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California State University, Long Beach

College Preparatory Subject Requirements

The California State University requires first-time freshmen applicants to complete the following comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. All courses in the comprehensive pattern must be completed with a grade of C or better in each course prior to high school graduation. A "unit" equals one year of study in high school.

Area Subject Years
a. History and Social Science (including 1 year of U.S. history or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government and 1 year of social science) 2
b. English (4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature) 4
c. Math (4 years is recommended) including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year) 3
d. Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science) 2
e. Language - other than English (2 years of the same language; American Sign Language is applicable) 2
f. Visual and Performing Arts (dance, theater, music, or visual art -- courses can be from multiple areas) 1
g. College Preparatory Elective (One more year of any college preparatory subject) 1
TotalRequired Subjects 15