During the spring semester, beginning January 22, UMA Rockland Center (URock) will offer three four-credit science courses with laboratory components for those purusing careers in allied health, science and technology or science education.

BIO 110, General Biology, will meet on Thursdays from 10 to 11:45 a.m. for lecture, with the lab scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Dr. Chris Lage, Ph.D., associate professor of biology for University of Maine Augusta, will teach the course.

BIO 210, Anatomy and Physiology, will be taught onsite on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:45 p.m. for the lecture segment, with the lab following from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Dr. Marta Frisardi holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis in biology and has significant years of research in genetics and cell biology. The course is required for any student considering a career in nursing, medical laboratory technology or other medical path.

BIO 103E, Conservation Biology, is a new course this spring introducing the scientific study of the maintenance, loss and restoration of biological diversity. Topics include population declines and extinction, landscape-level conservation planning and the role of conservation in protecting ecosystems. The course will be taught by Jennifer Long, Ph.D., on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration is open and interested students are encouraged to contact UMA Rockland at 596-6906. Students do not need to be in a degree program to take classes. High school students who are interested in Early College opportunities are urged to inquire soon, as space in the science classes is limited. More information about these and other college classes at UMA Rockland is available at uma.edu/rockland or by calling 596-6906.