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Table 16. Graduate students in science, engineering, and health in doctorate-granting institutions, by detailed field: 2007–13
Field 2007a 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
All surveyed fields 561,352 574,241 573,883 575,785 570,534 571,578 574,004
   Science and engineering 469,517 482,711 497,223 508,114 511,759 513,206 518,888
      Science 345,094 351,988 360,501 366,312 371,833 370,873 372,113
         Agricultural sciences 12,548 13,099 14,110 14,561 15,078 15,226 15,400
         Biological sciences 67,507 68,199 68,580 69,522 69,686 70,996 71,187
            Anatomy 867 764 833 849 762 700 527
            Biochemistry 5,761 5,365 5,158 5,190 5,030 5,107 4,802
            Biology 13,220 13,888 14,005 14,103 13,840 13,476 13,187
            Biometry and epidemiology 5,694 5,956 5,682 6,346 6,736 7,703 8,336
            Biophysics 1,193 1,084 1,042 1,072 1,016 976 952
            Botany 1,818 1,801 1,830 1,863 1,915 1,852 1,878
            Cell biology 6,690 6,948 6,970 6,835 6,746 6,633 6,364
            Ecology 1,896 1,896 1,634 1,713 1,589 1,575 1,353
            Entomology and parasitology 1,078 1,079 1,079 1,116 1,119 1,187 1,278
            Genetics 2,064 2,072 2,242 2,333 2,403 2,342 2,315
            Microbiology, immunology, and virology 5,177 5,035 4,931 4,859 4,980 4,897 4,893
            Nutrition 4,305 4,638 4,754 4,867 4,605 4,644 4,722
            Pathology 1,580 1,618 1,450 1,314 1,209 1,139 1,038
            Pharmacology 3,013 3,005 3,163 3,101 3,053 3,088 2,979
            Physiology 2,574 2,687 2,776 2,847 2,932 2,983 3,153
            Zoology 1,105 923 873 894 1,058 1,079 1,186
            Biological sciences nec 9,472 9,440 10,158 10,220 10,693 11,615 12,224
         Communication 6,026 7,030 7,951 8,219 9,002 8,931 9,222
         Computer sciences 43,555 44,171 45,593 45,860 46,120 46,547 49,725
         Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences 13,359 13,663 13,942 14,756 14,887 15,169 14,906
            Atmospheric sciences 1,171 1,394 1,348 1,443 1,496 1,530 1,519
            Geosciences 6,719 6,766 7,141 7,800 7,909 8,198 8,282
            Oceanography 2,511 2,532 2,527 2,455 2,579 2,520 2,568
            Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences nec 2,958 2,971 2,926 3,058 2,903 2,921 2,537
         Family and consumer sciences and human sciences 2,491 3,007 3,084 3,491 3,790 3,588 3,644
         Mathematical sciences 19,180 19,722 20,527 21,330 21,967 22,579 22,788
            Mathematics and applied mathematics 14,841 14,894 15,679 16,029 16,541 16,813 16,534
            Statistics 4,339 4,828 4,848 5,301 5,426 5,766 6,254
         Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies 3,693 4,686 5,511 6,742 5,785 5,550 5,392
         Neuroscience 1,561 1,980 2,316 2,798 4,088 4,547 4,760
         Physical sciences 35,768 36,320 37,098 37,871 38,656 38,837 38,944
            Astronomy 1,232 1,275 1,409 1,331 1,345 1,278 1,250
            Chemistry 20,569 20,884 21,374 21,673 22,048 22,340 22,193
            Physics 13,575 13,636 13,834 14,294 14,607 14,691 14,987
            Physical sciences nec 392 525 481 573 656 528 514
         Psychologyb 48,106 48,427 46,564 45,246 45,608 44,452 43,279
            Clinical psychology 13,036 12,205 12,239 11,250 9,662 8,432 8,341
            Psychology, general 13,013 13,133 11,841 11,248 14,748 14,378 13,613
            Psychology nec 22,057 23,089 22,484 22,748 21,198 21,642 21,325
         Social sciences 91,300 91,684 95,225 95,916 97,166 94,451 92,866
            Agricultural economics 1,983 2,126 2,215 2,171 2,090 2,030 1,901
            Anthropology (cultural and social) 7,682 7,845 7,872 8,013 7,891 7,745 7,673
            Economics (except agricultural) 11,928 12,275 13,200 13,450 13,940 13,990 13,883
            Geography 4,089 4,148 4,196 4,401 4,542 4,379 4,306
            History and philosophy of science 845 998 851 552 469 461 391
            Linguistics 2,604 2,824 2,882 2,863 2,997 3,020 3,225
            Political science 35,806 35,342 37,744 38,578 41,429 40,842 39,780
            Sociology 8,148 8,531 8,528 8,695 8,578 8,240 8,284
            Sociology and anthropology 659 626 553 305 268 255 213
            Social sciences nec 17,556 16,969 17,184 16,888 14,962 13,489 13,210
      Engineering 124,423 130,723 136,722 141,802 139,926 142,333 146,775
         Aerospace engineering 4,480 4,761 5,096 5,474 5,605 4,986 5,101
         Agricultural engineering 1,126 1,233 1,303 1,457 1,655 1,544 1,642
         Architecture 4,483 5,760 6,661 6,647 3,085 2,340 2,150
         Biomedical engineering 6,871 7,334 7,879 8,439 9,074 9,085 9,058
         Chemical engineering 7,492 7,794 8,077 8,573 8,741 9,142 9,619
         Civil engineering 15,461 16,169 17,708 18,499 18,528 18,810 18,987
         Electrical engineering 37,887 38,248 38,070 38,609 39,400 40,390 43,218
         Engineering science 1,772 1,932 2,004 2,020 2,054 2,173 2,080
         Industrial engineering 13,504 14,758 14,626 13,936 13,420 13,575 13,597
         Mechanical engineering 17,815 18,723 20,201 21,519 20,988 22,228 23,201
         Metallurgical and materials engineering 5,259 5,486 5,822 6,216 6,579 6,917 7,077
         Mining engineering 211 283 302 408 498 355 355
         Nuclear engineering 1,180 1,201 1,243 1,459 1,499 1,513 1,459
         Petroleum engineering 1,006 1,000 1,184 1,289 1,292 1,520 1,605
         Engineering nec 5,876 6,041 6,546 7,257 7,508 7,755 7,626
   Healthb 91,835 91,530 76,660 67,671 58,775 58,372 55,116
      Clinical medicine 21,686 22,803 22,670 24,068 25,358 25,335 24,621
         Anesthesiology 589 294 163 66 8 3 7
         Cardiology 26 45 45 48 57 43 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 15,517 17,105 17,586 19,076 21,729 22,238 22,203
         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 2,131 2,693 2,254 2,498 2,319 1,871 1,944
      Other healthb 70,149 68,727 53,990 43,603 33,417 33,037 30,495
         Dental sciences 1,688 1,643 1,770 1,661 1,764 1,707 1,914
         Nursing 27,901 26,779 18,706 10,415 6,578 6,950 4,501
         Pharmaceutical sciences 5,061 4,245 4,435 4,280 4,048 4,211 4,130
         Speech pathology and audiology 12,812 12,769 11,377 11,305 10,588 10,182 10,458
         Veterinary sciences 2,371 2,478 2,170 2,211 1,894 1,794 1,919
         Other health nec 20,316 20,813 15,532 13,731 8,545 8,193 7,573

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.