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Long Beach State Ranks Highest in the Nation in Awarding Women Physics Degrees

Published February 7, 2019

Long Beach State Ranks Highest in the Nation in Awarding Women Physics Degrees

The Physics and Astronomy department receives national recognition for awarding the most undergraduate degrees in nation.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019) – Long Beach State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy received recognition for awarding the most bachelor’s degrees per year in the nation, and for awarding the most bachelor’s degrees per year to women in an analysis from the American Physical Society.

“The redesign of our graduate program and the care the faculty brings to students’ academic and personal well-being has attracted a growing number of students to the program,” said department Chair Andreas Bill. “This has greatly affected graduation rates.”

In five years, the Department of Physics and Astronomy has grown its student body from 40 students to 150 undergraduates. During that same timeframe, the department doubled the number of students working toward a master’s degree from about 30 to 60 students.

In its study, the American Physical Society compared all 56 institutions in the nation that grant master’s degrees in physics. The group found that Long Beach State University ranked among the highest universities in the nation in awarding degrees to minority students and women, and it graduated the most students with bachelor’s degrees in the nation with an average of 40 degrees granted between 2015 and 2017. Women make up 27 percent of those who graduate from the program, with 32 undergraduate degrees awarded to women between 2015 and 2017.

CSULB also ranked second highest in the number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded to underrepresented minority students.



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