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Table 314. Mean number of semester credits completed by bachelor's degree recipients, by course area and major: 1976, 1984, and 1992-93
Selected college major Course areas
Total Business Computer science Education Engineering Mathematics Biological sciences Physical sciences Social sciences and psychology Other
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1972 high school seniors who
  completed bachelor's degrees by 1976
                   
                     
Mean, all majors 124.0 7.8 1.0 9.7 2.3 7.4 7.6 9.0 30.3 48.8
Business and management 124.4 41.2 2.3 0.5 0.4 10.2 2.5 4.8 30.4 32.0
Computer science 133.3 6.6 33.5 0.4 5.3 22.4 1.9 7.8 20.6 34.8
Education 126.4 0.9 0.3 40.2 5.0 5.5 4.3 23.9 46.4
Engineering 134.8 1.6 2.0 0.1 50.0 18.2 1.3 20.5 14.0 27.1
English 117.8 0.5 0.1 7.8 0.1 3.2 3.4 3.4 24.2 75.2
Fine arts 124.9 0.3 0.1 6.6 1.3 2.5 2.1 13.6 98.4
Life sciences 122.2 0.4 0.8 1.7 8.4 35.6 26.2 17.8 31.3
Physical sciences 122.7 0.8 1.4 0.9 1.9 16.2 9.6 49.5 13.1 29.2
Psychology 119.1 2.0 0.5 5.9 0.3 5.5 6.2 5.9 56.0 36.9
Social sciences 120.6 3.4 0.4 3.3 0.4 5.3 3.2 4.3 60.3 40.1
1980 high school seniors who
  completed bachelor's degrees by 1984
                   
                     
Mean, all majors 123.5 12.8 3.3 6.2 4.6 8.4 5.3 8.1 27.5 47.2
Business and management 122.8 41.2 4.5 0.6 1.1 8.9 2.2 3.9 27.5 32.7
Computer science 129.3 11.8 27.9 0.3 4.7 21.3 1.8 8.5 19.0 33.9
Education 127.4 0.7 0.3 45.5 0.1 4.4 4.4 3.8 20.8 47.3
Engineering 132.3 1.0 2.3 0.8 52.5 16.2 1.1 20.2 12.3 25.9
English 114.8 1.7 1.5 6.9 2.2 2.1 4.7 21.4 74.4
Fine arts 120.5 1.7 0.6 5.1 1.7 2.7 1.5 14.1 93.1
Life sciences 121.9 0.7 1.5 1.9 0.2 10.1 33.5 22.6 18.1 33.3
Physical sciences 124.3 0.2 4.9 0.1 2.0 14.1 12.9 48.7 11.6 30.0
Psychology 120.7 3.0 2.7 2.1 6.5 5.8 4.2 55.2 41.2
Social sciences 119.2 6.0 1.4 1.0 0.5 5.4 4.4 5.1 52.0 43.3
1988–89 high school graduates who
  completed bachelor's degrees by 1992–93
                   
                     
Mean, all majors 126.5 12.8 3.0 5.7 3.2 7.3 6.0 7.6 29.5 51.7
Business and management 123.9 44.4 3.9 0.9 0.1 7.6 2.6 3.3 23.1 37.9
Computer science 127.6 15.7 34.3 0.4 2.4 15.7 1.7 6.4 17.6 33.5
Education 126.8 1.6 1.5 32.6 5.9 4.7 4.4 24.5 51.6
Engineering 136.9 1.4 7.0 0.6 57.9 16.7 1.4 19.0 12.2 20.8
English 127.5 1.8 1.0 3.0 0.1 4.0 3.5 3.8 22.7 87.5
Fine arts 129.6 1.8 1.3 2.2 0.8 3.1 2.4 2.6 19.8 95.7
Life sciences 128.9 1.1 1.4 2.1 1.0 8.0 33.8 23.3 20.7 37.5
Physical sciences 129.1 1.1 2.7 1.1 2.3 15.0 7.5 49.3 16.9 33.2
Psychology 125.3 3.8 1.2 3.6 0.1 5.0 4.9 4.5 53.6 48.6
Social sciences 125.5 6.2 1.2 1.8 0.1 4.8 2.9 5.1 55.7 47.6
All bachelor's degree recipients of 1992–93                    
                     
Mean, all majors 132.2 14.6 3.7 7.2 5.4 8.3 6.0 7.8 27.3 52.0
Business and management 129.5 46.8 4.7 0.9 0.7 8.8 2.8 3.6 23.6 37.6
Computer science 137.0 17.4 37.1 0.4 5.0 16.7 2.5 7.5 17.3 33.0
Education 135.9 2.2 1.5 40.1 0.3 6.3 5.4 5.0 24.7 50.5
Engineering 142.1 2.1 7.1 0.3 61.3 17.8 1.3 18.1 11.4 22.8
English 128.8 2.9 1.4 4.6 0.1 4.3 3.5 4.2 23.2 84.5
Fine arts 133.4 2.7 2.0 3.2 0.9 3.7 2.5 4.2 19.3 94.7
Life sciences 132.5 1.7 1.6 2.9 0.9 8.7 34.8 22.3 21.3 38.2
Physical sciences 137.8 2.6 2.9 1.9 4.0 15.5 8.2 50.6 18.2 33.9
Psychology 129.0 4.0 1.4 4.2 0.3 5.5 5.1 4.2 52.4 52.0
Social sciences 127.9 6.2 1.4 2.3 0.3 5.6 3.3 5.4 54.8 48.6
— Not available.
NOTE: All majors total includes fields not shown separately. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Longitudinal Study of 1972, "Third Follow-up" (NLS:72/76); High School and Beyond Longitudinal Study (HS&B-Sr:80/84); and Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:93). (This table was prepared January 1999.)

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