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4 Years of Science?

brandonisapugbrandonisapug 13 replies7 threads Junior Member
I am a current junior, and I am currently deciding on what classes I want to take next year.

I took HN Biology freshman year, AP Biology + HN Chemistry sophomore year, and I am currently taking AP Chemistry.

I planned out my schedule:
-AP or HN English
-HN Calc AB
-AP Psych
-AP Stats
-AP Research
-CP Ceramics
-Gym (required)
-???? (Comp Sci Principles or Science)

I’m not sure what I want to major in, as I’m deciding between a career in the medical field, or majoring in business.

For science, the only classes that I could take next year would be AP or HN Physics 1 or AP Environmental Science. (I hate math though, I know I wouldn’t enjoy Physics at all)

Would it be necessary to take science next year since I already took 4 science courses? My Chemistry teacher says that it’s crucial to take 4 years of science, even though I already took 4 classes.
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  • LivvyxoxoLivvyxoxo 77 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Hi, I’m pretty sure competitive schools want to see physics taken, so if you are planning on applying to more competitive schools you would probably want to take physics. What are HN classes?
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8723 replies82 threads Senior Member
    Most colleges want to see physics. It doesn't have to be AP.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 9344 replies352 threads Senior Member
    What happened to the physics course you talked about taking in your previous threads? Honors classes are nice, but I think colleges expect to see physics.
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 2808 replies64 threads Senior Member
    I think more doors stay open for OP if he/she takes physics. I am not seeing a foreign language either, but I would put that ahead of AP Research.
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2722 replies36 threads Senior Member
    Absolutely Physics needs to be taken. For competitive college admissions, the expectation is that all 3 lab sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) are on the transcript. It doesn’t have to be AP Physics.

    The OP already has AP Bio and AP Chemistry which are rigorous enough, so regular Physics is perfectly fine.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 1873 replies31 threads Senior Member
    edited January 17
    To pile on - Physics should be on the schedule. I see four courses that I’d de-prioritize to a Physics course.
    edited January 17
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80154 replies720 threads Senior Member
    As a possible pre-med, you probably do not want your first experience in physics to be in a college physics course (required for pre-meds) filled with other pre-meds gunning for the needed but limited A grades.
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  • one1ofeachone1ofeach 769 replies17 threads Member
    If you hate math why are you taking HN calc and AP stats?

    You do need to take physics. Just take regular physics.
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2722 replies36 threads Senior Member
    Calc AB is an actual AP class and not ‘honors.’ Unless there is some weird way that OP’s school defines what is considered honors and what is AP.

    Depending on the college, premeds might take a Physics class geared towards premeds that is not Calculus based. Either way it’s a bad idea to not take Physics in high school.
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