graduating early & grad school

<p>Hello, I am currently a first-year student in COE. I entered Berkeley in the fall with a crapload of AP credits and such (I know this is the case with many students), and am now realizing that I could potentially graduate a semester, or even a year, early if I really wanted to try. However, I also have ambitions to go to grad school, so I'm wondering how graduating a semester or year early would affect the timeframe of applying to grad school and that whole process.</p>

<p>That said, I think I will still stay here for the whole four years regardless, since there are a lot of interesting courses that I want to take (such as phys 137a, stat 150, upper-div math courses) even though they aren't really required for the engineering major.</p>