PRINCIPLES OF THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (PBS)

PRINCIPLES OF THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (PBS)                                                                                     
Course ID# 356013

Open to grades:   10-12

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of CP Biology

Placement recommendation:  A grade of “B” or better in prerequisite coursework. A college preparatory mathematics course taken within the same school year (i.e. CCIM1 or higher). Student must be self-directed and practice routine study habits. Ability to problem solve and research information while paying attention to detail. Strong analytical skills are recommended.

UC/CSU – Science (“d”)

* Requested contribution of $20.00 for materials

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. Over the length of the course, students work together to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After pinpointing those factors, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The key biological concepts embedded in the curriculum include homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease. Where appropriate engineering principles are also incorporated into the curriculum. These include the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function.