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Junior year course selection

needtosucceed27needtosucceed27 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
I am a sophomore in high school and am planning on majoring in engineering or computer science.

These are the courses I'm planning to take my junior year:

AP Lang
- taking this because I want to improve in writing; will probably help with ACT and college essays

AP Chinese
- should be a breeze
- will receive at most 5 hours of homework a week, so it's pretty easy
- it is online because school does not offer Chinese at school but pays for online course

AP Computer Science A
- considering going into computer science, or another STEM field where I can apply my computer science skills
- should be really easy, as so I've heard

AP Physics I&II
- planning on majoring in STEM-related fields, seriously considering becoming an engineer, and physics is important for engineering
- notorious for being the hardest course out of all grade levels

Pre-Calc Honors
- I am on the advanced math track; this is the farthest I can go since I can't skip math levels
College Prep US History (essentially regular-level history)

Does this seem like a good schedule for when I become a senior?

I decided not to take AP Seminar and AP US History even though I am interested in them because I thought it would be a complete overkill. Although it would be nice to take more APs and learn more things, I want to put myself first and not sacrifice too much sleep for all these APs. I know I can manage 4 APs so I'm generally happy with my schedule. However, some of my classmates are taking more APs than me, so I'm worried if this is going to put me at a disadvantage for college applications. I didn't think it would hurt to not take those aforementioned AP courses since I am going to be majoring in STEM and doing a minor in business.

Would it hurt though? Does anyone have any suggestions? Any advice is appreciated :)

Replies to: Junior year course selection

  • needtosucceed27needtosucceed27 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    *forgot to mention that College Prep US History is going to be a breeze for me. I took AP World History (4) and am taking AP European History and found those pretty easy, so taking a regular-level course will be much more simple. I don't know if I am making a mistake by not having an upward progression in my history courses by not taking AP US History, but would it even matter if I am majoring in STEM and minoring in business?

    I decided against taking AP US History because I knew that I would need more time to focus on AP Physics because that class is really, really hard, but I'm not sure if I'm making a mistake by doing that.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 64,296 Senior Member
    If AP CS principles is offered, you may want to consider that (instead of AP CS A) as a way of learning what CS is about and how it relates to everything else.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 32,452 Senior Member
    Is physics 1&2 offered as a one year course?
  • needtosucceed27needtosucceed27 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    @ucbalumnus I am currently taking ACSP. Does my schedule look fine though, or should I take the additional APs that I've mentioned?
    @MYOS1634 Yes.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 32,452 Senior Member
    That's why it's so difficult then - it's been designed as a 2-year course. Therefore the program must be very intense. It does prepare you for SAT2 Physics subject well though.
    Your schedule is fine as is. In Stanford's words "it's not a game of who has the most Ap's, wins". 4 solid AP's that match your interest are perfect.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 28,953 Super Moderator
    That's why it's so difficult then - it's been designed as a 2-year course. Therefore the program must be very intense.
    As I've said numerous times, the CB, IMO, really missed the mark on AP Physics 1 & 2. The predecessor, AP Physics B, was a one year course and thousands of students over the decades survived. :) Doing AP Physics 1+2 in a year is equivalent to a one-year college sequence, so is not more difficult, IMO, than any other AP class that mirrors a one-year college course, like AP Chem/AP Bio. And as noted, it at least better prepares students for the Subject Test.

    Anyway, for the OP:
    AP Lang
    - taking this because I want to improve in writing; will probably help with ACT and college essays
    A very valid reason.

    4 APs is fine. As @MYOS1634 says, it's not a game where the one with the most APs wins. Good luck.
  • needtosucceed27needtosucceed27 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    @MYOS1634 Thanks!
    @skieurope Thank you :) I just got a little worried because I heard about how a few other people were taking more APs than me, but I think I'm perfectly fine with the APs that I'm taking right now. I might take APUSH though since I've heard it's a pretty easy class, and I can just BS the homework.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 32,452 Senior Member
    APUSH may be easy at your school but it's typically considered one of the hard APs with lots do reading and work.
  • needtosucceed27needtosucceed27 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    @MYOS1634 I forgot to clarify. At my school, there is a lot of reading and work in APUSH, but it is not difficult. It's more annoying in the sense that it is so time consuming, but it is still easy.
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