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Engineering majors up fro last year

By Annabelle Boyd

The School of Engineering attracted 64.5 percent of those members of the Class of 1992 who have declared majors, according to the Registrar's current account. This figure represents a small increase from last year when 61.9 percent of declared majors were in engineering.

Seventy out of this year's 1044 sophomores have yet to choose a department. Students are not required to designate majors until the end of the sophomore year.

The percentage of students entering the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science rose slightly over last year, ending a three-year downward trend in enrollment. Of those students who declared majors, 266 (27.3 percent) declared majors in EECS. That department had been chosen by 24.3 percent of the Class of 1991. Just three years ago, 33 percent of the freshman class declared Course VI. This was the first year transfer students were allowed to major in EECS.

More members of the Class of 1992 declared majors in EECS than in the second and third place departments -- mechanical engineering and aeronautics and astronautics -- combined. Mechanical engineering showed a slight rise from the last year, as did aeronautics and astronautics. One hundred and fifty-one students declared Course II and 77 students opted for Course XVI.

Chemical engineering attracted 61 majors, compared to 47 last year. Nuclear engineering got 4 new majors, while 39 members of the Class of 1992 decided to major in materials science and engineering. Civil engineering showed a substantial drop it its share, falling from 42 new students last year to 27 this year.

About 22.8 percent of the Class of 1992 who picked departments chose to major in the School of Science -- a moderate decrease from last year's 25.2 percent. The school has so far attracted 223 new students. Most of the science departments recruited roughly the same percentage of students this year as last. Only biology showed a substantial dip in majors. Ninety-eight students from the Class of 1991 chose to major in biology, while only 78 students in the Class of 1992 made that same decision. Mathematics gained 14 more students than it did last year, with a total of 45 members of the Class of 1992 declaring Course XVIII.

The number of students entering the School of Architecture and Planning dropped to 31 from last year's 47. The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, which is in the Whitaker College of Health Sciences, Technology and Management, has so far attracted 15 new students. The Sloan School of Management drew 32 majors -- 12 less than last year.

The School of Humanities and Social Science registered a drop in its percentage of majors -- to 4.6 percent from last year's 5.8 percent. Political science showed a marked increase in new enrollment, with 16 majors joining the department, seven more than last year. Economics experienced a sharp decline in its share of majors, recruiting only 23 new members, compared with 40 last year.