Students study life science through the use of the following Indiana State Standards:

1) Cells: Structure and function of cells and how cells reproduce through mitosis and meiosis

2) Ecosystems: How matter flows through the ecosystem, the sun's importance in the cycles, how living and nonliving factors interact

3) Genetics: The structure of DNA, how traits are passed through meiosis to the offspring

4) Evolution: Relationships among organisms

In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as 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 and may work with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, physician’s office, or industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an adult audience that may include representatives from the local business and healthcare community.

Anatomy and Physiology introduces students to the structure and function of systems and subsystems of the human body. The anatomy and physiology taught in this course has a medical orientation, particularly in preparation for careers in the health care system. The course covers normal growth and development and provides students with opportunities to perform laboratory investigations.

Students will engage in study over human body orientation, cells, and the 11 body systems. Students will have the opportunity to watch a live autopsy via the school’s distance learning lab. Careers, current events as well as interactive labs help to enhance learning outside of the textbook and afford the students to the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class.

In the Medical Interventions course, students will investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. A “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body, the course will explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in our DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students will be exposed to the wide range of interventions related to Immunology, Surgery, Genetics, Pharmacology, Medical Devices, and Diagnostics. Each family case scenario will introduce multiple types of interventions and will reinforce concepts learned in the previous two courses, as well as present new content. Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of complex diseases and disorders. These interventions will be showcased across the generations of the family and will provide a look at the past, present and future of biomedical science. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important role scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.

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.