Table 2-2
Freshmen who took recommended college-preparatory courses in high school, by intended major: 1983 and 2001
(Percent)
 
  Minimum
years taken
    Non-S&E major     S&E major
Course   1983 2001   1983 2001
English 4.0   93.9 97.8   94.6 97.9
Mathematics 3.0   87.3 97.8   94.9 98.6
Foreign language 2.0   70.6 92.4   75.2 93.5
Physical sciencesa 2.0   51.7 55.2   66.1 63.1
Biological sciences 2.0   35.8 43.2   35.6 45.7
Computer sciences 0.5   51.6 61.6   63.8 63.6
 
aPhysical sciences include physics, chemistry, astronomy, and earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences.

SOURCE: Higher Education Research Institute, University of California at Los Angeles, Survey of the American Freshman: National Norms, special tabulations, 2003.
 
Science & Engineering Indicators – 2004
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