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3 years of science

MitrakMitrak 81 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
Will taking only 3 science classes (Bio honors, Chem honors and IB design tech) hurt my chances of admission to top tier colleges?

I'm also going to take 4 years of engineering, if that counts for anything.
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  • rdeng2614rdeng2614 1736 replies82 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,818 Senior Member
    edited August 2015
    Well, looking at some school's website, they recommend that you take chem, bio and physics for 4 years and one at an advanced level.
    Is there any option to take IB Physics/Chem/Bio or something of that nature?

    It will hurt your chances at top tier colleges (if we're talking like Harvard here) but if they really want you, they will be able to overlook 3 years of science. You're struggling to get past the first of many, many hurdles when it comes to admissions (and probably an overwhelming majority take Harvard's recommendation of doing 4 years of science). It won't mean rejection, but it will make it tougher than it already is.
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  • trackandfield23trackandfield23 15 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Agreed^

    A lot of students these days are actually taking even more than 4 years of science since there are so many like astronomy, anatomy, enviro, forensic, earth, ect...

    So yes you will be at a disadvantage.
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  • MitrakMitrak 81 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    I don't have room for any of those classes. I can probably take ap bio online over summer though.

    Thanks guys.
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  • csdadcsdad 2272 replies17 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,289 Senior Member
    Yes, most viable candidates will have 4 sciences, in our state they will have 5
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  • rdeng2614rdeng2614 1736 replies82 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,818 Senior Member
    What classes would be taking over a science?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76129 replies663 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,792 Senior Member
    If you take only three sciences, the preferred set is one each of biology, chemistry, and physics. Indeed, if you are interested in studying engineering in college, it is best to have physics and chemistry in high school, as knowledge of these subjects at the high school level is often assumed in college courses in those subjects.

    More selective schools may question why a prospective engineering major avoided physics in high school.
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  • MitrakMitrak 81 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    I'm looking into computer science, not engineering. However, if physics would be better, I could do that instead (I just don't remember if its offered online). I'm doing IB, and as a result I have a lot of social studies requirements. I'll also have taken 7 math classes (3 ap, IB and 3 honors).
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76129 replies663 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,792 Senior Member
    Some colleges have CS within the engineering division, with engineering type requirements such as physics.
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  • MitrakMitrak 81 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    That's true, I'll have to check specific colleges for that.

    Taking only 3 sciences at my school is pretty common though. There really isn't a single good science teacher, and not that many classes. The math and social departments are much stronger.
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  • BrownParentBrownParent 12597 replies179 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12,776 Senior Member
    That's really not relevant.
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  • MitrakMitrak 81 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    You're right, I'm just mad about this. Does anyone know any online courses for ap physics, since Florida virtual school doesn't offer it?
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  • skieuropeskieurope 37376 replies6486 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 43,862 Super Moderator
    edited August 2015
    There really isn't a single good science teacher
    That's really not relevant.
    Agreed. Top colleges are looking for how you overcome obstacles. Blaming teachers won't get you far.
    edited August 2015
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  • MitrakMitrak 81 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    Ok so 3 sciences and a lack of physics isnt absolutely a deal breaker (unless it's required for the specific school), but it is a disadvantage. What can I do to make up for this?
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  • BeCambridgeBeCambridge 389 replies155 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 544 Member
    It depends on your school. If it only offers 3 and you took 3, good. If it offers 10 and you took 3, that is a big question mark.
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  • MitrakMitrak 81 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    It offers design tech, environmental science, chem, bio and physics
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