BMS 300 - Principles of Human Physiology

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This course is designed to provide a general introduction to human physiology.

Topics covered include: cells; tissues/skin; skeletal system; endocrine system; nervous system; muscle system; blood; lymphatics; nonspecific immunity; humoral immunity; cellular immunity; cardiovascular system; respiratory system; urinary system; digestion and metabolism; and reproduction.

For students unfamiliar with CSU course designations, prerequisites listed below are equivalent to a semester of college biology and a semester of college chemistry. More information about course equivalents can be found at


BZ 101 (Humans and Other Animals) or BZ 110 (Principles of Animal Biology) or LIFE 102 (Attributes of Living Systems); CHEM 103 (Chemistry in Context) or CHEM 107 (Fundamentals of Chemistry) or CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) or instructor approval. Credit not allowed for both BMS 300 and BMLL 3001.

Important Information

Each lecture will be recorded on video, and processed for streaming video accessible through Canvas. A link on the course homepage will take you to an html page where you can link to the streaming video versions of the lectures. Lectures are usually mounted in Canvas the same day the lecture is presented.

Lectures may be viewed as streaming video on desktop and laptop computers as well as hand-held devices such as tablets and phones.

This course is also available as a noncredit option. See the BMLL 3001 course page if you want the content, but don't need the college credits.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Principles of Human Physiology Access Card
  • Vander's Human Physiology
  • Vander's Human Physiology (Looseleaf)

The e-book access card can be purchased either at with a credit or debit card or at the CSU Bookstore. Optional textbooks can be purchased online or at the CSU Bookstore.

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