From left, Abby Sims, Kevin Dyer and Brian Perez take part in the biomedical sciences program.
Biomedical sciences program
at St. Joseph Notre Dame
A new biomedical sciences program that began this August at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda is an incredible opportunity for the incoming freshman class, as well as future students, and will feature an inquiry- and project-based curriculum that is recognized nationwide by colleges and in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field.
"This is an amazing chance for our students to explore their interest and love of the biomedical sciences," said Kristina Taylor, chair of the science department. "It's really going to help our students who want to pursue the biomedical sciences in college."
The program will appeal to students who are interested in pursuing careers in fields like veterinary medicine, laboratory technology and research. Biochemists and biophysicists, for example, are responsible for researching how to apply the chemical and physical properties to endeavors like treating disease or understanding cell reproduction. Scientists are in demand, Taylor said, and it's expected those fields will experience 37 percent job growth by 2018.
With its college-level facilities in the Anthony V. Aiello Science Center, SJND has attracted committed science students for years, and the biomedical sciences program is a way to offer students more academic opportunities in STEM. SJND is the only Catholic high school in the Bay Area offering the special-emphasis program.
SJND also plans to include an internship component in the program so students can learn from experts and professionals in the biomedical sciences field. In addition, the program is recognized nationally by colleges seeking students to study biomedical sciences at the university level.
The biomedical sciences program at SJND will be made up of a group of students who enter the program as freshmen and take a new course each year in the biomedical sciences curriculum. The courses will be open to students outside the program as well.
During the application process to SJND, incoming students will be evaluated based on specific criteria, including grades and HSPT scores, and a group will be offered the opportunity to enroll in the biomedical sciences curriculum.
The course of study will be provided by Project Lead the Way, the leading provider of high school STEM curricula in the United States. Students in the biomedical sciences program will take each of the following four courses at SJND, one each year, including Principles of Biomedical Sciences; Human Body Systems; Medical Interventions; and Biomedical Innovation.
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