Biomedical Science

The challenging PLTW Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities like investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future.

Course Descriptions

Year 1:  Principles of Biomedical Science
Course Description: In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. 

Year 2:  Human Body Systems
Course description: Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis in the body. 

Year 3:  Medical Interventions
Course descriptions: Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. 

Year 4:  Biomedical Innovations
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. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution. 

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