Throughout the entire BMS Pathway, several scientific and medical careers are explored. Students have the opportunity to experience or investigate the daily tasks of these professionals to get a first-hand feel of the career. Check out the different careers that are covered throughout the pathway.
(PBS) Students taking on the role of Crime Scene Investigators testing different blood samples of possible murder suspects and comparing them to the DNA found at a crime scene.
(HBS) Students taking on the role of Forensic Anthropologists. Two skeletons were unearthed in a nearby park. Students had to identify the victims based on their DNA, skeletal measurements and characteristics, and the police station's missing persons reports.
Courses Offered in BMS Pathway
Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS) Course Description
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. Throughout the investigation, students will explore the role of several biomedical career opportunities. 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.
Human Body Systems Course (HBS) Description
This is the second course of the Biomedical Sciences Program. 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.
Medical Interventions (MI) Course Description
This is the third course of the Biomedical Sciences Program. Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.
Biomedical Innovation (BI) Course Description
In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.