BMS 320 - Virtual Laboratory in Physiology

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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.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students; for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center

This course has an online component delivered through Canvas.


BMS 300 (Principles of Human Physiology) or concurrent registration or BMS 360 (Fundamentals of Physiology) or concurrent registration. Credit not allowed for both BMS 320 and BMS 302 (Laboratory in Principles of Physiology).

Textbook and Materials

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


  • Draw It To Know It online tutorial 6-month subcription*
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • PhysioEx 9.0 Laboratory Simulations in Physiology**
    ISBN: 978-0321750815


  • Vander's Human Physiology***, 13th Ed.
    ISBN: 978-0073378305


**or online access at

***Vander's Human Physiology, 13th ed., ISBN 978-0073378305 is optional, but highly recommended. Other acceptable editions include the 10th, 11th, and 12th.


Connie Vader-Lindholm

(970) 491-5446 |

Connie Vader-Lindholm, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She developed and has been teaching and coordinating the on-campus Physiology Laboratory course since 1981.