I wanna study biology become one. What classes or courses would be most effective?Answered
I am a 9th grader ( Freshman) I want to apply to AIC ( American International College ) with my gpa a 3.1 my admission chances aren't bad but my courses i need to take i have no idea of which to take along with extra curricular activities.
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Hi @Huey! I don't know what state you're in, but my state requires Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, and A&P. Like Ifhenry said, just try taking any (and all) classes that correspond with Biology. I would do my research on what classes your school offers that would help boost your GPA and give you a bit of a challenge if you'd like. I think it's great that you're thinking ahead in what you want to major in, but remember, extracurriculars are just as important. Colleges like to see diversity when looking at applications. Hope this helps! :)
For courses, I'd recommend taking rigorous courses in STEM, especially science. You should prioritize taking AP Biology and Chemistry, as well as AP Physics if you have the space in your course list.
I'd also recommend taking biology adjacent courses to demonstrate your love for the subject - if you have any anatomy or laboratory courses at your school, you should definitely try to take these.
If your school doesn't have many biology-specific courses, I'd recommend taking some at a local community college. Hands-on, laboratory experience can really boost your applications but remote learning is also a viable option. I'd also suggest reaching out to community college professors to see if you can do research with them, or pursuing other biology-related extracurriculars like fieldwork. You can also enter competitions like Science Olympiads to show your mastery of the subject.
You can also do self-driven extracurricular activities, like starting a blog on your favorite biology topics or a YouTube series on at-home biology experiments.
For more information on biology and related extracurriculars in high school, you can check out these articles:
https://blog.collegevine.com/extracurriculars-for-high-schoolers-interested-in-studying-medicine/ - this one isn't biology-specific, but could be a good starting point for thinking about what types of extracurriculars you should pursue.
Hope this helps!
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