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9 days ago
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What classes are best to take for a senior who wants to go into chemistry?

I am a rising senior and I have two spaces left on my schedule for next year, so I can’t take every class I want to. Which combination of classes would look best for someone who wants to apply to elite colleges as a chemistry or chemical engineering major?

Option 1: AP Physics C (double period)

Option 2: AP Physics B and AP Computer Science

Option 3: AP Computer Science and Linear Algebra

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9 days ago

I know these aren't listed but if I was aspiring to be a chemical engineer, I would definitely take AP Physics C and AP Calculus BC

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9 days ago

As a suggestion, take classes that will help you succeed in Chemistry in college and classes take you'll also enjoy. There's no use taking every AP class if: A) you hate it, B) You don't like it. Classes that you won't like or don't even necessarily need will bring your GPA down.

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9 days ago

Im not sure if you've looked at this, but here is a link on the collegeboard website on APs a chemical engineer should take : https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/choosing-courses/major-career-results/major/Chemical-Engineering

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4 days ago[edited]

Hi @Horse! All of those sound like great options for someone interested in chemistry/chemical engineering. I think there are a couple of things that you should take into consideration:

1. Which classes do you think you will perform better in? If colleges ask for a mid-year report once you have applied, you want to show them that you still have a strong academic record, so think about which classes you will get the best grades in.

2. Look into the schools you are planning on applying to and see if they accept AP credit for those classes. Some schools may not accept AP credit from a particular class, which would require you to take the equivalent class in college again. If that is the case, your time may be better spent taking a class you could potentially get AP credit for.

Hope that helps!

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