Chemistry of Human Body Systems and Biomed Engineering

The Chemistry of Human Body Systems is an exciting introduction to human physiology and anatomy for young people, particularly for those who like time in the wet and engineering labs.

The course explores the chemical/biological functions and processes of human body systems and how they interrelate to maintain human health. Body systems investigated from this perspective include the:

  • digestive system

  • respiratory system

  • circulatory system

  • musculoskeletal system

  • nervous system

  • renal system

  • immune system

Students explore questions such as:

  • When we inhale air, how does the body recognize and take in the parts of air, i.e., oxygen, that we need?

  • How can my stomach have HCL inside of it and not burn a hole through me?

  • Does my body really have electrical signals? How does it make them and why?

  • What is homeostasis? What are some of the physiological mechanisms that help the body to achieve homeostatis?

  • What are the differences between osmosis and diffusion?

Students simulate physiological function through chemistry labs to investigate what happens within many organ systems. They build models to help explore organ structure and function and engineer designs to biomedical challenges. 

Site visits or visiting specialists! The Innovation Institute's team engages area research institutions and industries to help our students understand how and why real people are investigating the science behind and developing innovative solutions to the topics covered in this course's curriculum.  

Learning entry points include the use of storytelling, fiction, and nonfiction literature and art.