Today's blog post will provide you with the AP (Advanced Placement) classes that you should be taking while in high school in order to set yourself up for a successful acceptance at a competitive college with a well-known engineering program.
10 AP Classes to Take for Engineering
In general, you should be aiming to enroll in the math and science APs that are offered at your high school. Depending on the type of engineering that you want to pursue, it will vary on what particular math or sciences you should sign up for.
There are 2 types of AP Calculus courses that you can enroll in, AB or BC. Both are designed to be college-level calculus classes. In order to take either, the standard pre-requisite for both AB and BC is Pre-Calculus.
You have three potential options when it comes to AP Calculus:
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AP Calculus AB vs BC
While both courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of calculus, there are notable differences between them in terms of content coverage and depth. Below are the main distinctions:
Scope of Content
AP Calculus AB provides a comprehensive introduction to calculus, covering topics such as limits, derivatives, and integrals. It focuses on single-variable calculus, emphasizing concepts like rates of change, differentiation, and basic integration techniques. AP Calculus BC, on the other hand, encompasses all the topics covered in AB but also introduces additional topics, such as parametric equations, polar coordinates, infinite series, and more advanced integration techniques.
Rigor and Pace
AP Calculus BC is generally considered more challenging and fast-paced than AB. BC covers a significant amount of additional content, which means that the pace of instruction may be quicker, and the depth of understanding required is greater. AB, while still demanding, provides a more manageable pace for students who prefer a slightly slower approach to learning calculus.
Both AP Calculus AB and BC can earn you college credit if you perform well on the corresponding AP exam. However, different colleges and universities have different policies regarding how they grant credit for these courses. Some institutions may offer credit for both AB and BC, while others may only grant credit for BC or give more credit for BC due to its broader coverage and increased depth.
Future Course Placement
Taking AP Calculus BC can potentially qualify you for higher-level college math courses, allowing you to start at a more advanced level. It may also help you fulfill prerequisite requirements for certain majors, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. AP Calculus AB provides a solid foundation in calculus and can still fulfill introductory calculus requirements at many colleges and universities.
Topics Covered in AP Calculus AB and BC Exams
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This AP is an algebra-based, introductory, college-level physics course. It is designed so that any student can take the class without any prior physics knowledge or experience.
However, it is generally recommended that students have a strong foundation in algebra and basic trigonometry before taking the course. The course assumes a solid understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts such as solving equations, graphing functions, and working with vectors.
Topics covered in AP Physics 1
Physics 2 is intended to be a second-year physics course, meaning it should ideally be taken after Physics 1 or any other first-year physics course. You should have taken or been concurrently taking Pre-Calculus or an equivalent class.
Topics covered in AP Physics 2
Topics Covered in AP Physics C: Mechanics
Similar to Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics is also strongly advised to be taken as a second-year physics course. The prerequisite is also Calculus and it is recommended that you have a complete grasp of a first-year physics course before taking the analytic approach necessary for Physics C: Mechanics.
Topics Covered in AP Physics C: Mechanics
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If you plan to pursue a computer science degree for engineering, these are some highly recommended classes that focus primarily on this career path.
Students are free to take either course in any order.
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Topics Covered in AP Computer Science A
Topics Covered in AP Computer Science Principles
Topics Covered in AP Chemistry
If you are interested in environmental engineering, this could be a potential course for you to think about.
As most universities will require one or two science courses as general education, you could be completing a general-education requirement along with your environmental engineering conditions.