Concepts in Oceanography will be offered this June and July on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The class includes two weekly lectures and a weekly laboratory and is open to anyone interested in gaining an introductory scientific understanding of oceanography.

Learn about physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the world’s oceans, how these components interact to function as an ocean system, how ocean systems change through time, and the science behind current events related to the Gulf of Maine and globaloceans.

Laboratories will include field measurements and local sampling in Penobscot Bay, studies of intertidaland marine organisms from the Gulf of Maine, discussion of current issues related to oceans and local marine ecosystems, computer-based activities with Gulf of Maine buoy data, and a day-long Saturday field trip to the University of Maine Darling Marine Center with a half-day voyage aboard the research vessel, the Ira C.

Individuals are encouraged to sign up for the lecture and the laboratory together, but the lecture may be taken without the lab. The course is taught by School of Marine Sciences professor Dr. William Ellis.

The class is for students, teachers, fishermen, naturalists, and any citizens who would like to understand the science of Earth’s oceans, and in particular, the local Gulf of Maine system. The lecture alone meets the University of Maine applied sciences general education requirement; the lecture and lab together meet the lab science general education requirement. No prerequisites are required other than an eagerness to learn.

The course meets from June 4 to July 18 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m., and the lab meets on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information or to register, please call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000, or visit the Hutchinson Center website at hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.