Fall 2011 Class Schedule (ARC)



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GEOG 300    Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 or 39; and ENGWR 102 or 103, and ENGRD 116 with a grade of "C" or better; or ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course explores the processes and interrelationships which shape Earth's natural landscapes. Key topics include solar energy balance, weather and climate, water resources, landforms, natural hazards, soil, and vegetation. Relevant application of these concepts is used to explain the evolving relationship between humans and Earth's natural systems. Field trips may be required to relate course content to the real world.

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Aug 20-Oct 14
W         06:00PM-07:50PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus McClellan 026 12802 
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Sa        08:00AM-12:15PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus McClellan     12802 Textbook
This course is part of ACE (Accelerated College Education) program for working adults. This course meets on Wednesday evenings AND on Saturdays. For further information, visit the ACE website at www.arc.losrios.edu/ace or call (916) 563-3281.

Schedule: Eight Week 2nd - Alt. Dates, Oct 21-Dec 15
TTh       09:00AM-12:10PM LEC J.Aubert             Off Campus McClellan 220 28507 Textbook

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     12438 Textbook
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     11066 Textbook
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     13312 Textbook
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     11068 Textbook
MW        06:00PM-07:20PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN Science 426     11070 Textbook



MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     11064 Textbook
Learning Communities - "Writing Geography" - 6 units - Registration Number: INDIS 1000, 29368
See INDIS 1000 for more complete information. This class (GEOG 300) is taught in combination with ENGWR 300 (MW 12:00PM - 1:20PM). This learning community is designed for students who desire an integrated approach to college reading, writing and geography. Reading and lecture material in GEOG 300 and ENGWR 300 will be used to generate ideas for discussion and writing in ENGWR300. See course descriptions for ENGWR 300 and GEOG 300. Sign up using the one class number listed for the Learning Community (INDIS 1000, 29368); you will receive credit and a grade for each individual course listed in the Learning Community.


GEOG 301    Physical Geography Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 300
General Education: CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course is a laboratory study of basic principles and concepts involved in understanding Earth's environmental systems. Labs feature observation, collection, analysis and display of data related to the study of energy, weather and climate, vegetation, soils, landforms, and environmental hazards. Additionally, units feature geographic methods and technology, including interpretation of maps and other geographic imagery, weather instrumentation, the global positioning system (GPS), and relevant computer and Internet applications. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Aug 20-Oct 14
W         08:00PM-09:50PM LAB K.Olson              Off Campus McClellan 026 13352 
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Sa        12:30PM-04:45PM LAB K.Olson              Off Campus McClellan     13352 Textbook
This course is part of ACE (Accelerated College Education) program for working adults. This course meets on Wednesday evenings AND on Saturdays. For further information, visit the ACE website at www.arc.losrios.edu/ace or call (916) 563-3281.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     12440 Textbook
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LAB J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     13918 Textbook
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LAB M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     13920 Textbook


GEOG 307    Environmental Hazards and Natural Disasters    3 Units

Same As: GEOL 325
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course covers the environmental effects and applications of Earth-related processes. It focuses on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and flooding. Topics also include the availability and exploitation of natural resources, waste disposal, and global climate change. Humans as a force in environmental change are emphasized. The course addresses geology, engineering, environmental studies, natural resources, geography, and science education. One field trip is required. Not open to students who have completed GEOL 325.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 424     14194 
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GEOG 310    Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 or 39; and ENGWR 102 or 103, and ENGRD 116 with a grade of "C" or better; or ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D5; IGETC Area 4E
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course investigates the diverse patterns of human settlement, development, and movement on earth, which evolved as a result of cultural and environmental factors. Emphasis is placed on understanding global population and migration patterns, language, religion, ethnicity, political and economic systems, development issues, agriculture, and urbanization.

