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NSF HERD Survey Science Codes and Examples

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NSF Science Code

Science Code Description and Examples

A.01-2016
Computer and Information Sciences
Examples Artificial intelligence
Computer and information technology administration and management
Computer science
Computer software and media applications
Computer systems analysis
Computer systems networking and telecommunications
Data processing
Information sciences, studies
Information technology
B.01-2016
Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering
Examples Aerodynamics
Aerospace engineering
Space technology
B.02-2016
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Examples Biological and biosystems engineering
Biomaterials engineering
Biomedical technology
Medical engineering
B.03-2016
Chemical Engineering
Examples Biochemical engineering
Chemical and biomolecular engineering
Engineering chemistry
Paper science
Petroleum refining process
Polymer, plastics engineering
B.04-2016
Civil Engineering
Examples Architectural engineering
Construction engineering
Engineering management, administration
Environmental, environmental health engineering
Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering
Sanitary engineering
Structural engineering
Surveying engineering
Transportation and highway engineering
Water resources engineering
B.05-2016
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering
Examples Communications engineering
Computer engineering
Computer hardware engineering
Computer software engineering
Electrical and electronics engineering
Laser and optical engineering
Power
Telecommunications engineering
B.06-2016
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Examples Industrial engineering
Manufacturing engineering
Operations research
Systems engineering
B.07-2016
Mechanical Engineering
Examples Electromechanical engineering
Mechatronics, robotics, and automation engineering
B.08-2016
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Examples Ceramic sciences and engineering
Geophysical, geological engineering
Materials engineering
Metallurgical engineering
Mining and mineral engineering
Textile sciences and engineering
Welding
B.09-2016
Other Engineering
Examples Agricultural engineering
Engineering design
Engineering mechanics, physics, and science
Engineering physics
Engineering science
Forest engineering
Nanotechnology
Naval architecture and marine engineering
Nuclear engineering
Ocean engineering
Petroleum engineering
Other engineering fields that cannot be classified using the fields listed above
C.01-2016
Atmospheric Science and Meteorology
Examples Aeronomy
Atmospheric chemistry and climatology
Atmospheric physics and dynamics
Extraterrestrial atmospheres
Meteorology
Solar
Weather modification
C.02-2016
Geological and Earth Sciences
Examples Earth and planetary sciences
Geochemistry
Geodesy and gravity
Geology
Geomagnetism
Geophysics and seismology
Hydrology and water resources
Minerology and petrology
Paleomagnetism
Paleontology
Physical geography
Stratigraphy and sedimentation
Surveying
C.03-2016
Ocean Sciences and Marine Sciences
Examples Biological oceanography
Geological oceanography
Marine biology
Marine oceanography
Marine sciences
Oceanography, chemical and physical
C.04-2016
Other Geosciences, Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
Examples Other fields that cannot be classified using the fields listed above
D.01-2016
Agricultural Sciences
Examples Agricultural business and management
Agricultural chemistry
Agricultural economics
Agricultural engineering—report in Engineering
Agricultural production operations
Animal sciences
Applied horticulture and horticultural business services
Aquaculture
Food science and technology
International agriculture
Plant sciences
Soil sciences
Wood science
D.02-2016
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Examples Allergies and immunology
Biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology
Biogeography
Biology and biomedical sciences, general
Biomathematics, bioinformatics, and computational biology
Biotechnology
Botany and plant biology
Cell, cellular biology, and anatomical sciences
Epidemiology, ecology and population biology
Genetics
Microbiological sciences and immunology
Molecular medicine
Neurobiology and neuroscience
Pharmacology and toxicology
Physiology, pathology and related sciences
Zoology, animal biology
D.03-2016
Health Sciences
Examples Advanced, graduate dentistry and oral sciences
Allied health and medical assisting services
Bioethics, medical ethics
Clinical medicine research
Clinical/medical laboratory science/research and allied professions
Communication disorders sciences and services
Dentistry
Dietetics and clinical nutrition services
Health and medical administrative services
Health, medical preparatory programs
Gerontology, health sciences
Kinesiology and exercise science
Medical clinical science, graduate medical studies
