Students at Week Zero, an introduction to anatomy

Biomedical Sciences

Study of the human biological systems

We offer classes in the Biomedical sciences for all students. Anyone interested in the structure and function of their own body would benefit from BMS 100: The Human Body. This course provides a non-technical introduction to human biology. It also provides an overview of to the material presented in BMS 107: Human Anatomy or BMS 108: Human Physiology. Students interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences can become majors and complete the Bio-Medical Sciences Emphasis: Associate in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts.

BMS 107: Human Anatomy, BMS 108: Human Physiology, and BMS 127: Medical Microbiology are three of the prerequisite classes required for entry into SBCC's Nursing Program. Every semester we offer 10 - 13 sections of BMS 107, 6 - 8 sections of BMS 108, and 5 - 6 sections of BMS 127. In summer, we offer two sections of BMS 107 and three sections of BMS 108.

  • 4 unit • lecture + lab • on-campus Fall and Spring semesters • hybrid Fall and Summer II 
    Instructor: Patty Saito
    Course Advisories: One semester High School Biology. Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

    If you are looking for a fun course in which you learn about your body and how it works, this is the course for you. BMS 100: The Human Body  is a 4 unit non-technical introduction to human anatomy and physiology emphasizing health and disease.   Although this is a "non-technical" course,  many of the terms that you will learn will be new.  You will learn about the major organs that make up the human body and how those organs function, how food is converted into energy as well as biological inheritance, human cells, significant diseases affecting humans and other topics of interest. Laboratory experiments include topics in human physiology and the study of human anatomical materials.

    BMS 100 is also a perfect stepping stone to BMS 107, Human Anatomy if you are considering a career in the Health Sciences. 
    BMS 100 satisfies the SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences and the Anatomy and Physiology requirement for the SBCC LVN program. It does not satisfy requirements for ADN (Associate Degrees in Nursing) majors.  Sample syllabus

    The Course Objectives are:
    • Describe the human body in detail and correlate the structure of the organ systems of the body with their function.
    • Distinguish tissues based on histological examination.
    • Demonstrate the origin, insertion and action of major muscles of the body.
    • Recognize the gross anatomical features of the organs of the body.
    • Identify anatomical features in cadaver material, in illustrations, on models or in related animal specimens.

    SBCC General Education: SBCC GE Area A
    Transfer Information: CSU GE Area B2, CSU GE Area B3, IGETC Area 5B, IGETC Area 5C, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable 
    UC Transfer Limit: No credit for BMS 100 if taken after BMS 107 or 108 or 109; BMS 100, 107, 108, 109, and 146 combined: maximum credit, two courses.

  • 4 unit • Lecture + Lab • On-campus Spring and Fall semesters, hybrid Fall and Summer I.  Instructors: Peter Aguilar, Patty Saito, Barry Tanowitz

    BMS 107 provides a comprehensive analysis of the structures of the human body with specific emphasis on individual body systems.  It provides an analysis of the gross anatomical and histological structures of each of these systems. The course includes both a lecture and laboratory component and you must receive a passing grade in both in order to pass the class as a whole.  Laboratory includes study of a human anatomical specimen and comparative anatomy. This is a very demanding course that requires a significant amount of dedication and effort on your part – it is the first step for many of you toward your career in the allied health fields.  BMS 107 is transferable to all four-year institutions, including nursing schools.
    BMS 107 satisfies SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences. SBCC General Education: SBCC GE Area A.  C-ID: BIOL 110B.

    Transfer Information: CSU GE Area B2, CSU GE Area B3, IGETC Area 5B, IGETC Area 5C, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable
    UC Transfer Limit: BMS 100, 107, 108, 109 and 146 combined: maximum credit, two courses.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Upon course completion the successful student will be able to:
    • Demonstrate anatomical knowledge using specimens, models, and drawings.  
    • Apply anatomical knowledge by demonstrating the functional relationships of structures within each organ system.
    • Integrate anatomical knowledge with modern biomedical practices.
    • Explain the development and interrelationships among the human organ systems.

  • 4 units . Taught on-campus Spring and Fall semesters, taught hybrid in Spring and Summer I.
    Instructors; Peter Aguilar and Barry Tanowitz.

    Course Advisories: BMS 107, CHEM 101 or CHEM 104. Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

    BMS 108: Human Physiology offers an in depth study into the basic functions, structures, and mechanisms of action in the human body.  This 4-unit course is designed for students who are interested in a health science related career. Physiology is a challenging class that requires analytical critical thinking skills rather than simple memorization. This class takes you beyond rote memorization and forces you to consider the detailed mechanisms by which the human body performs tasks such as seeing this page in front of you, feeling touch on your skin, contracting muscles to lift food to your mouth, and storing nutrients in the body for later use.  This is a labor-intensive course that requires significant study time.

