Chemistry As Level Coursework Other Than A-G

The intent of the “a-g” subject requirements is to ensure that students have attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study.

Courses from California high schools and online schools used to satisfy the "a-g" subject requirements must be approved by UC and appear on the institution's "a-g" course list. These courses are to be academically challenging, involving substantial reading, writing, problems and laboratory work (as appropriate), and show serious attention to analytical thinking, factual content and developing students' oral and listening skills.

The subject requirement

  • 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 math, including or integrating 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.
  • Language other than English (“e”)Two years of the same language other than English or equivalent to the second level of high school instruction.
  • Visual and performing arts (“f”)One year chosen from dance, music, theater or the visual arts.
  • 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.

A-G Course Criteria

California high schools, online schools and designated programs and publishers can submit their courses to UC for “a-g” approval using the A-G Course Management Portal (CMP). Approval is based on the course meeting the following subject-specific course criteria established by the UC faculty:

Once approved, the course is added to the institution's "a-g" course list. To satisfy the "a-g" subject requirements, the course must appear on the institution's course list for the year the student took the course.

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Sample Course Resources

Samples of courses approved in the “a-g” subject areas are available for reference as you prepare your own course for "a-g" approval.

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Other options to satisfy the "a-g" requirements

UC-transferable college courses or satisfactory scores on SAT Subject, AP or IB exams can also be used to satisfy the “a-g” subject requirements.

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Add a Course

Add the courses you took during each grade level. 

  1. Enter the course title exactly as it appears on your transcript. 
  2. If the course was completed, enter the letter grade you received for the course during this term. Or, if you received a "pass" rather than a letter grade, enter "Pass." Enter "Planned" if you have not yet taken the course. Enter "In Progress" if you are currently taking the course. If you did not take the course during this term, leave the field blank. 
  3. Select the course type. 
  4. Click the green checkmark to save.
  5. Continue adding courses until all your coursework for the grade level is entered. 
  6. Click Add Grade Level and repeat the steps above to add additional grade levels and courses until your high school transcript is completely entered. 

7th and 8th Grade Coursework

 If you took Algebra 1, Geometry, or a Language Other Than English (LOTE) in the 7th or 8th grade, report your course(s) and grade(s) earned as 9th grade.

Algebra 1

If you have took an Algebra 1 course that was taught in high school over two years (i.e. 4 semesters), you may only enter two semesters worth of credit for these Algebra 1-classified classes. CSU policy only allows for two semesters worth of credit for Algebra 1-classified courses, regardless of how many semesters were taken. Enter the course only once and enter only the second grade received for each year in the Fall and Spring grade fields.

For example, if you received a “B” in the Fall and an “A” in the Spring of the first year, enter “A” in the Fall field. If you received a “C” in the Fall and a “B” in Spring of the second year, enter “B” in the Spring field.

Repeated Courses

CSU defines repeated courses as the exact same course with the exact same course title taken at the same school at a later time. If you repeated a course, enter the highest grade(s) earned for the course. Do not enter this repeated course twice. If the repeated course is planned or in progress, enter the original grade earned since a new grade has not yet been earned.  

“A-F” Subject Requirements Satisfied by an Alternate Method 

If you have not satisfied the “A-G” Subject Requirements through your high school coursework units, you may meet these requirements via test results, validation, or waiver (i.e., in the case of proficiency in a LOTE). You must still report all completed high school coursework and grades earned in order to calculate your high school GPA correctly. 

Subject Matter Validation

For all courses in Mathematics (Area C), Language Other Than English (Area E), and Chemistry (Area D2): if you receive a grade of “D” in the first semester and a grade of “C” or higher in the second semester, you will receive two semesters of subject requirement credit. If you earned a D or F for any of these courses, enter “Pass” for the first semester and the grade received for the second semester. Satisfactory completion of a final year of study validates prior study in math, chemistry, and Languages Other Than English (LOTE). Completion of an advanced course in the same subject presupposes knowledge of the previous course(s).

  • Satisfactory completion of a second year of LOTE (Language Other Than English) will validate the first year.
  • Satisfactory completion of Algebra II (intermediate) will validate Algebra 1 (elementary), but will NOT validate Geometry.
  • Satisfactory completion of a statistics course for which Algebra II is a stated prerequisite can validate both years of Algebra, but NOT Geometry. The CSU high school requirements in mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Intermediate Algebra) may be validated with higher-level college preparatory mathematics courses such as Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, or Calculus. Integrated math studies that appear on the UC "A-G" list will satisfy the subject requirements certified on the UC list. Cal State Apply policy allows for a maximum of two semesters worth of credit for Algebra 1-classified classes, regardless of how many semesters were taken. This applies to two-year Algebra 1 classes offered at some high schools. 

