Does doubling up count me towards four years of math?
Hi, I am a junior and I took AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics this year. I am contemplating on taking AP Calculus BC next year to show colleges that I have 4 years of Math but I was just wondering whether I don't need to do that as I doubled up on two math courses this year so I was just wondering whether or not colleges consider me having 4 years of math already before taking a math course in my senior year. Thanks!
If you have fulfilled your HS requirements and are up to AP CALC AB already and AB stats you don't need to continue unless you want to. It depends on what your intended major is where you are applying. If you are going to be a math or physics major and applying to CalTech and MIT, then take AP CALC BC. But also remember that MIT doesn't give you college credit for your STEM APs only your humanities APs. If you get in an enroll you have to take their Core STEM requirements all over again. As a rising Senior, you have limited time, less than 6 months before all your applications are due, and emailed, so just remember that what is most important is that you have all your bases covered on your application. If you have a weakness in your essays, recommendations, ECs, grades or course rigor, it's important to use the 6 months to fill that gap or strengthen that part of your profile. Review all your requirements and be honest about what you think your weaknesses are and work on them. For example if what I've listed is not an issue but you think you are a poor interviewer, work on that, it will be more important that you present the best version of yourself.
From personal experience ( I wanted to drop math for my Junior year since I’d already earned my state’s math credit requirement as a freshman) I will tell you that you should continue to take AP math. Colleges, especially elite ones, want to see continuity and difficulty on your transcript. Even though math probably has no relation to your major (as to mine) you shouldn’t drop it because colleges will find it suspicious that you dropped a MAJOR core class for your last year of high school. It just is something that will be considered odd and might set you back compared to other applicants. Unless if you have a reason other than “I didn’t want to take it” colleges really will look down on you not not continuing your core classes since they dont want to look for students who only do the minimum requirement and then drop the class after.
So as far as I know there are looking for 8 semesters of math or if a semester of math equals 5 credits they would look for 40 credits and you would have achieved that this year though going over it never hurts.