The last two months, we looked at the representation of African American, Hispanic, and Native American women earning bachelor’s degrees in physical sciences and engineering. This month, we look at African American, Hispanic, and Native American women earning degrees in astronomy, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering technology. These three physical science disciplines account for 75% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in the physical sciences in 2013, and the three engineering disciplines account for 56% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in engineering that same year. Instead of looking at the proportion of bachelor’s degree recipients who are African American, Hispanic, and Native American, we look at the rate of degree production per 1000 degree recipients.

The data show that 3.45 out of every 1000 bachelor’s degrees overall are awarded in physics. For every 1000 bachelor’s degrees awarded to African American, Hispanic, and Native American women, 0.47 are awarded...

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