Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.
Introducing a New Expert Content Section: Careers!

Which class to take (extra elective)

aphroditeayeletaphroditeayelet Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
I have one extra spot in my schedule this year and I can't decide which class to take
Options:
IB Psychology
Adv. Marine Bio
Adv. Political Science
I'm already taking IB Biology, Chemistry, Math Studies, and English as well as Adv. US History & Spanish (I was in Latin but my school cut the program).
I am hoping to be a Molecular Biology/Biochemistry major in college. I took Adv. Psychology last year and enjoyed it enough to take it again, but I'm also contemplating going "out of my comfort zone" and trying something different (I know Political Science & Marine Biology aren't THAT different, but I haven't taken either before).
Thank you for any advice.

Replies to: Which class to take (extra elective)

  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 10,828 Forum Champion
    are you in an IB Diploma program?
    If so you already have 6 IB classes. Why take more?
    If not, think about whatever is most interesting to you and/or not tooo difficult so you can do well in your core classes.
  • aphroditeayeletaphroditeayelet Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    @bopper I'm in IB but not getting the full diploma (I'm not taking IB History of the Americas or Theory of Knowledge).
    I'm trying not to overexert class wise, but I've been thinking that I'm going to do Marine Biology because I know enough biology that it should be easy enough and I'm interested to see how I like it:)
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 10,828 Forum Champion
    that is a good reason to take that class...gives you a chance to explore that topic
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 69,809 Senior Member
    IB math studies is not for students who need to take more advanced math in college. You may want to switch to IB math SL or HL.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 10,828 Forum Champion
    @ucbalumnus would a biology major have to take advanced math in college?
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 69,809 Senior Member
    Biology majors commonly have to take calculus and (sometimes calculus-based) statistics.
  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 Registered User Posts: 1,204 Senior Member
    If you go into Computational Biology, Multivariate Calculus will be a prereq.
  • aphroditeayeletaphroditeayelet Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    When I was signing up for classes I don't think IB Math was listed... I think I'll email to ask. I know that they've cut a lot at my school (IB Physics & Latin) so it might be gone but it can't hurt to ask. Is Pre-Calc a prerequisite?
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 69,809 Senior Member
    IB math SL includes precalculus, as well as an introduction to statistics and calculus, and is suitable for students who will need to take calculus or more advanced math in college.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 37,433 Senior Member
    If you plan on studying science in college you need Math SL, not Math studies SL.
    As for your elective, pick the one you like best - it's an elective. ;)
Sign In or Register to comment.