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Postsecondary Education

NCES 2006-160
May 2006

Appendix C: Coding for Academic Disciplines (Classification of Instructional Programs)

This manual recommends that assignable space be coded according to the academic units or discipline structure appropriate to the institution or institutions. While there is no national standard for academic units or discipline structures, the National Center for Education Statistics does publish the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). While the CIP structure may not be as appropriate for facilities coding as a discipline-based structure for many institutional uses, for external reporting of facilities data, this manual recommends that all academic unit or discipline codes be presented in a crosswalk to the CIP program structure at the two-digit level or even at the more detailed four- or six-digit levels.

A listing of the two-digit level program codes published by NCES in 2002 and implemented for data collection by NCES in 2004 is provided. For definitions and more detailed descriptions and codes, consult the Classification of Instructional Programs: 2000 Edition, published by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics and available at (Classification of Instructional Programs: 2000 Edition  (1.26 MB)).

Two-Digit CIP
Academic and Vocational Programs
01. Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
03. Natural Resources and Conservation
04. Architecture and Related Services
05. Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
09. Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
10. Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
11. Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
12. Personal and Culinary Services
13. Education
14. Engineering
15. Engineering Technologies/Technicians
16. Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
19. Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
22. Legal Professions and Studies
23. English Language and Literature/Letters
24. Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities
25. Library Science
26. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
27. Mathematics and Statistics
29. Military Technologies
30. Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
31. Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies
38. Philosophy and Religious Studies
39. Theology and Religious Vocations
40. Physical Sciences
41. Science Technologies/Technicians
42. Psychology
43. Security and Protective Services
44. Public Administration and Social Service Professions
45. Social Sciences
46. Construction Trades
47. Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
48. Precision Production
49. Transportation and Materials Moving
50. Visual and Performing Arts
51. Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
52. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
54. History
60. Residency Programs
Technology Education/Industrial Arts Programs
21. Technology Education/Industrial Arts
Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC, ROTC) Programs
28. Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC, ROTC)
Personal Improvement and Leisure Programs

32. Basic Skills
33. Citizenship Activities
34. Health-Related Knowledge and Skills
35. Interpersonal and Social Skills
36. Leisure and Recreational Activities
37. Personal Awareness and Self-Improvement