Principles of Biomedical Sciences, PLTW




    Principles of Biomedical Sciences provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting hands-on projects and problems. 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. Key biological concepts including homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. Engineering principles including the design process, feedback loops, and the relationship of structure to function are also incorporated. 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.

    At the completion of this course, students take the PLTW end-of-course assessment.  Some students may qualify for college credit if they achieve high enough marks on this exam.
    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
    Prerequisite: Biology I
    (Freshmen taking PBS must be concurrently enrolled in Biology I Honors.)
    Students should be strong readers, writers, and critical thinkers.  This course requires extensive work outside the classroom. 
    • One year course, two credits
    • Counts toward the 8-10 Career-Technical credits required for Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma
    • Counts as a Science course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas