This is a great question. I took both of these courses in high school and I could see them both being fundamental to neuroscience. However, if you are looking to take a class that will help you decide if you are really interested in the brain and its impact, I recommend AP Psych. This course takes you through the physical elements of the brain, while also teaching you about various fields of thoughts througout history of how people thought the brain, consciousness, memory, etc. It was incredibly riveting and very foundational to my knowledge of how the brain impacts life. You also learn about neurons and synapses, etc. It is not a science course, but it does expose you to scientific elements. Either way, you are going to have to probably take more courses in both of these subjects in college, so I recommend taking AP psych now so that you can solidify your interest in the study of the brain.
Just to play devil's advocate, however, AP calc would allow you to potentially check off a math course in college and get your degree done faster--especially if you get a high enough score on the AP test to get credit with your future univeristy. I recommend checking with your guidance counselor about the credit programs at the colleges you are thinking of applying to and see what he/she thinks is the best course for you to take given their curriculum.
Olivia recommends the following next steps:
- Discuss with a guidance counselor!