Medical illustration and informatics
Medicine
Mental health
Nursing
Optometry
Osteopathic medicine, osteopathy
Pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, and administration
Podiatric medicine, podiatry
Public health
Radiological science
Registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing
Rehabilitation and therapeutic professions
Veterinary biomedical and clinical sciences
Veterinary medicine
Zoology
D.04-2016
Natural Resources and Conservation
Examples Fishing and fisheries sciences and management
Forestry
Natural resources conservation and research
Natural resources economics
Natural resources management and policy
Renewable natural resources
Wildlife and wildlands science and management
D.05-2016
Other Life Sciences
Examples Other life sciences that cannot be classified using the fields listed above
E.01-2016
Mathematics and Statistics
Examples Applied mathematics
Mathematics
Statistics
F.01-2016
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Examples Astronomy
Astrophysics
Planetary astronomy and science
F.02-2016
Chemistry
Examples (except Biochemistry—report in Biological and Biomedical Sciences)
Analytical chemistry
Chemical physics
Environmental chemistry
Forensic chemistry
Inorganic chemistry
Organic chemistry
Organo-metallic chemistry
Physical chemistry
Polymer chemistry
Theoretical chemistry
F.03-2016
Materials Science
Examples Materials chemistry
Materials science
F.04-2016
Physics
Examples Acoustics
Atomic, molecular physics
Condensed matter and materials physics
Elementary particle physics
Mathematical physics
Optics, optical sciences
Plasma, high-temperature physics
Theoretical physics
F.05-2016
Other Physical Sciences
Examples Other physical sciences that cannot be classified using the fields listed above
G.01-2016
Psychology
Examples Clinical psychology
Counseling and applied psychology
Human development
Research and experimental psychology
H.01-2016
Anthropology
Examples Cultural anthropology
Medical anthropology
Physical and biological anthropology
H.02-2016
Economics
Examples Applied economics
Business development
Development economics and international development
Econometrics and quantitative economics
Industrial economics
International economics
Labor economics
Managerial economics
Public finance and fiscal policy
H.03-2016
Political Science and Government
Examples Comparative government
Government
Legal systems
Political economy
Political science
Political theory
H.04-2016
Sociology, Demography, and Population Studies
Examples Comparative and historical sociology
Complex organizations
Cultural and social structure
Demography and population studies
Group interactions
Rural sociology
Social problems and welfare theory
Sociology
H.05-2016
Other Social Sciences
Examples Archeology
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies
Cartography
Criminal science and corrections
Criminology
Geography
Gerontology, social sciences
International relations and national security studies
Linguistics
Public policy analysis
Regional studies
Urban studies, affairs
I.01-2016
Other Sciences
Examples Use this category for R&D that involves at least one S&E field (A–H) if it is impossible to report multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary R&D expenditures in specific fields.
J.01-2016
Business Management and Business Administration
Examples Business administration
Business management
Business, managerial economics
Management information systems and services
Marketing management and research
J.02-2016
Communication and Communications Technologies
Examples Communication and media studies
Communications technologies
Journalism
Radio, television, and digital communication
J.03-2016
Education
Examples Education administration and supervision
Education research
Teacher education, specific levels and methods
Teaching fields
J.04-2016
Humanities
Examples English language and literature, letters
Foreign languages and literatures
History, including history and philosophy of science and technology
Humanities, general
Liberal arts and sciences
Philosophy and religious studies
Theology and religious vocations
J.05-2016
Law
Examples Law
Legal studies
J.06-2016
Social Work
Examples (no specific examples)
J.07-2016
Visual and Performing Arts
Examples Drama, theatre arts and stagecraft
Film, video, and photographic arts
Fine and studio arts
Music
J.08-2016
Other Non-S&E Fields
Examples Architecture
City, urban, community and regional planning
Family, consumer sciences and human sciences
Foods, nutrition, and wellness studies
Landscape architecture
Library science
Military technology and applied science
Parks, sports, recreation, leisure and fitness
Public administration and public affairs
Other non-S&E fields that cannot be classified using the fields listed above
Also, use this category for R&D that involves multiple non-S&E fields if it is impossible to report multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary R&D expenditures in specific fields.