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BMS 100 Search in Biomolecular Sciences 3
Examination of various topics, contemporary issues, and problems in biomolecular sciences. Three hours of lecture per week. No credit given toward a major or minor in the sciences. Course may be repeated one time with a different topic. Winter, summer. Study Area IV

BMS 101 Search in Biomolecular Sciences with Lab 3
Examination of various topics, contemporary issues, and problems in biomolecular sciences. Sections include two lectures and one, two-hour laboratory per week. No credit given toward life sciences majors or minors. Course may be repeated one time with a different topic. Irregular. Study Area IV

BMS 102 Introduction to Biomolecular Science 3
An introduction to cell physiology and basic metabolism (including the fundamentals of molecular genetics) and the organization, structure and function of animal tissues and organ systems. Study Area IV

BMS 103 Introduction to Biomolecular Science Laboratory 1
Prereq.: BMS 102 (may be taken concurrently). Laboratory course to accompany BMS 102. One, three-hour lab per week. Study Area IV

BMS 111 Cells and the Human Body 3
An overview of the structure and function of the cell and its metabolism. Topics include genetics and molecular mechanisms underlying cellular structure and function, and the need for and generation of multiple cell types and organ systems in the human body. Covers the workings of the major organ systems in maintaining the overall health of an individual. No credit given to students with credit for BIO 111. Cannot be used to meet requirements for major or minor in biomolecular sciences. Study Area IV

BMS 113 Laboratory Experience in Biomolecular Science 1
Prereq.: BMS 100 or BMS 102 or BMS 111 or BIO 100 or BIO 111 (any of these may be taken concurrently). Laboratory experiences in biomolecular sciences, with a strong emphasis on hypothesis development, experimentation, data analysis and written reports. One, two-hour laboratory per week. Study Area IV

BMS 190 Introduction to Research I .5
Prereq.: BMS 102 (may be taken concurrently). Weekly discussions with research seminars, presentations by students currently doing research, and other instruction appropriate to the first year biomolecular sciences major (portfolio, career advising, workshops, etc.). One hour per week.

200s

BMS 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4
Prereq.: BMS 102 and BMS 103 or BIO 121; or permission of department chair. Introduction to the major principles of cell biology including cell compartmentalization; flow of genetic information; protein structure, synthesis, and trafficking; signal transduction; and molecular responses resulting in changes in cell activity, cell division, or apoptosis. Three hours of lecture and one, three-hour laboratory per week. Study Area IV

BMS 206 Genetics for Nursing 3
Prereqs.: BMS 102, or BMS 111, or BIO 111, and CHEM 161 (may be taken concurrently), or permission of department chair. Introduction to human and clinical genetics for nursing majors. Will include overview of transmission and molecular genetics, with special emphasis on human and health-related issues. Cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for a major in biomolecular science or biology. Three hours of lecture per week. Irregular.

BMS 216 Microbiology for Nursing 3
Prereqs.: BMS 102, or BMS 111, or BIO 111, and CHEM 161, or permission of department chair. Introduction to bacteriology, virology, mycology, immunology, and parasitilogy. Course will focus on the interactions between humans and the microbial world that influence health and disease. The laboratory exercises will give students significant experience with basic techniques for studying and manipulating microorganisms, including microscopy, culturing of bacteria, and biochemical and behavioral testing of known and unknown samples. Cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for a major in biomolecular science or biology. Two, one-hour lectures and one, two-hour laboratory per week. Irregular.

BMS 290 Introduction to Research II .5
Prereq.: BMS 201 (may be taken concurrently) and BMS 190; or permission of department chair. Weekly discussions consisting of research seminars by biomolecular sciences faculty and students. Coverage of career options, the nature of research, and advising. One hour per week.

300s

BMS 306 Genetics 3
Prereq.: BMS 201 or permission of the department chair, and CHEM 161 and CHEM 162 or CHEM 121. Historical development of basic principles and modern concepts of genetics. Integrated survey of each of the major fields of genetics is presented. Three hours of lecture and one.

BMS 307 Genomics 4
Prereq.: BMS 201 and CHEM 161 & 162, or permission of department chair. Covers foundational material regarding genome structure and introduces modern analytical techniques for comparative genome studies. Topics include proteomics and molecular systems. Labs emphasize modern nucleic acid-based techniques and bioinformatics approaches. Three hours of lecture and one, 3-hour laboratory per week. Spring.

