Why Undergraduate College Students Leave the Sciences

April 09, 2004

Between 40 and 60 percent of students entering college planning to major in science, math, or engineering end up switching to other majors before graduation. Sociologist Elaine Seymour surveyed hundreds of students in an effort to find out why so many initally motivated undergraduates abandon science and engineering majors early in their college careers. She joins us on Focus today from the University of Colorado to share her findings.

Guest: Elaine Seymour (Director of Ethnography and Evaluation Research, Bureau of Sociological Research, University of Colorado)