Non A-G Coursework

One unit(equivalent to one year) required, chosen from one of the following categories:

Two one-semester courses from the same discipline is also acceptable.

Goals of the requirement

The arts enable personal, intellectual and social growth by nurturing creativity and providing opportunities for expression beyond the limits and boundaries of written language. Therefore, the intention of this requirement is to provide a meaningful experience with both depth and breadth of knowledge in the arts, so that students may apply their newly gained understanding to the appreciation and creation of art in its diverse forms. UC-approved visual and performing arts (VPA) courses must be directed at acquiring concepts, comprehensions and skills in the arts disciplines, rather than utilizing artistic activities to fulfill non-artistic course objectives.

The overarching goal of the VPA (“f”) subject requirement is to ensure that incoming college freshmen are adequately prepared to undertake university-level study. Courses in the “f” subject area recognize the common connections, as well as independent elements, in the different arts disciplines, and address the non-verbal and non-discursive aspects of each form while developing the ability to mediate complex artistic issues through language. Engagement in the arts includes the creative process of persisting, envisioning, observing, analyzing, reflecting, exploring new ways of working or thinking. As part of this process, students develop and present analyses of works of art from structural, historical, cultural and aesthetic perspectives. This provides the foundation necessary for engaging in multiple opportunities for self-expression, and more deeply understanding a variety of creative efforts. Moreover, in the California of the 21st Century, a focus on the arts may better prepare students to participate in the social, cultural and intellectual interplay among people of differing cultural backgrounds and national origins. 

All courses approved in the “f” subject area will be designed with the explicit intention of developing and encouraging artistic habits and dispositions important for university-level studies, and aligned with the five strands of the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools [PDF] summarized below:

  • Artistic Perception. Students will engage in processing, analyzing and responding to sensory information through the skills, methods and language appropriate to the specific arts discipline. They should understand that the arts provide alternative, often non-linguistic strategies for examining meaning that can guide our understanding of the world around us.
  • Creative Expression. Students will develop confidence and fluency in working within an art form by acquiring the skills required to create, produce, perform and present works of art. This involves learning through active practice, rehearsal and creation as well as performance and exhibition work.
  • Historical and Cultural Context. Students gain an understanding of the historical contributions and cultural dimensions of the arts. This includes knowledge of the multiple cultural and social meanings inherent in creative works, an awareness of how art forms evolved and function in different cultures and time periods, and recognition that ways of knowing in one culture may or may not be applicable to understandings in the art forms of another culture.
  • Aesthetic Valuing. Students emerge from high school with fluency in responding to, analyzing and making judgments about works in the various arts disciplines through appropriate behavioral and linguistic responses. They should develop a proclivity for using artistic processes and a variety of theoretical perspectives to examine the new and unfamiliar to determine the imaginative purpose as well as the multiple cultural and social meanings inherent in creative works.
  • Connections, Relationships, Applications. Students will be able to apply understandings developed within an art form to the other arts and academic disciplines. Students should develop enduring artistic values allowing them to relate knowledge acquired in the arts to understanding the world around them.

Course criteria & guidelines

Regardless of the artistic discipline, all approved VPA (“f”) courses are expected to satisfy these criteria:

  1. Courses will be consistent with and illustrate the goals described above. Courses that integrate these artistic practices into the key activities planned for each course, as outlined in the National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning [PDF], will be taking a substantial step toward achieving these goals.
  2. Courses will address the major components of the National Core Arts Standards [PDF], which include Philosophical Foundations and Lifelong Goals; Artistic Processes; Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions; and Model Cornerstone Assessments.
  3. Courses will afford students opportunities to participate in all aspects of the artistic process, including creation, presenting, producing, performing, responding, critiquing and connecting. They will also, when appropriate, provide opportunities for students to discuss artistic ideas with other students, to read texts within the art discipline studied (including art works but also written critiques, etc.) and to write clearly and coherently on artistic topics.
  4. Courses teaching a specific set of skills that must be developed outside of class time (e.g., portfolio/performance preparation, reading, writing, instrument practice, research projects and/or critical listening/viewing) will have students document and summarize their work in an appropriate written format. For example, to gain proficiency on a band or orchestral instrument, once a week, students post on the classroom blog their own practice recordings demonstrating they have practiced reading Western staff notation.
  5. Courses will include a variety of assessments of conceptual artistic understanding as well as mastery of creative practices, skills and artistic literacies, and describe corresponding parameters to measure the course learning objectives. These measures could include, but are not limited to, authentic performance and/or exhibition opportunities, discipline-appropriate creative projects, collaborative projects, student portfolios, written exams, research and written projects, and multimedia presentations.
  6. Courses will include culturally relevant topics and activities, real-world problems and applications that are appropriate for the context of the school community and the course content. Maintaining a balance of theoretical and historical/cultural context with skills-based content is essential, especially in regard to production courses that primarily serve school events (e.g., newspaper, yearbook, broadcast). Each course must demonstrate how it provides ample opportunities for self-expression and the creation of individual as well as collaborative VPA projects. The activities should be aimed at engaging all students in artistic learning and understanding the role that the arts play in their lives.
  7. Introductory VPA courses need not have any prerequisite coursework.

