More Hispanics Earning Bachelor's Degrees in Physical Sciences and Engineering.
From 2002 to 2012, the number of Hispanics earning bachelor’s degrees in the physical sciences rose 78 percent compared to an overall increase of 47 percent in all U.S. bachelor’s degrees earned in those same fields. Similarly, Hispanics earning bachelor’s degrees in engineering rose 64 percent, compared to just a 34 percent increase in the overall population.
“While those numbers are encouraging, Hispanics are still underrepresented in many fields, including astronomy and Earth sciences,” said Laura Merner, a research associate at AIP and author of the report. “More Hispanic students earning physical science degrees is a good thing, but it does not mean the representation gap has closed.”