Fall 2013 Class Schedule (ARC)



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

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32, 39 or 42; and ENGWR 102 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. (C-ID GEOG 110)

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Aug 24-Oct 18
W         05:55PM-07:30PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus Natomas/Ik A205 11120 
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Sa        08:00AM-12:20PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus Natomas N102  11120 Textbook
This class is part of the ACE (Accelerated College Education) program which is a continuing cohort 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 the Natomas Center at (916) 485-6000.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 24-Dec 19
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     10968 Textbook
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 426     10462 Textbook
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 425     12934 Textbook
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     10463 Textbook
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN Science 426     11326 Textbook
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     10464 Textbook
MW        06:00PM-07:20PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN Science 426     10465 Textbook




GEOG 301    Physical Geography Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 300
Advisory: MATH 32, 39 or 42 with a grade of "C" or better; and ENGWR 102 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: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
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. (C-ID GEOG 111)

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Aug 24-Oct 18
W         07:40PM-09:15PM LAB K.Olson              Off Campus Natomas/Ik A205 11342 
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Sa        12:40PM-05:00PM LAB K.Olson              Off Campus Natomas N102  11342 Textbook
This class is part of the ACE (Accelerated College Education) program which is a continuing cohort 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 the Natomas Center at (916) 485-6000.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 24-Dec 19
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     10969 Textbook
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LAB T.Manley             ARC MAIN Science 426     11542 Textbook
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LAB M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     11543 Textbook


GEOG 305    Global Climate Change    3 Units

Same As: GEOL 320
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 102 or ESLW 310 AND ENGRD 116 or ESLR 310 AND and MATH 100, 104 or 132 with a grade of "C" or better.
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 explores the history and mechanisms of climate change in Earth's past, as well as the methods that scientists use to investigate climate change. It also focuses on climate change in Earth's recent history (the past few million years) and the role that humans have had in climate change, especially since the industrial revolution. Additionally, it investigates the effects of climate change in today's world and discusses possible technological and political solutions to this vast and increasingly important problem. Field trips may be required. This course is not open to students who have completed GEOL 320.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 24-Dec 19
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 425     12935 
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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 24-Dec 19
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LEC M.Levy               ARC MAIN Science 424     11631 
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GEOG 310    Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32, 39 or 42; and ENGWR 102 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. (C-ID GEOG 120)

Schedule: Eight Week - Second, Oct 19-Dec 13
TTh       06:00PM-09:10PM LEC G.White              ARC MAIN Science 426     11062 
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Schedule: Full Term, Aug 24-Dec 19
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     10483 Textbook


GEOG 320    World Regional Geography    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32, 39 or 42; and ENGWR 102 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. (C-ID GEOG 125)

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 24-Dec 19
MW        04:00PM-05:20PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN Science 426     11375 
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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 24-Dec 19
Th        01:00PM-04:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422     10493 
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W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             Off Campus McClellan 026 10495 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.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 24-Dec 19
T         01:00PM-03:35PM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 422     11601 
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T         03:35PM-04:10PM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 422       
M         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC T.Lupo               ARC MAIN Science 422     10946 Textbook
M         08:50PM-09:30PM LAB T.Lupo               ARC MAIN Science 422       


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 24-Dec 19
T         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             Off Campus McClellan 026 10608 
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GEOG 342    Introduction to Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 50 hours LEC ; 12 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, Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), and hyperspectral imaging systems are taught. A variety of digital image processing techniques are presented to analyze various remote sensing platforms.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 24-Dec 19
M         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC N.Jennings           Off Campus McClellan 026 11626 
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M         08:50PM-09:30PM LAB N.Jennings           Off Campus McClellan 026   


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 24-Dec 19
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC P.Veisze             Off Campus McClellan 219 10633 
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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 24-Dec 19
Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC R.Earle              Off Campus McClellan 026 10631 
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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 involves the in-depth study of industry standard Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software applications (such as ArcMap and ArcCatalog). GIS software is used to perform advanced geoprocessing in order to solve spatial problems. Emphasis is placed on the creation, modification, analysis, and presentation of spatial data. Specific topics include a review of basic GIS functionality, the use of tools and models to geoprocess data, vector editing and topology, georeferencing and data conversion, network analysis, and data aggregation.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 24-Dec 19
Th        06:00PM-08:35PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422     18751 
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Th        08:35PM-09:10PM 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.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 24-Dec 19
T         06:00PM-08:35PM LEC N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Science 422     10603 
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T         08:35PM-09:10PM LAB N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Science 422       


GEOG 495    Independent Studies in Geography    1-3 Units

Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: Independent Study is an opportunity for the student to extend classroom experience in this subject, while working independently of a formal classroom situation. Independent study is an extension of work offered in a specific class in the college catalog. To be eligible for independent study, students must have completed the basic regular catalog course at American River College. They must also discuss the study with a professor in this subject and secure approval. Only one independent study for each catalog course will be allowed.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 24-Dec 19
TBA       TBA             LEC H.Howard              TBA TBA                 20279 
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TBA       TBA             LEC H.Howard              TBA TBA                 20280 Textbook


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 24-Dec 19
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard             ARC MAIN Online          10653 
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NOTE: Students will be contacted by the instructor via e-mail one week before the semester begins.

Fall 2013 Class Schedule

Updated: December 17, 2013