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Which comm. college classes to take (more)

HSBruinsHSBruins Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
edited January 2010 in Home Schooling and College
Hi everyone. Not sure if this is the best place to ask this. I homeschool my 16yo son. He's been taking comm. college classes since spring semester of 9th grade (he's a junior). He took calculus I last fall, got an A. Wants to be a computer science major.

However, he was not able to get into Calculus II for this coming spring. So I got him signed up for Biology and Poli Sci (Am. Govt), both of which will do double-duty on his high school transcript as well as being transferrable.

Since registering, a Calculus II class opened up. But it conflicts and he would not be able to take the other two classes.

So, which do you think is better?

1. Take Calc II, which isn't necessarily a high school req. but may be more appealing to a competitive school for computer science?
2. Take the Bio & Poli Sci, which may make the high school transcript look better?

His dream school would be Caltech (which doesn't really take transfer credits, so the issue would be which looks better).

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Replies to: Which comm. college classes to take (more)

  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    This is just my opinion, but I'd go with Calc II. It would be beneficial, I think, for him to keep his calc going for reasons of continuity and freshness of material recently learned in Calc I. He could take, perhaps, some other comm. college classes either online or in the spring or summer terms, not to mention the fall of his senior year -- all of that would still show up on his transcript when he applies to college.
  • PVmusicmomPVmusicmom Registered User Posts: 307 Member
    Go with Calculus II.
  • swimchicaswimchica Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    Calc 2 will look better for a computer science major. Plus, he gets it out of the way.
  • PhotoOpPhotoOp Registered User Posts: 1,194 Senior Member
    He could take calc II on-line with EPGY, Thinkwell, CTY, or any number of on-line providers, possibly even your community college. Then he could do it all :)
  • mildredmildred Registered User Posts: 686 Member

    I think that the Calculus II would look a lot neater to Universities. If your child has already done their two semesters worth of English Composition at Community College (or some AP's in English), then they can take American Government or what have you later on down the line because they will totally academically qualify to take it.

    Now, Biology with a lab (most Universities like two semesters of that) would be cool to Universities also.

    So, basically, I would just drop the American Government or something if possible.
  • HSBruinsHSBruins Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Thanks everyone! I appreciate your input.
  • nemomnemom Registered User Posts: 1,607 Senior Member
    That's a tricky one. We've been told that schools like to see the 'holy trinity' of bio/chem/physics for all math/science/cs kids. I would also say that some sort of lab course would be important too. Since you are in an unusual position, I would suggest contacting Caltech - perhaps both admisssions and cs department to see what they say.
  • quitejadedquitejaded Registered User Posts: 1,816 Senior Member
    I agree with doing Calc II. The other ones can be done via CLEP, online courses, etc. If he did Calc II now, he would really feel good once he got into college. His math skills will be above his peers and he'll have less things to worry about credit wise.
  • skydive27skydive27 Registered User Posts: 146 New Member
    I agree with everyone on here too. Calc II would be a much better choice, especially if he wants to major in computer science.
  • HSBruinsHSBruins Registered User Posts: 18 New Member

    He enrolled in Calc II and is doing chemistry at home as a prereq to take college chem at the CC next fall.

    Thanks for all your input!

    ... and, the big news just today: 232 on the PSAT. Happy Dance!
  • HighlandMomHighlandMom Registered User Posts: 1,011 Senior Member
    Congrats to your s HSBruins! He'll definitely be a semifinalist :)
  • RellielouRellielou Registered User Posts: 509 Member
    Yay DS! That is an outstanding PSAT score.
  • HSBruinsHSBruins Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Thanks HighlandMom and Rellielou!
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