BMS 308 Genetics Laboratory 1
Prereq.: BMS 306 (may be taken concurrently). Laboratory to accompany BMS 306.

BMS 311 Cell Biology 4
Prereq.: BMS 201 or permission of the department chair, and CHEM 161 and CHEM 162 or CHEM 121. Cellular structure and function in terms of chemical composition, physiochemical, and functional organization of cells and organelles, including basic cellular metabolism. Membrane transport phenomena, excitation, contraction, trafficking, cell interactions, and other specialized cellular functions. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. No credit given to students with previous credit for BIO 411. Irregular.

BMS 316 Microbiology 4
Prereq.: BMS 201 or permission of the department chair and CHEM 161 and CHEM 162 or CHEM 121. Genetics and metabolism of bacteria, focusing on microorganisms that affect human health and the environment. Discussion areas include biochemistry, molecular genetics, immunology, biotechnology, infectious diseases, and environmental microbiology. Laboratory exercises deal with bacterial growth and control, diagnostic identification, bacterial genetics, and the roles of bacteria in humans and the world. Three-hours of lecture and one, three-hour laboratory per week.

BMS 318 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Prereq: BIO 122 or BMS 201 or NRSE 150, or permission of department chair. Human gross morphology, histology, and physiology of the skeletal, integument, muscular, nervous, and respiratory systems, including effects of aging. Three hours of lecture and one, three-hour laboratory per week. Cross listed as BIO 318. No credit given to students with credit for BIO 318. Fall.

BMS 319 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Prereq.: BIO 122 or BMS 201 or NRSE 150 or permission of department chair. Human gross morphology, histology, and physiology of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, renal, digestive, and reproductive systems. Nutrition, metabolism, fetal development and aging will also be covered. Three hours of lecture and one, three-hour laboratory per week. Cross listed as BIO 319. No credit given to students with credit for BIO 319. Spring.

BMS 320 Histology 2
Prereq.: BMS 201 or permission of department chair. A laboratory-based course building on the concepts of protein and cell structure learned in BMS 201. Students will identify tissues and understand their special function and location in the body. Students will also learn techniques for tissue embedding, sectioning and staining. Two, two-hour laboratories per week. Irregular.

BMS 321 Experimental Developmental Biology 2
Prereq.: BMS 201 or permission of department chair. Laboratory-based course introducing students to the techniques biologists use to understand fundamental processes of embryonic development. Investigations will include gene and protein expression, morphogenetic processes that shape embryos, genetic manipulations of development and effects of environmental toxicants on development. Two two-hour laboratories per week. Irregular.

BMS 322 Comparative Animal Physiology 4
Prereq.: BMS 201. Basic animal physiology course comparing strategies used by different organisms. Topics may include: respiration, oxygen delivery, metabolism, excretion of wastes, motion, temperature regulation and osmotic balance. Topics will be studied on tissue, cellular and molecular levels. The laboratory component (3 hours, one day per week) will be student designed experiments assisted by faculty. In addition, there will be several longer experiments that will be done over the entire semester.

BMS 340 Biomolecular Techniques 2
Prereq.: BMS 201 or permission of department chair. Laboratory-based course building on molecular-genetic concepts introduced in BMS 201. Methods covered will include basic techniques of molecular biology including DNA restriction, cloning, and transformation along with procedures for asessment of gene expression and genome analysis. Two, two-hour laboratories per week. Irregular

BMS 380 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 6
Recognition of illnesses and injuries; training in the administering of appropriate emergency medical care. Classes will include demonstrations, practice sessions, and 10 hours of in-hospital practicum. Note: Credit will be given automatically upon proof of current EMT certification as issued by the Office of Emergency Medical Service, State of Connecticut. Cannot be counted towards a major in biology.

BMS 390 Independent Research in Biomolecular Science 1
Prereq.: BMS 290 and written permission of instructor and department chair. Laboratory research under the guidance of one or more department members. Written report or presentation, portfolio review, and attendance at research seminars required. May be repeated with a different instructor for a maximum of two credits. On demand.

BMS 391 Internship in Biomolecular Science 1 TO 3
Prereq.: Written permission of instructor and department chair. Projects in biomolecular science under the supervision of one or more department members. Projects generally involve work with associated organizations off campus. Written report or poster presentation, and portfolio review required. On demand.

