Principles of The Biomedical Sciences (1 credit 5.0 weight GPA) - Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to research processes and to bioinformatics. Hands-on projects enable students to investigate 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, and research processes.
The course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program 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.
Human Body Systems (1 credit: 5.0 weighted GPA) –Students examine the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems to learn how they work together to maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and good health. Using real-world cases, students take the role of biomedical professionals and work together to solve medical mysteries.
Hands-on projects include designing experiments, investigating the structures and functions of body systems by building organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, and using data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Important concepts covered in the course are communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, defense, and protection.
Medical Interventions (1 credit: 5.0 weighted GPA) –Students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body.
Students explore how to prevent and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail.
The course explores the design and development of various medical interventions, including antibiotics, cochlear implants, gene therapy, PCR, cancer treatments, synthetic proteins and cutting-edge developments via current scientific literature.
Biomedical Science Research (1 credit: 5.0 Weighted GPA) –This capstone course allows students to design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. They work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, water quality testing, and epidemiological public health analyses.
They have the opportunity to work on a cloning and sequencing project including a bioinformatic analysis of the GAPDH gene for which their work may be published.
Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an audience of STEM professionals in a variety of formats that suit the scientific research project.
For more information about careers in the biomedical field, please check out this link to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.