Biology is the scientific study of life and living organisms. Gaining a basic understanding of biology and its core principles can open many doors for your child. Career opportunities include work in fields such as research, medicine, healthcare, the environmental sciences, education, biomathematics, and biotechnology.

Over the past few decades, advances in cutting edge technology have made biology one of the most exciting fields to enter. Preparing your child to pursue their passion for biology with the tools, mentors, and proper learning environment they need to succeed is one of the greatest gifts you can offer as a parent.

The Ardent Medical Biology program is composed of four laboratory-based courses that investigate the structure and function of the human body with practical applications in medicine, health care, pharmaceuticals, fitness, and laboratory diagnostics. Each course will teach students how to design experiments using the scientific method and collect data using technology such as Vernier sensory probes.  By measuring the activity of the upper respiratory tract, lungs, heart, nervous system, and musculoskeletal system, students will learn how the human body adapts to stress, physical activities, and diseases, as well as the theories and practices underlying medical diagnosis. The classes may be taken in any order.

Who

  • For students interested in Science Olympiad competition, this program offers in-depth preparation for the Division B Anatomy and Physiology event.
  • For students interested in entering science fairs, this program enables students to complete a science fair project in the categories of Medical Biology, Human Biology & Health, Mammalian Biology, and Medical Biotechnology.
  • For students interested in pursuing advanced studies in biology, medicine, or other health science related fields, the program provides a broad introduction to anatomy, physiology, infectious diseases, and biotechnology.

 

Course Features

The primary instructional methodology is Project-Based Learning (PBL) in which students gain knowledge and skills by working on labs and conducting independent investigations following the scientific method. Each student will complete a final project and share their discoveries in a mini-science fair on the last day of class. Students will also have the option of improving and entering their final projects into science fair competitions.

“The physiology of today is the medicine of tomorrow.” Ernest H. Starling, Physiologist (1926)

 

List of Courses

We offer the following classes:

S070 - Medical Biology 1 - Blood, Heart, and Lungs

Grades: 6 - 8

Length: 10-week program

Description: This course teaches medical biology with a focus on human anatomy and physiology by studying the structure, function, and performance of the human body through laboratory experimentation and investigation. Students will cover topics concerning DNA, cells, and the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.  Example activities include measuring blood pressure, heart EKG, and lung volume.

 

S071 - Medical Biology 2 - Digestion, Brain, and Senses

Grades: 6 - 8

Length: 10-week program

Description: This course teaches medical biology with a focus on human anatomy and physiology by studying the structure, function, and performance of the human body through laboratory experimentation and investigation. Students will cover topics concerning the digestive and nervous systems with additional focus on the sensory organs. Example activities include conducting dissections of a sheep brain and cow eye and testing the senses.

 

S072 - Medical Biology 3 - Skin, Muscles, and Bones

Grades: 6 - 8

Length: 10-week program

Description: This course teaches medical biology with a focus on human anatomy and physiology by studying the structure, function, and performance of the human body through laboratory experimentation and investigation. Students will cover topics concerning the integumentary, muscular, and skeletal systems. Example activities include measuring skin vascularity, muscle fatigue, and joint stress.

S073 - Medical Biology 4 - Diseases and Biotechnology

Grades: 6 - 8

Length: 10-week program

Description: This course teaches medical biology with a focus on human anatomy and physiology by studying the structure, function, and performance of the human body through laboratory experimentation and investigation. Students will cover topics concerning the immune system, illnesses that affect various body systems, and the medical technology used to prevent, diagnose, treat, and cure human diseases. Example activities include practicing suturing techniques and building a model prosthetic.