Language Other Than English (LOTE) Requirement – Validation and Waiver

  • If you are fluent in a language other than English, you may qualify for a waiver of the Cal State Apply LOTE subject requirement. The LOTE waiver must be noted on your official high school transcript. You may enter this waiver for subject requirement credit on your application. Enter “Waiver of LOTE” in the Course Title field and enter grades of “Pass”.  Enter this “Waiver of LOTE” course title for two consecutive academic years to obtain the appropriate LOTE credit. 
  • If you completed only the final year LOTE course (2nd year or higher/AP course) with a grade of “C” or better, you have met the Cal State Apply LOTE subject requirement.  Enter the year and the grades you earned in that final year course. Then enter "Waiver of LOTE" in the Course Title field for a second academic year with grades of "Pass."
  • If you did not complete the required number of subject matter course units (4 semesters) in the LOTE area, but you earned a score that is equal to or higher than the minimum required score (see chart) on an SAT subject test in LOTE, you may enter the test for subject course credit in Area E. Select the grade level and the year the test was taken. Enter "SAT ST" along with the exam name in the Course Title field, (e.g. "SAT ST Spanish") and then grades of “Pass.” Enter this “SAT ST” course title for two consecutive academic years to obtain the appropriate LOTE credit.

Advanced Placement (AP) Test Results and Subject Matter Requirements

  • If you did not complete the required number of subject matter course units in the LOTE Area E, but you earned a score of three or higher on an AP test in LOTE, you may enter the test for subject matter credit in Area E. Select the grade level and year the test was take and enter “AP Exam” and the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g.“AP Exam French”), and then enter grades of “Pass.” Enter this “AP Exam” course title for two consecutive academic years to obtain the appropriate LOTE credit. 
  • If you did not complete the required number of subject matter course units in Mathematics, but you earned a score of three or higher on an AP test in Mathematics, you may enter the test for subject matter credit in Area C. Select the grade level and year the test was taken and enter “AP Exam” and the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g. “AP Calculus”), and then enter grades of “Pass.” Enter this “AP Exam” course title for three consecutive academic years to obtain the appropriate Mathematics credit. 
  • If you did not complete the required number of subject matter course units in one of the following subject requirement areas: History/Social Science, English, Science, or Visual/Performing Arts, but you took a subject area related AP test and received a score of three or better, you may enter the test for course credit in the appropriate area. Select the grade level and year the test was taken, enter “AP Exam” and the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g. “AP Exam Psychology”), and then enter grades of “Pass.” Enter this “AP Exam” course title for the appropriate number of consecutive academic years to obtain the appropriate subject credit.
  • To provide you with proper credit toward your degree for Advanced Placement exams, the Cal State Apply campus must receive an official test score report from the College Board.

SAT Test Results and Subject Matter Requirements

  • If you completed both an SAT subject test and a course in that same subject, please report only the courses taken and grades earned in the application. Do not claim subject matter credit based upon SAT tests when you already completed the appropriate high school or college course(s) with a grade(s) of “C” or better.
  • If you did not complete the required number of high school subject matter course units in the Language Other Than English (LOTE) area, but you earned a score that is equal to or higher than the minimum required score (see chart) on an SAT subject test in a LOTE, you may enter the test for subject credit in Area E. Select the grade level and the year the test was taken. Enter "SAT ST" along with the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g. "SAT ST Spanish"), and then enter grades of “Pass.” Enter the number of semesters of subject matter course credit that you lack, up to a maximum of two years of credit. 
  • If you did not complete the required number of high school subject matter course units in Mathematics, but you took an SAT subject test in this area and earned a score that is equal to or higher than the minimum required score (see chart), you may enter the test for subject credit (to a maximum of 6 semesters of subject credit) in Area C. Select the grade level and the year the test was taken. Enter "SAT ST" along with the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g. "SAT ST Math Level II"), and then enter grades of “Pass.”  Enter the number of semesters of subject matter course credit that you lack, up to a maximum of three years of credit. 
  • If you did not complete the required number of high school units in one of the following subject requirement areas: History/Social Science, English, Science, or Visual/Performing Arts, but you took the SAT subject test in these areas and earned a score that is equal to or higher than the minimum required score. Select the institution you attended when the test was taken. Enter "SAT ST" along with the exam name in the Course Title field (e.g."SAT ST World History"), and then enter grades of “Pass.”  Enter the number of semesters of subject matter course credit that you lack, up to a maximum of one year of credit.  

Subject Matter Requirements

This chart shows the tests and the minimum required SAT scores that can be used to meet the subject requirements.


A-G Subject Area

SAT Test Name

Minimum ScoreRequired

Social Sciences/US History/Government

American History

520

Social Sciences/US History/Government

World History

470

English

Writing Subject Test, taken in May 1998 or after

680

Mathematics

Mathematics Level I

540

Mathematics

Mathematics Level II

510

Laboratory Science

Biology

540

Laboratory Science

Chemistry or Physics

530

Language Other Than English

Chinese

460

Language Other Than English

French or French with Listening

490

Language Other Than English

German or German with Listening

460

Language Other Than English

Modern Hebrew

440

Language Other Than English

Italian

460

Language Other Than English

Japanese

460

Language Other Than English

Korean

460

Language Other Than English

Latin

480

Language Other Than English

Spanish or Spanish with Listening

460

EnglishSAT Writing Sub-Score680

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