Biomedical Sciences Academy - Program Overview - Course Descriptions

Principles of Biomedical Sciences 120 hours
The Principles of Biomedical Sciences course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences Academy and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses. The key biological concepts embedded in the curriculum include homeostasis, metabolism, and inheritance of traits, feedback systems and defense against disease. Where appropriate, engineering principles are also incorporated into the curriculum; these include the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics and the relationship of the structure to function.

Human Body Systems 120 hours
The human body is a complex system requiring care and maintenance. This course will engage students in the study of basic human physiology, especially in relationship to human health. Students will use a variety of monitors to examine body systems (respiratory, circulatory, and nervous) at rest and under stress, and observe the interactions between the various body systems.  Students will use Logger Pro software to design and build systems to monitor body functions.

Medical Interventions 120 hours
Medical practice includes interventions to support humans in treating disease and maintaining health. Student projects will investigate various medical interventions that extend and improve quality of life, including gene therapy, pharmacology, surgery, prosthetics, rehabilitation, and supportive care. Students will study the design and development of various medical interventions including vascular stents, cochlear implants, and prosthetic limbs. They will review the history of organ transplants and gene therapy, and read current scientific literature to be aware of cutting edge developments. Using 3-D imaging software and current scientific research students will design and build a model of a therapeutic protein.

Biomedical Innovations 120 hours
In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project and may work with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, physician’s office, or industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an adult audience that may include representatives from the local business and healthcare community.

Anatomy and Physiology 120 hours
Anatomy/Physiology is the study of the structural complexity of the human body and its intricate functional mechanisms. This course is taught as a laboratory science. Students will conduct scientific investigations and fieldwork using scientific knowledge and methodology that will enable them to make educated conclusions based on higher-level critical thinking and problem solving skills. The areas studied will be an integration of biology and chemistry and will include, but are not limited to: Organization of the body, Chemical Basis for Life, Cells & Tissues, Integumentary System, Skeletal system, Muscular system, Nervous system, Endocrine system, Blood, Circulatory system, Lymphatic & Immune systems, Respiratory systems, Digestive system & Metabolism, Urinary system, and Reproductive system. An emphasis should be placed on real-world applications and active-learning exercises should be included along with laboratory experiences.

Microbiology 120 hours
Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.  Included in this course are identification techniques, microbial genetics, immunology, growth and control, an overview of those microbes important to man, and modern molecular issues.  This course is intended for students interested in health, food, environmental fields and biology.

Pre-AP Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus 120 hours
In the first semester, this course is designed to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. The second half of this course is the comprehensive study of triangles and the theory of the period functions connected with them and it is a basic tool used in the development of mathematics and many sciences. The concepts studied will have applications in surveying, navigation, engineering, physics, and chemistry. Students will learn to model real-life problems mathematically by utilizing plane trigonometry.

Pre-AP Chemistry 120 hours
Pre-AP Chemistry is designed to prepare students for the complex thinking that will be expected in future science courses. This course will focus on the development of the student as a scientist through the study of chemistry. Being a scientist requires a broad set of tools, including theory, problem solving, written and oral communication, interpreting data and laboratory skills. Areas covered are: Matter, atoms & periodic table, molecules & compounds, chemical reactions & stoichiometry, Aqueous solutions & reactions, Gases, Energy & Chemical Reactions, Atomic & Molecular Structure.

Pre-AP Algebra II 120 hours
While linear relationships are explored in Algebra I, Algebra II moves to the next level with quadratic relationships.  Students become familiar with irrational and complex numbers, higher degree polynomials, system of linear equations, relations and functions, and the conic sections.  Algebra 2 is recommended only for students who attained “C” or better in Algebra I.

Pre-AP Geometry 120 hours
This course is designed to present geometry in an investigative and application-oriented format.  Formal proofs are not emphasized.  The student uses inductive reasoning based on experimentation and deductive reasoning based on given facts.  The student works with lines, planes, angles, triangles, circles, areas and volumes.  The basic construction tools of geometry (compass, straightedge and protractor) are used.

AP Calculus 120 hours
Calculus carries a certain mystique…. If a teacher were to make the statement, “Calculus is easy,” then most students would reply, “Of course it is…to you.”  It is my belief that once you, the student, truly understand and master the fundamental Calculus concepts, you too will believe that calculus is, in fact, “easy”.  To accomplish this, we will endeavor to explore the various concepts using four seemingly different approaches: algebraically (analytically), graphically, numerically (using tables of data) and verbally.  By using these different learning styles, the student, you, can not only understand and master calculus concepts, but you can discover the connections between concepts, past and present, as well as their interrelationships.

AP Statistics 120 hours
The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. At most universities, students passing AP exams receive at least one semester of college credit.  Writing is a predominant feature of this class. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes;

  • Exploring Data:  Describing patterns and departures from patterns
  • Sampling and Experimentation:  Planning and conducting a study
  • Anticipating Patterns:  Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
  • Statistical Inference:  Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, advanced placement or both for a one-semester introductory college statistics course.

AP Biology 120 hours
Biology is the scientific study of life. Students will begin this course by learning about the chemistry of life, then about cells, which are the most basic unit of life. Heredity, genetics, DNA, evolution, and mutations in life will also be discussed.  Also included in the course will be ecology and the structure and function of plants and animals.  

AP Environmental Sciences 120 hours
The goal of this course is provide students with the experiences necessary to analyze environmental problems and provide possible solutions.  Students will be able to use scientific principles and methods to accomplish the above tasks.