400s

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BMS 412 Human Physiology 3
Prereq.: BIO 122, or BMS 201; or BIO/BMS 318 or 319; or permission of department chair. Study of human body and its reactions to internal and external environmental changes. Physiology of the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, excretory and endocrine systems is considered. Integrative mechanisms of the system are emphasized. Cross listed as BIO 412. Fall. [GR]

BMS 413 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
Prereq.: BMS 412 or BIO 412 (either may be taken concurrently). Laboratory course to accompany BMS 412. One three-hour laboratory per week. Cross listed as BIO 413. Fall. [GR]

BMS 414 Pharmacology, Physiology, and Drug Development 3
Prereqs.: BMS 318 or BMS 319 or BMS 412 or BIO 318 or BIO 319 or BIO 412; and CHEM 200 and CHEM 201; or permission of department chair. Basic principles of pharmacology and the physiological mechanisms underlying drug action. Focus on the pharmacology of: the nervous and cardiovascular systems, chemical dependency and chemotherapy for cancer. Irregular.

BMS 415 Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular, and Physiological Biology 3
Prereq.: BMS 306 or BMS 307; or BMS 311 or BMS 316 or permission of department chair. The focus will be on understanding a modern biological issue at the level of molecular, cellular, and physiological inquiry. The treatment of the topic will be at an advanced level, reflective of current research in the field. May be repeated under a different topic for a maximum of 6 credits. Irregular. [GR]

BMS 416 Experimental Microbiology 2
Prereq: BMS 316, or permission of department chair. Laboratory-based course which builds on the concepts and skills learned in BMS 316: Microbiology. Topics will include microbial genetics and physiology, and behavior and interactions between microorganisms. Two, two-hour laboratories per week. Irregular.

BMS 480 Emergency Medical Services Instructor 4
Prereq.: BMS 380 or equivalent, and current CT EMT cerification. Examination of principles and practices related to teaching and learning in emergency medical services. Emphasizes application of pedagogical and andragogical theory and research applicable to the instruction of pre-hospital emergency medical services professionals who instruct Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and others emergency medical professionals. 25 hours of clinical field teaching experience required. Successful completion leads to Connecticut Office of Emergency Medical Services certification as an Emergency Medical Services Instructor. Irregular.

BMS 490 Topics in Biomolecular Sciences 1 to 4
Prereq.: BMS 201 or permission of department chair. Selected studies in the biomolecular sciences. Lectures, seminars, discussions, independent readings, reports, and laboratory work appropriate for the topic will be utilized. Four credit hour offerings will include one, three-hour laboratory per week. May be repeated with different topics. Irregular.

BMS 491 Advanced Independent Research in Biomolecular Science 1 TO 3
Prereq.: BMS 390 and written permission of instructor and department chair. Advanced laboratory research under the guidance of one or more department members. Continuation of research begun in BMS 390. Written report or presentation, portfolio review, and attendance at research seminars required. May be repeated. A maximum of five credits may be counted in the major. On demand.

BMS 492 Mentorship in Biomolecular Science 1
Prereq.: BMS 491, and written permission of instructor and department chair. Faculty-supervised mentorship by an advanced undergraduate of one or two high-school interns on a research project in biomolecular science. Student meets for 1 hour weekly with faculty advisor for planning and evaluation, and works with intern(s) for 3 hours per week during a regular semester (40 hours research mentoring expected). Poster presentation (with interns), written report, and portfolio review required. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits. On demand.

BMS 495 Capstone in Molecular Biology 4
Prereq.: BMS 306 or permission of the department chair. For advanced undergraduates. Introduction to the structure and function of DNA. Emphasis on approaches currently being used to analyze the expression of genes. Examination of regulated gene expression and its relationship to cellular growth and differentiation. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Irregular.

BMS 496 Capstone in Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Metabolic Regulation 3
Prereqs.: BMS 306 or BMS 307 or BMS 311 or BMS 316; and CHEM 210 and CHEM 211; or permission of department chair. For advanced undergraduates. Study of the molecular reactions that sustain life in connection to their role in biological systems. Structure and function of biomolecules. Bioenergetic principles involved in the synthesis and degradation of biological macromolecules. Integration and regulation of metabolic pathways will be discussed. Irregular.

