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Table 249. Bachelor's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by discipline division: Selected years, 1970-71 through 2003-04
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Discipline division                               |   1970-71|   1975-76|  1980-81|   1985-86|   1990-91|   1993-94|   1994-95|   1995-96|   1996-97|   1997-98|  1998-99\1\| 1999-2000|   2000-01|   2001-02|   2002-03|  2003-04
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1                                                 |         2|         3|        4|         5|         6|         7|         8|         9|        10|        11|          12|        13|        14|        15|        16|       17
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   Total .........................................|   839,730|   925,746|  935,140|   987,823| 1,094,538| 1,169,275| 1,160,134| 1,164,792| 1,172,879| 1,184,406|   1,200,303| 1,237,875| 1,244,171| 1,291,900| 1,348,503| 1,399,542
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Agriculture and natural resources ................|    12,672|    19,402|   21,886|    16,823|    13,124|    18,056|    19,832|    21,425|    22,597|    23,276|      23,916|    24,238|    23,370|    23,331|    23,294|    22,835
Architecture and related services ................|     5,570|     9,146|    9,455|     9,119|     9,781|     8,975|     8,756|     8,352|     7,944|     7,652|       8,246|     8,462|     8,480|     8,808|     9,054|     8,838
Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies .......|     2,579|     3,577|    2,887|     3,021|     4,776|     5,435|     5,511|     5,633|     5,692|     5,976|       6,009|     6,212|     6,160|     6,390|     6,629|     7,181
Biological and biomedical sciences ...............|    35,683|    54,085|   43,003|    38,320|    39,377|    51,157|    55,790|    60,750|    63,679|    65,583|      64,608|    63,005|    59,865|    59,415|    60,072|    61,509
Business .........................................|   115,396|   143,171|  200,521|   236,700|   249,165|   246,265|   233,895|   226,623|   225,934|   232,079|     240,947|   256,070|   263,515|   278,217|   293,545|   307,149
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Communication, journalism, and related programs ..|    10,324|    20,045|   29,428|    41,666|    51,650|    51,164|    48,104|    47,320|    47,230|    49,385|      51,384|    55,760|    58,013|    62,791|    67,859|    70,968
Communications technologies ......................|       478|     1,237|    1,854|     1,479|     1,397|       869|       865|       853|       664|       878|       1,076|     1,298|     1,178|     1,245|     1,933|     2,034
Computer and information sciences ................|     2,388|     5,652|   15,121|    42,337|    25,159|    24,527|    24,737|    24,506|    25,422|    27,829|      30,574|    37,788|    44,142|    50,365|    57,439|    59,488
Education ........................................|   176,307|   154,437|  108,074|    87,147|   110,807|   107,440|   105,929|   105,384|   105,116|   105,833|     107,086|   108,034|   105,458|   106,295|   105,790|   106,278
Engineering ......................................|    45,034|    38,733|   63,642|    77,391|    62,448|    62,247|    62,331|    62,257|    61,418|    60,252|      58,260|    58,822|    58,315|    59,627|    62,611|    63,558
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Engineering technologies .........................|     5,148|     7,943|   11,713|    19,731|    17,303|    16,415|    16,238|    15,829|    14,339|    14,397|      14,405|    14,597|    14,660|    15,052|    14,656|    14,669
English language and literature/letters ..........|    63,914|    41,452|   31,922|    34,083|    51,064|    53,150|    51,170|    49,928|    48,641|    49,016|      49,800|    50,106|    50,569|    52,375|    53,670|    53,984
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences ......|    11,167|    17,409|   18,370|    13,847|    13,920|    14,432|    14,081|    14,353|    14,886|    15,654|      16,059|    16,321|    16,421|    16,938|    18,166|    19,172
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics ..|    20,988|    17,068|   11,638|    11,550|    13,937|    15,242|    14,558|    14,832|    14,487|    15,279|      15,821|    15,886|    16,128|    16,258|    16,901|    17,754
Health professions and related clinical sciences .|    25,223|    53,885|   63,665|    65,309|    59,875|    75,890|    81,596|    86,087|    87,997|    86,843|      85,214|    80,863|    75,933|    72,887|    71,223|    73,934
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Legal professions and studies ....................|       545|       531|      776|     1,223|     1,827|     2,233|     2,127|     2,123|     2,083|     2,079|       1,960|     1,969|     1,991|     2,003|     2,466|     2,841
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,       |          |          |         |          |          |          |          |          |          |          |            |          |          |          |          |
