Figure C-1. Bachelor's degrees awarded in S&E and non-S&E fields, by sex: 1966–2007
Figure Updated: November 2009
NOTES: Data not available for 1999. Data based on degree-granting institutions eligible to participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs and do not match previously published data based on accredited higher education institutions.
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, 1966–2007.
Women have earned approximately half of S&E bachelor’s degrees since 2000.
- The numbers of bachelor's degrees earned by women in both S&E and non-S&E fields have increased since 1966, reaching approximately 244,000 and 642,000, respectively, in 2007.
- The numbers of bachelor's degrees earned by men in S&E fields remained fairly flat for much of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s before rising through 2007.