what science class to choose for senior yr

<p>Hi, I'm not sure of what I want to major in in university, yet. But, it's probably be something in the sciences: biology, biochemistry, etc. I want to go into the medical field. </p>

<p>I've already taken Honors Bio, Honors Chem, and AP Biology. For next year, I was wondering if I should sign up for AP Chemistry or AP Physics. I'm going to try to sign up for both, but I don't think it's going to fit in my schedule. Which one would be more beneficial for admissions into the UCs or Ivy League? Some people say it's better to have a variety so I should take Physics, but others say Chem is better for the medical field. HELP PLEASe?</p>

<p>College admissions is unlikely to care, since they're both AP Sciences; they'll probably be treated equivalently. Ask around at your school and figure out which is taught better.</p>

<p>A warning: when you know which college you're going to, you will have to decide whether you want to take the exam or not. Often, the answer will be no.</p>

<p>What other science courses does your school offer? </p>

<p>Between AP Chem and AP Physics, I would take AP Chem. Chemistry is really important in the medical field--not that physics isn't--and it will only help you because you already have some chemistry background. I haven't taken an AP Physics course, but my regular physics course was pretty demanding and I think a solid background in chemistry helps with physics (I'm not sure why, but that's what my science teachers told me.... personally I didn't really notice). </p>

<p>If you want to major in some sort of science, taking as many science classes as possible in high school helps. I took bio freshman year, chem sophomore year, AP Bio, anatomy and physiology, and physics junior year, and AP Chem senior year ( I also wanted to take AP Environmental Science, but it didn't fit in my schedule this year). I applied to all colleges as Bioengineering or Biomedical Engineering (depending on the school) and Pre-Med, and I've been accepted to seven of the thirteen so far. No rejections! </p>

<p>I think that the difference between the two classes isn't huge; maybe you should pick the subject you like better. Don't forget, it's also important that your extra currics show your interest in medicine/science.</p>

<p>And bluedevilmike is right. Depending on the school you end up matriculating at, you may not need to take the AP test. The IVs and a lot of other "smart" schools don't accept AP credit, so it won't matter. But schools like U Pitt (lots of opportunities for undergraduate research) do accept AP credit.</p>

<p>The big issue in terms of AP, particularly for Chem and Physics (but NOT Biology) is that you're going to be required to take a year of those classes to get into medical school - and the majority of medical schools DON'T accept AP credit for their pre-reqs. The result is that having AP credit will force you take upper level chem or physics classes that are much more difficult than the intro courses. Further, the intro courses apply well to the MCAT while the same cannot be said for upper level courses.</p>

<p>Bio is different because upper level bio courses are usually about the same difficulty as intro (at my school they were generally easier b/c intro bio was such a weed out course) and they're usually much more interesting.</p>

<p>BRM is ur last theory true generally? like is upper level bio still around the same difficulty as intro for most schools? would u happen to know about the UCs?
would that mean that grading won't be a lot easier in the upper level, or r these 2 independent from e/o?</p>

<p>BRM, does using AP Bio credit hurt for the MCAT? In the sense, will taking an intro course for bio during freshman year be better preparation for the MCAT than using AP Bio credit ?</p>

<p>My school allowed me to forfeit my AP credits for Chemistry, Biology, and Calc BC, but apparently that isn't the case at all undergrad institutions. You should look into that before deciding whether or not to take the test.</p>