Table 2-9
Field switching among postsecondary students beginning 4-year colleges and universities in 2004: 2009
 
    Major when last enrolled in 2009 (%)
Major in 2004 Number Agricultural/
biological
sciences
Physical/math/
computer
sciences
Engineering Social and
behavioral
sciences
Non-S&E Undeclared/
not in degree
program
 
All majors 1,387,700 6.8 5.7 5.8 15.5 60.7 5.6
S&E              
Agricultural/biological sciences 71,300 53.7 3.6 1.3 10.9 28.3 2.2
Physical/math/computer sciences 68,900 5.0 43.0 5.6 8.2 31.1 7.1
Engineering 95,500 2.7 10.1 55.9 3.5 22.3 5.4
Social/behavioral sciences 108,600 2.2 1.1 1.0 60.7 31.8 3.3
Non-S&E 651,500 3.5 2.5 1.5 7.7 79.4 5.4
Missing/undeclared 391,900 6.2 5.0 2.9 20.8 58.0 7.1
 

NOTES: Data excludes students who were not enrolled after July 2006, including those who had obtained their degree by that date. Physical sciences include earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences. Social sciences include history.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, Second Follow-Up (BPS:04/09), http://nces.ed.gov/datalab/index.aspx.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012