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Health Science Academy Courses

136 PLTW: PRINCIPLES OF THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES Prerequisite: Successful completion of 8th grade Science with an A or B (with Science Department approval) or completion of 8th grade Adv Science with a C or better. Open To: Freshmen and Sophomores Length: Year Credit: 1 This course provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting hands-on projects and problems. Students investigate concepts of biology and medicine as they explore health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They will determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional woman as they sequentially piece together evidence found in her medical history and her autopsy report. Students will investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the woman’s life and demonstrate how the development of disease is related to changes in human body systems. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes and allow students to design experiments to solve problems. Key biological concepts including maintenance of homeostasis in the body, metabolism, inheritance of traits, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the biomedical sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.


235 PLTW: HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS Prerequisite: PLTW: Principles of the Biomedical Sciences 135 Open To: Sophomores Length: Year Credit: 1 Available at Southeast only. Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.