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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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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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yeah i second this. check to be sure that your school/state doesn’t have a requirement for you to take chemistry. at least in NY (where i live) we have to take 1 year of every science course, so skipping chem wasn’t an option for me. i did a 1-credit sumer course for 6 weeks at a local college to skip chem but idk if you can do this cause of covid. you should check w your guidance counselor to be sure! also ap chem and ap physics 1 are pretty much identical in rigor as they’re the two hardest AP