So basically, what should I do for my senior year? AP Biology or AP Chemistry?
A major in Biology will require Chemistry. So there are two ways of thinking: 1.) Take the AP Chemistry in high school so that you can test out and not have to worry about it in college 2.) Take the AP Biology in high school so that you can test out of freshman level Biology and get an earlier start on your more advanced biology classes. Either way is a great choice so I think it depends more on you. Go with the subject that you think you'll enjoy more your senior year.
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The first thing to do is to get a catalog from the university/schools that you are interested in. See what they will require, and then take what will give you the most knowledge in a field once you graduate from high school. If you want to major in biology, you are probably going to have to take more biology then chemistry. However, depending on your feild of biology (biology, biotechnical, biochemistry...), you may need a substantial amount of chemistry as well. Unfortunately, the higher your studies, them more the two subjects will intertwine and be required. It really depends on what you want to do with a biology major once you graduate college.Do you want to teach or what?
Well first I would check with your potential colleges to see if they will accept AP credits, and if they do what scores they take. It would be of an advantage to take AP Biology if they accept your eventual score. That way you can take more interesting Biology classes while in college and not have to take boring Bio 101 again. If you haven't taken Chemistry yet, it is hard to tell if you will be good at it or not. Many of my friends took AP Chemistry and did horribly. They got strait A's in honors chem.
I would take both if your schedule allows, but if you can only take one or but you may feel more comfortable taking only one. Look to see which teacher you like better, and which one teaches more to your style ( more demonstrations versus lecturing). Which subject did you like better? Personally, I though Ap Chemistry was harder then Ap Biology, but I took both without an intro course. Of course if only one fits in your schedule, that's the one you take.
Realize while colleges say they take AP credits, depending on the school, your major, and your score, you may get credits toward your major and still be required to take the first level course. Visit the college's website and search for information about AP credits on the Biology major page.
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