   and humanities ................................|     7,481|    18,855|   21,643|    21,336|    30,526|    33,397|    33,356|    33,997|    34,776|    33,202|      34,772|    36,104|    37,962|    39,333|    40,221|    42,106
Library science ..................................|     1,013|       843|      375|       155|        90|        62|        50|        58|        48|        73|          78|       154|        52|        74|        99|        72
Mathematics and statistics .......................|    24,801|    15,984|   11,078|    16,122|    14,393|    14,171|    13,494|    12,713|    12,401|    11,795|      11,966|    11,418|    11,171|    11,950|    12,493|    13,327
Military technologies ............................|       357|       952|       42|       255|       183|        19|        27|         7|         4|         3|           2|         7|        21|         3|         6|        10
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Multi/interdisciplinary studies ..................|     6,346|    13,778|   13,061|    13,829|    17,879|    25,652|    26,598|    27,149|    26,887|    26,960|      27,545|    28,561|    27,189|    28,943|    28,757|    29,162
Parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies ...|     1,621|     5,182|    5,729|     4,623|     4,315|    10,821|    12,037|    12,974|    14,246|    15,422|      16,532|    17,571|    17,948|    18,885|    21,428|    22,164
Philosophy and religious studies .................|     8,149|     8,447|    6,776|     6,396|     7,423|     7,684|     7,471|     7,541|     7,832|     8,384|       8,506|     8,535|     8,717|     9,473|    10,344|    11,152
Physical sciences and science technologies .......|    21,410|    21,458|   23,936|    21,711|    16,334|    18,392|    19,161|    19,627|    19,496|    19,362|      18,285|    18,331|    17,919|    17,799|    17,940|    17,983
Precision production .............................|         0|         0|        0|         2|         2|         2|         1|        12|        19|        52|          43|        33|        31|        47|        42|        61
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Psychology .......................................|    38,187|    50,278|   41,068|    40,628|    58,655|    69,419|    72,233|    73,416|    74,308|    74,107|      73,636|    74,194|    73,645|    76,775|    78,613|    82,098
Public administration and social services ........|     5,466|    15,440|   16,707|    11,887|    14,350|    17,815|    18,586|    19,849|    20,649|    20,408|      20,287|    20,185|    19,447|    19,392|    19,878|    20,552
Security and protective services .................|     2,045|    12,507|   13,707|    12,704|    16,806|    23,009|    24,157|    24,810|    25,165|    25,076|      24,601|    24,877|    25,211|    25,536|    26,189|    28,175
Social sciences and history ......................|   155,324|   126,396|  100,513|    93,840|   125,107|   133,680|   128,154|   126,479|   124,891|   125,040|     124,658|   127,101|   128,036|   132,874|   143,218|   150,357
Theology and religious vocations .................|     3,720|     5,490|    5,808|     5,510|     4,799|     5,377|     5,555|     5,292|     5,542|     5,855|       6,235|     6,789|     6,945|     7,762|     7,926|     8,126
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Transportation and materials moving ..............|         0|       225|      263|     1,838|     2,622|     3,923|     3,698|     3,561|     3,547|     3,206|       3,383|     3,395|     3,748|     4,020|     4,567|     4,824
Visual and performing arts .......................|    30,394|    42,138|   40,479|    37,241|    42,186|    49,053|    48,690|    49,296|    50,083|    52,077|      54,404|    58,791|    61,148|    66,773|    71,474|    77,181
Not classified by field of study .................|         0|         0|        0|         0|    13,258|     3,302|     1,346|     1,756|     4,856|     1,373|           5|     2,398|       783|       264|         0|         0
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\1\Data were imputed using alternative procedures. (See Guide to Sources for details.)
NOTE: The new Classification of Instructional Programs was initiated in 2002-03. The figures for earlier years have been reclassified when necessary to make them conform to the new taxonomy. To facilitate trend comparisons, certain aggregations have been made of the degree fields as reported in the IPEDS "Completions Survey:" "Agriculture and natural resources" includes Agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences and Natural resources and conservation; "Business" includes Business, management, marketing, and related support services and Personal and culinary services; and "Engineering technologies" includes Engineering technologies/technicians, Construction trades, and Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, 1970-71 through 1985-86; and 1990-91 through 2003-04 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:91-99), and Fall 2000 through Fall 2004. (This table was prepared July 2005.)

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