Preparing for College

What Qualifies as a "Science?"

Question: About the science requirement at colleges, when they say 3 or 4 years of sciences, do they imply including a life science and a physical science or is it open to any science? At my daughter's high school, all advanced sciences are college level courses for engineers and scientists. Each science course is two years long. What would be the best way to satisfy science requirement? Unfortunately, their biology is the weakest of the three sciences. Thank you.

"Science," especially at the most selective colleges, refers to a year of any laboratory science. Typically this means biology, chemistry, and/or physics, and might rule out other options such as Earth Science or ecology ... but this depends on the high school. Classes like geology and astronomy could go either way, but they aren't offered at most high schools to begin with. (And the less selective the college, the less picky they tend to be about whether the "science" on the transcript is a lab science or not.)

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