URGENT: have 2 days to decide AP Bio vs. AP Spanish

<p>I understand this will be far from making or breaking my application...still it's ridiculous how my school sporadically changes its schedule system, and now school starts in 2 days and my classes are ruined.</p>

<p>I cannot have both AP Spanish and AP Bio, which is terrible cause I planned on taking both. But I can't. </p>

<p>I'm not interested in majoring in any sciences, but med school is still a possibility, and I feel like that would be taken away without taking AP bio (haven't even had contact with bio since freshman year). Also, without taking spanish I can't be in Spanish Honors Society (which i might be an officer in) and I won't have the 4-year foreign language thing.</p>

<p>But AP Bio is a "hard" science(looks impressive/rigorous to colleges?) and my type of class. And as a small perk I already did all the summer work. </p>

<p>What do i do? Thanks so much for any quick responses I get CC</p>

<p>Hoenstly if i were you I would take AP spanish..considering the 4 year thing and SHS.being officer and everything. Bio is a really good class, but if your not sure your going into medical than its not worth it. I think if you continue spanish, it looks even better..because it shows that you continued something. Also, you may be required to take a foreign language in college depending on your major. Also, what do you like better? If bio really interests you, and if you thing you may regret it later on, then take that. But in my opinion if you want to take something that looks good to colleges, take AP spanish.</p>

<p>Are you taking any other sciences this year? Because if you going into something sciencey or math, a years sans science could really hurt you. However, if you plan on going into humanities, only having three years of a language could hurt you as well.</p>

<p>It all depends on where you want to go.</p>

<p>^^are you sure you have to be at the AP level of Spanish to be in the honor society or you just have to take an additional year? sounds a little harsh; if you can take honors Spanish instead, I would opt for that and AP Bio.....</p>

<p>well i plan on majoring in economics or political science. but i'm really not decided yet and some light forms of engineering or other sciences are not impossible for me to change my major to.</p>

<p>and yes rodney you're semi-correct, just take any spanish. but my school offers no spanish past honors spanish 4(which i took jr year) unless you go to the AP level.</p>

<p>**I just realized i MAY be able to drop my online AP microecon to take spanish, and still take bio. Is this a good idea, considering i want to major in economics and this would make my schedule ridiculously difficult</p>

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**I just realized i MAY be able to drop my online AP microecon to take spanish, and still take bio. Is this a good idea, considering i want to major in economics and this would make my schedule ridiculously difficult

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<p>How would taking three classes you originally planned to take make your schedule ridiculously difficult?</p>

<p>Consider self-studying Econ.</p>

<p>Where are you applying to school? Check what their 'required college prep' is and their 'recommended college prep' is. Some do not want to you to drop foreign language your Sr. year, however if you have a scheduling conflict a note from your GC on your transcript can explain this. Some are very clear on the number of lab sciences they want. If you took Earth Science your Fresh year, for example, that is not a lab science, you may need the AP Bio. I do not believe that NOT having AP Bio is going to make a difference when applying to med school. Anyone who has experience with this please speak up.
I would recommend if you have a top university (or two) calling their admission department and explaining the situation. Ask them what they would recommend you take to make the strongest application. We did this last spring for my son and were very surprised at the answer. Make sure you are specific regarding classes you have already taken and your goals. If you ask a general question, you will get a general answer. The first time we asked we got a generic answer. We asked again with information specific to his situation and got a different answer.
Good luck!</p>

<p>I think that most colleges would put a higher priority on a core class such as bio than a foreign language class. if you really want the four year foreign language just take latin or something.</p>

<p>Also, i have a friend who took online comparitive politics, and didn't like it. And aren't you already taking macroeconomics as a graduation requirement?</p>

<p>i'd say bio-spanish or bio-microecon.</p>

<p>thanks so much guys.</p>

<p>basically top colleges. im pretty sure i have the requirements? i took honors biology fresh year, AP chem soph year, AP physics junior year, and AP enviro junior year.</p>

<p>would the admissions department really take the time to answer such a personal/specific question? from what i know thats highly unlikely</p>

<p>i understand bio is a core class, but having four years of one language (Actually 5 since i took one in middle school) looks very good. taking one year of latin and three of spanish is not the same.</p>

<p>Haha i took online comparative politics last year and loved it. yeah im taking macroecon as a grad requirement, so i figured it may be wise to drop online microecon. but then again, i'm majoring in econ in college</p>

<p>I was in the same situation, except I did take both classes at the same time.</p>

<p>Purely based off of my experience, I would favor AP Spanish. I might be more of a language person, but it was a great class for me.</p>

<p>A.P. Bio is usually the easiest ap science offered in most schools. It's pure memorization and your textbook really is your best friend for this specific class. If you are not taking any science classes you need to take this class. Unless there is something that will make you lose either a science or f language, I choose to take a science no matter what. Bio was my best and easiest class last year. You will be sueprised how easy it is when you really try. Go over class notes and prepare early and you'll do well</p>

<p>I would suggest AP Bio. You learn a ton. If you're looking for college credit, AP Bio is WAY easier than AP Spanish in terms of the AP test.</p>

<p>well i'm not looking for the easiest class per se, more so what will show my preparation and diversity of interests more to colleges. Unfortunately, yes, if I do not take AP Bio, i will have no science senior year.</p>

<p>And no I'm not choosing colleges based on what I will get college credit out of either. In fact, I doubt i would even take the AP spanish exam</p>

<p>I'm thinking i'm gonna try to take AP bio and AP spanish and drop AP microecon online. I could learn the economics i need IN college, am i wrong?</p>

<p>If you are looking at top schools, is there anyway your schedule might allow for AP Spanish at your high school, and Biology at your local cc? Most local cc's offer night classes. You would be required to take a lab as well so it would be two nights/week. You would be done in one semester. The class would most likely transfer to the college you attend in the fall. The catch is, the 'fall' classes at cc's start in approx 2weeks(+/-). Taking the class the spring semester would not look as good to college admissions because they have no grade for the class at that point.</p>

<p>This may not be an option for you. It's simply a suggestion to consider. We have many students who dual enroll, take classes online, etc. Some end up taking very few classes at the actually hs their sr year, meeting requirements elsewhere. They do very well in admissions if they choose wisely, and get good grades (obviously).</p>

<p>BTW, yes, admissions will answer questions that are this specific.</p>

<p>Wow thank you blueiguana. Unfortunately, I don't think taking a cc class will be possible for me. School starts tomorrow for me, and the only near enough college will be a public university in GA that is probably past accepting students for dual-enrollment. Very good suggestion, and I appreciate it...</p>

<p>But how do I go about asking? I would feel so awkward calling, for example, Cornell's admission office and beginning with "Hi, I am a prospective student. I want to know which classes I should take for my senior year, this or that?" hahaha help?</p>

<p>At BEST they would say "take what interests you." I wouldn't be surprised if the person on the other line is dumbfounded for a few seconds either lol</p>

<p>Say just that. Tell them you are a prospective student your intended schedule was xyz. Due to scheduling you have to drop either AP Bio or AP Spanish. You want to make sure you put in the most competitive application possible. When evaluating your application which class would they find more valuable.</p>

<p>I would be very surprised if they did not take the time to help you with something more than a generic answer. They WANT good applicants. Yes they get thousands, however that doesn't mean they do not want yours to be as strong as it can be. After all, you are taking the initiative to call them. That says something.</p>

<p>You could even add that you would have considered a cc course to keep both classes, however the information regarding the conflict came too late to consider that. It shows them you are a serious student that wants to make the right decision.</p>