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Chemistry at community college over the summer?
Hello! I'm currently a sophomore in high school, aiming to major in some branch of biology and eventually pursuing a medical career in cardiology.
(Here's some background, but feel free to skip directly to the question:
Our school's AP chemistry teacher's pedagogy doesn't suit me at all, and being in her chemistry honors class has been a generally horrible experience for me. With that in mind, I've decided to not take AP chemistry at my school. However, knowing that chemistry is a major part of biology, I'm debating on if I need to take chemistry over the summer to fill up that hole in my transcript.
My current STEM taken/planned courses are:
Freshman: Honors Biology, Alg2/Trig
Sophomore: AP Biology, Honors Chem, AP Calc BC
Junior: AP Physics 1, AP Stats
Senior: AP Physics 2, AP Psychology, possibly take an online math course? (school doesn't offer anything past AP Stats)
I currently have a 4.0 unweighted GPA and a 4.75 10-12 weighted GPA. I'm aiming to get into either Ivy-League or high-ranking UC schools.)
The question is, would not taking a college-level chem course significantly hinder my chances of being accepted into a top college for my chosen major? Or would the AP Physics during the school year be an acceptable substitute?