Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
- Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infections diseases.
- Students determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that may have prolonged the person’s life.
- The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, research processes and bioinformatics.
- This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.
Some of the hands-on activities students will do...
- Monitor heart function through the use of data acquisition software (EKG machine).
- Build models of macromolecules including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and DNA.
- Make chromosome spreads and karyotypes.
- Isolate DNA from plant cells.
- Use computer simulation software to design a protein with specific characteristics.
- Perform and analyze Gram stain of bacteria.
- Build models of viruses.
- Examine various medical interventions used to prolong life.