Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard)
by Christopher Drew
The New York Times
November 4, 2011
This article looks at why many STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) undergraduates change majors or drop out entirely. A combination of factors including the lack of engaging projects, years spent learning theory and competition among high-achieving students play a factor. Universities like Worcester Polytechnic Institute are trying non-traditional curriculum to keep students engaged.