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Table 51. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by enrolled science course and students' educational expectations and plans after high school: 2009

Student's expection and plans No science   Biology   Earth science   Physical science   Chemistry   Other science1   Two or more  
Total 17.9 34.0 12.4 19.5 1.7 9.6 4.9
                           
Student's expectation2                            
High school or less 24.7 24.8 13.2 20.9 10.8 4.1
Some college 22.5 30.9 15.3 18.6 1.2 6.7 4.7
Bachelor's degree 16.5 35.3 12.3 19.8 1.3 ! 10.0 4.9
Graduate/professional degree 13.9 40.1 10.9 18.7 2.1 8.5 5.8
Don't know 20.4 29.2 13.5 20.1 1.5 ! 11.3 4.0
                           
Student's plans for the first year after high school                            
Enroll in an associate degree program                            
Yes 19.6 32.6 13.7 19.3 1.1 ! 9.5 4.1
No 17.6 34.3 12.0 19.6 1.8 9.6 5.1
Enroll in a bachelor's degree program                            
Yes 14.5 39.5 10.8 19.2 1.9 8.4 5.6
No 21.3 28.6 13.8 19.9 1.5 ! 10.7 4.2
Obtain a license or certificate in a career field                            
Yes 17.5 33.5 10.4 19.9 1.5 ! 10.4 6.7
No 18.0 34.1 12.6 19.5 1.7 9.4 4.7
Attend a registered apprenticeship program                            
Yes 10.7 39.6 11.1 18.0 1.2 ! 9.2 10.2
No 18.2 33.9 12.3 19.6 1.7 9.6 4.8
Join the armed services                            
Yes 21.0 29.1 12.6 22.2 0.8 ! 8.9 5.4
No 17.7 34.5 12.3 19.3 1.8 9.6 4.9
Get a job                            
Yes 19.4 32.6 12.2 19.8 1.2 9.7 5.1
No 16.8 35.1 12.4 19.4 2.1 ! 9.4 4.8
Start a family                            
Yes 24.2 30.2 12.2 17.8 1.0 ! 8.4 6.2
No 17.5 34.3 12.3 19.7 1.7 9.6 4.8
Travel                            
Yes 20.2 34.0 11.1 17.2 1.7 9.8 6.0
No 17.6 34.0 12.5 19.9 1.7 9.5 4.8
Do volunteer or missionary work                            
Yes 14.0 39.1 10.4 18.7 3.1 ! 8.4 6.5
No 18.3 33.6 12.5 19.6 1.6 9.7 4.8
Not sure                            
Yes 20.3 31.3 13.6 18.3 2.1 ! 10.9 3.6
No 17.6 34.4 12.1 19.7 1.6 9.4 5.1
! 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 Other science includes courses such as general science, integrated science, and principles of technology.
2 Black, non-Hispanic includes African American. Hispanic includes Latino. All other races, non-Hispanic includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races. Parent's race/ethnicity is the race/ethnicity of the interviewed parent or guardian.
NOTE: All estimates are weighted by W1STUDENT. Totals may not fall within the range of categorical values due to differential item nonresponse. Details may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), Base-Year.


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