TABLE 3-3Number of Bachelor’s Degrees in Science and Engineering, by Sex and Race or Ethnicity, 2001

OverallAfrican AmericanHispanicNative AmericanAsian AmericanWhite
Physical sciences10,5987,53353060444849759597307008,0465,202
Life sciences33,98145,5752,0533,6281,4933,1013123343,3564,53624,86831,407
Computer sciences31,28411,9001,6281,9892,302726193784,2802,04619,0435,448
Social and behavioral sciences68,458120,1645,14613,6295,5059,9995349304,7868,02347,27279,622
Total 197,623 (15.7) 202,583 (16.1) 12,741 (11.9) 21,327 (20.0) 11,963 (13.3) 15,580 (17.3) 1,318 (15.2) 1,478 (17.1) 18,975 (25.1) 17,423 (23.0) 135,184 (15.2) 132,664 (14.9)

NOTES: The numbers in parentheses indicate the percent of total bachelor’s degrees awarded represented by science and engineering degrees for that racial or ethnic category. For example, 15.7 of all bachelor’s degrees awarded are in science and engineering fields; for African American women 20% of all bachelor’s degrees awarded are in science and engineering fields. Physical sciences include earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences; life sciences includes agricultural sciences and biological sciences; and social and behavioral sciences includes psychology. Native American includes Alaskan Natives and American Indians; and Asian American includes Pacific Islanders. Students with unknown race or ethnicity and those who are temporary residents are not included.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resource Statistics, special tabulations of US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Completions Survey. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation. Data available at

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Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering.
National Academy of Sciences (US), National Academy of Engineering (US), and Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Maximizing the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2007.
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