Physics or AP Bio

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  1. Noah Inman

    Noah Inman Member

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    I am trying to decide my classes for my Senior Year, for science I must choose between Physics and AP Bio. I know that if they were both AP classes it would be a no brainer, Physics. But Physics is just a normal class, and AP Bio is AP. I might be able to take both, but the grade might suffer as I am so busy. Should I just focus on one and which one? I kn0w that Physics is much more important to the academy, but that AP classes look better and really prepare you for college classes. What should I do?
     
  2. TriService2017

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    My guess is that you would be much better off with having a Physics background. Your guidance counselor can add a note with your transcript that AP Physics is not offered at your school. Physics and Chem are notorious "plebe killers" so you don't want to go in cold...
     
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    Both would be ideal. But If not possible, I would take physics.
     
  4. usna1985

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    Having any physics will be more helpful at USNA than bio, unless you are planning to be a chem or oceanography major, in which case, bio would be useful. If you get an A in "regular" physics, it won't hurt that it isn't AP.
     
  5. Noah Inman

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    I am going for both, it is going to be hard work balancing it with other AP classes but I am just going to do it. I know it will pay off in the end.
     
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    You can do it!! My DD took AP Chem, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, and Physics all during her junior year!
     
  7. CAmom2015

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    Have you taken other AP classes? If so, I wouldn't take too many classes that your grades would suffer. There is that balance between taking the hardest classes that your school offers and taking classes that are applicable/ helpful to your future USNA education. That regular physics class will be more helpful to you in the future as it will be a good foundation for the physics you'll be taking at USNA.
     
  8. Noah Inman

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    CAmom2015 Yes ma'am I am taking all of the AP classes my school offers. Next year I will be taking AP Calc and AP Literature along with Physics and AP Bio. I have a 3.8 unweighted GPA, I know that I can handle it, and without AP classes my school isn't great at preparing people for college. Thank you very much for your input. It is so appreciated!
     
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    I take both right now! Tough but manageable!
     
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  10. iMom

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    This question was asked at a parent session with admissions counselors and the answer was an unequivocal physics over biology.
     

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