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High School Courses

RonnicusRonnicus Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
edited June 2009 in College Admissions
Recently, I've been switching around my courses, for I"m not really sure what I want to take. In 9th Grade, Going to 10th next year. I want to Major in Engineering in College (Electrical, maybe Aeronautical), so Ive been checking out some colleges. However, the "recommended courses" on some of these colleges (MIT, Berkeley, etc.) ask that you take One year of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. However, I was planning on taking 2 years of AP Physics (B+C) and then some other courses.

My High School Math and Science Currently Look as so
9th: Alg 2 (H), No Science
Summer: Biology
10th: Precalc/Calc A, AP Physics B
Summer: Nothing
11: Calc BC, AP Physics C
Summer Nothing
12L Calc D, AP Stats, Intro to Robotics/Engineering

Is that ok? Before I wanted to major in Engineering, my courses looked like
Same Math Courses, but Science:
9th: No Science
Summer: Biology
10th: AP Biology
Summer: Chemistry
11: AP Chemistry
Summer: Nothing
12: AP Physics C

Which one do you guys think is better, especially if I"m gunning for an Engineering Major? I don't want to take courses in science that won't benefit me in the future. But I also don't want to lower my chances because I was being stupid.
Post edited by Ronnicus on

Replies to: High School Courses

  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,658 Senior Member
    Most selective colleges want to see you take a range of sciences, even if you are planning on majoring in something specific, that's why they ask for all 3 sciences.

    I'm not even sure if your first schedule would fulfill the UC requirement as your Bio may not be advanced enough (people who are more familiar with the UCs, please correct me).

    http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/undergrad_adm/paths_to_adm/freshman/subject_reqs.html

    "Laboratory Science – 2 years required, 3 years recommended
    Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. Advanced laboratory science classes that have biology, chemistry or physics as prerequisites and offer substantial additional material may be used to fulfill this requirement, as may the final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects."

    I would recommend your original schedule.
  • OHKIDOHKID Registered User Posts: 1,255 Senior Member
    ^Yeah, you definitely need chemistry. Just take an online course or self-study it, though, if you really want to stick with your new schedule. It looks quite rigirous!!!

    (however, this is coming from someone who like spelled "rigirous" incorrectly, so don't take it too seriously)
  • RonnicusRonnicus Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    So Physics B and C wouldn't count as laboratory sciences?
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,658 Senior Member
    Yes, the Physics would count as ONE science subject, but the UC requirement says:

    "in at least TWO of these three foundational subjects: biology, chemistry and physics."
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