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Policy Announcement on Area C

As of October 2020, the University of California’s Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) approved a proposal from a UC mathematics and statistics faculty working group to update the mathematics (C) course criteria and guidelines for the 2021-22 school year and onward.

The overarching goals of the course policy revisions were to:

  • Clarify UC’s expectation for college-prep mathematics courses that will help students acquire specific skills to master the subject’s content and also gain proficiency in quantitative thinking and analysis;
  • Support the efforts of high schools to develop and implement multiple college-prep mathematics course options for students;
  • Encourage the submission of a broader range of advanced/honors math courses (e.g., Statistics, Introduction to Data Science) for area C approval.

For details of the policy changes, please visit the revised mathematics (C) course criteria and guidelines as presented on the A-G Policy Resource Guide.

For key highlights of the policy revisions and additional policy background information, please see the HSA Special Bulletin on UC’s mathematics (C) update. 

In delivering expanded high school math (C) course offerings, California high schools are providing students more opportunities to pursue the mathematics education most relevant to their academic and career aspirations. UC stands in partnership with PK-12 districts across the state to make bold changes in mathematics teaching and learning to support every student’s success.

For schools transitioning to online instruction in response to COVID-19

If your school is transitioning to online instruction as a temporary measure due to public health precautions related to COVID-19, please know that this situation DOES NOT require you to re-submit your A-G course descriptions.

No action is needed, and in no way does this affect the status of your A-G approved courses.

If you have questions or concerns about transcripts or course/grade validation, please reach out to Admissions at

Policy Announcement on Area D

As of February 2020, the University of California concluded its deliberations on a proposal from our Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) regarding the area D science subject requirement for UC freshman admissions. Highlights of the announcement, recently distributed by the UC Academic Senate Office, are below.
To summarize, the actions approved by the UC faculty’s Academic Senate are:

  1. Change the area D subject requirement name from “Laboratory Science” to “Science”;
  2. Expand the options for science disciplines that fulfill the third recommended year of the area D requirement, including (but not limited to) computer science, engineering, and applied sciences; area D courses in earth and space sciences, as well as interdisciplinary sciences, can either fulfill one year of the 2-year requirement or fulfill the third recommended year.
  3. Maintain status quo for the area D subject requirement: 2 years of area D science, including or integrating topics that provide fundamental knowledge in two of these three subjects: biology, chemistry, or physics; 3 years of area D science is recommended.