Table 2-3
Estimated enrollment in undergraduate mathematics and statistics courses: 1980–2000
 
Institution and
course level
1980    1985    1990    1995    2000
Thousands Percent   Thousands Percent   Thousands Percent   Thousands Percent   Thousands Percent
4-year institutions                          
All mathematics 1,525 100.0   1,619 100.0   1,619 100.0   1,469 100.0   1,614 100.0
Remedial 242 15.9   251 15.5   261 16.1   222 15.1   219 13.6
Introductory 602 39.5   593 36.6   592 36.6   613 41.7   723 44.8
Calculus 590 38.7   637 39.3   647 40.0   538 36.6   570 35.3
Advanced 91 6.0   138 8.5   119 7.4   96 6.5   102 6.3
Other NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA
All statistics NA NA   NA NA   169 10.4   208 14.2   245 15.2
Elementary NA NA   NA NA   117 7.2   164 11.2   190 11.8
Upper level NA NA   NA NA   52 3.2   44 3.0   55 3.4
2-year institutions                          
All mathematics 925 100.0   900 100.0   1,241 100.0   1,384 100.0   1,273 100.0
Remedial 441 47.7   482 53.6   724 58.3   800 57.8   763 59.9
Introductory 180 19.5   188 20.9   245 19.7   295 21.3   274 21.5
Calculus 86 9.3   97 10.8   128 10.3   129 9.3   106 8.3
Advanced NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA
Other 218 23.6   133 14.8   144 11.6   160 11.6   130 10.2
All statistics 28 3.0   36 4.0   54 4.4   72 5.2   74 5.8
Elementary 28 3.0   36 4.0   54 4.4   72 5.2   74 5.8
Upper level NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA
 
NA not available

NOTES: The curriculum of course levels differs between 2-year mathematics programs and 4-year mathematics departments. However, remedial courses generally include high school-level courses in elementary and intermediate algebra and geometry. Introductory mathematics courses include college algebra, trigonometry, precalculus, and courses for non-science majors. Other mathematics courses in 2-year programs include linear algebra, discrete and finite mathematics, probability, and mathematics for liberal arts majors and prospective elementary school teachers.

SOURCE: D. J. Lutzer, J.W. Maxwell, and S.B. Rodl. Statistical Abstract of Undergraduate Programs in the Mathematical Sciences in the United States, Fall 2000 CBMS Survey, (Washington, DC: American Mathematical Society, 2002).
 
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