AP Environmental?

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  1. sg2019

    sg2019 Member

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    I am a freshmen that is filling out next years scheduled. I have a spare class period and was wondering if I should doubling up on science and take chemistry and AP environmental. Its the only AP class that I can take as a sophomore besides AP European History (which I plan on taking). I know AP credits don't transfer to USNA. I had a 4.0 unweighted GPA for the 1st semester. Would taking AP environmental help me get into USNA?
     
  2. ctuma2

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    Even though AP credits don't transfer, taking lots of AP classes to challenge yourself always looks good on your application.
     
  3. dunninla

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    Yes, absolutely, the USNA offers only B.S. degrees, so let that be your clue.

    that's a normal progression at better than average High Schools with students targeting top 100 universities...

    Sophomore Year
    AP Enviro
    H Chem
    Math of some flavor
    AP Euro or AP World
    English
    Foreign language 2nd Yr.

    Junior
    AP US
    AP Bio
    English
    Language 3rd Yr.
    Pre-Calculus
    one more

    Senior
    AP Calculus (careful with this one... a lot of smart students get C grade in this one)
    AP Physics
    AP Language
    History/Gov
    English
    one more

    If you go to a civilian college and do ROTC, you'll have a bunch of Units (assuming you get a 3 or better score on the AP tests) you can use, as much as 2/3 of a year, depending on your major.

    If you go to USMA or USNA, you will have a better chance of admittance if you take the tough math/science courses... even if you get a few Bs.
     
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  4. kinnem

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    Absolutely. One thing the Academies look at is did you take the most challenging courses available to you. Not taking it would (at least) marginally hurt your chances. :thumb: its very smart of you to be working towards admission now. My hats off to you.
     
  5. VBButler

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    I am currently taking AP Environmental Science, but as a Junior because I was a year ahead. Its actually one of the lesser challenging AP classes I've taken so far. I knew it would be a little but less challenging than say, AP Physics, but I really cared about the issue so I figured that's what education is for. I'm not sure how the Academy feels about it, seeing as it's not a core science class. It is, however, an AP class, and if you really care about environmental issues, it'll be a win-win. I'd really echo dunninla's advice, you should make sure that you take physics, chem and bio, at the highest level you can.
     
  6. 1964BGO

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    Since you are this far down the road already, I strongly recommend you consider participating in the STEM program at USNA; it is an excellent program and gives you a chance to see what NAVY has to offer. Also, start prepping to take the SAT and ACT exams next fall. Best wishes.
     
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    Another program that may be interesting for you is the Navy's SEAP 8 week summer internship program for students post freshman through graduating seniors. It is a STEM type internship at various Navy installations across the country and pays a stipend. Check it out at <www.seap.asee.org>
     

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