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Table 325.22. Degrees in biology, microbiology, and zoology conferred by postsecondary institutions, by level of degree: 1970-71 through 2016-17
Year Biology, general1 Microbiology2 Zoology3
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 26,294 2,665 536 1,475 456 365 5,721 1,027 878
1971-72 27,473 2,943 580 1,548 470 351 5,518 1,040 836
1972-73 31,185 2,959 627 1,940 517 344 5,763 1,042 803
1973-74 36,188 3,186 657 2,311 505 384 6,128 1,091 677
1974-75 38,748 3,109 637 2,767 552 345 6,110 1,039 697
                   
1975-76 40,163 3,177 624 2,927 585 364 6,077 976 645
1976-77 39,530 3,322 608 2,884 659 325 5,574 985 696
1977-78 37,598 3,094 664 2,695 615 353 5,096 958 624
1978-79 35,962 3,093 663 2,670 597 395 4,738 946 669
1979-80 33,523 2,911 718 2,631 596 376 4,301 922 639
                   
1980-81 31,323 2,598 734 2,414 482 370 3,873 881 613
1981-82 29,651 2,579 678 2,377 470 350 3,615 868 625
1982-83 28,022 2,354 521 2,324 499 358 3,407 738 533
1983-84 27,379 2,313 617 2,349 505 388 3,231 700 521
1984-85 27,593 2,130 658 2,207 471 319 3,069 664 508
                   
1985-86 27,618 2,173 574 2,257 392 362 2,894 618 548
1986-87 27,465 2,022 537 2,159 451 380 2,791 623 464
1987-88 26,838 1,981 576 2,061 404 442 2,537 629 492
1988-89 26,229 2,097 527 1,833 449 423 2,549 634 466
1989-90 27,213 1,998 551 1,973 403 441 2,473 548 545
                   
1990-91 29,285 1,956 632 1,788 343 443 2,641 551 516
1991-92 31,909 1,995 657 1,750 372 532 2,811 530 494
1992-93 34,932 2,000 671 1,798 367 621 3,036 559 465
1993-94 38,103 2,178 665 1,872 359 591 3,162 658 503
1994-95 41,658 2,350 729 1,992 326 572 3,149 586 487
                   
1995-96 44,818 2,606 768 2,220 364 606 3,463 677 501
1996-97 46,632 2,742 693 2,530 363 612 3,438 720 474
1997-98 47,054 2,617 809 2,926 401 585 3,653 685 465
1998-99 46,172 2,616 718 2,885 406 544 3,508 606 462
1999-2000 44,982 2,599 727 3,049 383 551 3,226 616 481
                   
2000-01 42,310 2,582 780 2,779 334 553 3,045 560 380
2001-02 42,281 2,424 689 2,622 325 538 2,979 578 413
2002-03 42,699 2,340 680 2,455 297 507 2,488 379 355
2003-04 43,465 2,529 681 2,365 350 599 2,454 367 245
2004-05 45,540 2,564 712 2,318 390 610 2,159 384 268
                   
2005-06 48,850 2,721 776 2,243 372 612 2,140 384 254
2006-07 52,503 2,679 788 2,347 369 667 2,223 416 263
2007-08 54,413 2,936 866 2,459 353 734 2,235 381 278
2008-09 55,859 2,987 896 2,480 291 716 2,140 347 297
2009-10 58,700 3,087 919 2,449 303 767 2,147 360 243
                   
2010-11 61,236 3,283 935 2,466 337 739 2,062 338 230
2011-12 64,616 3,494 964 2,532 395 687 2,174 346 258
2012-13 66,692 3,479 1,003 2,582 402 704 2,246 416 231
2013-14 69,425 3,465 1,053 2,572 465 674 2,269 464 217
2014-15 71,622 3,432 976 2,567 510 688 2,250 421 230
                   
2015-16 73,044 3,448 948 2,637 524 643 2,311 501 271
2016-17 74,048 3,439 1,020 2,744 491 649 2,315 398 233
                   
Percent change                  
2006-07 to 2011-12 23.1 30.4 22.3 7.9 7.0 3.0 -2.2 -16.8 -1.9
2011-12 to 2016-17 14.6 -1.6 5.8 8.4 24.3 -5.5 6.5 15.0 -9.7
1 Includes biology/biological sciences, general.
2 Includes microbiology, general; medical microbiology and bacteriology; virology; parasitology; immunology; and microbiological sciences and immunology, other.
3 Includes zoology/animal biology; entomology; animal physiology; animal behavior and ethology; wildlife biology; and zoology/animal biology, other.
NOTE: Data are for postsecondary institutions participating in Title IV federal financial aid programs. 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 2017, Completions component. (This table was prepared September 2018.)

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