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AP Chemistry or AP Physics


Replies to: AP Chemistry or AP Physics

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,731 Senior Member
    If you take AP physics 1 and/or 2, you may want to consider not taking the AP test.

    The reason is that many medical schools expect you to take physics in college, and physics for biology majors that AP physics 1 and 2 emulate does not have more advanced physics courses that follow it. So if your college lists credit for AP physics 1 and 2 on your record, you may have to choose between retaking physics for biology majors (marked as "repeat" on your medical school application => looks like obvious grade grubbing) or taking physics for physics majors (requires more math and has stronger-in-physics competition for grades).

    The same may apply for other science AP tests if you are certain you want to repeat them in college (rather than substitute more advanced courses in the subject area after skipping the introductory courses with AP credit), so that you will not have to mark them as "repeat" on your medical school application.
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 2,207 Senior Member
    For my son’s current school (WashU) the only AP science classes that get the full academic credit with a 5 are Physics C Mechanics/EM.

    AP Biology/Chemistry/Physics 1/2 with a 5 earns general education credit only. Although students can test out of Chemistry.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,963 Forum Champion
    Make sure you take Bio, Chem and Physics in HS. You have to take Physics in college for premed and you don't want that to be the first time you have seen it.
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