Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bachelor’s Degrees in Science & Engineering Awarded vs Time (2000 - 2009)

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent discussion-list post “Bachelor’s Degrees in Science & Engineering Awarded vs Time (2000- 2009)” [Hake (2012)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: In response to my post “America Could Have Dropped Big Oil Decades Ago -- What Happened?” at, Jay Hanson of the DieOff list wrote (paraphrasing):

“I noticed the biology and physics bachelor’s degree vs time graph on page 5 of ‘What Can We Learn From the Biologists About Research, Development, and Change in Undergraduate Education?’ [Hake (1999)] at Is there an easy way to find statistics like those?”

Yes, at “Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 - Chapter 2. Higher Education in Science and Engineering” [NSF (2012)] at, clicking on “appendix table 2-18” under “S&E Bachelor’s Degrees” yields a table “Earned bachelor’s degree by sex and field 2000-2009.” I show, from that table, the number of degrees in 2000 and in 2009 for astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics/statistics, physics, and psychology.

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by and accessed on 23 June 2012.
Hake, R.R. 2012. “Bachelor’s Degrees in Science & Engineering Awarded vs Time (2000- 2009),” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 23 Jun 2012 11:01:12-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post were transmitted to several discussion lists.

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