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Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards: 2007–08

 


Appendix B. Fields of Study

 

Science and Engineering

Science

Agricultural sciences

  • Agricultural and horticultural plant breeding
  • Agricultural animal breeding
  • Agronomy and crop science
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal science, poultry (or avian)
  • Animal science, other
  • Dairy science[a]
  • Environmental science
  • Fishing and fisheries sciences/management
  • Food science
  • Food science and technology, other
  • Forest engineering[a]
  • Forest sciences and biology
  • Forest/resources management
  • Forestry and related sciences, other
  • Horticulture science
  • Natural resources/conservation
  • Plant pathology/phytopathology (see also biological sciences)
  • Plant sciences, other
  • Soil chemistry/microbiology
  • Soil sciences, other
  • Wildlife/range management
  • Wood science and pulp/paper technology
  • Agriculture, general
  • Agricultural sciences, other

Biological sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Bacteriology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics[b]
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Biometrics and biostatistics
  • Biophysics (see also physics)
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/plant biology
  • Cancer biology[b]
  • Cell/cellular biology and histology
  • Developmental biology/embryology
  • Ecology
  • Endocrinology
  • Entomology
  • Evolutionary biology[b]
  • Genetics/genomics, human and animal
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Nutrition sciences
  • Parasitology
  • Pathology, human and animal
  • Pharmacology, human and animal
  • Physiology, human and animal
  • Plant genetics
  • Plant pathology/phytopathology (see also agricultural sciences)
  • Plant physiology
  • Toxicology
  • Zoology
  • Biology/biomedical sciences, general
  • Biology/biomedical sciences, other

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Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences

Atmospheric sciences
  • Atmospheric chemistry and climatology
  • Atmospheric physics and dynamics
  • Meteorology
  • Atmospheric science/meteorology, general
  • Atmospheric science/meteorology, other
Earth and ocean sciences
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Geomorphology and glacial geology
  • Geophysics and seismology
  • Hydrology and water resources
  • Marine sciences
  • Mineralogy and petrology
  • Oceanography, chemical and physical
  • Paleontology
  • Stratigraphy and sedimentation
  • Geological and earth sciences, general
  • Geological and earth sciences, other
  • Ocean/marine, other

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Mathematics and computer sciences

Computer sciences
  • Computer science
  • Information science and systems
  • Computer and information science, other[c]
Mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Analysis and functional analysis
  • Applied mathematics
  • Computing theory and practice
  • Geometry/geometric analysis
  • Logic
  • Number theory
  • Operations research (see also other engineering,
    business management/administration)
  • Statistics (see also other social sciences)
  • Topology/foundations
  • Mathematics/statistics, general
  • Mathematics/statistics, other

Physical sciences

Astronomy
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
Chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry[d]
  • Nuclear chemistry[a]
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Theoretical chemistry
  • Chemistry, general
  • Chemistry, other
Physics
  • Acoustics
  • Applied physics[e]
  • Atomic/molecular/chemical physics
  • Biophysics(see also biological sciences)[e]
  • Condensed matter/low temperature physics
  • Fluids physics[a]
  • Nuclear physics
  • Optics/phototonics
  • Particle (elementary) physics
  • Plasma/fusion physics
  • Polymer physics
  • Physics, general
  • Physics, other

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Psychology

  • Clinical psychology
  • Cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics
  • Comparative psychology
  • Counseling
  • Developmental and child psychology
  • Educational psychology (see also education research)
  • Experimental psychology
  • Family psychology
  • Human development and family studies
  • Industrial and organizational psychology
  • Personality psychology
  • Physiological psychology/psychobiology
  • Psychometrics and quantitative psychology
  • Psychometrics[a]
  • Psychometrics and quantitative psychology
  • School psychology (see also education research)
  • Social psychology
  • Psychology, general
  • Psychology, other

Social sciences

Economics
  • Agricultural economics
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
Political science
  • International relations/affairs
  • Political science and government
  • Public administration
  • Public policy analysis
Sociology
Other social sciences
  • American/U.S. studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Area/ethnic/cultural/gender studies
  • Criminal justice and corrections[b]
  • Criminology
  • Demography/population studies
  • Geography
  • History, science and technology, and society
  • Linguistics
  • Statistics (see also mathematics)
  • Urban affairs/studies
  • Urban/city, community, and regional planning[b]
  • Social sciences, general
  • Social sciences, other

