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Onward Courses, Labs and Degree Credit - Science

About Onward Science Classes


Onward science classes are designed to provide you with the basic skills needed for success in future science courses at UMaine and to develop science literacy. Credit for these courses will not count towards your bachelor’s degree but they do count for financial aid, and all UMaine add/drop and withdrawal policies apply.

ONS 11: Onward Biology

Understanding life begins with ecological relationships, including energy, nutrients, animal behavior and the ecology of populations. Then attention shifts to the unity of life, involving basic cell chemistry, the genetic basis of life and evolution. Permission to register required. 3 credits.

ONS 12: Onward Chemistry

Topics include measurements and calculations, matter and energy, chemical foundations and composition, nomenclature, reactions, quantities, modern atomic theory, bonding, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, acids and bases, equilibrium and oxidation-reduction. Prerequisite: ONS 11 or permission. 3 credits.

ONS 14: Onward Zoology

Introduces biological diversity and classification of living things. Plant systems are studied as a key part of the living fabric of the earth. Much emphasis is placed on animal systems, including anatomy and physiology, embryology and reproduction. Prerequisite: ONS 011 or permission. 3 credits.

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Onward News

2015 Onward Information Sessions

Dates will be posted in Fall 2014. In the Onward Information Sessions, Onward participants will share their personal experiences as students attending the University of Maine in the Onward Program. Staff will be available to answer questions about financial aid, coursework, work load, and more.Light refreshments will be served. All sessions take place in 125 East Annex on the University of Maine campus. A tour of our facility is included. Reservations are not needed, but are welcome. Call 581-2320 for more information.

Onward 1st year student helps keep veterans warm

Patrick Herbert, a first year Onward student and veteran, has started a coat drive for veterans. Check out the newscast here.

The Onward Program has two new instructors! We welcome Sara Sheppard as our Instructor of Developmental Reading and Writing and Todd Zoroya as our Instructor of Developmental Mathematics. Check out Sara and Todd's pages on the CSP Staff Links.
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Onward Program
125 East Annex, University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2320 | Fax: (207) 581-4252E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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