don't take honors chem. DON'T DO IT.
idk how it is at davis, but my friend at UCSD said that it kicked his butt. he's a genius. he's done the honors chem & ap chem thing, 5 on the ap test, super smart math nerd. he survived, but he said that he really really really strongly advises people to not take honors courses their freshman year. it's not like honors classes in high school at all.
i do know that AP chem is SOOOO much harder than honors chem... i got A+'s in honors chem (a hard class at my old high school) and literally passed out after school from stress trying to get passing grade on tests in our AP chem class the next year (an almost impossible class at my old high school). i survived, but i cannot even imagine honors chem at a college course...
if anyone has actually taken honors chem at davis, speak up :P but this is just what i've heard