    BMS 108 satisfies the SBCC General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.  It is transferable to all four-year institutions as a laboratory science course, including nursing schools and can be used as a prerequisite for entrance to health science careers (e.g. nursing, physical therapy, physician’s assistant).  SBCC General Education: SBCC GE Area A 

    We strongly recommend that you complete BMS 107: Human Anatomy, before enrolling in BMS 108: Human Physiology. In order to understand the functions of the human body, it is essential to first explore and master the structures of the human body as they are presented in the Human Anatomy course.  Completion of one semester of college Chemistry (CHEM 101 or 104) and/or BIOL 100: Concepts of Biology (General Biology for Non-majors) will increase your likelihood of success in this course. Sample syllabus

    Transfer Information: CSU GE Area B2, CSU GE Area B3, IGETC Area 5B, IGETC Area 5C, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable. 
    UC Transfer Limit: BMS 100, 107, 108, and 146 combined: maximum credit, two courses. C-ID: BIOL 120B.

  • Prerequisites: BMS 107 with a minimum grade of B. Instructor: Barry Tanowitz

    Directed dissection of the head and neck of the human cadaver (BMS 119 A), appendages (BMS 119 B), torso (BMS 119 C). May be taken for one credit. This unit of credit requires 48 hours of laboratory work per semester. Graded pass/no pass.
    Students interested in taking BMS 119 need to contact Dr. Barry Tanowitz. 

    Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

  • 4 units • lecture + lab • taught Spring and Fall • Instructors: Robbie Fischer


    Prerequisites: CHEM 101 or one year of high school chemistry or CHEM 104 or CHEM 155. Course Advisories: BMS 108, BIOL 100.  Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

    BMS 127 is a 4-unit, college-level course designed to meet the needs and interests of students of both health-related sciences and general biology. It includes investigations of the biology of bacteria, viruses, fungi, prions, and a variety of Eukaryotic organisms.  Emphases include the structural and metabolic diversity of microorganisms, and the molecular and cellular basis of host-microbe interactions. This course surveys the microorganisms that contribute to human health and human disease and investigates the principles of disease transmission and prevention, virology, genetics, and immunology. Sample syllabus.

    Transfer Information: CSU GE Area B2, CSU GE Area B3, IGETC Area 5B, IGETC Area 5C. CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Explain the basic structure, physiology, metabolism, and chemistry of human-associated microorganisms.
    • Compare the pathogenesis of microorganisms, including virulence mechanisms and the human immune response.
    • Characterize infectious diseases, including both clinical and epidemiological manifestations.
    • Using the scientific method and critical thinking, analyze data generated by laboratory experiments.

  •  3 units • lecture • on campus (taught at night) • Instructor: Samin Moham
    Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.


    BMS 128 gives a basic overview of the study of human nutrition.  Topics covered include the essential nutrients; their function, chemistry and sources and how the body uses these nutrients to support both health and problems associated with the inadequacies and excesses of nutrients.  Also covered are current topics and controversies in the science of nutrition. Sample syllabus

    Transfer Information: CSU GE Area E, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable. C-ID: NUTR 110.

    Course objectives:
    • Describe a basic overview of the study of human nutrition.
    • Describe the essential nutrients, their function, chemistry and sources.
    • Evaluate the ways in which the body uses basic nutrients to grow and support health.
     • Describe the pathological and physiological problems associated with insufficient organic and inorganic nutrients.
    • Describe the pathological and physiological problems associated with ingesting excess nutrients.
    • Discuss current topics in nutrition.
    • Discuss controversies in the science of nutrition, i.e., distinguish fact from fallacy.
    • Differentiate among the relationships between heredity, nutrition, and health.
    • Assess personal dietary intake.

  • 3 units • Lecture • Online Summer I • On campus Spring and Fall • Instructor: Blake Barron

    Fundamental principles and current research focused on the anatomy and physiology of reproductive systems, hormonal control of reproductive cycles, diversity of sexual responses, basic genetics and heredity, early human development, pregnancy, parturition, causes and treatments of infertility, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, age-related changes in sexual function and behavior, sexual dysfunction and comparative sexual behaviors. Sample syllabus

    Transfer Information: CSU GE Area B2, CSU GE Area E, IGETC Area 5B, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

    The Course Objectives for this class are:
    • Explain recent scientific research on the basis and diversity of human sexual behavior, gender identification and sexual orientation.
    • Identify and diagram the fundamental anatomy of the human male and female reproductive systems.
    • Explain and characterize the basic physiology of male and female reproductive systems including gametogenesis, the menstrual cycle, puberty, menopause, sex steroid production, sexual dysfunction, basic infertility and the role of the hypothalamo-pituitary axis
    • Examine basic principles and solve elementary problems of human genetics and heredity.
    • Summarize the fundamental aspects of sexual arousal, pregnancy, embryonic and fetal development, and parturition (birth) in humans.
    • Compare, contrast and fundamentally evaluate different modes of contraception and abortion.
    • Examine and compare the causes of and current techniques used in the treatment of infertility and sexually related diseases and dysfunctions
    • Describe the physiological causes, symptoms, methods of diagnosis/evaluation and treatments of sexually transmitted infections.

  • 3 units • lecture • online only • Instructor: Eric Wise

    Course Advisories: Chem 101.

    Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

    Descriptive introduction to the structure and function of the human body.
    Transfer Information: CSU GE Area B2, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable
    UC Transfer Limit: BMS 100107108, and 146 combined: maximum credit, two courses.

    The Course Objectives for BMS 146 are:
    • Relate the structure of the organ systems of the body with their function
    • Describe the action of numerous muscles of the body
    • Identify the gross anatomical features of the organs of the body and
    • Use the vocabulary that is important to describing human anatomy and physiology in a medical and allied health field setting.