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List of fields of doctoral studies in the United States

This is the list of the fields of doctoral studies in the United States used for the annual Survey of Earned Doctorates, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies, as used for the 2015 survey.

These are fields of research-oriented doctoral studies, leading mostly to PhDs – in the academic year 2014–15, 98% of the 55.006 research doctorates awarded in the U.S. were PhDs; 1.1% were EdDs; 0.9% were other research doctorates. Professional degrees, though they are also considered doctorates earned, not honorary, and do entitle the holder to call themselves "Doctor", such as MD, DDS, DVM, JD, DPharm, DMin and PsyD, are not included in the survey.

                                     

1.1. Life sciences Agricultural sciences/natural resources

  • 039 Plant Sciences, Other
  • 066 Forest Sciences and Biology
  • 043 Food Science
  • 030 Plant Pathology/Phytopathology also in biological/biomedical sciences
  • 000 Agricultural Economics
  • 010 Animal Nutrition
  • 079 Forestry and Related Science, Other
  • 072 Wood Science and Pulp/Paper Technology
  • 003 Natural Resource/Environmental Economics also in social sciences
  • 025 Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
  • 019 Animal Science, Other
  • 099 Agricultural Sciences/Natural Resources, Other
  • 080 Wildlife/Range Management
  • 046 Soil Chemistry/Microbiology
  • 020 Agronomy and Crop Science
  • 074 Natural Resources/Conservation
  • 049 Soil Sciences, Other
  • 070 Forest/Resources Management
  • 014 Animal Science, Poultry or Avian
  • 044 Food Science and Technology, Other
  • 055 Fishing and Fisheries Sciences/Management
  • 050 Horticulture Science
  • 081 Environmental Science
  • 098 Agricultural Sciences/Natural Resources, General
                                     

1.2. Life sciences Biological/biomedical sciences

  • 180 Pharmacology, Human and Animal
  • 115 Plant Genetics
  • 104 Computational Biology
  • 168 Virology
  • 130 Anatomy
  • 198 Biology/Biomedical Sciences, General
  • 167 Environmental Toxicology
  • 185 Physiology, Human and Animal
  • 170 Genetics/Genomics, Human and Animal
  • 151 Immunology
  • 175 Pathology, Human and Animal
  • 107 Biotechnology
  • 148 Entomology
  • 142 Developmental Biology/Embryology
  • 102 Bioinformatics
  • 188 Wildlife Biology
  • 136 Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • 155 Structural Biology
  • 145 Endocrinology
  • 152 Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • 158 Cancer Biology
  • 137 Evolutionary Biology
  • 160 Neuroscience
  • 166 Parasitology
  • 189 Zoology
  • 125 Plant Physiology
  • 134 Epidemiology
  • 100 Biochemistry see also #539
  • 105 Biophysics also in physics
  • 103 Biomedical Sciences
  • 133 Biometrics and Biostatistics
  • 169 Toxicology
  • 154 Molecular Biology
  • 199 Biology/Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • 163 Nutrition science
  • 129 Botany/Plant Biology
  • 110 Bacteriology
  • 120 Plant Pathology/Phytopathology also in agricultural sciences
  • 157 Microbiology
  • 139 Ecology
                                     

1.3. Life sciences Health sciences

  • 240 Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • 215 Public Health
  • 280 Health and Behavior
  • 227 Gerontology also in social sciences
  • 207 Oral Biology/Oral Pathology
  • 212 Health Systems/Service Administration
  • 222 Kinesiology/Exercise Science
  • 210 Environmental Health
  • 245 Rehabilitation/Therapeutic Services
  • 250 Veterinary Sciences
  • 298 Health Sciences, General
  • 299 Health Sciences, Other
  • 217 Health Policy Analysis
  • 230 Nursing Science
  • 200 Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
                                     

2. Engineering

  • 333 Engineering Science
  • 342 Materials Science
  • 324 Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • 376 Engineering Management and Administration
  • 345 Mechanical Engineering
  • 366 Petroleum Engineering
  • 357 Nuclear Engineering
  • 312 Chemical Engineering
  • 321 Computer Engineering
  • 300 Aerospace, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering
  • 399 Engineering, Other
  • 327 Engineering Mechanics
  • 337 Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • 348 Metallurgical Engineering
  • 369 Polymer & Plastics Engineering
  • 315 Civil Engineering
  • 339 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • 330 Engineering Physics
  • 306 Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • 398 Engineering, General
  • 316 Structural Engineering
  • 303 Agricultural Engineering
  • 318 Communications Engineering
  • 363 Operations Research also in mathematics and in business management
  • 336 Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • 360 Ocean Engineering
  • 373 Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • 372 Systems Engineering


