Figure C-1. Bachelor's degrees awarded in S&E and non-S&E fields, by sex: 1966–2006
Figure Updated: December 2008
NOTE: 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, 1966–2006.
Women and men have earned approximately the same number of S&E bachelor's degrees since 2000.
- The number of S&E bachelor's degrees earned by women has increased almost every year since 1966, reaching 239,273 in 2006.
- The number of bachelor's degrees in S&E earned by men fluctuated around 200,000 from 1976 to about 2002 and increased since then, reaching 234,260 in 2005.
- The number of non-S&E bachelor's degrees awarded to women is substantially higher than those awarded to men and is substantially higher than the number of S&E bachelor's degrees to either men or women.