This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2022 to April 2023.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2022-2023, please consult the class search website.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

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BMSC 200.3: Biomolecules

An introduction to the structures, general properties, and functions of simple and complex biomolecules: amino acids, peptides, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids as well as membranes and solute transport.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 112; Biology 30.
Note: Students with credit for BIOC 200 will not receive credit for BMSC 200.


BMSC 207.3: Human Body Systems I

The first of two courses introducing the major organ systems of the body and how they work. BMSC 207.3 focuses of the nervous system, musculoskeletal system and cardiovascular system.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Formerly: PHSI 208; HSC 208; PHSI 212
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120.3
Note: BMSC 200.3 is recommended. Students with credit for PHSI 208.6 or HSC 208.6 will not receive credit for this course. Students will be able to receive credit for both BIOL/BMSC 224.3 and BMSC 207.3.3 if they are taken concurrently or BIOL 224.3 is taken first.


BMSC 208.3: Human Body Systems II

The second of two courses introducing the major organ systems of the body and how they work. BMSC 208.3 focuses on the respiratory system, urinary system, digestive system and reproductive system.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Formerly: PHSI 208; HSC 208; PHSI 212
Prerequisite(s): BMSC 207.3
Note: BMSC 200.3 is recommended. Students with credit for PHSI 208.6 or HSC 208.6 will not receive credit for this course. Students will be able to receive credit for both BIOL/BMSC 224.3 and BMSC 207.3.3 if they are taken concurrently or if BIOL/BMSC 224.3 is completed first.


BMSC 210.3: Microbiology

An introduction to the structure, physiology, genetics and pathogenicity of microorganisms. Topics include the structure and composition of bacteria and viruses, bacterial growth, genetics, and regulation, the role of microorganisms in disease, and an introduction to the immune system.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): BMSC 200
Note: Students with credit for MCIM 214, MCIM 223, MCIM 224, FAMS 212, or FABS 212 will not receive credit for BMSC 210. There are costs in addition to tuition fees.


BMSC 220.3: Cell Biology

An introduction to the biology of eukaryotic cells. Topics include organization of eukaryotic chromosomes; the flow of genetic information from nucleus to cytoplasm; cellular membranes and organelles; control of cell division; and signaling between cells. Contrasts between eukaryotic cells and prokaryotic microbial cells will be discussed, as well as distinctions between plant and animal cells.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): BMSC 200.
Note: Students with credit for ACB 200 (discountinued course) will not receive credit for BMSC 220.


BMSC 230.3: Metabolism

An introduction to the thermodynamic aspects of energy metabolism and the principles of anabolic and catabolic metabolic pathways. Emphasis will be placed on the overall purpose of the major pathways, the precursor molecules leading into these pathways, the important pathway products and the basic types of control that regulate metabolic flux. Examples in prokaryotic systems will be provided where possible.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120 and BMSC 200.
Note: Students with credit for BIOC 211 will not receive credit for BMSC 230.


BMSC 240.3: Laboratory Techniques

Provides an introduction to the theory and application of basic techniques in biochemistry, cell biology and microbiology which will serve as a foundation for upper year specialization courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 4 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 112.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): BMSC 200.
Note: Students with credit for BIOC 212 cannot take this course for credit.


BMSC 320.3: Nucleic Acids From Central Dogma to Human Disease

This course deals with the role of nucleic acids as the information storage molecule of living things, from bacteria to humans. Nucleic acid structure, DNA replication, recombination and repair, transcription of genes, and translation of mRNA in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes are covered along with a diversity of methods used in living things for regulation of expression. Genome structure and composition will be explored, especially as it relates to human diversity and disease. Finally, human genetic testing and the future of personalized medicine will be discussed.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): BMSC 210.3 and BMSC 220.3
Note: BMSC 240 is recommended. Students with credit for BIOC 300.3 or MCIM 326.3 may not take this course for credit.


BMSC 405.3: Current Topics in Biomedical Science

Leading edge and state-of-the-art research will be examined in a seminar-discussion format where students will present and assess selected publications from the current scientific literature on a variety of topics in the field of biomedical sciences.

Weekly hours: 1 Lecture hours and 2 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): Completion of total of 9 credit units from BMSC 320.3, BMSC 350.3, CPPS 304.3, BMIS 321.3 or PATH 205.3