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Table SA-4c. Percentage of high school graduates, by selected mathematics and science courses in high school: Selected years, 1982–2004—Continued
Year Physics AP/honors
physics
Engineering Astronomy Geology/
earth science
Biology and
chemistry
Biology,
chemistry,
and physics

Minimum credit earned 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 2.0 3.0
1982 15.0 1.2 1.2 1.2 13.6 29.3 11.2
1987 20.0 1.8 2.6 1.0 13.4 41.4 16.6
1990 21.6 2.0 4.2 1.2 24.7 47.5 18.8
1994 24.5 2.7 4.5 1.7 22.9 53.7 21.4
1998 28.8 3.0 6.7 1.9 20.7 59.0 25.4
2000 31.4 3.9 3.9 2.8 17.4 59.4 25.1
2004 32.7 4.4 8.9 3.3 22.6 60.5 25.8

NOTE: These data only report the percentage of students who earned a minimum amount of credit in each course while in high school and do not include a count of those courses taken prior to entering high school. In 2004, approximately 95 percent of graduates had taken algebra I before or during high school.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. High School and Beyond Longitudinal Study of 1980 Sophomores, “First Follow-up” (HS&B-So:80/82); National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88/92), “Second Follow-up, High School Transcript Survey, 1992”; Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002/04), “High School Transcript Study”; and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1987, 1990, 1994, 1998, and 2000 High School Transcript Studies (HSTS).

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