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Table 4. 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
High school STEM course Percent of 2003–2004
seniors intending a
STEM major
  Some College     Bachelor's degree     Graduate/
professional
degree
    Don't know  
Total 100.0   9.9     33.3     51.7     5.0  
                           
Highest math course taken in
high school1
                         
No math   #     #         #  
Basic math/pre-algebra 2.3   42.4 !   40.3 !   5.4      
Algebra I, geometry, or
algebra II
22.3   23.2     38.2     31.5     7.1  
Trigonometry, statistics,
pre-calculus
40.9   7.7     36.8     51.4     4.0  
Calculus 34.2   2.3     26.8     66.2     4.6  
                           
Highest math course taken in
high school1
                         
Basic or no science2 3.2   41.2     27.2     31.6 !   #  
College prep started3 38.8   17.1     39.8     37.2     5.5  
College prep completed4 23.7   4.6     36.1     54.3     5.0  
Advanced5 34.3   3.1     25.7     66.6     4.6  
                           
                           
# 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: High school or less column not shown: reporting standards not met or percentages round to zero in all cases. 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 100 percent due to rounding or because the high school or less column is not included.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002) Second Follow-up, 2006."


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