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Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities
in Science and Engineering: 2002
Introduction Chapter 2: Undergraduate Enrollment Chapter 3: Undergraduate Degrees Chapter 4: Graduate Enrollment Chapter 5: Graduate Degrees Chapter 6: Employment Technical Notes Appendix Tables
Chapter Contents:
Associate's degrees
Bachelor's degrees
Debt at graduation
Appendix Tables
List of Figures
Presentation Slides

Undergraduate Degrees


The numbers and percentages of women and minorities earning science and engineering associate's and bachelor's degrees were at all-time highs in 1998. Close to half of all S&E bachelor's degrees were earned by women in 1998, and in some S&E fields, women earned far more than half of the bachelor's degrees. On the other hand, in a few S&E fields, women earned far less than half of the baccalaureate degrees awarded, and their numbers and percentages were increasing very slowly or not at all. The numbers of bachelor's degrees earned by Asians, blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians in the 1990s increased in both S&E and non-S&E fields. In contrast, the numbers of S&E and non-S&E bachelor's degrees earned by white males decreased.

This chapter examines undergraduate degree conferral at both 2- and 4-year institutions. It also examines undergraduate debt.

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