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Table 9. Graduate students in science, engineering, and health in all institutions, by detailed field: 2007–13
Field 2007a 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
All surveyed fields 619,499 631,489 631,645 632,652 626,820 627,243 633,010
   Science and engineering 516,199 529,275 545,685 556,532 560,941 561,418 570,300
      Science 384,523 391,419 401,008 407,291 414,440 413,033 417,251
         Agricultural sciences 13,528 14,153 15,200 15,656 16,129 16,234 16,429
         Biological sciences 71,932 72,666 73,304 74,928 75,423 76,447 76,649
            Anatomy 867 764 833 849 762 700 527
            Biochemistry 5,853 5,473 5,271 5,308 5,183 5,245 4,970
            Biology 15,898 16,514 16,840 17,210 16,911 16,321 16,004
            Biometry and epidemiology 5,694 5,971 5,739 6,398 6,786 7,800 8,478
            Biophysics 1,193 1,084 1,042 1,072 1,016 976 952
            Botany 1,821 1,803 1,831 1,863 1,915 1,852 1,878
            Cell biology 6,839 7,096 7,153 7,047 6,905 6,799 6,543
            Ecology 2,026 2,026 1,746 1,828 1,713 1,667 1,437
            Entomology and parasitology 1,078 1,079 1,079 1,116 1,119 1,187 1,278
            Genetics 2,120 2,120 2,242 2,333 2,403 2,342 2,315
            Microbiology, immunology, and virology 5,212 5,054 4,968 4,896 5,031 4,950 4,961
            Nutrition 4,890 5,177 5,330 5,548 5,345 5,336 5,387
            Pathology 1,580 1,618 1,450 1,376 1,313 1,196 1,112
            Pharmacology 3,013 3,005 3,163 3,101 3,053 3,088 2,979
            Physiology 2,738 2,863 2,866 2,879 3,000 3,046 3,224
            Zoology 1,108 925 875 896 1,060 1,083 1,188
            Biological sciences nec 10,002 10,094 10,876 11,208 11,908 12,859 13,416
         Communication 7,303 8,444 9,418 9,825 11,029 11,010 11,114
         Computer sciences 48,246 49,553 51,161 51,546 51,234 51,789 56,339
         Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences 14,100 14,389 14,839 15,655 15,820 16,069 15,816
            Atmospheric sciences 1,178 1,400 1,355 1,455 1,513 1,546 1,534
            Geosciences 7,020 7,089 7,539 8,251 8,361 8,659 8,754
            Oceanography 2,615 2,634 2,633 2,556 2,680 2,642 2,682
            Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences nec 3,287 3,266 3,312 3,393 3,266 3,222 2,846
         Family and consumer sciences and human sciences 2,780 3,549 3,794 4,191 4,509 4,110 4,014
         Mathematical sciences 20,975 21,400 22,226 23,136 23,801 24,575 24,804
            Mathematics and applied mathematics 16,528 16,449 17,204 17,589 18,157 18,577 18,323
            Statistics 4,447 4,951 5,022 5,547 5,644 5,998 6,481
         Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies 4,484 5,559 6,557 7,944 6,537 6,038 5,892
         Neuroscience 1,584 2,012 2,356 2,798 4,117 4,547 4,795
         Physical sciences 36,824 37,319 38,149 38,973 39,694 39,928 40,019
            Astronomy 1,232 1,275 1,409 1,331 1,345 1,278 1,250
            Chemistry 21,298 21,574 22,094 22,436 22,802 23,117 22,949
            Physics 13,816 13,862 14,060 14,507 14,829 14,940 15,239
            Physical sciences nec 478 608 586 699 718 593 581
         Psychologyb 59,617 58,991 56,184 53,419 54,486 54,117 54,102
            Clinical psychology 14,495 13,691 13,113 12,155 10,468 9,971 9,909
            Psychology, general 17,923 17,322 15,148 14,022 17,326 17,073 15,960
            Psychology nec 27,199 27,978 27,923 27,242 26,692 27,073 28,233
         Social sciences 103,150 103,384 107,820 109,220 111,661 108,169 107,278
            Agricultural economics 1,989 2,132 2,222 2,180 2,095 2,045 1,916
            Anthropology (cultural and social) 8,129 8,333 8,359 8,528 8,406 8,247 8,172
            Economics (except agricultural) 12,597 12,971 13,993 14,317 14,920 14,959 14,819
            Geography 4,660 4,745 4,810 5,059 5,188 5,016 4,891
