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A-G Requirements College Admissions


What are the A-G Requirements?

  • The A-G/College Entrance Requirements are a sequence of high school courses that students must complete (with a grade of a C or better) to be minimally eligible for admission to the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and most out of state or private colleges. To be competitive, you must do more than the minimal requirements.  

Is Physical Education (PE) an A-G requirement?

  • No, it is a high school graduation requirement.





History/Social Science

One Year of World History, cultures and historical geography and two semesters of U.S. History and one semester of American Government or Civics.



Four Years of college preparatory English.



Three Years (4 Years Recommended) of college preparatory mathematics including Math 1, Math 2 and Math 3. Also acceptable are courses that address the above content areas, and include Trigonometry and Statistics.


Laboratory Sciences

Two Years: One year of biological science (Living Earth) and one year of physical science (Chemistry or Physics)


Language Other Than English

Two Yearsof the same non English language.


Visual and/or Performing Arts

One Year chosen from dance, drama/theater, music or visual art.


College Prep Elective

One Year of an additional approved “A-F” course beyond the minimum required for that subject area.

For a high school course to be accepted by the UC system as an A-G course, the course must contain a specific content and rigor.  For a list of which courses at MHS are approved as A-G, please visit:

A-G core subject areas can also be met by taking specific courses at the local community college.  For college transfer information, please contact the college in question.

A chart summarizing this information is published at the site below.


Career Exploration Tools on

Before students can decide what career they want, they need to understand who they are. That’s why offers students free career exploration tools that help them identify their values, interests, learning styles, and personalities, as well as learn how they can connect those to fulfilling careers. These tools include:

  • The Interest Profiler helps students discover how their interests connect to different careers. It does this by asking questions about how much they like or dislike different work activities. After completing the assessment, students will obtain a list of careers that match the activities they like.

  • The Work Values Survey asks students to rank values related to work, such as coworker relationships, creativity, and compensation. At the end, students are presented with careers based on the values that are most important to them.

  • The Multiple Intelligences assessment asks students questions about how they think, solve problems, and come up with new ideas. Using their answers, the assessment presents students with information on their strengths, how to develop them, and what careers their strengths might match.

  • The Do What You Are assessment is similar to a Myers Briggs personality type assessment. It asks students to respond to different descriptions, then uses their responses to highlight characteristics that align to their personality and corresponding careers.