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Table 412. Percent of bachelor's degrees awarded in science, by field and country: Selected years, 1985 to 2002

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Country            |         All science     |      Natural sciences\2|   Mathematics and compu|            Engineering
                   |          degrees\1\     |                        |                        |
                   |_________________________|________________________|________________________|_________________________
                   |1985|1990|1995|2000| 2002|1985|1990|1995|2000|2002|1985|1990|1995|2000|2002|1985|1990|1995|2000| 2002
___________________|____|____|____|____|_____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|_____
1                  |  2 |  3 |  4 |   5|    6|   7|   8|   9|  10|  11|  12|  13|  14|  15|  16|  17|  18|  19|  20|   21
___________________|____|____|____|____|_____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|_____
Australia .........|--- |--- |19.3|21.1| 23.1|--- |--- | 9.9| 7.6| 6.2|--- |--- | 3.8| 5.1| 8.5|--- |--- | 5.6| 8.5|  8.5
Austria ...........|16.8|19.6|21.1|25.7| 26.5| 5.0| 5.3| 6.0| 5.0| 5.0| 4.1| 5.2| 5.3| 3.4| 3.3| 7.7| 9.0| 9.9|17.3| 18.3
Belgium\4\ ........|--- |--- |--- |--- | 24.3| 4.6|--- |--- |--- | 6.2| 1.7|--- |--- |--- | 3.1|--- |--- |--- |--- | 15.0
Canada ............|17.1|16.4|16.7|20.0| --- | 4.9| 6.0| 6.5| 8.1|--- | 4.5| 4.2| 3.8| 4.3|--- | 7.7| 6.2| 6.4| 7.6| ---
Czech Republic ....|--- |--- |--- |29.5| 30.2|--- |--- |--- | 4.2| 4.4|--- |--- |--- | 8.4| 9.9|--- |--- |--- |16.9| 15.9
                   |    |    |    |    |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
Denmark ...........|--- |--- |--- |10.5| 10.6| 6.3| 4.4| 2.5| 6.8| 2.6|--- |--- |--- | 3.1| 0.9|16.2|21.7|17.0| 0.6|  7.0
Finland ...........|39.3|33.5|37.2|32.2| 29.1| 7.7| 4.1| 4.0| 3.9| 2.9| 6.3| 5.9| 6.9| 3.3| 4.1|25.3|23.4|26.3|24.9| 22.1
France ............|--- |--- |--- |30.1| 27.1|--- |--- |--- |12.2| 9.0|--- |--- |--- | 5.5| 4.8|--- |--- |--- |12.5| 13.3
Germany\5\ ........|23.8|31.3|31.6|31.7| 30.2| 5.0| 7.2| 6.7| 6.4| 6.4| 2.3| 3.5| 5.2| 4.9| 5.2|16.5|20.5|19.7|20.3| 18.6
Hungary ...........|--- |--- |--- |12.6| 11.9|--- |--- |--- | 1.1| 1.2|--- |--- |--- | 1.2| 1.4|--- |--- |--- |10.4|  9.4
                   |    |    |    |    |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
Iceland ...........|--- |--- |--- |16.5| 17.2|--- |--- |--- | 6.0| 5.5|--- |--- |--- | 4.0| 7.0|--- |--- |--- | 6.5|  4.7
Ireland ...........|28.8|34.1|32.3|29.3| 28.2|12.8|14.1|16.9|11.5|10.1| 4.0| 6.3| 4.7| 7.2| 9.3|12.0|13.7|10.7|10.6|  8.8
Italy .............|19.5|19.7|19.5|27.5| 25.8| 8.1| 7.6| 6.8| 5.9| 5.6| 3.1| 3.9| 3.8| 3.2| 2.6| 8.3| 8.3| 8.9|18.4| 17.6
Japan .............|22.7|23.5|22.8|18.9| 18.6| 2.4| 2.4| 3.4|--- |--- |--- |--- |--- |--- |--- |20.3|21.0|19.3|18.9| 18.6
Korea, Republic of |--- |--- |--- |36.9| 37.3|--- |--- |--- | 6.3| 5.3|--- |--- |--- | 4.3| 5.6|--- |--- |--- |26.3| 26.5
                   |    |    |    |    |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
Mexico ............|--- |--- |--- |23.0| 23.6|--- |--- |--- | 2.2| 2.4|--- |--- |--- | 6.7| 7.3|--- |--- |--- |14.1| 13.9
Netherlands .......|21.8|21.1|--- |16.2| 16.4| 8.5| 7.1|--- | 3.2| 2.9| 1.2| 1.6| 1.6| 1.9| 2.3|12.1|12.4|--- |11.1| 11.1
New Zealand .......|20.5|19.5|--- |17.8| 20.7|11.7| 8.2|--- |11.2| 6.3| 5.5| 5.5|--- | 1.9| 8.1| 3.3| 5.8| 3.2| 4.7|  6.4
Norway ............|--- |12.9|16.8|11.6| 14.5| 2.5| 2.1| 3.1| 0.7| 0.6| 1.8| 0.6| 0.5| 3.4| 5.5|--- |10.2|13.2| 7.5|  8.5
Poland ............|--- |--- |--- |16.7| 16.3|--- |--- |--- | 2.7| 2.9|--- |--- |--- | 2.0| 2.4|--- |--- |--- |12.0| 11.0
                   |    |    |    |    |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
Portugal ..........|--- |--- |15.0|17.5| --- | 6.5| 6.7| 2.2| 1.7|--- |--- |--- | 2.8| 3.6|--- |--- |10.5| 9.9|12.2| ---
Spain .............|13.9|15.0|18.2|22.7| 23.8| 5.5| 5.7| 4.3| 5.3| 4.9| 1.3| 2.6| 4.5| 4.3| 4.4| 7.0| 6.7| 9.4|13.1| 14.5
Sweden ............|15.4|24.0|26.4|27.7| 30.3| 2.6| 4.1| 3.9| 3.7| 3.9| 1.6| 4.7| 5.5| 3.7| 4.5|11.3|15.2|17.0|20.3| 22.0
Switzerland .......|20.2|23.0|22.3|25.1| 25.7|10.3|11.2|10.4| 6.0| 6.1| 2.1| 3.7| 3.7| 1.8| 3.6| 7.9| 8.1| 8.3|17.3| 16.0
Turkey ............|23.0|20.6|20.9|24.1| 22.1| 3.6| 4.6| 5.1| 7.4| 6.8| 1.6| 2.1| 2.7| 3.6| 3.8|17.8|13.8|13.1|13.1| 11.5
                   |    |    |    |    |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
United Kingdom ....|--- |--- |--- |28.5| 31.4|--- |--- |--- |12.5|13.1|--- |--- |--- | 5.8| 7.5|--- |--- |--- |10.2| 10.9
United States .....|21.7|16.9|--- |17.1| 17.1| 6.3| 5.1|--- | 6.6| 6.0| 5.5| 4.0| 3.3| 3.9| 4.6| 9.8| 7.8| 6.7| 6.6|  6.4
___________________|____|____|____|____|_____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|_____

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\1\Includes life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics/statistics, computer science, and engineering.
\2\Includes life sciences and physical sciences.
\3\Includes mathematics/statistics and computer science.
\4\Data for Flemish Belgium only.
\5\Data for 1985 are for the former West Germany.

NOTE: Data in this table refer to degrees classified by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), level 5A, first award. This level corresponds to the bachelor's degree in the United States.

SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education Database. Retrieved May 18, 2005, from http://stats.oecd.org/WBOS/Default.aspx (This table was prepared May 2005.)