Introductory-level laboratory science courses in geology, biology and chemistry will be offered at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center starting the first week in September. For those who are contemplating a new career in science or health fields, Hutchinson Center lab science courses will allow them to begin a career path and meet early lab science requirements for any science or health degree program.

Lab science courses offered this fall include “Biology, the Living Science” (BIO 222/223), “Anatomy and Physiology” (BIO 208), “Chemistry for Everyday Living” (CHY 101/102), “Elements of Physiological Chemistry” (BMB 208/210) and “Introduction to Geology” (ERS 101).

“Biology, the Living Science” introduces students to basic concepts in biology that pertain 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 and is taught by Dr. Gaylen Jones, who has a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Massachusetts.

Students taking “Anatomy and Physiology” 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 an introductory biology course, and is taught by Dr. Jan Pitcairn, who has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida.

“Chemistry for Everyday Living” offers 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). It is taught by Dr.William Ellis, who has a Ph.D. from University of Rhode Island in chemical oceanography, and Susan Therio, former chemist at Ingredients Solutions Inc. in Waldo.

“Elements of Physiological Chemistry” introduces students 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. Physiological chemistry is useful for those interested in health fields. Instructors are Melanie DiLorenzo and Susan Theio, both with master’s of science degrees in chemistry.

“Introduction to Geology” offers students the opportunity to learn about the materials and processes that comprise planet Earth, and their impacts 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 working with rocks and minerals, topographic maps and aerial photographs and a one-day field trip to Acadia National Park.

The course is intended for anyone interested in learning about planet Earth. Dr. David Lawrence, recently retired geology professor from East Carolina University, is the instructor.

For further information, or to register for courses, call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000 or visit the Hutchinson Center Science website at www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.