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Which is better? Taking AP Environmental Science or Honors Physics 1 during Junior year?

xGoldenSagexxGoldenSagex Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
edited July 2018 in College Admissions
11th Grade:

AP English Language
AP US History
AP Environmental Science
AP Computer Science
AP French Language
College Precalculus
Honors Webmaster

OR

AP English Language
AP US History
AP Psychology
AP Computer Science
AP French Language
College Precalculus
Honors Physics 1

&

12th Grade:

AP English Literature
AP US Government
AP Environmental Science
AP Statistics
AP French V
AP Calculus AB
Honors Webmaster

If I drop APES, then I am going to add AP Psychology, so that I will still be taking the same amount of AP classes. Is it more impressive to take APES over Honors Physics 1, or vice-versa?

Replies to: Which is better? Taking AP Environmental Science or Honors Physics 1 during Junior year?

  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk Registered User Posts: 2,102 Senior Member
    Definitely take Honors Physics, at the risk of being blunt APES and AP Psych are considered fluff APs by adcoms. You don't need them for selective colleges, in fact taking them could tell colleges that you're loading up on APs to impress them, when they really only consider 6 or 7 APs.
  • jmk518jmk518 Registered User Posts: 327 Member
    ^Agree 100%. Don't take soft AP electives if it prevents you from taking the more challenging core math and science courses.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,523 Senior Member
    Agree with the other posters. Honors Physics is more impressive to colleges than a fluff AP course.
  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 Registered User Posts: 3,069 Senior Member
    If you really want to be impressive with the AOs, take that second option, the one with Honors Physics 1, in 11th Grade. Then in 12th grade, forget about Env Sci and go with AP Physics C. And take AP Calc BC instead of AB.

    Even more challenging would be to take AP Chem (assuming you took plain ol Chem in 10th) in 11th instead of AP Psych.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,338 Forum Champion
    Physics for sure. You probably have taken Bio and Chem already...take physics this year and next year take an AP science. It isn't a matter of "what looks better" but "Colleges expect you to take Bio, Chem and Physics". Then, depending on your major, choose an AP science for senior year.
  • CTScoutmomCTScoutmom Registered User Posts: 1,891 Senior Member
    While it's not absolutely required, you should take physics. Does your school offer AP Physics 1 - the algebra based class?
  • xGoldenSagexxGoldenSagex Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    No, they only offer Honors Physics 1.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 23,995 Forum Champion
    Definitely honors physics. Most top colleges want to see a sequence of biology, chemistry, and physics taken in HS.

    Keep in mind that schedule rigor should not be confused with taking the most APs you can. I think honors physics would be regarded as more rigorous than APES.
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