PLTW – Principles of Biomedical Sciences – 9270

Grade: 9, 10,11 Credit: 1 Type: 1 Science or 1 Practical Art 

School: BHS, CACC, HHS 

Co-Requisite: All PLTW courses require concurrent enrollment in or satisfactory completion of the appropriate grade-level math and science courses. 

The keystone course in the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way program investigates biomedical sciences through problem-based learning and hands-on projects. Designed to develop students’ collaborative, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, students study health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle cell disease, hypercholesterolemia and infectious diseases while determining factors that lead to the death of a fictional person. Students also research lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Activities and projects introduce human physiology, medicine and research processes, laying the scientific foundation for subsequent PLTW courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program. Every student will have an opportunity to advance personal and professional skills through participation in HOSA.

Related: PLTW STRONGLY recommends participation in HOSA: Future Health Professionals.

College dual credit: may be available

Research demonstrates that PLTW students outperform their peers in school, are better prepared for post-secondary studies, and are more likely to consider careers as scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, healthcare providers, and researchers compared to their non-PLTW peers. Students find PLTW programs relevant, inspiring, engaging, and foundational to their future success.