Table 54. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by enrolled science course and discussion of courses to take: 2009

Discussion of courses to take 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

Talked about math courses to take this year with ...
Mother or female guardian2
Yes 13.8 39.9 11.6 19.5 1.7 8.5 5.1
No 20.6 30.0 13.0 19.5 1.8 ! 10.5 4.6
Father or male guardian2
Yes 12.5 41.8 12.0 19.1 1.8 7.5 5.4
No 19.4 31.2 12.9 19.2 1.8 ! 10.8 4.6
Friends
Yes 13.9 38.5 12.1 19.3 1.7 8.6 5.9
No 19.1 32.6 12.5 19.5 1.7 ! 10.0 4.6
Favorite teacher
Yes 14.0 41.2 11.0 16.1 1.6 8.9 7.2
No 18.4 32.9 12.7 20.0 1.8 9.8 4.5
School counselor
Yes 13.9 38.3 13.7 18.4 1.6 7.6 6.6
No 18.6 33.2 12.2 19.6 1.8 ! 10.1 4.6
None of these people
Yes 21.7 28.3 12.6 20.0 2.2 ! 11.0 4.2
No 15.4 37.7 12.3 19.1 1.4 8.8 5.3

Talked about non-math, non-science courses to take this year with . . .
Mother or female guardian2
Yes 15.6 37.5 12.4 19.5 1.4 8.7 4.9
No 20.5 30.0 12.4 19.8 2.1 ! 10.5 4.6
Father or male guardian2
Yes 14.3 38.0 12.9 19.4 1.6 8.3 5.4
No 19.3 32.2 12.4 19.3 1.9 ! 10.6 4.4
Friends
Yes 15.5 35.8 12.3 20.1 1.5 9.7 5.1
No 19.4 32.9 12.5 19.3 1.9 ! 9.5 4.7
Favorite teacher
Yes 16.0 37.7 11.4 18.0 1.4 8.6 7.0
No 18.2 33.3 12.6 19.9 1.8 9.7 4.5
School counselor
Yes 15.5 37.1 13.6 18.3 1.3 8.0 6.2
No 18.5 33.2 12.1 20.0 1.8 ! 9.9 4.5
None of these people
Yes 20.2 28.8 12.7 20.2 10.8 4.6
No 17.1 35.8 12.3 19.4 1.4 9.1 4.9
! 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 Students who did not have the appropriate parent/guardian were not included.
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.