BMS 497 Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Metabolic Regulation Laboratory 1
Prereq. or coreq.: BMS 496 or BMS 506. Laboratory to accompany BMS 496 or 506. One three-hour laboratory per week. Irregular. [GR]

BMS 499 Undergraduate Thesis in Biomolecular Sciences 1
Prereq.: BMS 491 (may be taken concurrently) and written permission of thesis advisor. Student must submit thesis proposal based on project done in BMS 491 to the biomolecular sciences department and complete the undergraduate thesis under the supervision of the thesis advisor. The same BMS 491 project may not be the subject of both an HON 441 thesis and a BMS 499 thesis. On demand.

500s

BMS 501 Fundamentals of Biomolecular Science 2
Preq.: Admission to MA in BMS program. Examination of fundamental concepts, skills, and research, with an emphasis on their application of these within the fields of Cell, Development, Molecular and Physiological sciences.

BMS 505 Molecular Biology 4
Prereq.: BMS 306 or BMS 307 or permission of the department chair. For entering graduate students. Introduction to the structure and function of DNA. Emphasis on approaches currently being used to analyze the expression of genes. Examination or regulated gene expression and its relationship to cellular growth and differentiation. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. This is a bridge course with BMS 495. No credit given to students with previous credit for BMS 495. Irregular.

BMS 506 Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic Regulation 3
Prereqs.: BMS 306 or BMS 307 or BMS 311, or BMS 316; and CHEM 210 and CHEM 211, or permission of department chair. For entering graduate students. Study of the molecular reactions that sustain life in connection to their role in biological systems. Structure and function of biomolecules. Integration and regulation of metabolic pathways will be discussed. This is a bridge course with BMS 496. No credit given to students with previous credit for BMS 496. Irregular.

BMS 516 Medical Microbiology 3
Prereq.: Admission to a BMS program, or permission of the department chair. Course will focus on interactions between humans and microorganisms that lead to health and disease. Topics will include microbial pathogenesis and human defenses. Irregular.

BMS 519 Physiology of Human Aging 3
Prereq.: BMS 412, or BIO 412 or BIO 517, or permission of department chair. Course will use a systems approach to compare the physiology of young adults and aged adults. Dysregulation of normal physiology and affects on organ systems will be related at the cellular and molecular levels. Irregular.

BMS 540 Advanced Topics in Biomolecular Science 1 to 4
Prereq.: Permission of department chair. Selected topics in the biomolecular sciences. Lectures, seminars, discussions, independent readings, reports, and laboratory work as appropriate for the topic will be utilized. Four credit hour offerings will include one, three-hour laboratory per week. May be repeated with different topics. This is a link course with BMS 490. Irregular.

BMS 562 Developmental Biology 3
Prereq.: BMS 306 or BMS 307 or permission of department chair. Structural and functional aspects of development of organisms are studied. Emphasis on cellular differentiation and primary morphogenesis. Irregular.

BMS 570 Advanced Genetics 3
Prereq.: BMS 306 or BMS 307 or permission of department chair. Study of contemporary genetic research. Readings will be assigned from various texts and journals. Irregular.

BMS 572 Laboratory Rotation in Cell and Molecular Biology 1
Prereq.: Permission of department chair. Supervised research in three different cell and molecular biology laboratories as an introduction to modern research methods. One hour of seminar and three hours of research per week. On demand.

BMS 590 Focused Study in Advanced Biomolecular Sciences 1 TO 4
Prereq.: Written permission of instructor(s) and department chair. Advanced project in biomolecular sciences under the supervision of one or more department members selected by the student and the graduate advisor. Written and oral research report required. May be repeated under a different topic no more than three times, for a maximum of 8 credits. On demand.

BMS 591 Independent Research Project in Biomolecular Sciences 1 TO 4
Prereq.: Written permission of instructor and department chair. Individual student research. Laboratory study under the supervision of faculty chosen in consultation with faculty advisor. Written research report required. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. On demand.

BMS 592 Advanced Mentorship in Biomolecular Science 1
Prereq.: BMS 591, and written permission of instructor and department chair. Faculty-supervised mentorship by a graduate student of one or two high-school interns on a research project in biomolecular science. Student meets for 1 hour weekly with faculty advisor, for planning and evaluation, and works with intern(s) for 3 hours per week during a regular semester (40 hours research mentoring expected). Poster presentation (with interns), written report, and portfolio review required. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits. On demand.

BMS 599 Thesis 3
Prereq.: Permission of thesis advisor; approval of thesis plan by departmental thesis committee; 3.00 overall GPA. Preparation of the thesis under the supervision of the thesis advisor. On demand.

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