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BMS 320 - Virtual Laboratory in Physiology

This course is meant to meet the physiology lab prerequisite for off-campus students applying for admission to post-graduate biomedical programs.

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate different types of cell membrane transport mechanisms.
  • measure and evaluate factors that alter resting membrane potentials and action potentials.
  • explain the effect of increasing stimulus voltages and increasing stimulus frequencies on skeletal muscle contraction.
  • evaluate the role of thyroid hormones, insulin, hormone replacement therapy on the body, and the role of ACTH.
  • describe factors affecting cardiovascular dynamics, and cardiac muscle function and heart function.
  • measure respiratory volumes and calculate capacities and explain the role of surfactant and IP on respiration.
  • explain the enzymatic processes involved in digestion of starches, proteins, and fats.
  • describe factors that affect glomerular filtration and urine formation.
  • describe factors that affect respiratory acidosis and alkalosis and metabolic acidosis and alkalosis.
  • describe blood measurement techniques and common immunological lab procedures.


BMS 300 (Principles of Human Physiology) or concurrent registration or Fundamentals of Physiology or concurrent registration; Credit not allowed for both BMS 320 and BMS 302 (Laboratory in Principles of Physiology)

Important Information

If you have taken a college-level physiology course, please send unofficial transcript to Dr. Vader for approval.

View a list of required textbooks and materials.

Textbooks and Materials

See syllabus for course resources.


Connie Vader-Lindholm
Connie Vader-Lindholm

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Dr. Connie Vader-Lindholm (Dr. Vader for short) received her undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Western State College (now Western Colorado University) located in Gunnison, Colorado. She then received a degree in medical technology—MT (ASCP) from Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, where she worked as a medical technologist for six years before starting her graduate work at Colorado State University earning her M.S. and Ph.D. in physiology.

While at Colorado State she worked as a graduate teaching assistant, graduate research assistant, a research assistant in biochemistry, physiology teaching lab coordinator, and assistant professor in physiology. She retired from full-time classroom teaching in May of 2016 and currently works part-time on campus mentoring the instructor who is now teaching the on-campus physiology laboratory course she developed and taught for over thirty years. Her primary teaching focus now is BMS 320, an online physiology laboratory course she developed and started teaching in 2013.