By immersing students in activities like practicing suturing and constructing body structures from clay, Lancaster High School's Biomedical Science Pathway empowers students to build knowledge and skills in biomedical science, as well as in-demand, transportable skills like problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration.
Our Biomedical Science students are take on real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Furthermore, our students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
Like the Engineering Pathway, Biomedical Science consists of four courses that a student takes prior to graduation. However, unlike engineering, the Biomedical Science Pathway is ONLY for junior and senior students. This is because we want our students to have a strong background in science, including having taken honors biology during their sophomore year.
The breakdown of the Biomedical Science Pathway courses is as follows:
11th Grade Fall Semester Principles of Biomedical Science By engaging in activities like dissecting a sheep heart, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. Spring Semester Human Body Systems Through projects such as determining the identity of a skeleton using both forensic anthropology and DNA analysis, students examine the interactions of human body systems and apply what they know to solve real-world medical cases.
12th Grade Fall Semester Medical Interventions Students delve into activities like designing a prosthetic arm as they follow the life of a fictitious family and investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Spring Semester Biomedical Innovation Students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design their own innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century.
For both years of the Biomedical Science Pathway, students have a "double block" schedule, meaning that they take their biomedical science courses for two class periods per day. In this way, they are able to complete two courses each academic year.