University of Maine Offers Oceanography Course at UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast


Oceanography to be offered June 2-July 16 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center

Belfast, Maine — Concepts in Oceanography (SMS 110/111) will be offered this June and July on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The course, which includes two weekly lectures and a weekly laboratory, 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 and how ocean systems change through time, as well as the science behind current events related to the Gulf of Maine and global oceans.

Laboratories will include field measurements and local sampling in Penobscot Bay, studies of intertidal and 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 field trip to the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, including with a half-day voyage aboard the research vessel Ira C.

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

SMS 110/111 is 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. 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.

The course meets June 2-July 16 on Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.; the lab meets on Mondays, 7-9 p.m.

For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation, contact the Hutchinson Center, 338-8000;

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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