AP Courses That Go Together
Like peanut butter and jelly, these AP® courses are great alone but even better when paired together. Taking AP courses not only gives you the opportunity to earn credit or advanced placement but also builds skills that will help you be successful throughout high school, college, and beyond. A great way to hone these skills is to extend your learning by taking AP courses that complement each other.
Most of the courses in the list below are companion pairings that have cross-curricular benefits, meaning the skills and content you’ll learn in one course are relevant to and will benefit you in the other course. Other pairings offer a more focused course sequence within a single subject area where the content and skills taught within each course build on each other across the two-course pairing.
If they’re available in your school, consider taking these connected AP courses.
Cross-Curricular Companion Courses
- AP Biology pairs with AP Environmental Science.
- AP Biology pairs with AP Psychology.
- AP Art History pairs with AP World History: Modern.
- AP U.S. Government and Politics pairs with AP Macroeconomics.
- AP English Language and Composition pairs with AP United States History.
- AP Human Geography pairs with AP Environmental Science.
- AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based pairs with AP Calculus AB.
- AP Research pairs with AP Statistics.
Focused Sequences of Courses
- AP English Language and Composition* pairs with AP English Literature and Composition*.
- AP Seminar** (Grade 10 or 11) pairs with AP Research (Grade 11 or 12).
- AP Seminar (Grade 10) pairs with AP English Language and Composition (Grade 11), then AP Research (Grade 12).
* Please note that colleges typically will only grant credit for one of the two AP English courses.
** AP Research is the only course the AP Program requires students to take in a sequence, after AP Seminar.
Pre-AP Connections to AP Courses
Some schools offer Pre-AP® courses, which help you develop the skills needed for future success in AP. These courses are directly mapped to specific AP courses and often include strong connections to more than one.
Discover which AP courses may be a natural next step for you, and schedule time with your school counselor to find out which ones are available to take next.