Contact: Carolyn Wilson (

For Immediate Release

U.S. Geoscience Enrollments and Degrees Grow Robustly in 2011-2012

Alexandria, VA – New data collected by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
and published in Geoscience Currents 68 reaffirms a decade-long trend of
continued growth in U.S. undergraduate enrollments in the geosciences during the
2011-2012 academic year. The preliminary data shows an increase of approximately
3.3% for undergraduate enrollments, and more than 3,200 geoscience degrees
conferred for the year. Graduate enrollments in the geosciences have remained
relatively steady, reflecting that most programs are operating at-capacity. Of
particular note regarding degrees awarded in 2011-2012 is the strong 44%
increase in Master’s degrees awarded, rising to 1,541. This robust growth is
largely attributed to sharp increases in Master’s degrees awarded in
environmental science programs nationwide and geology programs in the Gulf Coast
and Northeast regions.

A copy of Geoscience Currents 68 can be found online at

Geoscience Currents are quick snapshots of data released by AGI on the status of
the geoscience workforce. The Currents represent data collaborations with other
societies, employers, and professionals. Topics for these reports are inspired
by inquiries from geoscience community leaders. Interested in participating in
AGI’s Geoscience Currents? Visit
and register to receive free email updates containing the latest Geoscience


The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific
and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists,
geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides
information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in
the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and
strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in
society’s use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with
the environment.

      # # #