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FARGO, N.D. — Science used to be seen as a male-dominated profession, but that's beginning to change as women take on new roles.

North Dakota State University had a total of 702 women enroll in science and mathematics last fall.

That's up 16% compared to five years ago.

Educators say the upward trend will continue as more women pave the way for the future.

"I don't have the exact numbers, but generally I've seen an increase in undergraduate student population and certainly in our graduate population," says Distinguished Professor Dr. Kalpana Katti. "It used to be all male — all the master's and Ph.D. students — and now we're seeing more female students."

Northwestern University found nationwide, women who earn science degrees has grown by 18% in the last 50 years.