Other options for satisfying the “f” subject requirement

Students are expected to complete a single yearlong VPA course to satisfy the “f” subject requirement, but they may also fulfill the requirement by completing two semesters of sequentially related and approved “f” courses within a single arts discipline.

UC-transferable college courses or satisfactory scores on AP or IB exams can also be used to fulfill the visual and performing arts subject requirement.

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A-G courses

To meet minimum admission requirements, you must complete 15 yearlong high school courses with a letter grade of C or better — at least 11 of them prior to your last year of high school.

Keep in mind that taking approved high school ("a-g") courses isn't the only way to satisfy these requirements. You also may meet them by completing college courses or earning certain scores on SAT, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.

A) History

UC-approved high school courses

Two years of history, including:

  • one year of world or European history, cultures and geography (may be a single yearlong course or two one-semester courses), and
  • one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government
SAT Subject Examination

U.S. History: Score of 550 satisfies one year.

World History: Score of 540 satisfies one year.

AP or IB Examination

U.S. History: score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP U.S. History exam;
score of 5, 6 or 7 on the IB History of the Americas HL exam

U.S. Government: Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Exam satisfies a half year.

World History/Cultures/Geography: score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exam in European History, World History or Human Geography; score of 5, 6 or 7 on the IB History HL or Geography HL exam

College courses

U.S. History/Civics/American Government: grade of C or better in a transferable course of 3 or more semester (4 or more quarter) units in U.S. history, civics or American government

World History/Cultures/Geography: grade of C or better in a transferable course of 3 or more semester (4 or more quarter) units in world history, cultures and geography

B) English

UC-approved high school courses

Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent writing, from brainstorming to final paper, as well as reading of classic and modern literature. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.

SAT Examination

An SAT Reasoning Test (taken prior to March 2016) Writing section score of 560 or an SAT Writing and Language (taken March 2016 or later) score of 31 satisfies the first three years of the requirement. 

An SAT Reasoning Test Writing section score of 680 or an SAT Writing and Language score of 36 satisfies the entire requirement. 

ACT with Writing

Combined English/Writing or English Language Arts (ELA) score of 24 satisfies first three years; score of 30 satisfies entire requirement.

SAT Subject Examination

Literature: Score of 560 satisfies first three years.

AP or IB Examination

Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition Exam; score of 5, 6 or 7 on the IB HL English: Literature exam (formerly IB HL English A1)

College courses

For each year required through the 11th grade, a grade of C or better in a course of 3 or more semester (4 or more quarter) units in English composition, literature (American or English) or foreign literature in translation. Courses used to satisfy the fourth year and/or the entire requirement must be transferable. For lower-division transfer, all courses must be transferable. Literature courses must include substantial work in composition.

C) Mathematics

UC-approved high school courses

Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry. A geometry course or an integrated math course with a sufficient amount of geometry content must be completed. 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 if the high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.

SAT Subject Examination

Math Level 1: Score of 570 satisfies the two years of required elementary and advanced algebra.

Math Level 2: Score of 480 satisfies the two years of required elementary and advanced algebra.

AP or IB Examination

Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics Exam satisfies elementary and intermediate algebra.

Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB or Calculus BC Exam satisfies two years of the requirement (but not geometry).

