Anatomy and Physiology course offered at Hutchinson Center

By University of Maine Hutchinson Center | Dec 16, 2013


Belfast, Maine — If you are considering a career in traditional or alternative health, or if you are interested in learning about how the human body works, consider taking a course in anatomy and physiology this spring at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Jan. 15- May 7.

The four-credit intermediate-level lecture and laboratory course focuses on the structures and functions of the human body. Students will study organs and organ systems, and how body structure relates to function and life processes. The anatomy and physiology course (BIO 208/210) is required for most traditional and alternative healthcare and medical fields, as well as for majors in biology, veterinary medicine and other life sciences.

Students learn practical knowledge relevant to health, wellness, nutrition and everyday living. In the lab, they study skeletal structures and muscles, learn to measure physiological responses to exercise, learn about nervous system responses and examine tissue types using the microscope.

The lecture will be delivered online; the laboratory will meet Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon, followed by a recitation session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Introductory Biology (BIO 100), the prerequisite course, will also be taught at the Hutchinson Center this spring.

Jan Pitcairn, assistant research professor in the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine, will teach BIO 208/210. She holds a Ph.D. is in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida, where she researched gene regulation of Alzheimer’s beta-amyloid precursor proteins. Pitcairn has taught anatomy and physiology and other life science courses for more than 14 years, and helped develop the laboratory manual used for this course.

To register, for more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact the Hutchinson Center, 207.338.8000 or visit the Hutchinson Center science website (

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s premier public university. It is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from across the U.S. and more than 65 countries. It currently enrolls 11,247 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers doctoral degrees in 35 fields, representing the humanities, sciences, engineering and education; master’s degrees in roughly 70 disciplines; 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship on its campus, with substantial efforts aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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