No matter what you choose to major in, if you plan to apply to highly competitive colleges, you will be competing for admission against people who have taken the most rigorous courses available, all through high school. People don’t usually jump up to honors levels in late high school, having taken standard levels before then. Those who belong in honors levels courses find standard level classes too slow-paced, are bored, want to move up to honors and AP.
Did you find your standard level classes in 9th grade to move to slowly for you? Or were they just right? If you were working hard to do well in standard classes, then no matter what you intend to major in, that’s the right level for you. If you are bored in standard classes, then even if you intend to major in what others might consider to be an “easy” major, you should move up to a more challenging level now, for this year. What you don’t want to do is coast through standard level classes, just to get an easy 4.0, thinking that will get you into highly competitive colleges. It won’t.
If it’s not too late, I’d recommend you discuss with your counselor at school today moving up to all honors level classes for this year. I would not try to jump into AP Chem for this year, unless your school is only just beginning now.
In most schools, your previous year’s teacher makes a recommendation as to what level you should be taking for the next year. What did your teachers recommend for you, for this year’s classes?