                                     

3. Computer and information sciences

  • 415 Robotics
  • 419 Computer and Information sciences, Other
  • 410 Information Science and Systems
  • 400 Computer Science
  • 418 Computer and Information sciences, General
                                     

4. Mathematics

  • 455 Topology, Foundations
  • 498 Mathematics/Statistics, General
  • 450 Statistics also in social sciences
  • 430 Analysis & Functional Analysis
  • 445 Number Theory
  • 420 Applied Mathematics
  • 435 Geometry/Geometric Analysis
  • 440 Logic
  • 460 Computing Theory and Practice
  • 425 Algebra
  • 465 Operations Research also in engineering and in business management
  • 499 Mathematics/Statistics, Other
                                     

5. Physical sciences

Astronomy

  • 509 Astronomy, Other
  • 511 Astrobiology
  • 505 Astrophysics
  • 500 Astronomy

Ocean/marine sciences

  • 595 Marine Sciences
  • 585 Hydrology & Water Resources
  • 590 Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
  • 599 Ocean/Marine Sciences, Other
                                     

5.1. Physical sciences Astronomy

  • 509 Astronomy, Other
  • 511 Astrobiology
  • 505 Astrophysics
  • 500 Astronomy
                                     

5.2. Physical sciences Atmospheric science and meteorology

  • 514 Meteorology
  • 512 Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics
  • 518 Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, General
  • 510 Atmospheric Chemistry and Climatology
  • 519 Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, Other
                                     

5.3. Physical sciences Chemistry

  • 522 Inorganic Chemistry
  • 526 Organic Chemistry
  • 538 Chemistry, General
  • 532 Polymer Chemistry
  • 520 Analytical Chemistry
  • 528 Medicinal Chemistry
  • 530 Physical Chemistry
  • 534 Theoretical Chemistry
  • 539 Chemistry, Other see also #100
                                     

5.4. Physical sciences Geological and Earth sciences

  • 550 Stratigraphy & Sedimentation
  • 542 Geochemistry
  • 559 Geological and Earth Sciences, Other
  • 540 Geology
  • 548 Mineralogy & Petrology
  • 558 Geological and Earth Sciences, General
  • 552 Geomorphology & Glacial Geology
  • 544 Geophysics & Seismology
  • 546 Paleontology
                                     

5.5. Physical sciences Ocean/marine sciences

  • 595 Marine Sciences
  • 585 Hydrology & Water Resources
  • 590 Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
  • 599 Ocean/Marine Sciences, Other
                                     

6. Psychology

  • 621 Industrial and Organizational See also #935
  • 600 Clinical Psychology
  • 620 Family Psychology
  • 613 Human Development and Family Studies
  • 633 Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
  • 627 Neuropsychology/Physiological Psychology
  • 639 Social Psychology
  • 636 School Psychology also in education
  • 648 Psychology, General
  • 649 Psychology, Other
  • 614 Health and Medical Psychology
  • 615 Experimental Psychology
  • 603 Cognitive Psychology & Psycholinguistics
  • 624 Personality Psychology
  • 618 Educational Psychology also in education
  • 609 Counseling
  • 602 Behavioral analysis
  • 612 Developmental and Child Psychology
                                     

7. Social sciences

  • 690 Statistics also in mathematics
  • 662 Demography/Population studies
  • 684 Gerontology also in health sciences
  • 670 Geography
  • 686 Sociology
  • 665 Natural Resource/Environmental Economics also in agricultural sciences
  • 699 Social Sciences, Other
  • 657 Criminal Justice and Corrections
  • 650 Anthropology, General
  • 694 Urban Affairs/Studies
  • 668 Econometrics
  • 674 International Relations/Affairs
  • 676 Linguistics
  • 667 Economics
  • 655 Anthropology, Cultural
  • 698 Social Sciences, General
  • 656 Anthropology, Physical and Biological
  • 695 Urban/City, Community and Regional Planning
  • 652 Area/Ethnic/Cultural Studies
  • 658 Criminology
  • 682 Public Policy Analysis
  • 651 Gender and Womens Studies
  • 678 Political Science & Government
                                     

8.1. Humanities History

  • 719 History, Other
  • 700 American History U.S. and Canada
  • 705 European History
  • 707 Latin American History
  • 708 Middle/Near East Studies
  • 706 African History
  • 718 History, General
  • 703 Asian History
  • 710 History, Science and Technology and Society
                                     

