The Biosciences Academy
Maryland State Certified Project Lead The Way Program
We bring students together from diverse cultures and learning styles to unite them through shared experiences that challenge them to think about their future. We prepare students for the challenges of college and the many rapidly expanding careers in biomedical science. We use in-depth learning activities, utilizing laboratory and computer equipment, together with research, to build critical thinking skills necessary for today’s workforce.
Bioscience Academy Course Descriptions
|Honors Matter and Energy/
||AP Biology (DP) /
AP Chemistry /
AP Environmental Science /
|AP Biology (DP) /
AP Chemistry /
AP Environmental Science /
College Health and Biosciences – MC Understanding Viruses or
Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II
Principles of the Biomedical Sciences
|Human Body Systems
Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
Students investigate 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. This course provides an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses. This course is the first course within the Bioscience Academy Pathway and is a prerequisite for all other classes.
Human Body Systems (HBS)
Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, 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 roles of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Science.
Medical Interventions (MI)
Students explore 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. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Prerequisite: Human Body Systems.
Capstone Course: Biomedical Innovation (BI)
Students 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, biomedical engineering, and public health. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, research institution, or the biomedical industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an audience of STEM professionals. Prerequisite: Medical Interventions.
Bioscience Academy Course Teachers and Syllabi
Lunch and Learn Sessions
What is a Lunch and Learn?
A lunch and learn is an opportunity for students to get a first hand description from professionals about their careers within a variety of fields. These professionals share their educational paths and life experiences that have gotten them where they are today.
Past Lunch and Learns Include:
-Kasandra Hunter, PhD Candidate at USUHS; The Zika Virus Outbreak
-Marc Shnider MD, Harvard Medical School Faculty; Anesthesiology
-Monique Shockley MD and Michelle Martin MD; Physical Rehabilitation
-Kadijah Mitchell PhD; Epigenetics
Principles of Biomedical Science: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Human Body Systems: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Medical Interventions: University of Maryland, Department of Bioengineering
Biomedical Innovation: University of Maryland Bioscience Day
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Partnerships In Action
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