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Table 329. Degrees in chemistry, geology and earth science, and physics conferred by degree-granting institutions, by level of degree: 1970-71 through 2009-10
Year Chemistry Geology and earth science1 Physics2
Bachelor's Master's Doctor's Bachelor's Master's Doctor's Bachelor's Master's Doctor's
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1970-71 11,061 2,244 2,093 3,312 1,074 408 5,071 2,188 1,482
1971-72 10,588 2,229 1,943 3,766 1,233 433 4,634 2,033 1,344
1972-73 10,124 2,198 1,827 4,117 1,296 430 4,259 1,747 1,338
1973-74 10,430 2,082 1,755 4,526 1,479 416 3,952 1,655 1,115
1974-75 10,541 1,961 1,773 4,566 1,320 433 3,706 1,574 1,080
                   
1975-76 11,015 1,745 1,578 4,677 1,384 445 3,544 1,451 997
1976-77 11,200 1,717 1,522 5,280 1,446 480 3,420 1,319 945
1977-78 11,304 1,832 1,461 5,648 1,633 419 3,330 1,294 873
1978-79 11,499 1,724 1,475 5,753 1,596 414 3,337 1,319 918
1979-80 11,229 1,671 1,500 5,785 1,623 440 3,396 1,192 830
                   
1980-81 11,331 1,616 1,586 6,332 1,702 404 3,441 1,294 866
1981-82 11,058 1,683 1,682 6,650 1,848 452 3,472 1,284 873
1982-83 10,789 1,582 1,691 6,981 1,784 406 3,793 1,369 873
1983-84 10,698 1,632 1,707 7,524 1,747 408 3,907 1,532 953
1984-85 10,472 1,675 1,735 7,194 1,927 401 4,097 1,523 951
                   
1985-86 10,110 1,712 1,878 5,760 2,036 395 4,180 1,501 1,010
1986-87 9,660 1,695 1,932 3,943 1,835 399 4,318 1,543 1,074
1987-88 9,043 1,671 1,944 3,204 1,722 462 4,100 1,675 1,093
1988-89 8,618 1,742 1,974 2,847 1,609 492 4,352 1,736 1,112
1989-90 8,122 1,643 2,135 2,372 1,399 562 4,155 1,831 1,192
                   
1990-91 8,311 1,637 2,196 2,367 1,336 600 4,236 1,725 1,209
1991-92 8,629 1,746 2,233 2,784 1,245 549 4,098 1,834 1,337
1992-93 8,903 1,822 2,216 3,123 1,195 626 4,063 1,777 1,277
1993-94 9,417 1,968 2,298 3,456 1,221 577 4,001 1,945 1,465
1994-95 9,706 2,062 2,211 4,032 1,280 539 3,823 1,817 1,424
                   
1995-96 10,395 2,214 2,228 4,019 1,288 555 3,679 1,678 1,462
1996-97 10,609 2,203 2,202 4,023 1,258 564 3,376 1,496 1,410
1997-98 10,528 2,108 2,291 3,866 1,227 588 3,441 1,371 1,393
1998-99 10,109 2,019 2,175 3,570 1,196 533 3,200 1,326 1,257
1999-2000 9,989 1,857 2,028 3,516 1,186 492 3,342 1,232 1,208
                   
2000-01 9,466 1,952 2,056 3,495 1,220 472 3,418 1,365 1,169
2001-02 9,084 1,823 1,984 3,449 1,263 494 3,627 1,344 1,096
2002-03 9,013 1,777 2,092 3,381 1,323 466 3,900 1,438 1,089
2003-04 9,016 2,009 2,033 3,312 1,389 463 4,118 1,625 1,119
2004-05 9,664 1,879 2,148 3,276 1,420 476 4,182 1,785 1,254
                   
2005-06 10,606 2,044 2,403 3,322 1,476 505 4,541 1,846 1,341
2006-07 10,994 2,097 2,514 3,319 1,437 640 4,843 1,777 1,442
2007-08 11,568 2,194 2,410 3,561 1,350 577 4,862 1,791 1,507
2008-09 11,851 2,085 2,556 3,809 1,352 614 4,822 1,653 1,580
2009-10 12,107 2,122 2,469 4,093 1,446 613 4,982 1,792 1,570
                   
Percent change                  
1999-2000 to
     2004-05
-3.3 1.2 5.9 -6.8 19.7 -3.3 25.1 44.9 3.8
2004-05 to
     2009-10
25.3 12.9 14.9 24.9 1.8 28.8 19.1 0.4 25.2
1 Includes geology/earth science, general; geochemistry; geophysics; paleontology; hydrology; oceanography; and geological and earth sciences, other.
2 Includes physics, general; atomic/molecular physics; elementary particle physics; nuclear physics; optics; acoustics; theoretical physics; and physics, other.
NOTE: Data through 1994-95 are for institutions of higher education, while later data are for degree-granting institutions. Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. The degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, but it includes more 2-year colleges and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not grant degrees. (See Appendix A: Guide to Sources for details.) Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
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; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:87-99); and IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2010, Completions component. (This table was prepared February 2012.)
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