Score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Mathematics HL exam satisfies two years of the requirement (but not geometry).

College courses

Three semester (4 quarter) units of non-transferable college courses in elementary algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra or trigonometry, with a grade of C or better, satisfy one year of the math requirement.

Grade of C or better in a transferable mathematics course of at least 3 semester (4 quarter) units that has intermediate algebra as a prerequisite satisfies the entire requirement. Freshman applicants cannot satisfy the entire 3-year requirement with a statistics course alone.

NOTE: All students must complete a geometry course or integrated math with geometry content. One transferable college course will not satisfy the full three-year math requirement.

D) Laboratory science

UC-approved high school courses

Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. The final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects may be used to fulfill this requirement. One yearlong interdisciplinary science or integrated science or earth and space sciences course can meet one year of this requirement — and combined with one year of biology or chemistry or physics, fulfills the full requirement. 

SAT Subject Examination

Each test clears one year:

  • Biology: Score of 540
  • Chemistry: Score of 530
  • Physics: Score of 530
AP or IB Examination

Score of 3, 4 or 5 on any two AP Exams in Biology, Chemistry, Physics (B, C, 1 or 2) and Environmental Science; score of 5, 6 or 7 on any two IB HL exams in Biology, Chemistry or Physics

College courses

For each year of the requirement, a grade of C or better in a transferable course of at least 3 semester (4 quarter) units in a natural (physical or biological) science with at least 30 hours of laboratory (not "demonstration")

E) Language other than English

UC-approved high school courses

Two years, or equivalent to the 2nd level of high school instruction, of the same language other than English are required. (Three years/3rd level of high school instruction recommended). Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. American Sign Language and classical languages, such as Latin and Greek, are acceptable. Courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement if the high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.

SAT Subject Examination

The following scores satisfy the entire requirement:

  • Chinese With Listening: 520
  • French/French With Listening: 540
  • German/German With Listening: 510
  • Modern Hebrew: 470
  • Italian: 520
  • Japanese With Listening: 510
  • Korean With Listening: 500
  • Latin: 530
  • Spanish/Spanish With Listening: 520
AP or IB Examination

Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Exam in Chinese Language and Culture, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, Spanish Language, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture or Latin;
score of 5, 6 or 7 on an IB Language A2 HL exam

College courses

Grade of C or better in any transferable course(s) (excluding conversation) held by the college to be equivalent to two years of high school language. Many colleges list the prerequisites for their second course in language as "Language 1 at this college or two years of high school language." In this case, Language 1 clears both years of the requirement.

F) Visual and performing arts

UC-approved high school courses

One yearlong course of visual and performing arts chosen from the following disciplines: dance, drama/theater, music, interdisciplinary arts or visual art — or two one-semester courses from the same discipline is also acceptable. 

AP or IB Examination

Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP History of Art, Studio Art or Music Theory Exam;
score of 5, 6 or 7 on any one IB HL exam in Dance, Film, Music, Theatre Arts or Visual Arts

College courses

Grade of C or better in any transferable course of 3 semester (4 quarter) units that clearly falls within one of four visual/performing arts disciplines: dance, drama/theater, music or visual art

G) College-preparatory elective

UC-approved high school courses

One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts, 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)

SAT Subject Examination

U.S. History: Score of 550

World History: Score of 540

Writing/English Compositions or Literature: Score of 560

Mathematics Level 2: Score of 520

Science (other than taken for "d" requirement): Same tests and scores as listed above under "d"

Language Other Than English, third year

  • Chinese With Listening: 570
  • French/French With Listening: 590
  • German/German With Listening: 570
  • Modern Hebrew: 500
  • Italian: 570
  • Japanese With Listening: 570
  • Korean With Listening: 550
  • Latin: 580
  • Spanish/Spanish With Listening: 570

A second Language Other Than English: Same tests and scores as listed under "e"

AP or IB Examination

Score of 3, 4 or 5 on any one AP Exam in Computer Science, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Human Geography, Psychology, U.S. Government or Comparative Government; score of 5, 6 or 7 on any one IB HL exam in Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, or Computer Science

College courses

Grade of C or better in transferable college courses of at least 3 semester (4 quarter) units beyond those listed above as clearing any of the "a-f" requirements.

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