The UMaine Hutchinson Center is gearing up for the fall semester, which begins the week of Sept. 4. The new wing of the Center was opened in 2009, including state-of-the-art science labs where courses will be offered this fall. For more information or to meet with an academic adviser, call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000. The classes are small, with hands-on experience.

Fall lab science offerings include:

BIO222/223: Biology, the Living Science (lecture and lab) Instructor: Gaylen Jones

Thursdays,Lecture 2:30-5 p.m.; Lab 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Learn basic biology concepts as they relate to everyday life and to current issues in society: microscopic life and diseases, plant growth and the carbon cycle, water pollution, acid rain, inheritance and biotechnology. This course is designed for non-science majors.

BIO208: Anatomy and Physiology (lecture and lab) Instructor: Jan Pitcairn

Tuesdays, Lecture 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesdays Lab 10 a.m. to noon.

Students learn the structures and functions of the major tissues, organs and organ systems of the human body, and the chemical and physical processes that govern them. Topics include cells, tissues, and skeletal, muscle, nervous, endocrine, cardiopulmonary, immune, digestive, and reproductive systems, and nutrition and metabolism. This course is for students who have taken Introductory biology.

CHY101/102: Chemistry for Everyday Living (lecture and lab) (Instructors: William Ellis/Susan Therio)

Mondays Lecture 5:30-8 p.m.; Lab Tuesdays 5-7:30 p.m.

A non-mathematical introduction to the basic principles of chemistry with an emphasis on chemistry in everyday life, including the chemistry of the atmosphere and water, nuclear chemistry and the chemistry of polymers (plastics).

BMB208/210: Elements of Physiological Chemistry Instructors: Melanie DiLorenzo/Susan Therio

Tuesdays 5-7:30 p.m.; Lab Thursdays 5-7:30 p.m.

An introduction to chemistry related to life science, including the structure and properties of hydrocarbons, the chemistry of carbohydrates, proteins, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, acids and esters, and vitamin C. A great introduction to chemistry for those interested in health fields.

ERS101: Introduction to Geology (lecture and lab) Instructor: Dave Lawrence

Mondays, Lecture 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Lab 1-4 p.m.

A study of earth materials and processes, including their impact on humans. Topics include geologic time, minerals and rocks, weathering and soil formation, glaciation, deserts, coastlines, earthquakes and seismology, mountain-building and plate tectonics. Laboratory work includes the study of rocks, minerals, topographic maps and aerial photographs in preparation for a one-day field trip to Acadia National Park. Intended for anyone interested in learning about planet Earth.