            History and philosophy of science 1,054 1,177 1,006 705 597 508 391
            Linguistics 2,879 3,095 3,170 3,132 3,219 3,256 3,509
            Political science 41,349 40,871 43,919 45,045 49,660 48,855 48,411
            Sociology 9,642 10,002 9,731 9,883 9,671 8,887 8,960
            Sociology and anthropology 682 653 576 329 288 270 228
            Social sciences nec 20,169 19,405 20,034 20,042 17,617 16,126 15,981
      Engineering 131,676 137,856 144,677 149,241 146,501 148,385 153,049
         Aerospace engineering 4,616 4,902 5,266 5,540 5,691 5,069 5,181
         Agricultural engineering 1,126 1,233 1,303 1,457 1,656 1,552 1,642
         Architecture 4,601 5,905 6,804 6,795 3,111 2,363 2,176
         Biomedical engineering 6,904 7,339 7,904 8,497 9,175 9,157 9,198
         Chemical engineering 7,584 7,892 8,188 8,668 8,828 9,222 9,698
         Civil engineering 16,071 16,931 18,638 19,559 19,596 19,922 20,110
         Electrical engineering 40,588 41,164 41,218 41,336 41,580 42,347 45,562
         Engineering science 1,806 2,099 2,168 2,071 2,101 2,227 2,142
         Industrial engineering 14,474 15,692 15,825 15,205 14,494 14,469 14,363
         Mechanical engineering 18,347 19,585 21,243 22,509 21,883 23,088 24,087
         Metallurgical and materials engineering 5,314 5,539 5,863 6,274 6,649 6,985 7,144
         Mining engineering 222 290 312 419 500 356 357
         Nuclear engineering 1,180 1,201 1,243 1,459 1,499 1,513 1,459
         Petroleum engineering 1,014 1,009 1,190 1,295 1,301 1,525 1,609
         Engineering nec 7,829 7,075 7,512 8,157 8,437 8,590 8,321
   Healthb 103,300 102,214 85,960 76,120 65,879 65,825 62,710
      Clinical medicine 22,751 23,939 24,125 25,699 26,634 26,798 26,362
         Anesthesiology 883 589 402 325 8 3 7
         Cardiology 51 47 50 51 61 44 32
         Endocrinology 40 64 50 53 56 52 42
         Gastroenterology 28 15 15 7 7 2 0
         Hematology 9 8 11 6 1 5 1
         Neurology 1,751 1,462 1,323 1,056 219 171 0
         Obstetrics and gynecology 81 83 89 79 100 91 68
         Oncology and cancer research 264 260 272 232 255 248 103
         Ophthalmology 379 1 1 5 2 2 0
         Otorhinolaryngology 15 14 4 4 2 2 1
         Pediatrics 302 207 186 211 132 125 0
         Preventive medicine and community health 16,209 17,901 18,797 20,445 23,001 23,700 23,909
         Psychiatry 218 188 233 260 88 100 0
         Pulmonary disease 24 13 13 12 14 12 11
         Radiology 281 320 385 396 339 335 201
         Surgery 31 31 40 59 30 35 8
         Clinical medicine nec 2,185 2,736 2,254 2,498 2,319 1,871 1,979
      Other healthb 80,549 78,275 61,835 50,421 39,245 39,027 36,348
         Dental sciences 1,688 1,643 1,770 1,661 1,764 1,707 1,914
         Nursing 31,803 30,471 21,355 12,107 7,269 7,449 4,969
         Pharmaceutical sciences 5,066 4,251 4,443 4,291 4,056 4,256 4,137
         Speech pathology and audiology 16,229 15,968 14,641 14,645 14,203 13,918 14,113
         Veterinary sciences 2,371 2,478 2,170 2,211 1,894 1,794 1,919
         Other health nec 23,392 23,464 17,456 15,506 10,059 9,903 9,296

nec = not elsewhere classified.
a In 2007, eligible fields were reclassified, newly eligible fields were added, and the survey was redesigned to improve coverage and coding of eligible units. 2007 data presented in this table are the data collected in 2007, which were labeled as "2007new" in the past publications. See appendix A in http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf10307/ for more detail on the changes made in 2007.
b Beginning with 2008, more rigorous follow-up was done with institutions regarding the exclusion of practitioner-oriented graduate degree programs in Psychology and in Other health (a subfield of health). This change may affect interpretation of trends in these fields.
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.
Data from survey cycle Fall 2013, as of 8 August 2014.