I've somewhat hit a very unwanted bump in the road, and I would like some outside assistance on the matter. I'm currently in my junior year of high school, and I've only covered Algebra 1, Geometry, and I'm currently in Algebra 2. The average student at this school would've taken Algebra 1 in middle school, resulting to them being in Trig/PreCal (it's one class, not two separate) this year, enabling them for Calculus for senior year. Considering my planned major is general physics, I really want to get into Calculus Advanced Placement next year. The problem is that Trig/PreCal is a prerequisite to the class. After talking to my Math Department, they believe I can self-teach Trig/PreCal over the summer, and are willing to let me skip the class, but they worry that if I do so, I won't get the graduation requirement of four math courses throughout highschool, by the state not counting Calculus because I didn't satisfy Trig/PreCal. So here's a proposal that involves more of an effect on the university I chose more than anything. I can take both Trig/PreCal and Calculus AP next year, alongside eachother. This would eliminate the fear of one class not counting as a math course, and allowing me to satisfy the requirement. But to do this — I would need to drop another class, and I've came to the conclusion that the only plausible choice, is science (which hurt to suggest..). I aspired to take AP Physics next year, but if I dropped the class, I could take Calculus, which I slightly find more important for my major. I greatly worry though that doing this might decrease my chances of being accepted into certain colleges. They recommend four years of science for a physics major, but three is the requirement. Should I go through with this? I've been relentlessly told mathematics is more important during high school and it should be a main focus to build a good stronghold for a major in Physics. I would really appreciate any outside opinions on this matter, from anyone at all. *Note: If it's any benefit to this dilemma, I plan on pursuing a Bachelors at University of Rhode Island in General Physics, then transfer to hopefully Ivy League and pursue a Masters and doctorate in Quantum Mechanics.