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    South Carolina Diploma Requirements

    South Carolina High School Diploma

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Subject Area

    Credits Required

    English/Language Arts

     

    4

    Mathematics

     

    4

    Natural Science

     

    3*

    U.S. History

     

    1

    Economics

     

    1/2

    U.S. Government

     

    1/2

    Other Social Studies Elective

     

    1

    Physical Education or JROTC

     

    1

    Computer Science

     

    1

    World (Foreign) Language or

    Career & Technology Education Elective

    1*

    Electives

     

    7*

    Total

     

    24

    *NOTE: Additional requirements may apply in Natural Science, Foreign Language, and Fine Arts for students planning to attend a four year college; see chart below.

    High School Course Requirements for Applicants to South Carolina 4-Year Public Colleges and Universities

    Course (s)

    Units

    Requirements for Admission

    English

    4

    At least two having strong grammar and composition components, at least 1 in English literature and 1 in American literature.  Completion of College Prep English I, II, III, and IV will meet this requirement.

    Mathematics

    4

    At least Algebra I, II and Geometry; fourth higher-level math course should be selected from among Algebra III/trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, discrete math, or a capstone math course and should be taken during the senior year.

    Laboratory Science

    3

    Laboratory sciences must be chosen from at least two of these sciences: biology, chemistry, or physics. Courses in earth science, general physical science, or intro or general environmental science for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite will NOT meet this requirement. Strongly recommended that students take physical science (taught as a lab science) as a prerequisite to the three required units of lab science outlined in this section.  Strongly recommended that students desiring to pursue careers in science, math, engineering or technology take one course in all three fields.

    U. S. History

    1

    Dual credit US History courses must include all time periods covered by the state standards for US History.

    Economics

    1/2

     

    Government

    1/2

     

    Additional Social Studies

    1

    Global Studies I, Global Studies II, Psychology, Sociology, and Law Education are considered social studies credits. Students should check with their school counselor before considering other courses to meet this requirement.

    World (Foreign) Language

    2

    Two units of the same foreign language.

    Fine Arts

    1

    One unit in Appreciation of, History of, or Performance in one of the fine arts.

    Physical Education or JROTC

    1

     

    Electives

    1

    One Unit must be taken as an elective. A college prep course in Computer Science (one involving significant programming content, not simply keyboarding) is strongly recommended for this elective. Other acceptable electives include college prep courses in English; fine arts; foreign language; social science; humanities; lab sciences (excluding earth science, general physical science, general environmental science, or the introductory science courses for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite); or mathematics above the level of Algebra II.

    Total

    19

    For Additional Information: www.che.sc.gov

    *       Beginning 2011–2012, students are required to enroll in Biology I, in which an end-of course examination is administered.

    **     The student must demonstrate computer literacy before graduation.

    Other Questions? Please contact your School Counselor