Which science course would benefit me the most for college admissions and prep for college?

Which science course would benefit me the most for college admissions and prep for college? Topic: Which science course would benefit me the most for college admissions and prep for college?
April 22, 2019 / By Aden
Question: I'm a little confused. Freshman year I took Earth and Space, then Honors Biology soph year, followed by Honors Chemistry Jr year. My main concern is getting into the best possible college (I take mainly honors courses and one AP) and I excelled at chemistry the most of all three I have taken. I was thinking of AP Chemistry and earning college credits early but my father thinks it may be beneficial to take honors (not AP) physics next year instead, because I will need to know some physics for college. I still need to take 2 SAT II's also. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Steffie Steffie | 1 day ago
Physics, believe it or not, is the least popular of the science classes taken in high school. Most colleges like to see students that have taken a variety of subjects rather than the same ones at harder levels. Yes, it is better to take physics because it is much more difficult and requires a stronger connective thinking, in addition to pre-calculus (or at least trigonometry), and later on calculus. Do not be intimidated by physics if it looks hard at first, that is just to prepared you for college level courses. If you have the chance, you can also take AP Chemistry with Physics Honors (Physics 1 Honors called in my high school). I know at least 5 friends that are taking those two classes this year. I choose the wrong AP this year (bio) and I'm the only one in my school this year taking that combination. Anyway, in Physics, you will need to study really hard because it is a challenging class; in fact, Honors Physics is harder than AP Chemistry, so expect hours of studying. One tip to get you started is that you should solve as much problems as you can from your Physics textbook. Sometimes you won't know how to solve certain problems. In that case you should buy Schaum's Outlines College Physics 10th edition. This study guide works wonders!!! (Yes, "College" Physics even if you are not taking AP Physics because the class is very complicated). Do not rely on just memorizing formulas to pass the exams, this is NOT math!!! This is more than math, and unlike mathematics, EVERY problem is different!!!! More colleges will be more likely to accept you if you take Physics because of all its characterists and for being so broad. Of course, this decision is up to you, not me. Colleges like AP classes, too, so this is a hard decision to make between such fine classes of high difficulty. I just listed some of the characterists and tips when you take physics, if you choose it. I hope I helped!! Good luck with your choice!!
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Steffie Originally Answered: A question about college admissions.?
For Stanford and U.Chicago, you would need a crystal ball. Schools are so competitive that they are regularly turning away students with similar stats. (And you don't say what her SAT scores are.) Schools are looking for a combination of everything: great scores and grades, glowing recommendations, a high level of participation in a few different extra-curriculars, and fabulous essays that show what a glowing person the applicant is. And with so few spots, a person can have all of these things and still not get into the top schools. Berkeley is also extremely hard to get into out-of-state. And it doesn't matter if she takes 50 APs--they want to see that you've done well on the tests as well. Notre Dame might be easier. But with so many people vying for so few spots, everything is up in the air for the next few years. The best advice for your cousin? Reach for the stars, but choose several colleges--ones that she has a small chance of getting into (Berkeley, Stanford, U.Chicago), ones she has a decent chance of getting into (Notre Dame), and ones she is pretty much guaranteed admission to.

Quanna Quanna
I'm in Honors Physics this year as a senior and regret not taking AP instead. I'm also in AP Biology, but I was able to take both the SAT subject tests to get good scores. Colleges look at the rigor of your course schedule as one of the most important things. It shows them you have a good work ethic and want to pursue a challenge. But I don't think physics will be difficult in college. It's better to go ahead and take AP classes like Chem that you know you could test out of and then earn credit for. Believe me your dad will like the fact that he will save college money because you tested out of AP Chem. Good Luck!
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Meade Meade
I'm going to agree with your dad. It would be a good idea to get a good grounding in physics before you head of to college.
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Lauryn Lauryn
i've taken both ap chem and ap physics. ap chem was considerably harder. it depends on what you want to do, but if you want to go into science or engineering, go with physics. or, better yet, take both of them next year
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Jobeth Jobeth
Your father gave you very good advice. You should have at least one physics course before you graduate.
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Jobeth Originally Answered: Im a freshman in high school. Is it too soon to start applying or start contacting admissions for college?
Yes, it is way too early. People typically start applying for college in their senior year in high school, when they are about to graduate. Prior to senior year, you need to start doing everything that will make a college want you; as an example, do extracurricular activities, get internships (frequently available for high school students), study extremely hard to maintain high grades, and a high GPA (colleges require transcripts from all of your high school years, so this is extremely important). Start to earn the respect and admiration of your high school teachers, seeing as you will need them later on to submit letters of recommendation. It is great that you already know what colleges you aspire to attend; there are many in senior year, about to graduate, who don't even have a clue. So, with that being said, in your junior year in high school, you will need to take the SAT, which is a basic requirement for college. If you aspire to attend Ivy Leagues, such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, etc, they will additionally require 2 SAT Subject tests. It is important to score high on those as well. In your senior year, like I previously mentioned, you will need to start applying to colleges. To do so, you will need to use the Common Application or Universal College Application; there you will find the colleges you wish to attend, and you need to fill out the forms they provide you, such as university-specific questions, Writing supplements, letters of recommendation, SAT scores, and high school transcripts. It is important in the writing supplement to essentially show colleges what makes you diverse from the competition; it is perhaps the most important part of the application, second only to grades and extra-curriculars. I hope this answer helped. Best of luck; as long as you stay determined and work hard, you will succeed.
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