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Which classes do you think would be most beneficial?

glee12glee12 Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
So this is what I have planned out for 11th and 12th grades:

11th:
1.) Precalculus
2.) APUSH
3.) PE III
4.) Chamber Orchestra
5.) Lunch
6.) AP English III
7.) Honors Physics
8.)

12th:
1.) AP Calc AB
2.) PE IV
3.) Chamber Strings
4.) Lunch
5.) AP English IV
6.) AP Biology
7.)
8.)

So as you can see I have 3 empty spots. 1 in 11th, and 2 in 12th.

I want to take 3 from either: AP Psychology, AP Physics, Anatomy and Physiology (not AP), Genetics (also not AP), AP Computer Science and/or AP Environmental Science.

I want to be either a medical doctor, specifically a neurologist is what I'm thinking or a bio-medical engineer therefore, I'm trying to plan and think ahead for college and undergrad school. Which 3 classes do you think would benefit me the most from the above mentioned options?

I was thinking about taking AP Psych, A & P, and Genetics, but I feel like that would be kind of pointless because A & P and Genetics aren't AP classes, so they would not help me out in college.

What are your thoughts?
Which 3 would be the most helpful?

Thank you so much for your time!

Replies to: Which classes do you think would be most beneficial?

  • hobbithopefulhobbithopeful Registered User Posts: 166 Junior Member
    "because A & P and Genetics aren't AP classes, so they would not help me out in college."

    Don't have that mentality about classes, many AP classes are utterly useless compared to their college counterparts (e.g. AP Physics B).

    If you truly want to be a doctor, exposure to A & P would probably be your best best. My school has a rigorous A & P curriculum that exposes you to many aspects of the college course. I'm not quite sure the depth of a high school genetics class, but if you feel it would give you the basis for college genetics classes take it. If it's just going to be a few punnet squares and vocab, don't.

    In your situation, I would take AP Physics (something that's not B), A & P, and APES. If your school doesn't offer Physics C I would take AP Computer Science or AP Psych (depending on if computer science interests you at all).

    Just kind of a side note. If you truly want to be a biomedical engineer into a neurologist, know that it that is extremely difficult (you can do it if you really try) but your GPA would probably suffer. As you probably know, Med schools don't care at all what your undergrad major is as long as your GPA is high. 4.0 English/Finance Major beats out 3.4 BME major every time. However, if you insist on doing this... make sure you have some exposure to physics (regardless of which class is offered).

    All in all, all of those choices are good options for your end goal. I would take 2 AP and 1 regular. You can't really go wrong with any of those AP courses, and I honestly feel like A & P would be the most important course to take out of all of those.

    BME: AP Physics, AP Computer Science, A & P
    Science Major: AP Physics, AP Psych/APES, A & P
    Non-Science Major: AP Computer Science, AP Psych, A & P
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 37,465 Super Moderator
    Have you completed level 3 of a foreign language?
  • glee12glee12 Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    @skieurope- No, I wasn't planning to. I am currently a sophomore and I am taking Spanish II. I was going to conclude with that. Do you think I should take Spanish III?
  • glee12glee12 Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    edited March 2014
    @hobbithopeful- Thank you so much for your super helpful answer! So to clarify, you think Genetics would be useless?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 37,465 Super Moderator
    Depending upon what colleges you are looking to attend, yes. Selective colleges recommend 3 or more years of the same foreign language for admission. Many also have a foreign language requirement to graduate. So if you can test out of it beforehand, it frees up some space on your college schedule,

    Examples: Stanford
    Recommended High School Curriculum
    We respect the responsibility that high schools, principals and teachers should have in the development of courses and curricula for their students. For that reason, we do not have a set of required courses for admission to Stanford. We have found, though, that a curriculum emphasizing depth and breadth across the core academic subjects is the best preparation for the academic rigors at Stanford. Our experience has suggested that students who excel in a curriculum like the one below are well-suited for the demands of college academics:

    English: four years, with significant emphasis on writing and literature.
    Mathematics: four years, with significant emphasis on fundamental mathematical skills (algebra; trigonometry; plane, solid, and analytic geometry).
    History/Social Studies: three or more years. Such courses should include the writing of essays.
    Science: three or more years of laboratory science (including biology, chemistry and physics).
    Foreign Language: three or more years of the same foreign language. Your study of a foreign language ought to include the development of four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.

    UCLA
    (e): Language other than English
    2 years required, 3 years recommended - Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition, and culture. Courses in languages other English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.
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