Basic Medical Sciences (BMSC)

Subject-area course lists indicate courses currently active for offering at the University of Louisville. Not all courses are scheduled in any given academic term. For class offerings in a specific semester, refer to the Schedule of Classes.

Course Fees

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BMSC 804. Biochemistry5 Units

Description: Covers the fundamentals of biochemistry and molecular biology with special emphasis given to areas applicable to dentistry. Topics include cell biology, chemical principles of biological systems and the structure, function and metabolism of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Clinical correlates include sickle cell anemia and hemoglobinopathies, blood clotting disorders, collagen diseases, diabetes, nutritional disorders, diseases of amino acid and lipid metabolism, molecular basis of genetic diseases.

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BMSC 805. Integrated Biomedical Sciences by Body System20 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: This course will train first-year dental students in the fundamental structures and integration of human body systems. The course begins with a foundations block that covers the basics of cell biology and associated biochemical pathways, as well as a general discussion of the nervous system as a regulator of all body systems. Subsequent blocks include the musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, renal, gastrointestinal, reproductive and endocrine systems. There will be five blocks total.

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BMSC 806. Microbiology and Immunology4 Units

Description: This is a general course on infectious diseases of high relevance to those in the field of dentistry. Special emphases are placed on oral infections, immunity, treatment, and microbial resistance mechanisms. Specific topics include the human immune response, pathogenesis of common microbial infections, and the microbiological and biochemical basis of oral, head, and neck infections, periodontal diseases, and cariogenesis.

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BMSC 807. Pharmacology and Dental Therapeutics4 Units

Description: The Pharmacology and Dental Therapeutics course is designed to provide broad pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles towards for the major drug groups utilized in dentistry by health care providers and their patients. The course content emphasizes mastery of the principles required for life-long learning of both current and yet to be released drugs to ensure appropriate therapeutic utilization that maximizes efficacy and minimizes toxicity in each individual patient.

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BMSC 809. Integrated Biomedical Sciences: Head & Neck7 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the School of Dentistry, Oral Biology major or related field or consent of course director.

Description: This course is designed specifically for first-year dental students. The primary goal of the course is to introduce clinically-oriented principles of the head and neck region integrating gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, histology, physiology, and embryology. The course is also designed to foster critical thinking skills necessary for students to utilize their knowledge of the head and neck region to evaluate the health of patients and to solve clinical problems. Anatomical donor dissection is the focal point of all teaching activities, allowing students to develop a three-dimensional/functional appreciation for the relationships of the various structures of the head and neck.

Note: Cross-listed with ASNB 672.

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