Physics Rumor?

<p>OK, so I'm still trying to settle out my schedule for next year and I'm not really entirely sure about it. The classes that I signed up for are:</p>

<ul>
<li>IB Biology II (HL)</li>
<li>IB English II (HL)</li>
<li>IB History II (HL)</li>
<li>IB Math II (SL)</li>
<li>IB Spanish V (SL)</li>
<li>IB Theory of Knowledge</li>
<li>Physics</li>
</ul>

<p>I'm going to be a Senior next year and I'm a full IB Diploma Candidate. Anyways, the rumor that I've been hearing is that supposedly, if you don't take Physics in high school, Ivy-Leagues will not even consider you. Why in the world is that so? As you can see, with 6 IB classes, Physics is just going to make my schedule even more difficult and I don't want it to add to my stress next year. What I think would be a more interesting class for me to take is this class called Athletic Injuries. This is the description:</p>

<p>"This course, taught by the school's certified athletic trainer, place emphasis and recognition, prevention, and treatment of common sports through injuries. In addition, students learn anatomy and physiology of the human body, first aid, nutrition, and career opportunities..."</p>

<p>This sounds SO much more interesting to me, because I want to be a doctor. But I do want to apply to some Ivy's/top schools like Brown, Penn, Cornell, Duke, etc, but would not taking Physics hurt me? Or is this rumor not even true?</p>

<p>Any rumor that claims that colleges won't consider a student for any reason (aside from not fulfilling absolute application requirements) is not true. While top schools prefer that their applicants have a background in all three major sciences (including physics), it is not a requirement, and considerations will be made for those who were unable to take the class.</p>

<p>My school says you should take physics if you're going into the med field. But athletic injuries can also pertain to the the med field, so i would say it's alright.</p>

<p>Well, there's some truth to that, but it's far from what you stated. In striving to find well-rounded students with both eclectic knowledge and specific passions, many colleges encourage their applicants to take introductory courses in the three hard sciences: physics, chemistry, and biology (in addition to other subjects deemed important to a holistic education, such as but not limited to math, english, and foreign languages). </p>

<p>However, if you are the type of student who is already taking a full and rigorous course load, admissions officers will be much more lenient, especially if you are replacing it with another rigorous class or class you show legitimate interest in taking (that is, it pertains to your intended major, or other aspects of your application compliment the class).</p>

<p>Do whatever you want to do.</p>

<p>what the hell is theory of language</p>

<p>^ It says "Theory of Knowledge."</p>

<p>this is the first year that our school is making everyone take physics. It may not be your first choice, but not having it may count against you. You, obviously, will still be considered. SOmething to keep in mind is that the MCATs are about 25% physics</p>

<p>6 IB courses, and one regular course. Do you know people who take the class at your school? And what the teacher is like?</p>