Senior year science choices

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  1. bryan24

    bryan24 New Member

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    It's getting to the point of the year when students have to submit their course selection sheets at my high school. As a junior, I have taken honors biology, honors chemistry, and honors physics. I absolutely want to take one or two AP sciences next year, and I know that physics is our of the question (AP physics teacher will be leaving next year and there is little chance of a replacement) so I am currently trying to decide between chemistry and biology. I am by far a much better biology student than I am a chemistry student (I had straight A's in bio freshman year with little difficulty, and I struggled to maintain above a B in chemistry sophomore year). I was just curious as to which USMA would prefer me to take? I also read somewhere that service academies preferred chemistry/physics over biology, can anyone confirm this?

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  2. ca2midwestmom

    ca2midwestmom Member

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    Take chemistry or physics over biology. No matter what major you end up picking, you will take Chemistry, Physics and Calculus in your first two years.
     
  3. jstockdale95

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    I am currently in AP chemistry as a senior. All I can say, is it is the only class I've ever been happy to get a B in. I had a 98 A in Honors Chemistry so I thought I was very good in the class, but the AP level is a different story! Last year the class was so hard, that collegeboard had it graded on a 200 point scale (50 which would be an F would now be a 100). That says a lot about how hard the class is. Now, they took away the 200 point scale so any hopes for an A are gone. So, do you want to struggle in the hard AP chem class and hope to score high on the exam? Or do you want to take a class (AP bio) when your chances at an A are much higher, yet no credits could be used?


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  4. Craig

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    Chemistry

    AP Chemistry. It is a plebe killer. Taking it will help you later at the college level. Plus, the SA's seem to value it more.
     

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