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Aug 20-Oct 14
MW        06:00PM-09:10PM LEC G.White              Off Campus Natomas/Ik A208 29950 
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Schedule: Eight Week - Second, Oct 15-Dec 09
TTh       06:00PM-09:10PM LEC G.White              ARC MAIN Science 426     12658 Textbook

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     11110 Textbook


GEOG 320    World Regional Geography    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 or 39; and ENGWR 102 or 103, and ENGRD 116 with a grade of "C" or better; or ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D5; IGETC Area 4E
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course is a global survey of the world's cultural regions. Basic geographic concepts and ideas are used to study and compare people, resources, landscapes, livelihood, economics, and origins across Earth's major geographic regions. The interaction of countries and regions, their global roles, and the conflicting pressures of cultural diversity versus globalization are presented. The widening gap between more developed and less developed countries is integrated throughout the course. Cultural and ethnic diversity, as it pertains to the expanding population of the United States, is evaluated throughout the course.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
MW        04:00PM-05:20PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN Science 426     13442 
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GEOG 330    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CISC 300
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b)
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course provides an introduction to the concepts, methods, and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis is on the techniques used to capture, store, query, analyze, and display spatial data. Specific topics include applications of GIS, geographic information and scale, coordinate systems, geospatial data models, data classification and symbolization, query and selection, cartographic design, data acquisition, data quality, geoprocessing, relational databases, metadata, spatial analysis, and GIS software.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
W         02:15PM-05:20PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422     11132 
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Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             Off Campus McClellan 208 11136 Textbook


GEOG 334    Introduction to GIS Software Applications    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CISC 300 and GEOG 330
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 50 hours LEC ; 12 hours LAB
Description: This course provides the conceptual and practical foundations for using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. It emphasizes basic GIS software functionality including map display, attribute and spatial query, address geocoding, spatial database management, spatial analysis, cartographic presentation, and spatial data management. This course may be taken four times using a different software package or version.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
T         01:00PM-03:40PM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 422     14126 
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T         03:50PM-04:25PM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 422       
T         06:00PM-08:40PM LEC T.Lupo               Off Campus McClellan 219 12384 Textbook
T         08:50PM-09:25PM LAB T.Lupo               Off Campus McClellan       


GEOG 340    Cartographic Design for GIS    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course provides an introduction to map design and production in the context of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis is on the concepts and methods associated with designing and producing thematic maps. Specific topics include data standardization and classification, symbolization, map projections, map elements, typography, cartographic design, thematic mapping techniques (choropleth, proportional symbol, dot, isarithmic, and multivariate), color in cartography, history of cartography, and map reproduction. Map critique sessions are also held.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
T         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             Off Campus McClellan 208 11412 
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GEOG 342    Introduction to Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing    3 Units

Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 48 hours LEC ; 18 hours LAB
Description: This course introduces the principles and concepts of remote sensing and digital image processing as it relates to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Fundamentals of remote sensing, aerial photography, satellite imagery, photogrammetry, Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) and Laser Incidence Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) are taught. A variety of digital image processing techniques are presented to analyze various remote sensing platforms.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
M         06:00PM-08:35PM LEC N.Jennings           Off Campus McClellan 208 14180 
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M         08:35PM-09:40PM LAB R.Earle              Off Campus McClellan       


GEOG 344    Spatial Analysis and Modeling in GIS    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course provides a survey of the various concepts, approaches, and tools involved in the analysis and modeling of spatial data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis is on the investigation of spatial distributions and relationships, and the methods used to answer spatial questions and solve spatial problems. Specific topics include statistical and spatial analysis, geoprocessing, spatial modeling, and map algebra. Additional topics include distance and density surfaces, cluster analysis, surface interpolation and resampling, hydrologic analysis, 3D display/animation, and regression analysis.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
M         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             Off Campus McClellan 219 11474 
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GEOG 350    Data Acquisition in GIS    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 330
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course is an introduction to the techniques, theory, and practical experience necessary to acquire, convert, and create digital spatial data. Topics include acquisition of existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, metadata, formatting and conversion of GIS data, creating data utilizing digital cameras and scanners, the utilization of remotely sensed data, and use of the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC P.Veisze             Off Campus McClellan 219 11476 
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GEOG 354    Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)    1.5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOG 300 and 301
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC
Description: This course introduces the Global Positioning System (GPS). Topics include the basic concepts of GPS and hands-on operation of the technology, computer interfaces, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, and its use in real-world applications.

