I was wondering how feasible it is to take both AP Chem and AP Bio during my junior year. I am not taking any other AP’s for my junior years. Other courses include honors eng11, academic physics, french 3, academic us hist, honors math analysis for my junior workload. I took bio honors and chem for my sophomore year, and I thought I might as well take the APs for them since those courses would be fresh in my mind. My intended path is premed, if it helps.
I already have a decent GPA, and I don’t what to ruin it when it matters most.
How many AP classes have you taken so far?
if the answer is 0 then take 2 your Jr year, since your Jr year GPA is SO important, and then more your sr year.
But remember- as far as college admissions offices are concerned- there is NO race to see who can take the most AP classes.
I am currently a junior and am taking both AP Chem and AP Bio. It is very tough but doable. I would ask upperclassmen at your school about how the classes are at your high school. did you take chemistry sophomore year or are taking it now? If that is the case, I would take the AP Chem your junior year so you don’t forget the chemistry background in your senior year.
@ec2017 During my sophomore year, I took both Honors Biology and Chemistry (we didn’t have Honors chemistry).
Which of the two courses do not rely alot on the prerequisites course? For example, is AP Chemistry greatly related to normal Chemistry (so then it’d be a better idea to take it right after my sophomore year etc…)
Also, how difficult is normal Physics? If I push back AP Chem/AP Bio, I will have to take it with other APs I would like to take in my senior year, such as: AP Calc BC, AP Physics, AP Economics/Psychology, etc…
Is is still feasible to push back AP Bio or AP Chem to my senior year?
“I will have to take it with other APs I would like to take in my senior year, such as: AP Calc BC, AP Physics, AP Economics”
What about my suggestion that you take AP Economics your JR year along with AP Bio?
hen take AP Chem your SR year. I’d skip AP Bio. I think it do you more good to have a really sound understanding of Chemistry and Physics before taking on Pre-Med classes in college, especially since Organic Chem is a well known, difficult pre med weed out class,.
I haven’t taken physics yet. I plan to take that next year. But considering you also plan to take physics your junior year, I agree with the above reply. It is also better to have Chem fresh in your mind right when you go to college.
Correct. At colleges that offer two tracks, premeds only need to take General Physics, not Physics for Engineers. But even in that configuration, Physics can be a stumbling block - the typical sequence of honors bio, honors chem, honors Physics or AP Phys1, + 1 of those AP’s (perhaps 2) is better. At some colleges, there won’t be a special track for premeds so they’ll be taking the first two classes for Physics majors. Essentially, premeds shouldn’t underestimate any of their classes, whether science core or premed core or gen eds.
OP is taking regular physics junior year. I doubt OP is getting any college for AP Physics 1 and 2 if op decides to go to a competitive school. General physics and physics for engineers are two different animals. Don’t take a hard physics class and affect OP GPA, especially on the amount of emphasis on GPA for premeds.