AP Physics C or AP Computer Science?

<p>Here are the AP classes I have taken so far and that I am definitely taking next year:</p>

<p>AP Euro
AP Chem
AP French
AP Biology
AP Calculus BC
AP US History
AP English Language and Comp.
AP English Literature
AP Psychology
AP US Government
AP Studio Art</p>

<p>I am applying to Ivy league schools and other of that caliber, my top choices are Wharton and Yale. Basically would taking Physics C over Computer Science be of any use in terms of chances of getting in, I am equally intrigued by both, so interest isn't really a question, I feel that there would be no advantage except for engineering schools, but I don't want to be an engineer.</p>

<p>No, it wouldn't make a difference.</p>

<p>Would it be possible for you to take both at the same time? From what I've heard AP Computer Science A is relatively simple. You might consider self-studying it if you wish.</p>

<p>PS @ hahahahah: I legit lol'ed at your username :D</p>

<p>@fledgling, yes, its quite hilarious when people refer to me in their posts, " like hahahah said..." i get a kick out of it everytime</p>

<p>it would be possible to take both but right now here is my course load for senior year</p>

<p>AP Pyschology
AP Studio Art
AP English Lit.
AP US Gov.
Multivariable/Differential Calculus
Human Anatomy/Physiology
and then
AP Computer Science</p>

<p>I feel like adding on AP Physics C would be overkill for senior year.</p>

<p>take Physics instead of computer science.</p>

<p>^ Hmmm. Have you thought about self-studying AP CS? That's what I'm planning to do (since I'm really interested in it and my senior year school won't offer it).</p>

<p>Physics would appear to adcoms as the more intellectually challenging course, however, whether it is is up to the person's interpretation.</p>

<p>I understand that adcoms would think Physics is more intellectually challenging, but would it really make a noticeable difference in my overall application.</p>

<p>Also is there some kind of negative stigma attached to taking AP CS, like that it is an easy class or something?</p>

<p>Physics. You're lacking a hard science senior year, and you can self study CS.</p>

<p>Of course, it all depends on the rigor of your school. What can you realistically handle?</p>

<p>Well i have Human Anatomy and Physiology, would that classify as a hard science, or are hard sciences classes that involve math.</p>

<p>It's pointless to take Multivariable/Differential Calculus without also taking a science or engineering course that depends on the math. The best choice available to you to achieve that is AP Physics C. The two courses would complement one another, or at least make it easier for you to assimilate the AP Calculus course that you've already taken.</p>

<p>The idea posed by some that AP Computer Science is a candidate for self study misses the point of what computer science is about -- i.e. team projects, discussions, comparisons of solution approaches, etc.</p>

<p>Take physics. I see that you haven't taken Physics B yet, but I LOOOOVED my Physics B course. With proper time and effort, Physics can be one of the most enriching courses in high school.</p>

<p>It's the closest thing you can get to a practical education nowadays. (Practical, as in pertaining to shop-class courses, etc... although I don't know if you have shop classes at your school - mine doesn't.)</p>