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Aug 20-Oct 14
Th        06:00PM-09:10PM LEC R.Earle              Off Campus McClellan 219 14390 
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GEOG 360    Database Design and Management in GIS    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course examines principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database management and design including conversion fundamentals, modeling techniques, and strategic planning. The needs, alternatives, and pitfalls of spatial database development and conversion are discussed. In addition, this course examines various types of spatial data applicable to GIS, and relevant issues including hardware and software requirements. Particular attention is paid to determining an appropriate methodology, conversion plan, and data quality assurance procedure. This course includes hands-on practical exercises in spatial database management skills.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC R.Earle              Off Campus McClellan 208 11472 
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GEOG 380    Advanced GIS Software Applications    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 334 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 50 hours LEC ; 12 hours LAB
Description: This course provides an overview of a full-featured, powerful Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software application (such as ArcGIS 9.x). GIS software is used to apply geoprocessing concepts to solve spatial problems. Emphasis is placed on the creation, modification, and analysis of spatial data; the creation of efficient maps; manipulation and interpretation of attribute data; and network analysis. This course may be taken four times on a different software package or version.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
W         06:00PM-08:40PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422     16294 
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W         08:50PM-09:25PM LAB H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422       


GEOG 385    Introduction to Web Based GIS Application Development    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: CISW 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 50 hours LEC ; 12 hours LAB
Description: This course introduces the development of Web-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions. Web-authoring tools and Internet map servers (such as ArcIMS and ArcServer) are used to teach the techniques of Internet mapping and interactive user interface design for GIS applications. Focus is on the theories and principles behind Internet mapping to perform map display and spatial analysis, on GIS application development, and on Web design for Internet mapping systems. This course may be taken four times on a different software package or version.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
Th        06:00PM-08:40PM LEC N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Science 422     11402 
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Th        08:50PM-09:25PM LAB N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Science 422       


GEOG 390    Field Studies in Geography    .5-4 Units

Same As: GEOL 390
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 24 hours LEC ; 144 hours LAB
Description: This course involves field study of selected locations of geographic interest. Course content varies according to field trip destination but may include topics in physical geography (e.g., plant and animal communities, climate and weather, geology and geomorphology, natural hazards, environmental impacts, etc.), human geography (e.g., cultural landscapes, economic activities, transportation issues, land use patterns, etc.), and/or introduction to tools and techniques used for geographic field research (e.g., map and compass, the Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), etc.). Field excursions are required and field trip expense fees may be required. This course may be taken 4 times using different field trip destinations.

Schedule: Other Term, Sep 13-Sep 27
Lassen Volcanic National Park
T         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC C.Thomsen             TBA TBA                 14968 
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
T         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC C.Thomsen             TBA TBA                 14968 Textbook
Lassen Volcanic National Park
TBA       TBA             LAB C.Thomsen             TBA TBA                   
Units: 1
Hours: 6 hours LEC; 48 hours LAB
Description: Lassen-Land of Fire and Ice. Volcanoes! Glaciers! Trees! This course offers a field trip to the most recently active volcanic area in the state - Lassen Volcanic National Park. We will examine glacial and volcanic features, as well as plant communities. Participants must provide their own camping equipment and meals; specific arrangements will be discussed at the first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. Transportation will be in ARC vehicles (no personal vehicles are allowed). Participants should prepare for highly variable weather (heat, cold, wind, rain) and should expect to do some hiking in high elevation, thin air conditions. Call or e-mail Prof. Charlie Thomsen if you have questions or difficulties adding the class (916 484-8184 or at thomsec@arc.losrios.edu
Lectures: Tuesday, Sept. 13 and 27, 2011, 6-9PM, Rm 425
Field Trip: 8:00AM, Thursday, September 22 through 9:00PM, Sunday, September 25, 2011



GEOG 498    Work Experience in Geography    1-4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity, or job related to geography or Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students are advised to consult with the Geography Department faculty to review specific certificate and degree work experience requirements.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
Description: This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of geography or Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Rigor is ensured through the development of appropriate level learning objectives set between the student and the employer. During the course of the semester, the student is required to fulfill a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. The weekly orientation is required for first time participants; returning participants are not required to attend the orientation but are required to meet with the instructor as needed to complete all program forms and assignments. GEOG 498 may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Students can earn a total of 16 Work Experience units.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard             ARC MAIN Online          11526 
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NOTE: Students will be contacted by the instructor via e-mail one week before the semester begins.

Fall 2011 Class Schedule

Updated: December 5, 2011