Post by maff
Decoding Why Few Girls Choose Science, Math
It was only in 2001 that the number of women physics undergraduates in the USA topped 20%.
In terms of the UCSD undergraduate body, it is hard to dispute the fact that males and females are in no way evenly distributed
across all majors. For instance, according to fall 2004 third-week statistics, females made up 13 percent of electrical and
computer engineering majors, and 24 percent of computer engineering majors. Contrast this to the 74 percent of psychology
majors and 74 percent of communication majors that are female. Lets have a CSE/psychology mixer, yeah? Majors with a more
even distribution of the sexes include economics, political science and, gasp, math! And who would have known biology is
made up of 60 percent women?
includes 1994 stats
George said there tend to be an equal number of men and women enrolled in biology classes. There are usually as many
women as men in my classes, he said. This semester I am teaching bio statistics and I have way more female students.
George added that there are a few more female biology majors than male majors.
Professor of Physics Robert Hilborn said that there are more females than males in Physics 16 and 17, although the class is
largely composed of students pursuing biology and pre-med. According to Hilborn, in Physics 23 and 24, which are mostly
taken by physics and math majors, the male-to-female ratio is 50-50. Hilborn also said that in upper level physics there tended to
be more men than women, but the reason is unknown.
Neuroscience major Ashley Pecora 06 said that her classes are predominantly female. Based on memory, I would say women
dominate men in most of my science classes [in a ratio of] about 60 to 40, she said.
Liz Staunton 05, a math major, said that there is a gender difference in her math classes. I think that the ratio of men-to-women
in most of math classes is probably 65 to 35, she said. It is probably close to the same ratio for math majors.
Nick de Takacsy, chair of the University Admissions Committee (UAC), presented a report on the gender composition of
rather old numbers
Degrees granted and gender,
University of Saskatchewan 1989