All students are required to complete 3.0 credits of science. All students are required to complete 1 credit of Physical Science and 1 credit of Biology. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Education requires all students to complete one year of Chemistry or Physics.
The vast majority of MHS students take four years of science in the following sequence: Physical Science (9th), Chemistry (10th), Physics (11th or 12th), and Biology (11th or 12th). Modern concepts in biology rely heavily on concepts in chemistry; therefore, chemistry is prerequisite to all courses in biology.
Course: #AP304, S1 Course: #AP306, S2 Grade(s) offered: 10-12 Credits: .5 (per semester) Prerequisites: A or B in Physical Science Honors and Higher Algebra
AP Chemistry teaches the concepts and applications of first-year college Chemistry. A process of problem solving is continually modeled and It is expected that students electing this course will take the AP Exam.
Course: #T200F, Tonka Online* Course: #T202W, Tonka Online* *Online, complete part 1 before part 2. This course may also be taken through VANTAGE #V300 (choose only one) Grade(s) offered: 11-12 Credits: .5 (per semester) Prerequisites: Chemistry, Physical Science
This is a multidisciplinary course for students interested in the world’s natural environment and related issues.
AP Physics I is an algebra-based physics course designed to develop deep understanding of the content and apply knowledge through inquiry-based labs. The English course focuses on preparing students for future research opportunities and for learning how to communicate in a technical and professional manner.
Course: #AP324, S1 Course: #AP326, S2 Grade(s) offered: 11-12 Credits: 1.0 (year-long course) This course completes 1.0 of a Science credit. Prerequisites: Calculus course and AP Physics 1 (or another physics course with teacher recommendation).
AP Physics C-Electricity & Magnetism is equivalent to a second semester calculus-based college physics course.
Course: #T208W, Tonka Online Grade(s) offered: 10-12 Credits: .5 (Spring semester only) Prerequisites: Have completed or be concurrently enrolled in both AP Physics 1 AND a calculus course.
This course covers mechanics topics with a calculus lens in a self-paced/teacher-guided online format. These topics are Kinematics, Newton’s Laws, Work/Energy/Power, Momentum, Rotation, and Oscillations.
Course: #2508, S1 Course: #2509, S2 Course: #T214F, Tonka Online Course: #T215W, Tonka Online Grade(s) offered:10-12 Credits: .5 (per semester) Prerequisites: A or B in Physical Science Honors; A in general Physical Science or Physics 1. Concurrently enrolled in Higher Algebra or beyond.
This course is for students who want an in-depth and rigorous approach to learning chemistry, and its connection to the real-world.
Course: #2524 Course: #T224, Tonka Online This course can also be taken through VANTAGE #V200 (choose one) Grade(s) offered: 10-12 Credits: .5 (one-semester course) Prerequisites: Physical Science or Physical Science Honors, Chemistry
A course for students interested in how the human body works, including anatomy (body structure) and physiology (body functions).
Course: #T217S, summer only Grade(s) offered: 10-11 Credits: .5 (summer) This course completes .5 toward an elective credit. Prerequisites: Students should be registered for AP Biology in the fall; optional course for preceding summer.
Students in this summer course will complete online study and engage in learning activities to prepare for the rigor and pace of Advanced Placement (AP) Biology.
Course: #T213S, summer only, Tonka Online Grade(s) offered: 9-12 Credits: .5 (summer only) This course completes .5 toward an elective credit. Prerequisites: Students should be registered for AP Chemistry in the fall; optional course for preceding summer.
This course includes essential chemistry skills and includes support for the AP Chemistry summer assignment. The overall goal is to provide a pathway for prospective AP Chemistry students to solidify a strong chemistry foundation as they transition to college level coursework.
Course: #2800, S1 Course: #2802, S2 Grade(s) offered: 10-12 Credits: .5 (per semester, full-year course) Prerequisites: Successful completion of an AP or IB Science course. Student must have achieved a 3 or higher on an AP Science Exam or a 4 or higher on an IB Science exam.
Students will learn the process of, and perform, original scientific research around a scientific topic of interest to them.
Course: #2804, S1 Course: #2806, S2 Grade(s) offered: 11-12 Credits: .5 (per semester, full-year course) Prerequisites: Successful completion of Scientific Research #2800 and #2802 and recommendation of a Scientific Research instructor.
This course provides students who participated in Scientific Research the opportunity to extend their research, develop new pathways and understandings, and apply their learning in new and rigorous contexts.
Minnetonka Research provides the opportunity to pursue authentic research driven by their own questions and interests. By connecting students with leaders in academia and industry, this program will inspire and guide students as they develop 21st Century Skills (communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration). Students will leave the program ready to engage in challenging college courses and cutting-edge careers in fields of inquiry.
VANTAGE is Minnetonka High School’s advanced professional studies program. Through experiential learning, VANTAGE offers a unique opportunity for students to apply their coursework in real-world settings. There are seven areas of study: