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Courses AP Stat or AP Bio for a physics major?

  1. Feb 14, 2017 #1
    So I'm an upcoming freshman at my local high school (class of 2021) and I know without a shadow of a doubt I will pursue a physics major in college and eventually a career in the field. At this point I've managed to set up a pretty solid four year schedule (which I will post below), but I still have a big question about one thing, whether or not I should take AP Stat or AP Bio as a senior. My schedule works out in such a way that I can meet all the standards that I need to meet and still come out with about 12.5 to 13.5 AP classes by the time I graduate and, after a lot of thought, I have come to the conclusion that there is no possible way of fitting both AP Stat and AP Bio into my schedule (I can't ditch any trash classes like PE or FA survey because they are requirements ಠ_ಠ). With that being said, my question is which one would make me look more appealing to colleges as a physics major? On the one hand, I have read that AP Stat is pretty basic and doesn't really get you through much of a college stat course, but on the other hand biology doesn't really have anything to do with physics, but at the same time is another science course, which colleges might like due to the whole critical thinking aspect. At this point I'm leaning towards AP Stat because, while it may be easy, it's actually relevant to my field of interest, but I'm not set in stone just yet. Any and all feedback is GREATLY appreciated as I don't really know what to do at the moment and need to get my schedule submitted as soon as possible.


    -Honors English 9
    -Honors Bio
    -Honors Geometry
    -Spanish 2
    -PE 9
    -AP European History
    -Game Design (sem. 1)
    -Fine Arts survey (sem. 2)

    -Honors English 10
    -Honors Chemistry
    -Honors Pre Calc
    -Spanish 3
    -AP Macroeconomics (sem. 1)
    -AP Microeconomics (sem. 2)
    -AP Computer Science Principles

    -AP English Lit
    -Honors Physics
    -AP Calculus AB
    -Honors Spanish 4
    -AP US History
    -AP Computer Science

    -AP English Language and Composition
    -AP Physics
    -AP Calculus BC
    -AP Spanish
    -PE (sem. 1)
    -AP US Government (sem. 2)
    -AP Biology or AP Statistics
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  3. Feb 14, 2017 #2


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    Which you choose makes no difference now. You are still too young to know everything about what you want to do "without a shadow of a doubt". Pick the choice you want. Not matter which. Either is of similar value until you decide more specifically what you want within, I might guess, Physics. Very probable that whatever Biology or Statistics you learn in a college course on the subject would be better than what you take from your high school's AP courses.
  4. Feb 14, 2017 #3


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    You might get a slight edge with AP Stat as some of its concepts would apply to Statistical Mechanics.

    However, there is a field called Biophysics and of course Biology might give you a slight edge there.
  5. Feb 14, 2017 #4
    Dual enrollment trumps AP in my view. Guaranteed college credit without the uncertainty of high stakes tests and whether your college awards credits for the results.

    Also, no need to spend two YEARS in AP Calc. You can do it in two semesters through dual enrollment.
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