.


Please see your counselor for additional testing information. 

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