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COMPILED BY MICHAEL GIBBONS
INFOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION BY I-SHAN CHEN

The Variety of Change

Engineering degree production has increased substantially in recent years. From 2000 to 2008, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees increased by 16, 29, and 51 percent, respectively. A closer look at the data reveals that growth transpires differently across degree levels and across disciplines.

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Fastest-Growing Undergraduate Engineering Schools: 2005 to 2008
School Growth in Bachelor's Degrees* B.S. Degrees: 2008 B.S. Degrees: 2005
1. California State U., Northridge 96% 190 97
2. South Dakota State University 82% 162 89
3. California State U., Long Beach 70% 350 206
4. University of Texas, Arlington 59% 295 186
5. University of California, Riverside 57% 182 116
6. City College of the CUNY 54% 249 162
7. SUNY - Binghamton 49% 218 146
8. University of Connecticut 444% 272 189
9. Syracuse University 43% 173 121
10. George Mason University 42% 317 224
*excluding all computer science
Schools must have awarded at least 75 B.S. degrees in 2005. 215 schools met this criterion.

 

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Biomedical
Bachelor's Degrees Master's Degrees PH.D
180% Growth 157% Growth 226% Growth
2000 1,156 476 203
2002 1,315 652 213
2004 2,019 862 339
2006 2,917 1,326 436
2008 3,237 1,156 662

 

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Chemical
Bachelor's Degrees Master's Degrees PH.D
19% Decline 10% Decline 36% Growth
2000 6,023 1,161 653
2002 5,529 1,054 632
2004 4,801 1,321 655
2006 4,452 1,204 834
2008 4,850 1,051 888

 

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Electrical/Computer
Bachelor's Degrees Master's Degrees PH.D
3% Decline 34% Growth 47% Growth
2000 17,309 8,321 1,628
2002 18,719 8,430 1,479
2004 21,038 11,784 1,746
2006 19,641 10,519 2,242
2008 16,814 11,154 2,391

 

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Mechanical
Bachelor's Degrees Master's Degrees PH.D
33% Growth 37% Growth 36% Growth
2000 12,992 3,399 838
2002 13,247 3,566 796
2004 14,182 4,461 855
2006 16,063 4,631 1,132
2008 17,324 4,647 1,140

 

*Additional college data is emailed monthly to all ASEE members through ASEE’s CONNECTIONS e-newsletter www.asee.org/publications/connections

Data source: American Society for Engineering Education.

 

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