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Table E-42-2.  Number and percentage distribution of degrees overall and number and percentage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees conferred by postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by degree level, sex, and race/ethnicity: Academic year 2009-10

Sex and race/ethnicity Total number   Associate's          Bachelor's   Master's   Doctor's
  Number Percent of total   Number of STEM Percent STEM   Number Percent of total   Number of STEM Percent STEM   Number Percent of total   Number of STEM Percent STEM   Number Percent of total   Number of STEM Percent STEM
Total1 3,351,049   849,452 25   258,259 30   1,650,014 49   409,618 25   693,025 21   154,016 22   158,558 5   82,584 52
Sex                                                  
Male 1,381,351   322,916 23   88,232 27   706,633 51   197,423 28   275,197 20   70,557 26   76,605 6   39,925 52
Female 1,969,698   526,536 27   170,027 32   943,381 48   212,195 22   417,828 21   83,459 20   81,953 4   42,659 52
                                                   
Race/ethnicity                                                  
White 2,269,826   552,863 24   179,132 32   1,167,499 51   288,974 25   445,038 20   86,129 19   104,426 5   51,200 49
Black 365,624   113,905 31   34,107 30   164,844 45   33,986 21   76,458 21   11,693 15   10,417 3   4,053 39
Hispanic 304,147   112,211 37   25,756 23   140,316 46   27,791 20   43,535 14   7,304 17   8,085 3   3,412 42
Asian/Pacific Islander 220,770   44,021 20   13,355 30   117,422 53   42,429 36   42,702 19   13,874 32   16,625 8   11,247 68
American Indian/Alaska Native 27,648   10,337 37   2,739 26   12,399 45   2,845 23   3,960 14   753 19   952 3   397 42
                                                   
Race/ethnicity by sex                                                  
Male                                                  
White 950,697   216,072 23   60,251 28   513,717 54   141,227 27   170,203 18   33,999 20   50,705 5   23,839 47
Black 118,049   36,136 31   10,193 28   56,171 48   12,127 22   22,120 19   3,438 16   3,622 3   1,394 38
Hispanic 116,490   42,232 36   10,009 24   55,092 47   13,344 24   15,525 13   3,059 20   3,641 3   1,524 42
Asian/Pacific Islander 98,406   18,264 19   5,494 30   53,377 54   21,318 40   19,535 20   6,891 35   7,230 7   4,930 68
American Indian/Alaska Native 10,344   3,624 35   905 25   4,875 47   1,293 27   1,415 14   268 19   430 4   174 40
                                                   
Female                                                  
White 1,319,129   336,791 26   118,881 35   653,782 50   147,747 23   274,835 21   52,130 19   53,721 4   27,361 51
Black 247,575   77,769 31   23,914 31   108,673 44   21,859 20   54,338 22   8,255 15   6,795 3   2,659 39
Hispanic 187,657   69,979 37   15,747 23   85,224 45   14,447 17   28,010 15   4,245 15   4,444 2   1,888 42
Asian/Pacific Islander 122,364   25,757 21   7,861 31   64,045 52   21,111 33   23,167 19   6,983 30   9,395 8   6,317 67
American Indian/Alaska Native 17,304   6,713 39   1,834 27   7,524 43   1,552 21   2,545 15   485 19   522 3   223 43
1Includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately in the table.
NOTE: STEM degrees, as defined here, include mathematics; natural sciences (including physical sciences and biological/agricultural sciences); engineering/engineering technologies; health professions and related clinical sciences; and computer/information sciences. Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Reported racial/ethnic distributions of students by level of degree, field of degree, and sex were used to estimate race/ethnicity for students whose race/ethnicity was not reported. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2010, Completions component.
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