I have a slot in my HS schedule for either APES or PLTW digital electronics. I want to do chemical engineering, so I think they're equally somewhat, but not really relevant to the career I want. APES could potentially get me college credit, whereas digital electronics probably won't because very few colleges give credit for PLTW classes.
However, my question is about rigor from a college's point of view. This is my schedule for my senior year and I would rather have a more challenging than a less challenging senior year from a college's point of view. Digital electronics is known to be one of the hardest classes in my school, but I don't think PLTW is widely known. Would colleges assume that APES, being an AP class, is a more rigorous class?