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Is it bad not to take math for 2 years?

BingColdBingCold Registered User Posts: 1,046 Senior Member
edited February 2006 in College Admissions
Hey all, i was just wondering if it's bad if my friend didn't take math for junior and senior years (although he already has 5 years of math: algebra1, geometry, algebra2, precalc, and calc AB). Instead he focused more on AP sciences, which is what he intends to major in in college. Thanks for the input!
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Replies to: Is it bad not to take math for 2 years?

  • nom de plumenom de plume Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    He has sufficient explanation for his math credits, especially if they appear on his transcript and if there are recommenders and counselor reports that justify his being studious and adept in the courses. I see no difficulties for your friend if he is challenging himself enough in school with the other APs. The course difficulty and mild precocity speak for itself.
  • BingColdBingCold Registered User Posts: 1,046 Senior Member
    yea thats what i told him, that he has enough credits (or more than enough) for math, and he is pursuing ap's in his area of undergrad
  • eulenspiegeleulenspiegel . Posts: 586 Member
    Calculus AB isn't very good for a science major (except maybe biology). Calculus BC at least, plus maybe AP Statistics (a little lightweight) is the standard background at many top schools. Many freshmen will have had some Multivarible Calculus and Linear Algebra, perhaps at a CC or by distance learning.
  • PongoPongo Registered User Posts: 1,069 Senior Member
    i think that's ok, especially if you school doesn't offer anything higher than AP Calc. Our school doesn't really, unless you want to pay 1000 bucks to take calc 2 from a community college. still, i don't know much about the math/science side of things...
  • nom de plumenom de plume Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Many freshmen will have had some Multivarible Calculus and Linear Algebra, perhaps at a CC or by distance learning.
    What? Where are you getting this information and what colleges are you looking at? The term "many" is misleading. Though yes I agree that BC is good prep for science majors... The MC/LA/DQ is not the norm.

    I think it's more appropriate to say that if he is taking the maximum APs available or near it he will be fine. He seems to have a good reason (I can't say this with complete confidence since I don't know his academic history) for taking this path and I hope his reasons were addressed in his counselor report and in his essays so that it does have some reason behind it (that he wasn't lazy or whatever to do BC or MC/LA/DQ if given the opportunity afterwards).

    It's already a given that one might not be able to take every single AP a school offers due to schedule problems or a variety of other reasons. The situation may or may not be exaggerated at more technical universities.
  • eulenspiegeleulenspiegel . Posts: 586 Member
    Not taking math at all, in any form, for two years in high school and stopping short of Calculus BC (which a good student could even self-teach after Calculus AB) is a joke for a physical science major at competitive schools.
  • nom de plumenom de plume Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Alright Eulen - you do make more sense than me.

    I was just hoping BingCold would define the person further and the AP pathways the student took. Instead I provided unnecessary digressions into the general process of how someone with APs is evaluated for the quelling of any anxieties. The concerned student has already applied and is probably worried enough.
  • BingColdBingCold Registered User Posts: 1,046 Senior Member
    yea sorry for the delayed response... he took (counting this year) four ap scienes (bio, phys c, chem, and environmental bio: all 5's), ap calc ab, ap us and euro hist, ap eng, and ap gov. hes indeed interested in bio, chem, or biochem.
  • eulenspiegeleulenspiegel . Posts: 586 Member
    Physics C is impressive and almost a math course! This is a very impressive start for bio and not so bad for chem. Still, if he is not a senior, doing something math-like would be good. It's not too late to self-study Calculus BC. For a senior, never mind.
  • BingColdBingCold Registered User Posts: 1,046 Senior Member
    ok thanks, i'll let him know. any other feedback?
  • nom de plumenom de plume Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    I think it is impressive for him to have taken four AP sciences where two are math-based.

    Physics C is offered at few high schools. Wish him good luck.
  • hideANDseekhideANDseek Registered User Posts: 600 Member
    you don't need to pay 1000 at a community college. you only need to pay like 20 bucks.
  • eulenspiegeleulenspiegel . Posts: 586 Member
    From the Washington Post:

    More than 500 students in the Montgomery and Fairfax school systems, the region's two largest, are taking multivariable calculus.
  • sarahjhansensarahjhansen Registered User Posts: 601 Member
    they don't even offer calc BC at my school...
  • HazhulkhenHazhulkhen Registered User Posts: 644 Member
    Those statistics are due to two schools:
    Montogomery Blair (Montogomery) and Thomas Jefferson (Fairfax)
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