Figure C-1. Bachelor's degrees awarded in S&E and non-S&E fields,
by sex: 1966–2005
NOTE: National data not available for 1999.
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, special tabulations of U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Completions Survey, 1966–2005.
Beginning in 2000, men and women earned roughly similar numbers of S&E bachelor’s degrees.
- Women earned half of S&E bachelor’s in 2005, up from 25% in 1966.
- The number of bachelor’s degrees in S&E awarded to men fluctuated around 200,000 from 1976 to about 2002 and increased since then, reaching 230,806 in 2005.
- Women earn substantially more bachelor’s degrees in non-S&E fields than men.
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For Additional Information:
- Table C-5. Bachelor's degrees, by field and sex: 1996–2005 Excel PDF
This figure will be updated as new data become available. This figure was last updated May 2008.