They are according to this article in the Examiner. However, let’s look at the data. The table below gives the number of first preferences for each ‘discipline’ after the February and July deadline. The % change is based on the February. Overall, there was an increase in total first preferences of 9.7% between February and July and that’s because many students express no preference in February – they effectively just get themselves registered on the system.
I’ll leave it up to you to make sense of all this. However, it’s hard to make and argument that students are rejecting science. I suspect that if you look back over the last 5 to ten years, you’ll probably find that science is more or less at it’s natural level – and that doesn’t change a whole lot from year to year.
Incidentally, I wish the CAO would publish the July data on their website and do so every year. They do this for the February data so why not July? And why not put the data in Excel form?