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Careers in Life Science

The life sciences are helpful in improving the quality and standard of life. Jobs in life science have applications in health, agriculture, medicine, and the pharmaceutical and food science industries. There is considerable overlap between many of the topics of study in the life sciences. These examples represent just a few branches of life science out of several dozen:

  • Anatomy
  • Botany
  • Ethology
  • Microbiology

Anatomy studies form and function, in plants, animals, and other organisms, or specifically in humans. Botany is the study of plants. Ethology is the study of animal behavior. Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms (microorganisms) and their interactions with other living organisms.


Day 1 – Introduction
Day 2 – Virtual Textbook

3:44 What it’s like to ACTUALLY be a marine biologist |

1:35 Careers In Medicine – Starting Your Careers In The Medical Field

2:46 Touring the First Year Veterinary Facilities for the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program –


Compare Contrast and Debate

Background: Life Sciences covers a very broad range of topics and disciplines. Most high school students are required to take a course in biology. Biology topics cover a lot of material – but there are major areas within Life Sciences that are just barely covered or mentioned in most biology textbooks and introductory classes.

For example, marine biology and veterinary medicine are two areas about animals that would be interesting to many students. Food science and sports science are two other areas many students would find fascinating. Even topics related to alternative/holistic medicine would interest some students.

Introduction to biology may not cover enough about Life Sciences to help students find their area of interest.

  • Position A: Basic, classical biology focusing on cells, organisms, natural selection, and the organization of living things provides a strong foundation for Life Sciences and is appropriate to teach to all students.
  • Position B: While classical biology might be important to learn, students would prefer to study other life science topics first, so they can get an interest in biology and take biology later.

Instructor Resources

Standard Daily Material
  • Day 1 – Standard material – introduction day
  • Day 2 – Standard material – reading day
  • Day 3 – Standard material – make a presentation
  • Day 4 – Standard material – give a presentation
  • Extra! – Enrichment and remediation options
Other Topic Specific Resources
  • Invasive specieis US Army Corp of Engineers
  • cK-12 Fields in the Life Sciences (07.01)
  • LS41 DNA technology bellringer (tns)
  • LS41 Heart & lungs make them work (tns)

Special Notes and Notices

Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Ask questions and define problems.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Systems and System Models.

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