8.2. Humanities Letters

  • 723 Comparative Literature
  • 734 English Language
  • 737 Rhetoric and Composition
  • 736 Speech and Rhetorical Studies
  • 739 Letters, Other
  • 738 Letters, General
  • 735 Creative Writing
  • 732 American Literature U.S. and Canada
  • 720 Classics
  • 724 Folklore
  • 733 English Literature British and Commonwealth
                                     

8.3. Humanities Foreign languages and literature

  • 743 German
  • 769 Other Languages and Literature
  • 749 Spanish
  • 746 Italian
  • 740 French
  • 762 Japanese
  • 768 Arabic
  • 758 Chinese
  • 750 Latin American
  • 752 Russian
                                     

8.4. Humanities Other humanities

  • 770 American/U.S. Studies
  • 780 Music
  • 778 Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • 798 Humanities, General
  • 790 Religion/Religious studies
  • 795 Drama/Theater Arts
  • 799 Humanities, Other
  • 787 Music Performance
  • 792 Bible/Biblical Studies
  • 776 Art History/Criticism/Conservation
  • 773 Archaeology
  • 786 Music Theory and Composition
  • 785 Philosophy
  • 777 Jewish/Judaic Studies and History
                                     

9. Education

Teacher education

  • 858 Adult and Continuing Teacher Education
  • 852 Elementary Teacher Education
  • 856 Secondary Teacher Education
  • 850 Pre-elementary/Early Childhood Teacher Education

Other education

  • 895 Workforce Education and Development
  • 899 Education, Other
  • 898 Education, General
                                     

9.1. Education Research and administration

  • 808 Educational Policy Analysis
  • 804 Educational and Human Resource Studies/Development
  • 810 Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • 806 Urban Education and Leadership
  • 800 Curriculum & Instruction
  • 830 Social/Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • 812 Educational/Instructional Technology
  • 815 Educational Statistics/Research Methods
  • 820 Educational Assessment/Testing/Measure
  • 835 Special Education
  • 840 Counseling Education/Counseling and Guidance
  • 805 Educational Administration and Supervision
  • 845 Higher Education/Evaluation and Research
  • 833 International Education
  • 825 School Psychology also in psychology
  • 807 Educational Leadership
  • 822 Educational Psychology also in psychology
                                     

9.2. Education Teacher education

  • 858 Adult and Continuing Teacher Education
  • 852 Elementary Teacher Education
  • 856 Secondary Teacher Education
  • 850 Pre-elementary/Early Childhood Teacher Education
                                     

9.3. Education Teaching fields

  • 878 Nursing Education
  • 885 Social Science Education
  • 889 Teacher Education and Professional Development, Other
  • 864 English Education
  • 882 Literacy and Reading Education
  • 884 Science Education
  • 866 Foreign Languages Education
  • 863 English as a Second or Foreign Language
  • 870 Family and Consumer/Human Science also in fields not elsewhere classified
  • 868 Health Education
  • 880 Physical Education and Coaching
  • 876 Music Education
  • 861 Art Education
  • 865 Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • 874 Mathematics Education
  • 860 Agricultural Education
                                     

9.4. Education Other education

  • 895 Workforce Education and Development
  • 899 Education, Other
  • 898 Education, General
                                     

10. Business management/administration

  • 921 Human Resources Development
  • 910 Business Administration and Management
  • 916 International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • 930 Operations Research also in engineering and in mathematics
  • 901 Finance
  • 935 Organizational Behavior see also #621
  • 912 Hospitality, Food Service and Tourism Management
  • 920 Marketing Management and Research
  • 917 Management Information Systems/Business Statistics
  • 938 Business Management/Administration, General
  • 900 Accounting
  • 915 Business/Managerial Economics
  • 939 Business Management/Administration, Other
                                     

11. Communication

  • 957 Communication Theory
  • 940 Communication research
  • 959 Communication, Other
  • 958 Communication, General
  • 950 Film, Radio, TV, and Digital Communication
  • 947 Mass Communication/Media Studies
                                     

12. Fields not elsewhere classified

  • 972 Library Science
  • 960 Architecture/Environmental Design
  • 974 Parks/Sports/Rec./Leisure/Fitness
  • 980 Social Work
  • 964 Family/Consumer Science/Human Science also in education
  • 989 Other Fields, Not Elsewhere Classified
  • 976 Public Administration
  • 968 Law
  • 984 Theology/Religious Education see also #774, #790
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