Laboratory Science Requirement For Freshman Admission
AS-2769-06/AA/TEKR - September 14-15, 2006
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State
University (CSU) recommend that the CSU version of the high school course preparation
pattern (a-g) be revised to align the two unit (years) of laboratory science requirements
of the CSU and the University of California (UC); and be it further
RESOLVED: That, for the CSU requirement, both courses must be
chosen from category "D" on the University of California (UC) list of approved college
The specific requests within this resolution support the recommendation of the Admissions
Advisory Council of the CSU. The resolution itself advocates changing the CSU high
school course preparation pattern to bring it into closer alignment with the UC pattern.
Current CSU policy requires one unit of laboratory science be from among the life
sciences and one from the physical sciences. Current CSU Policy permits one of the required
sciences to be chosen from the elective category ("G").
It is believed that this difference between UC and CSU admission patterns are confusing
to students and schools, and can result in students to be regularly admissible to the UC,
but not to CSU campuses (e.g., by completing AP Chemistry and Physics without also completing
a life science course with a laboratory component).
Approved Unanimously - November 9, 2006