Which “accelerated” high school courses actually advance a student toward a bachelor’s degree in a science, math or engineering field?

AICE Marine Science is all the rage in Palm Beach County, and as the Palm Beach Post reports “accelerated” AP, IB and AICE classes can make money for the schools themselves.

But do these “accelerated” classes really help students progress toward bachelors’ degrees in science and engineering fields?  Some do, and some don’t.  FSU recently sent out its updated list of credits it awards for AP, IB and AICE courses.  Below, I list the science and math courses that provide credits that count toward degrees in science, math and engineering at FSU.  You might notice that AICE Marine Science is not on the list.  In fact, few AICE courses are.

And it’s important to distinguish between AICE A-level and AS-level courses.  For example, A-level biology provides a credit that counts toward biology and biochemistry degrees, but AS-level does not.

It’s also worth noting that AICE and IB physics courses can provide physics credits that count toward degrees in biology and exercise science, but do not count toward engineering, chemistry or physics.  That is the same for AP Physics 1 and 2.  AP Physics C can provide credits that count toward majors in engineering, chemistry and physics.

AICE, IB and AP courses that satisfy science, math or engineering degree requirements at FSU:

AICE Biology A-level

AICE Chemistry A-level

AICE Math A-level

AICE Further Math A-level

AICE Physics A-level

IB Biology

IB Chemistry

IB Mathematics

IB Physics

AP Biology

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Chemistry

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

AP Physics C

AP Statistics

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