Table 8-20
Natural sciences and engineering degrees as a percentage of higher education degrees conferred, by state: 2000, 2005, and 2009
 
  NS&E degrees   All higher education degrees   NS&E/higher education degrees (%)
State 2000 2005 2009   2000 2005 2009   2000 2005 2009
 
United States 283,371 331,247 353,509   1,739,739 2,066,513 2,322,054   16.3 16.0 15.2
Alabama 4,464 4,732 5,261   29,848 32,180 35,725   15.0 14.7 14.7
Alaska 360 419 475   1,901 2,107 2,267   18.9 19.9 21.0
Arizona 4,063 6,343 6,989   31,863 49,921 72,140   12.8 12.7 9.7
Arkansas 1,734 2,022 1,970   11,916 14,291 16,089   14.6 14.1 12.2
California 30,833 38,181 40,990   171,337 207,416 230,605   18.0 18.4 17.8
Colorado 6,823 7,663 7,827   31,689 38,125 43,834   21.5 20.1 17.9
Connecticut 3,007 3,634 4,624   23,703 26,359 29,078   12.7 13.8 15.9
Delaware 917 980 1,069   6,296 7,512 8,118   14.6 13.0 13.2
District of Columbia 2,091 2,561 2,949   14,433 18,348 22,525   14.5 14.0 13.1
Florida 9,942 12,636 15,036   71,408 92,917 112,165   13.9 13.6 13.4
Georgia 7,099 8,354 9,025   40,661 49,851 57,165   17.5 16.8 15.8
Hawaii 1,004 1,011 1,109   6,986 7,497 8,001   14.4 13.5 13.9
Idaho 1,272 1,568 1,797   5,943 9,057 10,816   21.4 17.3 16.6
Illinois 13,053 16,027 15,937   84,112 102,657 111,875   15.5 15.6 14.2
Indiana 6,723 7,637 7,493   41,655 49,048 54,032   16.1 15.6 13.9
Iowa 3,939 4,205 4,633   23,165 25,774 33,315   17.0 16.3 13.9
Kansas 3,196 3,557 3,290   19,617 22,348 24,284   16.3 15.9 13.5
Kentucky 2,819 3,215 3,392   20,865 24,937 28,070   13.5 12.9 12.1
Louisiana 4,357 4,895 4,260   26,338 28,930 28,256   16.5 16.9 15.1
Maine 1,228 1,272 1,305   6,916 8,188 8,717   17.8 15.5 15.0
Maryland 6,854 9,110 9,142   33,753 40,381 44,369   20.3 22.6 20.6
Massachusetts 11,309 12,222 13,219   69,410 76,108 83,467   16.3 16.1 15.8
Michigan 11,873 13,474 13,861   67,567 75,675 78,332   17.6 17.8 17.7
Minnesota 5,056 6,333 6,873   31,839 42,566 52,323   15.9 14.9 13.1
Mississippi 2,195 2,225 2,427   14,598 15,931 17,023   15.0 14.0 14.3
Missouri 5,974 6,935 7,182   43,783 52,849 59,466   13.6 13.1 12.1
Montana 1,458 1,455 1,529   6,187 6,416 6,559   23.6 22.7 23.3
Nebraska 1,958 2,212 2,393   14,008 16,427 17,411   14.0 13.5 13.7
Nevada 756 1,035 1,326   5,813 7,776 9,884   13.0 13.3 13.4
New Hampshire 1,656 1,563 1,730   10,330 11,025 12,375   16.0 14.2 14.0
New Jersey 7,469 7,859 8,283   37,278 45,515 49,544   20.0 17.3 16.7
New Mexico 1,704 2,015 1,982   9,664 10,874 11,366   17.6 18.5 17.4
New York 20,638 24,534 25,832   146,896 176,054 193,777   14.0 13.9 13.3
North Carolina 8,070 9,084 10,110   46,045 52,192 60,854   17.5 17.4 16.6
North Dakota 1,026 1,087 1,147   5,798 6,454 7,128   17.7 16.8 16.1
Ohio 10,671 11,425 11,767   68,854 79,349 83,813   15.5 14.4 14.0
Oklahoma 3,366 3,821 3,740   21,374 24,398 25,995   15.7 15.7 14.4
Oregon 3,224 3,852 3,947   19,647 23,492 24,858   16.4 16.4 15.9
Pennsylvania 15,119 18,344 19,701   90,495 107,174 119,761   16.7 17.1 16.5
Rhode Island 1,589 1,914 1,988   10,524 11,883 13,002   15.1 16.1 15.3
South Carolina 3,417 3,971 3,967   20,995 24,268 26,666   16.3 16.4 14.9
South Dakota 1,142 1,324 1,253   5,456 6,077 6,377   20.9 21.8 19.6
Tennessee 4,430 4,560 5,083   31,502 35,453 40,553   14.1 12.9 12.5
Texas 17,004 20,489 22,601   103,283 124,122 142,321   16.5 16.5 15.9
Utah 3,541 4,327 4,699   20,866 25,382 27,003   17.0 17.0 17.4
Vermont 1,008 1,097 1,365   6,350 6,638 8,031   15.9 16.5 17.0
Virginia 8,627 8,689 10,456   45,870 51,210 60,840   18.8 17.0 17.2
Washington 5,009 5,981 6,415   32,085 37,831 40,136   15.6 15.8 16.0
West Virginia 1,571 1,764 2,042   11,144 12,522 15,787   14.1 14.1 12.9
Wisconsin 6,105 7,124 7,466   35,426 40,806 43,694   17.2 17.5 17.1
Wyoming 628 510 552   2,247 2,202 2,262   27.9 23.2 24.4
                       
Puerto Rico 3,314 3,244 3,586   19,261 21,111 23,501   17.2 15.4 15.3
 

NS&E = natural sciences and engineering

NOTES: NS&E degrees include bachelor's, master's, and doctorate. NS&E degrees include physical, computer, agricultural, biological, earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences; mathematics; and engineering. All higher education degrees include bachelor's, master's, and doctorate.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (various years).

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012

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