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Table 2.13. State course credit requirements for high school graduation, by state: 2008
 
State Math Science English Social studies Arts Total credits
United States
             
Alabama 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.5 24.0
Alaska 2.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 21.0
Arizona 3.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 20.0
Arkansas 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 0.5 22.0
California 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 13.0
             
Colorado LD LD LD LD LD LD
Connecticut 3.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 20.0
Delaware 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 22.0
District of Columbia 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 1.0 24.0
Florida1 3.0 or 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 2.0 24.0 or 18.0
             
Georgia 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 23.0
Hawaii 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 22.0
Idaho2 4.0 4.0 9.0 5.0 2.0 42.0
Illinois 3.0 1.0 3.0 2.0 18.0
Indiana2 6.0 6.0 8.0 6.0 40.0
             
Iowa LD LD LD 1.5 LD 1.5 and LD
Kansas 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 21.0
Kentucky 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 22.0
Louisiana 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 23.0
Maine 2.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 1.0 16.0
             
Maryland 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 21.0
Massachusetts LD LD LD LD LD
Michigan 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 LD
Minnesota 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.5 1.0/LD 21.5
Mississippi 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 20.0
             
Missouri3 2.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 1.0 22.0
Montana 2.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 1.0 20.0
Nebraska LD LD LD LD LD LD
Nevada 3.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 1.0 22.5
New Hampshire 3.0 2.0 4.0 2.5 0.5 20.0
             
New Jersey 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 22.0
New Mexico 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 24.0
New York 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 1.0 22.0
North Carolina 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 LD 20.0
North Dakota LD LD LD LD LD
             
Ohio 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 LD 20.0
Oklahoma 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 23.0
Oregon 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 22.0
Pennsylvania3 LD LD LD LD LD LD
Rhode Island 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 20.0
             
South Carolina 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 24.0
South Dakota 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 22.0
Tennessee 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 20.0
Texas 3.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 1.0 24.0
Utah 2.0 2.0 3.0 2.5 4.5 24.0
             
Vermont3 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 20.0
Virginia 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 22.0
Washington 3.0 2.0 3.0 2.5 1.0 20.0
West Virginia 4.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 24.0
Wisconsin 2.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 21.5 and LD
Wyoming 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 LD 22.0
—Not available.
† Not applicable.
1 Florida offers three programs: 4-year, 24-credit; 3-year, 18-credit college prep; or 3-year, 18-credit career prep.
2 Credits in Idaho and Indiana refer to semester credits rather than Carnegie credits.
3 Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Vermont did not participate in the 2008 online survey; data are from 2006.
NOTE: LD=Local decision. Credits are measured in Carnegie credits. A single Carnegie credit is assigned to an academic course consisting of two semesters.
SOURCE: Key State Education Policies on PK-12 Education: 2008, Council of Chief State School Officers, (2009). Data Source

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