Table 2. Percentage distribution of 2003–2004 high school seniors, by intended STEM and non-STEM major upon beginning postsecondary study and STEM courses taken in high school: 2006

STEM major   Non-STEM major
High school STEM course Percent of 2003-2004 high school seniors   Total     mathematics   Biological/ life sciences     Engineering/
technologies/
technicians
Computer and information sciences     Total   Social/
behavioral science
Humanities     Business   Education   Health sciences     Other Non-STEM     Don't
know/
Undecided

Total 100.0   15.8     4.9   0.7     6.7     3.5     77.5   16.2     8.7     15.0   7.5   7.6 12.6     6.6

Highest math course taken in
high school1

No math 0.9   19.5 !     #     #         74.1   16.4 !   #         29.2 ! 21.1 !
Basic math/pre-algebra 5.9   12.5           6.6 !   2.6 !   76.3   20.1     5.0 !   9.9   8.6   14.5 18.2     11.2
Algebra I, geometry, or
algebra II
45.3   8.9     2.1   0.7     2.6     3.5     84.0   18.9     7.7     13.7   7.6   19.0 17.2     7.1
Trigonometry, statistics,
pre-calculus
34.6   15.7     5.7   0.6     6.2     3.2     77.7   15.7     9.8     17.0   8.5   16.0     10.7     6.5
Calculus 13.3   31.8     9.7   1.1 !   16.6     4.4     62.9   10.9     8.8     14.0   5.1   18.2     5.9     5.3

Highest math course taken in
high school1

Basic or no science2 8.1   12.1           4.7 !   4.8 !   79.5   20.2     6.4     15.4   9.9   12.9 14.6     8.4
College prep started3 58.4   11.0     2.8   0.7     3.6     3.9     82.0   17.6     8.5     15.3   8.1   17.7 14.8     7.0
College prep completed4 16.4   18.8     5.0   0.7 !   9.7     3.4     74.2   14.4     8.5     16.5   7.8   14.9 12.1     7.1
Advanced5 17.2   26.1     10.7   1.0     11.8     2.6     68.8   13.7     9.7     12.4   5.3   20.5 7.2     5.1

# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 30 percent or more of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards are not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 50 percent or more of the estimate).
1 Sample members for whom no high school transcript was received are not included in the estimates.
2 Basic or no science: student has not taken general biology, chemistry 1, or physics 1.
3 College prep started: student has taken general biology, chemistry 1, or physics 1.
4 College prep completed: student has taken general biology, chemistry 1, and physics 1.
5 Advanced: student has taken advanced biology, chemistry 2, or physics 2.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2QTSCWT. The flag variable G12COHRT was used to produce data that are based on 2003-2004 high school seniors interviewed in both 2004 and 2006. Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002) Second Follow-up, 2006."