5. What courses would I take in a STEM career major?
In addition to the courses listed here, you will take advanced mathematics and advanced science courses. (See question 4 above.)
If you enroll in pre-engineering career pathway, you will take Introduction to Engineering Design--the major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community; Principles of Engineering--this survey course exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions; and one or more of the following courses:
- Computer Integrated Manufacturing--How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? While students discover the answers to these questions, they’re learning about the history of manufacturing, robotics and automation, manufacturing processes, computer modeling, manufacturing equipment, and flexible manufacturing systems.
- Civil Engineering and Architecture--Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and architects.
- Biotechnical Engineering--In this course students explore the diverse fields of biotechnology. Hands-on projects engage students in engineering design problems related to biomechanics, cardiovascular engineering, genetic engineering, tissue engineering, biomedical devices, forensics and bioethics. Students, usually at the 11th and 12th grade level, apply biological and engineering concepts to design materials and processes that directly measure, repair, improve and extend living systems.
- Aerospace Technology--AE explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Students analyze, design, and build aerospace systems. They apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final presentation about the future of the industry and their professional goals.
- Digital Electronics--Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation.
If you enroll in the biomedical sciences career pathway, you will take 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; 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; Medical Interventions (MI)--Students investigate 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; and 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.
If you enroll in our biotechnology career pathway, you will take Survey of Biotechnology-- This course is designed to introduce students to areas and concepts involved in Biotechnology. Students will learn to apply scientific methods of study and concepts through research and hands-on experiments. This course will strengthen the students' knowledge of science and give them a better understanding of various biology, chemistry, and botany concepts. Students will attend field trips and seminars that will reinforce the need for biotechnology in today's workforce. They will also explore the ethics involved concerning biotechnology.
Biotechnology I-- This is a course that will familiarize the student with common laboratory glassware, utensils, and equipment. They will become skillful at using micropipettes, centrifuges, autoclaves, pH meters, and microscopes. Laboratory safety and precision/accuracy with equipment will be emphasized. The course will provide students with applicable knowledge of the scientific method, preparation and staining of microscope slides, cell structure and identification, and preparation of chemical solutions. Aseptic technique will be covered as well as preparation of culture media and specimen handling protocols. The students will also be able to maintain a pure cell culture and test for microbial sensitivity. Isolation, amplification, and characterization of DNA and proteins will be covered. Throughout the course, advanced math skills will be used for scientific notation, significant figures, conversion factors, percentages, and creating and integrating graphs for laboratory analysis and reporting.
Advanced Biotechnology-- This is a course that is intended for students who have excelled in Biotechnology I and II. It will challenge them to gain knowledge in upper-level biochemistry, microbiology, and lab techniques. Lab reports are an integral part of this course, as well as bio-informatics. Students will be expected to do independent research projects.
Advanced Biotechnology II-- This is a course that is intended for students who have excelled in Biotechnology I and II and have taken Advanced Biotechnology I. This course encompasses upper-level biochemistry, microbiology, and lab techniques. Lab reports are an integral part of this course, as well as bio-informatics. Students will be expected to do independent research projects.