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Table 278. -  Earned degrees in the biological/life sciences\1\ conferred by institutions of higher education, by level of degree and sex of student: 1951-52 to 1995-96
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          |     Bachelor's degrees      |       Master's degrees      |      Doctor's degrees
   Year   |_____________________________|_____________________________|_____________________________
          |  Total  |   Men   |  Women  |  Total  |   Men   |  Women  |  Total  |   Men   |  Women
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    1     |    2    |    3    |    4    |    5    |    6    |    7    |    8    |    9    |   10
__________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________
1951-52 ..|  11,094 |   8,212 |   2,882 |   2,307 |   1,908 |     399 |     764 |     680 |      84
1953-54 ..|   9,279 |   6,710 |   2,569 |   1,610 |   1,287 |     323 |   1,077 |     977 |     100
1955-56 ..|  12,423 |   9,515 |   2,908 |   1,759 |   1,379 |     380 |   1,025 |     908 |     117
1957-58 ..|  14,308 |  11,159 |   3,149 |   1,852 |   1,448 |     404 |   1,125 |     987 |     138
1959-60 ..|  15,576 |  11,654 |   3,922 |   2,154 |   1,668 |     486 |   1,205 |   1,086 |     119
          |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
1961-62 ..|  16,915 |  12,136 |   4,779 |   2,642 |   1,982 |     660 |   1,338 |   1,179 |     159
1963-64 ..|  22,723 |  16,321 |   6,402 |   3,296 |   2,348 |     948 |   1,625 |   1,432 |     193
1965-66 ..|  26,916 |  19,368 |   7,548 |   4,232 |   3,085 |   1,147 |   2,097 |   1,792 |     305
1967-68 ..|  31,826 |  22,986 |   8,840 |   5,506 |   3,959 |   1,547 |   2,784 |   2,345 |     439
1969-70 ..|  34,034 |  23,919 |  10,115 |   5,800 |   3,975 |   1,825 |   3,289 |   2,820 |     469
          |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
1970-71 ..|  35,743 |  25,333 |  10,410 |   5,728 |   3,805 |   1,923 |   3,645 |   3,050 |     595
1971-72 ..|  37,293 |  26,323 |  10,970 |   6,101 |   4,087 |   2,014 |   3,653 |   3,031 |     622
1972-73 ..|  42,233 |  29,636 |  12,597 |   6,263 |   4,354 |   1,909 |   3,636 |   2,926 |     710
1973-74 ..|  48,340 |  33,245 |  15,095 |   6,552 |   4,555 |   1,997 |   3,439 |   2,740 |     699
1974-75 ..|  51,741 |  34,612 |  17,129 |   6,550 |   4,587 |   1,963 |   3,384 |   2,641 |     743
          |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
1975-76 ..|  54,275 |  35,520 |  18,755 |   6,582 |   4,497 |   2,085 |   3,392 |   2,663 |     729
1976-77 ..|  53,605 |  34,218 |  19,387 |   7,114 |   4,718 |   2,396 |   3,397 |   2,671 |     726
1977-78 ..|  51,502 |  31,705 |  19,797 |   6,806 |   4,400 |   2,406 |   3,309 |   2,511 |     798
1978-79 ..|  48,846 |  29,191 |  19,655 |   6,831 |   4,265 |   2,566 |   3,542 |   2,636 |     906
1979-80 ..|  46,370 |  26,828 |  19,542 |   6,510 |   4,098 |   2,412 |   3,636 |   2,690 |     946
          |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
1980-81 ..|  43,216 |  24,149 |  19,067 |   5,978 |   3,654 |   2,324 |   3,718 |   2,666 |   1,052
1981-82 ..|  41,639 |  22,754 |  18,885 |   5,874 |   3,426 |   2,448 |   3,743 |   2,654 |   1,089
1982-83 ..|  39,982 |  21,564 |  18,418 |   5,696 |   3,214 |   2,482 |   3,341 |   2,266 |   1,075
1983-84 ..|  38,640 |  20,558 |  18,082 |   5,406 |   2,996 |   2,410 |   3,437 |   2,381 |   1,056
1984-85 ..|  38,445 |  20,064 |  18,381 |   5,059 |   2,647 |   2,412 |   3,432 |   2,307 |   1,125
          |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
1985-86 ..|  38,524 |  19,993 |  18,531 |   5,013 |   2,616 |   2,397 |   3,358 |   2,229 |   1,129
1986-87 ..|  38,121 |  19,657 |  18,464 |   4,952 |   2,538 |   2,414 |   3,419 |   2,225 |   1,194
1987-88 ..|  36,755 |  18,245 |  18,510 |   4,784 |   2,423 |   2,361 |   3,629 |   2,349 |   1,280
1988-89 ..|  36,059 |  17,953 |  18,106 |   4,961 |   2,492 |   2,469 |   3,520 |   2,234 |   1,286
1989-90 ..|  37,204 |  18,312 |  18,892 |   4,869 |   2,395 |   2,474 |   3,844 |   2,394 |   1,450
          |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
1990-91 ..|  39,530 |  19,412 |  20,118 |   4,765 |   2,302 |   2,463 |   4,093 |   2,577 |   1,516
1991-92 ..|  42,941 |  20,798 |  22,143 |   4,785 |   2,301 |   2,484 |   4,243 |   2,620 |   1,623
1992-93 ..|  47,038 |  22,842 |  24,196 |   4,756 |   2,343 |   2,413 |   4,435 |   2,664 |   1,771
1993-94 ..|  51,383 |  25,050 |  26,333 |   5,196 |   2,465 |   2,731 |   4,534 |   2,690 |   1,844
1994-95 ..|  55,984 |  26,687 |  29,297 |   5,393 |   2,602 |   2,791 |   4,645 |   2,771 |   1,874
1995-96 ..|  60,994 |  28,849 |  32,145 |   6,157 |   2,902 |   3,255 |   4,780 |   2,773 |   2,007
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\1\Includes degrees in biology; biochemistry and biophysics; botany; cell and molecular biology; microbiology/bacteriology; zoology; and other biological sciences.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions" surveys. (This table was prepared May 1998.)


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