ERIC Number: ED064061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Choice of Academic Major in College vs. High School Physics Background.
Smithson, John R.
A survey of entering freshmen at the United States Naval Academy was made in 1970 and 1971 to find their intended major. These tentative major choices were compared with high school physics background. The sample consisted of 2,510 students from all 50 states. Tables included are physics background, percentage choosing physics major, percentage taking college-level high school physics, major choices vs. high school physics background and percentage of technical major choices. In each case, the sample was subdivided into groups which had taken Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC), Harvard Project, conventional, or no physics course in high school. A slightly higher percentage of PSSC students chose a technical major due to a larger number of engineering choices, but a greater percentage of students from conventional courses chose physics as a major. The number of students from Harvard Project Physics was too small for valid conclusions. Differences in high school physics background did not make large differences in major choices, except that those who did not take physics in high school avoided all technical majors, while a large percentage of those with a second year of high school physics chose technical majors. (Author/TS)
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Identifiers: American Association of Physics Teachers; Naval Academy MD
Note: Paper presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers annual meeting, San Francisco, California, February 2, 1972