Cardinal FangPosts: 7,155Registered UserSenior Member
I'd check with a couple of her colleges of interest just to be sure, but she should be fine. Even at the top schools, many students haven't even taken calculus as high school students.
I would recommend that you call the colleges your D is likely to apply to and ask. Calc BC is as high as many high school math programs go ( it is in my D's school), so they may understand that she would rather take the AP science classes mentioned.Seems to me if she is in Calc AB as a junior she must have taken H.S. math classes in middle school, ask each school's admission department how they look at this. She sounds like she works hard and is not afraid to take difficult classes. Good luck!
"4 years of math" is an old guideline that was meant to encourage an optimal level of proficiency as a a base for college sciences, back when Calculus was a higher level attained by only a very select few. Your daughter will have more than satisfied this goal this year. I would encourage her to pursue her science preference. At this stage she will get far more mileage out of following a "passion" than paying obeisance to a stale aphorism.
Calculus BC would be considered 5 years of high school math. Taking AP science courses shouldn't be a problem, though if she likes math she might want to look at online math courses or local college offerings.
Although few colleges require 4 years of math, most do judge students on the rigor of the curriculum they chose. If the school offers Calc, did they take calc? If the school offers differential equations after BC Calc, did they take differential equations? So the question remains, what math classes does your d's school offer beyond BC Calc.
That said, taking AP Chem AND AP physics C in a single year might be quite enough. She may want to have a life (what a concept!)
S1 & S2's HS places middle school math on the HS transcript if it is at the HS level. Many kids, therefore, end up with 6+ years of HS math. You may want to check and see if earlier math courses are included on the transcripts.
No, colleges do not require 4 years of math. S1 took 4 years, but did not take Calc (he took something called Discrete Math instead). S2 was in high school for only 3 years, but went well past Calc. S1 got into top 10 LAC, S2 got into top 10 University. And all that without using the middle school transcript.
I think that you would be in trouble even though it is stupid because I think that the top colleges are really strict when it comes to that they want 4 years of HS Math. See if you can take AP Stat.
Most of my Calc BC class are actually Juniors, I think most will take Stats their senior year (I'm also in stats, and there are many people who took Calc BC their junior year).
Calc BC as a junior at my school is practically unheard of. I would guess if you've gotten that far, it's totally fine to skip math senior year and double up on sciences instead. Usually four years of math are required because otherwise a lot of kids would stop earlier and not get a good base. If you've hit Calc BC, I'd say colleges aren't worried about whether or not you have enough math background. So long as your D isn't slacking off senior year (and I would say 2 AP sciences suggest she probably isn't), she should be fine.
Of course, it never hurts to check with the colleges...
My D took calc bc as a jr and no math as a sr. (she did have AP chem; physics, and enviro.science). She was admitted to MIT, Harvey Mudd, Carnegie-Mellon, and University of Waterloo (school of computer science). If you get through calc, you have met any college's math requirements no matter how many, or few years of math you sat in a classroom for in high school.
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That said, taking AP Chem AND AP physics C in a single year might be quite enough. She may want to have a life (what a concept!)
Of course, it never hurts to check with the colleges...