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Table 359. Degrees in the physical sciences and science technologies conferred by degree-granting institutions, by level of degree and sex of student: Selected years, 1959-60 through 2010-11
Year Bachelor's degrees Master's degrees Doctor's degrees
Total Males Females Females as
a percent
of total
Total Males Females Total Males Females
Number Annual
percent
change
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1959-60 16,007 14,013 1,994 12.5 3,376 3,049 327 1,838 1,776 62
1967-68 19,380 16,739 2,641 13.6 5,499 4,869 630 3,593 3,405 188
1969-70 21,439 18,522 2,917 13.6 5,908 5,069 839 4,271 4,038 233
                       
1970-71 21,410 -0.1 18,457 2,953 13.8 6,336 5,495 841 4,324 4,082 242
1971-72 20,743 -3.1 17,661 3,082 14.9 6,268 5,390 878 4,075 3,805 270
1972-73 20,692 -0.2 17,622 3,070 14.8 6,230 5,388 842 3,961 3,698 263
1973-74 21,170 2.3 17,669 3,501 16.5 6,019 5,157 862 3,558 3,312 246
1974-75 20,770 -1.9 16,986 3,784 18.2 5,782 4,949 833 3,577 3,284 293
                       
1975-76 21,458 3.3 17,349 4,109 19.1 5,428 4,622 806 3,388 3,097 291
1976-77 22,482 4.8 17,985 4,497 20.0 5,281 4,411 870 3,295 2,981 314
1977-78 22,975 2.2 18,083 4,892 21.3 5,507 4,583 924 3,073 2,763 310
1978-79 23,197 1.0 17,976 5,221 22.5 5,418 4,438 980 3,061 2,717 344
1979-80 23,407 0.9 17,861 5,546 23.7 5,167 4,210 957 3,044 2,669 375
                       
1980-81 23,936 2.3 18,052 5,884 24.6 5,246 4,172 1,074 3,105 2,733 372
1981-82 24,045 0.5 17,861 6,184 25.7 5,446 4,274 1,172 3,246 2,804 442
1982-83 23,374 -2.8 16,988 6,386 27.3 5,250 4,131 1,119 3,214 2,767 447
1983-84 23,645 1.2 17,112 6,533 27.6 5,541 4,249 1,292 3,269 2,789 480
1984-85 23,694 0.2 17,065 6,629 28.0 5,752 4,425 1,327 3,349 2,808 541
                       
1985-86 21,711 -8.4 15,750 5,961 27.5 5,860 4,443 1,417 3,521 2,946 575
1986-87 20,060 -7.6 14,365 5,695 28.4 5,586 4,193 1,393 3,629 3,004 625
1987-88 17,797 -11.3 12,385 5,412 30.4 5,696 4,300 1,396 3,758 3,085 673
1988-89 17,179 -3.5 12,071 5,108 29.7 5,691 4,180 1,511 3,795 3,046 749
1989-90 16,056 -6.5 11,026 5,030 31.3 5,410 3,996 1,414 4,116 3,328 788
                       
1990-91 16,334 1.7 11,170 5,164 31.6 5,281 3,823 1,458 4,248 3,417 831
1991-92 16,970 3.9 11,443 5,527 32.6 5,397 3,935 1,462 4,378 3,433 945
1992-93 17,577 3.6 11,853 5,724 32.6 5,392 3,840 1,552 4,372 3,426 946
1993-94 18,474 5.1 12,271 6,203 33.6 5,718 4,069 1,649 4,652 3,657 995
1994-95 19,247 4.2 12,556 6,691 34.8 5,798 4,058 1,740 4,486 3,443 1,043
                       
1995-96 19,716 2.4 12,634 7,082 35.9 5,910 4,031 1,879 4,589 3,543 1,046
1996-97 19,594 -0.6 12,285 7,309 37.3 5,616 3,799 1,817 4,501 3,479 1,022
1997-98 19,454 -0.7 11,999 7,455 38.3 5,411 3,484 1,927 4,592 3,451 1,141
1998-99 18,448 -5.2 11,119 7,329 39.7 5,241 3,454 1,787 4,229 3,206 1,023
1999-2000 18,427 -0.1 11,019 7,408 40.2 4,888 3,167 1,721 4,017 3,002 1,015
                       
2000-01 18,025 -2.2 10,628 7,397 41.0 5,134 3,276 1,858 3,968 2,914 1,054
2001-02 17,890 -0.7 10,349 7,541 42.2 5,082 3,186 1,896 3,824 2,766 1,058
2002-03 18,038 0.8 10,625 7,413 41.1 5,196 3,284 1,912 3,939 2,854 1,085
2003-04 18,131 0.5 10,577 7,554 41.7 5,714 3,470 2,244 3,937 2,855 1,082
2004-05 19,104 5.4 11,065 8,039 42.1 5,823 3,569 2,254 4,248 3,071 1,177
                       
2005-06 20,522 7.4 11,978 8,544 41.6 6,063 3,666 2,397 4,642 3,258 1,384
2006-07 21,291 3.7 12,604 8,687 40.8 6,012 3,675 2,337 5,041 3,454 1,587
2007-08 22,179 4.2 13,143 9,036 40.7 6,061 3,762 2,299 4,994 3,513 1,481
2008-09 22,688 2.3 13,463 9,225 40.7 5,862 3,576 2,286 5,237 3,554 1,683
2009-10 23,379 3.0 13,862 9,517 40.7 6,063 3,652 2,411 5,063 3,404 1,659
2010-11 24,712 5.7 14,782 9,930 40.2 6,386 3,907 2,479 5,295 3,608 1,687
                       
Percent change                      
2000-01 to 2005-06 13.9 12.7 15.5 18.1 11.9 29.0 17.0 11.8 31.3
2005-06 to 2010-11 20.4 23.4 16.2 5.3 6.6 3.4 14.1 10.7 21.9
†Not applicable.
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Physical sciences focus on the study of inanimate objects, processes of matter and energy, and associated phenomena. Examples of physical sciences include astronomy, chemistry (except biochemistry), geology, and physics (except biophysics).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Earned Degrees Conferred, 1959-60; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, 1967-68 through 1985-86; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:87-99); and IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2011, Completions component. (This table was prepared July 2012.)
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