Biosciences Academy at Wheaton High School

The Biosciences Academy

Contact Information

Jeannette Cruz
Academy Leader

Maryland State Certified Project Lead The Way Program

We bring students together from diverse cultures and learning styles to unite them through shared experiences that challenge them to think about their future. We prepare students for the challenges of college and the many rapidly expanding careers in biomedical science. We use in-depth learning activities, utilizing laboratory and computer equipment, together with research, to build critical thinking skills necessary for today’s workforce.

Bioscience Academy Course Descriptions

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Honors Matter and Energy/
Honors Biology/
Honors Physics
Honors Biology/ Honors Chemistry AP Biology (DP) /
AP Chemistry  /
AP Environmental Science /
AP Physics
AP Biology (DP) /
AP Chemistry  /
AP Environmental Science / AP Physics
College Health and Biosciences – MC Understanding Viruses or
Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II

Principles of the Biomedical Sciences

Human Body Systems

Medical Intervention

Biomedical Innovation


Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)

Students investigate various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, and research processes. This course provides an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses. This course is the first course within the Bioscience Academy Pathway and is a prerequisite for all other classes.

Human Body Systems (HBS)

Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, 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 roles of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Science.

Medical Interventions (MI)

Students explore a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family. The course is a "How-To" manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body. Students explore how to prevent and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Prerequisite: Human Body Systems.

Capstone Course: Biomedical Innovation (BI)

Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. 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 with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, research institution, or the biomedical industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an audience of STEM professionals. Prerequisite: Medical Interventions.

Biosciences 3Bioscience Academy Course Teachers and Syllabi

  • Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS) - Syllabus
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  • Human Body Systems (HBS) - Syllabus
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  • Medical Interventions (MI) - Syllabus
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  • Biomedical Innovation (BI) - Syllabus
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Community Partnerships


Lunch and Learn Sessions

What is a Lunch and Learn?

A lunch and learn is an opportunity for students to get a first hand description from professionals about their careers within a variety of fields. These professionals share their educational paths and life experiences that have gotten them where they are today.


Past Lunch and Learns Include:

-Kasandra Hunter, PhD Candidate at USUHS; The Zika Virus Outbreak

-Marc Shnider MD, Harvard Medical School Faculty; Anesthesiology

-Monique Shockley MD and Michelle Martin MD; Physical Rehabilitation

-Kadijah Mitchell PhD; Epigenetics


Field Trips

Principles of Biomedical Science: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

Human Body Systems: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Medical Interventions: University of Maryland, Department of Bioengineering


Biomedical Innovation: University of Maryland Bioscience Day





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Partnerships In Action

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