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Honors physics vs. ap psych?

Julianna5522Julianna5522 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
edited August 2014 in High School Life
So I recently found out that I want to major in engineering and to get into practically every engineering school and/or the engineering program at a regular school, you need to have taken physics. I wasn't aware of this or even what I wanted to major in when I scheduled my classes. Now that I got my schedule I realize that the only way I could take physics would be to drop ap psych. Then I would only be taking ap bio and ap economics. That doesn't seem like enough for most schools though. I'm looking at colleges like Case Western, NCSU, Miami University, Drexel, Carnegie Mellon, TCNJ etc. Idk what to do. I mean maybe I could self study ap psych or another class that peaks my interest or take it at a local college. Can anyone that has done say what class and how easy or hard it was? And would colleges consider it the same as taking the ap class? That would probably be a huge workload for me (probably a joke for most of CC) but I'm very slow. Also I could take ap physics instead of ap psych but it scares the heck out of me. Ik I'll have to deal with it in college but I don't want to worry about it now.
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Replies to: Honors physics vs. ap psych?

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 42,054 Super Moderator
    peaks my interest
    piques my interest.

    Well, taking physics is the way to go. If you can replace AP Psych with another class of comparable rigor that is of interest to you, that would be ideal. You can certainly self study AP Psych or take at a CC, but that would be less ideal.

    You can take AP Physics 1 if it's available at your school. You do not need a previous course in physics, and it's not much more difficult than honors physics.
  • Julianna5522Julianna5522 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    Lol whoops! I might be able to switch out my theater class for another ap but that would just be a pain since I'm already making 2 schedules changes. I was also considering switch honors calc to ap but with both options id be behind because I didn't do summer hw for those classes.
  • guineagirl96guineagirl96 Forum Champion Math/Computer Science, Forum Champion Richmond Posts: 3,855 Forum Champion
    edited August 2014
    Take physics, its a must for admissions at most schools. Meeting admission requirements is more important than taking an AP elective. If you want to do engineering, you should be taking AP calc. Do not get caught up in the AP trap, though. Colleges could care less if you took 2 APs vs 3 APs, what matters is your rigor compared to what is available to you.
  • Julianna5522Julianna5522 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    Well there were a lot of APs available to me and I chose not to take most of them. This one is actually a scheduling issue tho and maybe my guidance counselor will include that in her recommendation but I don't think it's likely. Would self studying ap calc while taking honors calc be equivalent to taking the ap class?
  • guineagirl96guineagirl96 Forum Champion Math/Computer Science, Forum Champion Richmond Posts: 3,855 Forum Champion
    edited August 2014
    no. self studying does not mean anything from a college application perspective. If you don't want to take AP calc in high school, that is a bad sign as a perspective engineering major. Honestly saying you wanted to take AP Psych instead of physics honors is a mistake in my opinion- you don't need to explain every little scheduling conflict. You wanted to take what is generally an easier elective over something that is required for admissions. My high school offers tons of APs and post APs. I took 4 aps and 1 post AP. I still did fine. People get caught on the number of APs, but honestly, there is so much more to your schedule. I took 7 music classes by the time I graduated. Do you know how many APs I could have taken if I didn't do that? A lot! But I did what I wanted to, making me have what many, including my counselor, considered to be the most unique transcript in my graduating class, if not my school's history. I was much better served by it. In addition, there are classes that are honors that are way more rigorous and interesting than APs: I took a semester of cryptography, which was an easy A, but from that course, I learned that's what I want to do with my life.
  • Julianna5522Julianna5522 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    Okay thanks. I'll try to not get caught up in AP's
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