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First-time ever offered:  Oceanography course with new Lab component

Posted April 12, 2011, at 8:51 a.m.

Belfast.  Students and midcoast residents have been asking for an Oceanography Lab Science course that would meet general education requirements as well be fun and interesting – especially for all of us interested in marine science and the midcoast. 

Your requests have been heard.  The UMaine Hutchinson Center is pleased to announce the offering of both the Lecture class (SMS 110)for 3 credits as well as the new Lab component (SMS 111) for one credit.  UMaine science faculty developed the lab component to complement the lecture course.  If you have already taken SMS 110 and only need to add theLab – now you can!

The lecture and laboratory course, Concepts in Oceanography (SMS 110/111) will be offered this summer at the UMaine Hutchinson Center from May 9th to August 19th. The oceanography course has been offered at the Hutchinson Center in past summers, but this year it includes a new laboratory section.   The course meets weekly, and the instructor is School of Marine Sciences professor, Dr. William Ellis.

Participants will learn about physical, chemical, and biological aspects of oceanography, how these components interact to function as an ocean system, how ocean systems change through time, and the science behind current issues related to the Gulf of Maine and global oceans.

Laboratories will include field measurements and local water sampling in Belfast Bay, studies of intertidal and marine organisms from the Gulf of Maine and current issues related to oceans and local marine ecosystems.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their computer skills by investigating Gulf of Maine buoy data.  The laboratory also includes a daylong Saturday field trip to the Darling Marine Center in Bristol, ME, with half-day voyage aboard the research vessel, the Ira C to learn how scientists study marine ecosystems.

This course is for everyone – for students, teachers, fishermen, naturalists, and any citizens who would like to understand the science of Earth’s oceans, and in particular, our local Gulf of Maine system.  FMI call the Center at 338-8000 for a copy of the Oceanography brochure and flyer.

The Hutchinson Center also offers a variety of other lab science courses:  Chemistry for Everyday Living (Chy 101/102), Introductionto Chemistry  (Chy 121/123), Introduction to Biology (Bio 100), Biology:The Living Science (Bio 222/223), Anatomyand Physiology (Bio 208), Introduction to Physiological Chemistry (Bmb 208/210).

To register or to find out more about science courses at the Hutchinson Center, please call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000 (toll-free 800-753-9044) or visit the Hutchinson Center website at [ http://www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu ]www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.  You can also make an appointment to meet (or talk on the phone) with our Academic Advisor, Jose Cordero.  He can also assist you in career planning, admissions and registration paperwork, scholarship and financial aid forms, and tours of the Hutchinson Center.  Come meet with an advisor and take a tour of the state-of-the-art facility.

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