Search - Quix
Search - Content
Search - News Feeds
Search - Easy Blog
Search - Tags

Is Physics a Required Subject?

Do the kids have to have Physics or could they take Advanced Chemistry instead? My daughter doesn't have any desire at all to take  Physics and would rather take Advanced Chemistry instead. She is planning on going to college for Pre-Law so I didn't see any problem with that, but wasn't sure what colleges expect. Should I call her top 4 choices for school before getting her book to get her going on it?
~ Anita in IN

is physics a required subject

Is Physics a Required Subject?



All children do NOT need to take physics! I didn't take physics in high school, and I'm a registered nurse and had to take physics in college. NO, you don't have to take physics. Advanced Chemistry instead would be a great choice.

Unless kids are going into the science or engineering fields, you don't need to cover biology, chemistry, and physics in your homeschool. Colleges DO expect three years of science, but there are a wide variety of sciences to choose from. If she liked chemistry the first time, then advanced chemistry is a good choice. If she hated chemistry, then astronomy, geology, or botany might be a better choice.

It's always a good idea to check with your child's favorite colleges. Colleges can have some truly bizarre preferences, so do make sure you check with them. In general, physics is a fairly unusual science class to take in high school, and it's often recommended only for children who intend to major in the sciences in college. Pre-Law students often major in the humanities before going to law school. Political science, history, English, and other majors don't require physics.

Law school is difficult, but it's also a long way away. You can't begin law school until after you have completed a 4 year bachelor's degree. High school science shouldn't have much of an impact. So feel free to enjoy sciences your child takes delight in!

Which sciences are you teaching or planning to teach in high school? Please share!



Please note: This post was originally published in September 2010 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Click here to read more about why teaching your high schooler is highly overrated.
6 Ways to Deal with an Unfinished Class
Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts
 

Comments 3

Guest - Jennifer on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:32

My daughter completed Apologia Biology and Chemistry in 9th and 10th grades. In 11th grade, she took Athletic Training/Exercise Physiology/Sports Medicine online from Landry Academy. This was something she was very interested in and it was great to be able to study something pretty specialized on the high school level. We don't plan to do Physics, and counted this Landry course as her third science credit.

My daughter completed Apologia Biology and Chemistry in 9th and 10th grades. In 11th grade, she took Athletic Training/Exercise Physiology/Sports Medicine online from Landry Academy. This was something she was very interested in and it was great to be able to study something pretty specialized on the high school level. We don't plan to do Physics, and counted this Landry course as her third science credit.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:37

Way to go, Jennifer!
Like Lee says, "It’s always a good idea to check with your child’s favorite colleges." but you saw an interest and you went with it! Well done.
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Way to go, Jennifer! Like Lee says, "It’s always a good idea to check with your child’s favorite colleges." but you saw an interest and you went with it! Well done. Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - KC on Friday, 14 November 2014 21:42

Look at the state requirements then go from there.

Look at the state requirements then go from there.
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, 14 May 2021

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/

More Encouraging Posts

  • Driven Crazy by Homeschool Drivers Ed

     If you're a homeschool family and have a teen in the house, I'm certain that you've probably had the dreaded discussion ... "When can I learn to drive?" 

    I remember when I was homeschooling and started thinking about homeschool drivers ed. Sometimes I'd get hung up on ONE small issue that would drive me completely BATTY! I remember wishing for ANYONE

    Read More
  • How to Help with Career Assessment for High School Students

    If you are stressed out that your high school teen hasn't found a career interest yet, relax. Some kids decide on a career when they are very young, and others don't decide until much later. You can help with career assessment for your high school students - read my tips below! 

    This post contains affiliate links . If you click and buy

    Read More
  • College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests® and SAT® Essay

    As of 2021, the College Board made two immediate changes that affect high school testing.

    1. The College Board will no longer offer SAT Subject Tests®.

    2. The College Board will no longer offer the essay portion of the SAT® Test.  

    What does this mean to you?

    1. Some colleges will still want some outside documentation.

    High schools have

    Read More
  • [Free Book] Homeschooling the Holidays

    Holiday seasons, especially between November and January, are busy times. Celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Hanukkah, and more seem to tumble on top of each other, with no time in between. For many families, it seems that homeschooling just goes out the window during these times. It is possible to stay sane and continue Homeschooling the Holidays

     

    Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • 47

Contact The HomeScholar

17837 1st Ave S., Suite #145
Normandy Park, WA 98148
Phone: 1-888-Lee2HELP (1-888-533-2435)
Contact us

About The HomeScholar

Lee has three core beliefs about homeschooling: homeschooling provides the best possible learning environment; every child deserves a college-prep education whether or not they choose to go to college, and parents are capable of providing a superior education to their children. Lee does not judge your homeschool or evaluate your children. Instead, she comes alongside to help and encourage parents homeschooling high school.

Learn More