4 years ago
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Is it okay to skip AP Chemistry?

Hi, I am a rising jr. The natural course of classes this year would be for me to take Chemistry. However, I really am not interested in it. Secondly, I would have to take AP, as to avoid any decline in GPa/Rank. What do you think colleges will think when they see that I have skipped chemistry and took AP Physics instead? Should I just take a summer chem class at the local university? How important is chemistry. Oh and by the way, I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up!

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4 years ago

If you are not passionate about chemistry and have no plan no major in chemistry or anything chemistry/STEM related, then yes you can skip taking AP chem. Colleges want to see that you are doing what interests you and that you do aligns with your major, so not taking a chem course wouldn't hurt you if you do not go into STEM. If chemistry is a required course at your school however, I would then recommend taking it at the AP level to show colleges that you can challenge yourself (unless you really think that it will harm your GPA). Personally, I did find AP chem quite interesting and would recommend the course. But that's just my opinion :)

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