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.
The subject 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 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.