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Engineering

Aeronautical/astronautical engineering

Chemical engineering

Civil engineering

Electrical, electronics, and communications engineering

Industrial and manufacturing engineering

Materials science engineering

Mechanical engineering

Other engineering

  • Agricultural engineering
  • Bioengineering and biomedical engineering
  • Ceramic sciences
  • Communications engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Engineering management and administration[b]
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Engineering physics
  • Engineering science
  • Environmental health engineering
  • Mining and mineral engineering
  • Metallurgical engineering
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Ocean engineering
  • Operations research (see also mathematics, business management/administration)
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Polymer and plastics engineering
  • Systems engineering
  • Engineering, general
  • Engineering, other

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Non-Science and Engineering

Education

Education administration

  • Educational administration and supervision
  • Education leadership

Education research

  • Counseling education/counseling and guidance
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Educational/instructional media design
  • Educational assessment, testing, and measurement
  • Educational psychology (see also psychology)
  • Educational statistics/research methods
  • Higher education/evaluation and research
  • School psychology (see also psychology)
  • Social/philosophical foundations of education
  • Special education

Teacher education

  • Adult and continuing teacher education
  • Elementary teacher education
  • Pre-elementary/early childhood teacher education
  • Secondary teacher education

Teaching fields

  • Agricultural education
  • Art education
  • Business education
  • English education
  • Family and consumer/human science (see also fields not elsewhere classified)
  • Foreign languages education
  • Health education
  • Mathematics education
  • Music education
  • Nursing education
  • Physical education and coaching
  • Reading education
  • Science education
  • Social science education
  • Teacher education and professional development
  • Technical and industrial arts education[a]
  • Technical education[a]
  • Trade and industrial education[f]

Other education

  • Education, general
  • Education, other

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Health

  • Environmental health
  • Environmental toxicology[e]
  • Epidemiology
  • Health systems/service administration
  • Kinesiology/exercise science
  • Medicinal/pharmaceutical sciences
  • Nursing science
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation/therapeutic services
  • Speech-language pathology and audiology
  • Veterinary sciences
  • Health sciences, general
  • Health sciences, other

Humanities

Foreign languages/literature

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew[a]
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Slavic (other than Russian)
  • Spanish
  • Other languages and literature

History

  • American history (U.S. and Canada)
  • African history[e]
  • Asian history
  • European history
  • Latin American history[e]
  • Middle/Near East studies[b]
  • History, general
  • History, other

Letters

  • American literature (U.S. and Canada)
  • Classics
  • Comparative literature
  • Creative writing[b]
  • English language
  • English literature (British and Commonwealth)
  • Folklore[e]
  • Speech and rhetorical studies
  • Letters, general
  • Letters, other

Other humanities

  • Art history/criticism/conservation
  • Bible/biblical studies[b]
  • Drama/theater arts
  • Music
  • Music theory and composition[b]
  • Music performance[b]
  • Musicology/ethnomusicology[b]
  • Music, other[b]
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/religious studies (see also fields not elsewhere classified)
  • Humanities, general
  • Humanities, other

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Professional/other/unknown field

Business management/administrative services

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural business/management[a]
  • Banking/financial support services
  • Business administration and management
  • Business/managerial economics
  • Finance[b]
  • Human resources development[e]
  • International business/trade/commerce
  • Management information systems/business statistics
  • Marketing management/research
  • Operations research (see also other engineering, mathematics)
  • Organizational behavior (see also psychology)
  • Business management/administrative services, general
  • Business management/administrative services, other

Communications

  • Communication theory
  • Communications research
  • Film, radio, TV and digital communication[b]
  • Mass communication/media studies
  • Communications, general
  • Communications, other

Fields not elsewhere classified

  • Architectural environmental design
  • Family/consumer science/human science (see also teaching fields)
  • Law
  • Library science
  • Parks/sports/recreation/leisure/fitness
  • Social work
  • Theological/religious education (see also other humanities)
  • Professional fields, general[a]
  • Other fields, not elsewhere classified

Unknown fields[b]

 


Notes

[a] Field dropped in 2004.

[b] Field introduced in 2007.

[c] Field introduced in 2001.

[d] Field dropped in 2007.

[e] Field introduced in 2004.

[f] Field code was listed as technical education on the 2004–2006 questionnaires.

 

 
Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards: 2007–08
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