Figure C-2. Minority share of S&E and non-S&E bachelor's degrees: 1989–2006
Figure Updated: December 2008
NOTES: Underrepresented minority refers to blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives. Race/ethnicity breakouts are for U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. 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, 1989–2006.
Minorities earned an increasing share of S&E and non-S&E bachelor's degrees from 1989 to 2006.
- Underrepresented minorities (blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives as a group) earned 17% of both S&E and non-S&E bachelor's degrees in 2006, up from 10% in 1989.
- Asians/Pacific Islanders earned 9% of S&E bachelor's degrees and 7% of non-S&E bachelor's degrees in 2006, up from 6% and 4%, respectively, in 1989.