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ERIC Number: ED536369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Physics Bachelor's Degrees: Results from the 2010 Survey of Enrollments and Degrees. Focus On
Mulvey, Patrick J.; Nicholson, Starr
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
The Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics conducts an annual census of all degree-granting physics departments in the United States and Puerto Rico. The survey had a 95% response rate from the 751 departments that granted physics bachelor's degrees in the class of 2010. Results show that the number of physics bachelor's degrees awarded in the U.S. has been increasing steadily for 11 years. The 6,017 degrees awarded in the class of 2010 represent a 65% increase since a recent low in 1999. Six percent of these degrees were awarded to non-U.S. citizens. Physics bachelor's made up only a small portion of the 1.65 million bachelor's degrees conferred in the 2009-10 academic year. For every 1,000 bachelor's conferred, only 3.6 were in physics. Physics Bachelor's Degrees Conferred, Classes of 2001 through 2010 are appended. (Contains 11 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center