Biomedical/Biological Sciences Courses

Below is a list of Biomedical/Biological Sciences courses offered at Pacific Rim College.

Anatomy and Physiology (BMS101/102)

Students are introduced to the fundamental structures and functions of the human body both internally and externally, including all of the major systems, organs and tissues, and components of microbiology such as cytology and immunology. This course includes theoretical and practical components. This course is best suited for students in the first semester of studies. 

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter, Summer    Credits: 6    Hours: 90

Surface Anatomy (BMS103)

Students explore the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems through palpation while gaining a deeper understanding of the tissue layers that are affected during massage and acupuncture. This course has both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Theoretical and practical components are included. Some students find that it is helpful to first complete BMS101/102 Anatomy and Physiology.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Summer    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Ethnobotany (BMS111)

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the relationships between people and plants, with a focus on traditional plant knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and how this knowledge reflects and is reflected by environmental perceptions. Major topics within the field of ethnobotany are covered, with examples drawn in most cases from northwestern North America. Readings relating to subtopics covered are assigned from the textbook or additional materials. PowerPoint presentations, plant samples and field trips are used to familiarize students with the plants and plant products being discussed. An important learning goal of this course is for each student to find personal meaning in the course materials, including an increased awareness of the key role played by plants in our daily lives, and in motivation to continue studying plant and human culture relationships.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Summer    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Botany/Horticulture (BMS112)

This class provides an introduction to the structure, function and diversity of flowering plants: how they grow, how their parts are interconnected, how groups of plants are related and how they adapt to and interact with their environment. Students learn how to identify plants through the use of field guides and field trips. Basic plant propagation techniques are discussed, including soils and plant nutritional requirements, with a view towards sustainable practices. Students experiment with seed and vegetative propagation of herbaceous plants and explore some plant-human relationships such as agriculture and conservation.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Summer    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Intro to Biochemistry (BMS113)

Biochemistry is the science that applies chemistry to the study of living organisms and the structures that comprise living organisms. This course examines the chemical interactions within living cells that are essential for sustaining life. Basic principles of organic and cellular chemistry are introduced. Students become familiar with the structures, functions and properties of molecules involved in the fundamental processes of life.

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

First Aid and CPR (formerly BMS221) (BMS121)

This course provides students with the skills required to perform CPR and to administer basic first aid. It also makes students aware of common clinical emergencies and how to handle them safely and effectively.

Prerequisites: NA    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 1    Hours: 15

Natural Emergency Medicine (formerly BMS222) (BMS122)

In this course students learn to apply natural remedies – Acupressure, Herbal Remedies, and Homeopathics – to emergency situations both in the clinic and outside. Students learn to recognize and diagnose emergency conditions using biomedical techniques and provide effective therapy combining techniques learned in BMS121 and knowledge of natural healing remedies. This course is recommended during the first year of studies.

Prerequisites: NA    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 1    Hours: 15

Pathophysiology (BMS201/202)

This course is a study of functional or physiologic changes of the human body that result from illness or disease. Specific concepts of microbiology are covered including virology, parasitology and bacteriology. Pathophysiology utilizes the knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body; for this reason, students must have a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Prerequisites: BMS101/102    Semester: Fall, Winter, Summer    Credits: 6    Hours: 90

Biochemistry (BMS211)

Building on the fundamentals of biochemistry that are covered in BMS113 or comparable remedial biochemistry courses, this course examines more closely biological molecules such as enzymes, transporters, and other proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins and cofactors, and chemical reactions that occur within living organisms such as respiration, metabolism, DNA replication and repair, and cell signalling.

Prerequisites: BMS101/102, BMS113    Semester: Fall, Summer    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Phytochemistry (BMS212)

This course introduces the chemistry of plants and how those chemical constituents interact with human physiology, pharmaceuticals and synergistically within individual plants. Groups of chemical compounds are examined including saponins, tannins, resins, alcohols, volatile oils, carbohydrates, phenolic compounds, coumarins, anthraquinones, flavones, bitters, glycosides and alkaloids.

Prerequisites: BMS113    Semester: Winter, Summer    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Western Diagnosis/Laboratory Tests (BMS231)

This course examines the process of medical diagnosis from the perspective of Western Medicine and introduces students to the battery of medical tests available. Emphasis is placed on effective history taking and physical examination (also integral to TCM diagnosis), and a functional understanding of test results and situations in which such tests are indicated. Basic pharmacology is introduced so that students have a better understanding of the physiological effects of commonly prescribed chemical substances.

Prerequisites: BMS201/202    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Integrated Physical Examination Skills (BMS232)

This course is designed to teach Natural Health students proficient physical examination and history taking skills. Students learn to select and perform examination procedures that correlate to the patient’s chief complaint and history. Additionally, the course prepares students for a future in a world of integrated medicine where Eastern practitioners must grasp Western concepts and be competent at diagnosing, communicating and co-managing various conditions with other health care professionals. Content includes checking vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature; dermatome evaluation including meridian and Jiaji evaluation; and physical orthopedics exams such as heart auscultation, lymph node examination, organ examinations and pathological reflexes.

Prerequisites: BMS201/202    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Plant Biochemistry, Physiology and Ecology (BMS233)

Building from introductory courses in biochemistry and phytochemistry, this course examines both why and how plants produce substances that provide the foundations of human nutrition and plant-based treatments. Discussions integrate the basics of plant physiology, ecology, and biochemistry from the plants’ perspective, with an emphasis on the applicability of this perspective in human, agricultural, and ecological health.

Prerequisites: BMS211, BMS212/CBOT403    Semester: Various    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Advanced Western Diagnosis (BMS331)

During the first half of the semester, this course builds on the Western Diagnosis/Laboratory Tests by covering more conditions. The second half of the class focuses on cases and class discussions, during which students work on developing differential diagnosing skills and awareness of appropriate laboratory tests.

Prerequisites: BMS231    Semester: Various    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Western Pharmacology (BMS431)

This course is an introduction into the vast pharmacopoeia of drugs used in Western Medicine as well as their biologic origins when relevant. Basic drug interactions are covered, in addition to pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug and toxin metabolism.

Prerequisites: BMS201/202    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 3    Hours: 45