Merced County Office of Education

UC Approved Courses

UC Approved Course List


2 Years of history/social science, including one year of US history or one semester of US history and one semester of American government, and... 
UC - 1 year of world history, cultures, and geography from the "a" subject area 
CSU - A second year (2 semesters) of history/social science from either the "a" or "g" subject areas

  • Cultural Geography (9th Grade)
  • World History (10th Grade)
  • U.S. History (11th Grade)
  • American Government (12th Grade)

B. English
UC and CSU - 4 years English, which can include not more than one year of ESL/ELD courses

  • English I (9th Grade)
  • English II (10th Grade)
  • English III (11th Grade)
  • English IV (12th grade)

C. Mathematics
UC and CSU - 3 years math (algebra I and II, geometry)/ 4 years recommended

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II

D. Lab Science
2 years laboratory science
UC- including at least two of the three core disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics
CSU- including one year of physical science and one year of biological science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry (offered through Merced College)
  • Physics (offered through Merced College)

E. Language other than English
UC and CSU: 2 years of language other than English. Must be same language. (UC- 3 years recommended)

  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II

F. Visual and Performing Arts
1 year visual and performing arts (selected from dance, music, theatre/drama, or visual arts)

  • Fine Arts
  • The Art and History of Floral Design

G. College Preparatory Electives
UC and CSU - 1 year elective chosen from any of the areas on the approved a-g course list, exlucing those designated as non-elective (lower level mathematics, language other than English, and visual and performing arts)
CSU- Agriculture courses traditionally accepted by CSU that are not on the a-g list will be considered on a course by course basis

  • Spanish III
  • American Economics (12th Grade)

College admission requirements for UC and CSU

    CSU-UC Comparison of Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Freshmen.pdf

Helpful Websites

Review the websites below to learn more about college admission requirements and high school courses that have been certified by the University of Califonia as satisfying the requirements for admission to the University of California and the California State University.