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Schools See Growth in STEM Majors



By Catherine Groux
Posted October 21, 2011 11:44 AM

Some schools have seen increases in the number of students earning STEM degrees.
Some schools have seen increases in the number of students earning STEM degrees.
A 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce shows that in the past decade, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grew three times faster than positions that were not related to these fields. This increase is expected to continue over the next 10 years.

Many colleges and universities have been working to expand their STEM bachelor's and master's programs to prepare students for jobs in this growing sector. Some of these institutions have been quite successful, seeing significantly increased enrollments in STEM-related degree programs.

For example, the number of students enrolled in STEM degree programs at the University of Tennessee has increased by 28% since 2005, Knox News recently reported. In this time frame, overall enrollment at the school rose by approximately 5%.

Additionally, at Florida Gulf Coast University, there was a 1,000% increase in the number of STEM graduates in the College of Arts and Science in the past 10 years, according to Naples News. This year, the school projects that it will give degrees to about 257 STEM majors.

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