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Table 1. State coursework requirements for high school graduation in Carnegie units: 2005
State All
courses
English/
language
arts
Social
studies
Math-
ematics
Science Health/
physical
education
 
Arts/
vocation
Foreign
language

Alabama 24 4 4 4 4 1.5 0.5 0
Alaska 21 4 3 2 2 1 0 0
Arizona 20 4 2.5 2 2 0 1 0
Arkansas 21 4 3 3 3 1 0.5 0
California 13 3 3 2 2 2 1 12
Colorado (1)
Connecticut 20 4 3 3 2 1 1 0
Delaware 22 4 3 3 3 1.5 0 0
District of Columbia 23.5 4 3.5 3 3 1.5 1 2
Florida 24 4 3 3 3 1 1 0
Georgia 22 4 3 4 3 1 0 2
Hawaii 22 4 4 3 3 1.5 0 0
Idaho 21 4.5 2.5 2 2 0.5 1 12
Illinois 16 3 2 2 1 0.5 1 12
Indiana 20 4 2 2 2 1 0 0
Iowa (1) 1.5
Kansas 21 4 3 2 2 1 0 0
Kentucky 22 4 3 3 3 1 1 0
Louisiana 23 4 3 3 3 2 0 0
Maine 16 4 2 2 2 1.5 1 0
Maryland 21 4 3 3 3 1 1 2
Massachusetts (1)
Michigan (1) 0.5
Minnesota 21.53 0 0
Mississippi 20 4 3 3 3 0.5 1 0
Missouri 22 3 2 2 2 1 1 0
Montana 20 4 2 2 2 1 1 0
Nebraska (1)
Nevada 22.5 4 2 3 2 2.5 1 0
New Hampshire 19.75 4 2.5 2 2 1.25 0.5 0
New Jersey 22 4 3 3 3 3 2 0
New Mexico 23 4 3 3 2 1 0 0
New York 22 4 4 3 3 2.5 1 1
North Carolina 20 4 3 4 3 1 0 2
North Dakota 21
Ohio 20 4 3 3 3 1 0 0
Oklahoma 23 4 3 3 3 0 2 0
Oregon 22 3 3 2 2 2 1 1
Pennsylvania4
Rhode Island 18 4 2 3 2 1.5 0.5 2
South Carolina 24 4 3 4 3 1 0 1
South Dakota 22 4 3 2 2 0 1 0
Tennessee 20 4 3 3 3 1 1 2
Texas 24 4 4 3 3 2 1 2
Utah 15 3 2.5 2 2 2 1.5 0
Vermont 20 4 3 3 3 1.5 1 0
Virginia 22 4 3 3 3 2 1 0
Washington 19 3 2.5 2 2 2 0 0
West Virginia 24 4 3 3 3 2 1 0
Wisconsin 21.5 4 3 2 2 2 0 0
Wyoming 13 4 3 3 3 0 0 0

† Not applicable.

1Graduation requirements are determined locally.

21.0 credit required in Foreign language or Arts, not both.

3Effective class of 2008.

4State minimum credit requirements have been phased out in Pennsylvania. Each school district (including charter schools) shall specify requirements for graduation in a strategic plan requiring state approval. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics on either state or local assessments aligned with state guidelines.

NOTE: Local school districts frequently have other graduation requirements in addition to state requirements. English/language arts can include English, reading, literature, creative writing, etc. Mathematics can include basic math, algebra I and II, geometry, precalculus, calculus, statistics, etc. Social studies can include world history, U.S. history, geography, economics, government, etc. Science can include biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, earth science, etc. Arts/vocation can include fine arts, practical arts, vocational, or career preparatory credits. Technology can include computer literacy, computer technology, technology competency, etc. The Carnegie unit is a standard of measurement that represents 1.0 credit for the completion of a 1-year course.

SOURCE: Education Commission of the States (ECS). (2006). Standard High School Graduation Requirements (50-state).

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