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Would it be bad not to take Calculus senior year?

agreatperhapsagreatperhaps - Posts: 596 Member
edited February 2013 in College Admissions
Calc or AP Stats senior year?
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Replies to: Would it be bad not to take Calculus senior year?

  • mikemacmikemac Registered User Posts: 10,333 Senior Member
    it depends on how selective a college you want to attend. Most colleges accept most of their applicants, so for them its not really an issue. If you're talking a top 100 school, then it will be noticed.
  • marybee333marybee333 Registered User Posts: 766 Member
    It also depends on your major. My D chose Stats as it is a required course for her major, whereas, Calculus was not, and she could easily have done well in AP Calc.
  • scmom12scmom12 Registered User Posts: 3,036 Senior Member
    ^^yep, check schools and majors where you want to apply. For my girls, at 2 different schools, Stats only counted as interdisplinary credit, not as math. Although for older, would have satisfied a requirement if she was business major. If your potential major will require calc I would go with that since it'll give you an head start (even if you don't exempt it).
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,104 Senior Member
    If your possible major in college requires calculus (generally, this means science, engineering, economics, business), you likely want to take calculus. Such majors, if they require statistics, may require a calculus-based statistics course.
  • agreatperhapsagreatperhaps - Posts: 596 Member
    So I should go with Calc instead of AP Stats for sure?
  • nickfadnickfad Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    Just take AP Calc. It's not even that bad. I think it is easier for precal and most likely you are going to take some form of calculus in college and it will really help you.
  • goodgiggoodgig Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    AP Calc. agree that is not that bad.
  • rspencerspence Registered User Posts: 2,118 Senior Member
    Calculus is a pretty fun subject...and it's not as bad as a lot of people say it is. Just make sure you have a solid algebra/pre-calc background.
  • agreatperhapsagreatperhaps - Posts: 596 Member
    I would take AP Calc, but I don't have the pre reqs- because I did really horribly in algebra II last year, I got placed in a more 'remedial' math class, and I can't go to AP Calc from it. But okay, I'll take Calc Accelerated.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 26,512 Senior Member
    ^^can you define, 'really horribly'? Can you explain why you did poorly? (Slack off? Didn't understand the material?)

    In any event, you might reconsider any Calc if math is not your strong suit.

    AP Stats only requires a knowledge of Alg I, but it can move quickly, and it;s the concepts that trip up folks.
  • agreatperhapsagreatperhaps - Posts: 596 Member
    As in I ended last year with a 71 in Algebra II because....I don't know. No, I didn't understand the material. The teacher went fast. I was depressed and therefore didn't try very hard. I could go on with the excuses, but on the up side in my current math class I'm averaging a 91 for the semester.

    But I have to take Calc in college at some point, right? Trust me, colleges didn't look at my senior classes, I wouldn't be taking any math at all (and I'm already not taking any science :/)
  • tester13tester13 Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    I'm taking AP Stats. Took pre-calc/Trig in my junior year.
  • scmom12scmom12 Registered User Posts: 3,036 Senior Member
    What do you want to study? For instance, at D2's university, you need calc for (obviously) math, science,and engineering. Business requires calc but a different one. For some majors, such as history or english, your math general ed. requirement can be filled with a lower math or logic. If you don't take calc in HS and need it, big schools usually have easier or remedial levels to start with, which may just put you a little behind in your major if calc is a pre-requisite.So you do have options if you really don't feel prepared for a calc class...again, take a look at a few colleges you are considering and see what their curriculum require. And definitely talk to your guidance counselor and maybe former math teacher about their recommendations.
  • agreatperhapsagreatperhaps - Posts: 596 Member
    I want to major in Communications and maybe Political Science, so...I don't know. I just don't want my college chances to be hurt because I didn't take Calc.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,104 Senior Member
    Political science is unlikely to require calculus, although it may require statistics or a major-specific quantitative methods course.
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