Thinking about pursuing a career in engineering? Well, you don't have to wait until college before you start preparing!

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.

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.

However, once you are in college, the majority of the engineering students will be in challenging course loads that are filled with both math and science. In the interest of preparing yourself for these rigorous courses, here are the APs that you should be highly considering during high school.

Related: **How I Study For An AP Class**

**AP Calculus **

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:

Take AB and BC Calculus as a sequence

Take AB Calculus

Skip AB and go directly to BC Calculus

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*AP Calculus AB *

You should think about taking AP Calculus AB if you believe that you have time in your schedule. This is a great recommendation for upperclassmen - juniors and seniors.

Calculus AB is designed to correspond to a college first-year calculus course concentrated on topics in differential and integral calculus.

Topics include:

Limits and Continuity

Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties

Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions

Contextual Applications of Differentiation

Analytical Applications of Differentiation

Integration and Accumulation of Change

Differential Equations

Applications of Integration

Source: __AP Central__

Related: **AP Calculus AB Comprehensive Boost Class**

*AP Calculus BC*

The AP Calculus BC should course should be considered *after* you have successfully mastered AP Calc AB. Although some high schools may offer AP Calc BC without requiring that you complete AP Calc AB prior, it is not recommended.

The AP Calc BC course is tricky and as such, high school seniors who have mastered AB Calc material are more better-suited for the curriculum. It is designed to be equivalent to both first and second-year college calculus courses.

You will learn and apply AB Calc skills towards parametrically defined curves, polar curves, and vector-valued functions, developing additional integration techniques and applications, and introduces the topics of sequences and series.

Topics include:

Limits and Continuity

Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties

Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions

Contextual Applications of Differentiation

Analytical Applications of Differentiation

Integration and Accumulation of Change

Differential Equations

Applications of Integration

Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Vector-Valued Functions

Infinite Sequences and Series

Source: __AP Central__

Related: **AP Calculus BC Comprehensive Boost Class**

**AP Physics **

**AP Physics 1: Algebra-based**

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.

It is recommended that you should have at least mastered Geometry and are simultaneously taking Algebra II or an equivalent course.

Topics include:

Kinematics

Dynamics

Circular motion and gravitation

Energy

Momentum

Simple harmonic motion

Torque and rotational motion

Electric charge and electric force

DC circuits

Mechanical waves and sound

Source: __AP Central__

Related: **AP Physics 1 Comprehensive Boost Class**

**AP Physics 2: Algebra-based**

Similar to AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2 takes it up a notch. You will be diving into some more advanced concepts and topics than 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 include:

Fluids

Thermodynamics

Electrical force, field, and potential

Electric circuits

Magnetism and electromagnetic induction

Geometric and physical optics

Quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics

Source: __AP Central__

**AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism**

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism is a calculus-based, college introductory-level physics course especially suitable for students intending on specializing in physical science or engineering.

It is highly recommended that you take this AP as a second-year physics class. You will need to have a solid understanding of important physical principles prior to taking the more analytical approach in this AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism course. You should have taken or are simultaneously taking Calculus.

Topics include:

Electrostatics

Conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics

Electric circuits

Magnetic field

Electromagnetism

Source: __AP Central__

**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 pre-requisite 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 include:

Kinematics

Newton's laws of motion

Work, energy, and power

Systems of particles and linear momentum

Circular motion and rotation

Oscillations

Gravitation

Source: __AP Central__

Related: **AP Physics C: Mechanics Comprehensive Boost Class**

**AP Computer Science**

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.

**AP Computer Science A **

This class will introduce student learners that are interested in computer science through programming.

It is designed to be a first-year college course in computer science. It is highly recommended that you have successfully completed a first-year high school algebra class prior to attempting this AP program. Students should solidify their mathematical reasoning foundations if they wish to succeed in this course.

Topics include:

Design of solutions to problems

Use of data structures to organize large sets of data

Development and implementation of algorithms to process data and discover new info

Analysis of potential solutions

Ethical and social implications of computing systems

You will concentrate a large portion of your learning on object-oriented programming and design using the Java programming language.

Source: __AP Central__

**AP Computer Science Principles**

The AP Computer Science Principles course will concentrate primarily on the computing skills related to programming in Java. It supplements Computer Science A by teaching the fundamental concepts of computer science in hopes of broadening participation in computer science studies.

The class is aimed to be equivalent to a first-year college computing course. You are suggested to have completed the same pre-requisites mentioned for AP Computer Science A.

Topics include:

Working with data

Collaborating to solve problems

Developing computer programs as you explore concepts like creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the internet, and the global impact of computing

Source: __AP Central__

**AP Sciences**

**AP Chemistry **

The majority of engineering students will be required to take a basic chemistry course during college, even if they decide to pursue a degree outside of chemical engineering.

By taking AP Chemistry during high school, you will develop a solid understanding of the concepts and challenge you academically.

AP Chemistry will provide you with a college-level foundation to support the future advanced coursework you will be taking in college. It is equivalent to the general chemistry course typically taken during the first year of college.

You should have successfully completed a general high school chemistry course and Algebra II prior to enrolling in this AP class.

Topics include:

Atomic structure

Intermolecular forces and bonding

Chemical reactions

Kinetics

Thermodynamics

Equilibrium

Source: __AP Central__

**AP Biology **

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.

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology class where students will learning to develop their understanding of biology.

The AP Biology course is equivalent to a second-year college-level biology course. As such, students should have pre-requisites completed for high school biology and chemistry.

Topics include:

Evolution

Cellular processes

Energy and communication

Genetics

Information transfer

Ecology

Interactions

Source: __AP Central__