Teachers and parents often suggest students take AP science courses, but what options are available and what do they entail?
Getting college credit is great, but there are a lot of options under the umbrella of AP Science. So what courses are available and what will you get out of each?
Glad you asked! Here’s a brief run through of each of the AP Science courses and what you’re signing up for when you register to take the class.
Taking AP Chemistry is going to get you on a track to better understand states of matter, chemical reactions, and the molecular structure of the world.
It’s a course where you’ll learn a lot about expressing your ideas with logic and seeing how important attention to detail is. Lots of lab experience is likely to be involved.
Potential majors this is good for: Astronomy, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Forestry, Pre-medicine, Psychology and many more.
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AP Environmental Science
This is a great course if you’re not sure whether you want a future career in science, but you have an aptitude for it and enjoy learning about science.
AP Environmental Science may show you a practical side of science that is enjoyable and sparks your interest. You’ll see the ways we are able to understand the natural world and its complicated interrelationships.
The best part? Many times this course will include field investigations, which means getting out of the classroom and into the sun.
Potential majors this is good for: Aerospace Engineering, Anthropology, Environmental Engineering, Fishing and Fisheries, Forestry, Geology, Landscape Architecture, Marine Biology, and many others.
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