Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, research processes and bioinformatics. 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. This course does not replace the science requirement for graduation.
Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, 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.
4421 SCIENCE SEMINAR (Sr) (1 Credit)
This course provides an opportunity for students to explore science enrichment topics not emphasized in other science classes. Scientific problems, Bioethics, and controversial issues will be explored through literature review, writing student presentations, discussion within the class and interaction with community resource personnel. $160.00 fee for field trips to Yellowstone and Glacier Parks to cover transportation, food and guides. Prerequisites: This course is available to senior science students that have demonstrated high ability and motivation in at least three lab sciences. They must be good science students, must be concurrently taking, and finish a year long lab science course, have the verification signature of a previous science teacher.