Table 2-8
Ratio of bachelor’s degrees to the 24-year-old population, by selected fields, sex, and race/ethnicity: 1990 and 2000
 
  Degree      Degree
Sex and race/ethnicity All
bachelor's
degrees
  All S&E   NS&E Social/
behavioral
sciences
24-year-old
population
  Bachelor's NS&Ea Social/
behavioral
science
  Number   Ratio to 24-year-old populationb
1990 total 1,062,160   345,794   169,938 175,856 3,722,737   28.5 4.6 4.7
Male 495,876   199,917   117,249 82,668 1,855,513   26.7 6.3 4.5
Female 566,284   145,877   52,689 93,188 1,867,224   30.3 2.8 5.0
White 856,686   270,225   127,704 142,521 2,628,439   32.6 4.9 5.4
Asian/Pacific Islander 38,027   19,437   13,338 6,099 120,797   31.5 11.0 5.0
Underrepresented minority 107,377   33,419   15,259 18,160 973,500   11.0 1.6 1.9
Black 59,301   18,230   7,854 10,376 484,754   12.2 1.6 2.1
Hispanic 43,864   13,918   6,868 7,050 459,073   9.6 1.5 1.5
American Indian/Alaskan Native 4,212   1,271   537 734 29,674   14.2 1.8 2.5
2000 total 1,253,121   398,622   210,434 188,188 3,703,200   33.8 5.7 5.1
Male 536,158   197,669   128,111 69,558 1,886,400   28.4 6.8 3.7
Female 716,963   200,953   82,323 118,630 1,816,800   39.5 4.5 6.5
White 895,129   270,416   142,400 128,016 2,433,400   36.8 5.9 5.3
Asian/Pacific Islander 75,265   12,368   23,185 12,368 148,800   50.6 15.6 8.3
Underrepresented minority 200,967   63,519   27,939 35,559 1,121,000   17.9 2.5 3.2
Black 104,212   32,924   13,795 19,129 527,600   19.8 2.6 3.6
Hispanic 88,324   27,984   12,919 15,065 560,200   15.8 2.3 2.7
American Indian/Alaskan Native 8,431   2,611   1,246 1,365 33,200   25.4 3.8 4.1
 
NS&E natural sciences and engineering

aNS&E degrees include natural (physical, biological, earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences), agricultural, and computer sciences; mathematics; and engineering.
bNumber of degrees per 100 24-year-olds.

NOTE: Degrees by race/ethnicity do not sum to total because data not shown for unknown race/ethnicity or foreign citizens.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Education, Completions Survey; National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, WebCASPAR database system, http://caspar.nsf.gov; and U.S. Bureau of the Census, Population Division. See appendix tables 2-4, 2-22, and 2-23.
 
Science & Engineering Indicators — 2004
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