Fall 2014 Class Schedule (ARC)



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NATR 300    Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation and Policy    4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 72 hours LEC
Description: This course provides a survey of concepts, issues, laws and regulations relevant to natural resources, such as soils, water, wildlife, fisheries, rangelands, and forests, with a focus on their sustainable management and conservation. Overexploitation, pollution, land use, and waste issues are integrated throughout the course. Principles, problems, and solutions are explored in the context of economics, ethics, and past, present, and future natural resource issues. Critical thinking and ecological dynamics are stressed. Sustainability, global environmental problems, and energy are major themes. It also examines the environmental regulatory process in California. Federal and California environmental laws are studied and discussed. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 23-Dec 18
M         05:45PM-07:50PM LEC C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN ER 002          12457 
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W         05:45PM-07:50PM LEC C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN Science 420     12457 Textbook


NATR 303    Energy and Sustainability    3 Units

Same As: ENERGY 303 and ET 303
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: Fundamentals of energy and its impact on society and the environment are covered in this course. The mechanics, advantages and disadvantages of current and future renewable, green and nonrenewable energy sources are investigated. Residential energy audits are covered. Field trips are required. This course is not open to students who have completed ENERGY 303 or ET 303.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 23-Dec 18
W         08:30AM-11:35AM LEC R.Skillen            Off Campus McClellan 204 12784 
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NATR 307    Principles of Sustainability    4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D7; IGETC Area 4G
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: Theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability are explored including social, economic, and environmental dimensions. Sustainable principles and practices are examined in the context of energy production and consumption, transportation systems, food production, water resources, industry, and the built environment. The environmental as well as social and cultural impact of industrialization is addressed, and solutions to current problems are discussed. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 23-Dec 18
T         01:00PM-04:05PM LEC C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN Science 422     11933 
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Th        01:00PM-04:05PM LAB C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN ER 002            
NOTE: Some longer Tues, Thurs or Saturday field trips will be scheduled. Contact instructor for more information at NealeJ@arc.losrios.edu


NATR 310    Study Design and Field Methods     4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 133; (1) NATR 300 or equivalent introductory science course with a grade of "C" or better; (2) 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; AND (3) MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 125, or MATH 129 or higher, with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV (effective Summer 2014); CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3
Course Transferable to CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course addresses study design and field methods important to the field of Natural Resources. Basic statistical theory and sampling designs are covered, and a variety of sampling and monitoring protocols and techniques are introduced. Field labs provide practice with a variety of hands-on methods for vertebrate study, vegetation assessment, land survey, and aquatic studies. Specific portions of the course focus on (1) survey skills including distance and direction measurement and topographic map reading; (2) woody and herbaceous vegetation sampling strategies such as transect and quadrat, and habitat assessment; (3) methods used in terrestrial vertebrate wildlife studies, such as radiotelemetry, remote cameras, and live-trapping; and (4) techniques specific to aquatic ecology and water quality measurements. Also included are applications of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 23-Dec 18
T         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC A.Chin               ARC MAIN ER 002          18636 
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T         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC P.Cylinder           ARC MAIN ER 002          18636 Textbook
T         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002          18636 Textbook
Th        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB A.Chin               ARC MAIN ER 002            
Th        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB P.Cylinder           ARC MAIN ER 002            
Th        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002            


NATR 320    Principles of Ecology    4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course covers basic principles of ecology, including the physical and biological factors of different environments in relation to the distribution and abundance of plants and animals. Emphasis is on the management of ecosystems using ecological principles and the understanding of current ecological issues. Field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 23-Dec 18
M         10:30AM-01:35PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002          11632 
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F         09:00AM-12:05PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
NOTE: Friday labs will include the following: mornings 9am-12:05pm on Aug 29 and Dec 5, both required; all-day (possibly early morning until late night) field trips on Sep 26, Oct 10, Nov 7, and Nov 14 (students can miss one of those); and mandatory weekend trip Fri Oct 17 9am returning late evening on Sun Oct 19. Class will not meet on the other Fridays. Fees ($46) associated with field labs will be required from each student; please see the Science Division dean if fees pose undue hardship. Please contact instructor for more information NealeJ@arc.losrios.edu


NATR 330    Native trees and shrubs of California    4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This dendrology course covers classification and ecology of major natural plant communities of California and their tree and shrub component species. It focuses on characterization of the dominant vegetation types and identification of native woody species using plant keys and sight identification. Topics include natural history and life cycle, physiology, evolution, and human uses of --and threats to-- California plant communities and individual species. The course involves the creation of a plant collection including at least 60 representative native woody species. Field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 23-Dec 18
T         05:30PM-08:35PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002          11935 
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Sa        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
NOTE: Field labs are required and are scheduled for the following Saturdays (all day unless stated otherwise): Aug 23 (9am-12:05pm), Sep 6 (9am-12:05pm), Sep 13, Sep 20, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 25, Nov 1, (extra credit labs on 11/15 and/or 11/22), and Dec 6 (9am-12:05pm). Class will not meet on the other Saturdays. Please contact instructor for more information at NealeJ@arc.losrios.edu


NATR 346    Water Resources and Conservation    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 133; (1) NATR 300 or equivalent introductory science course with a grade of "C" or better; (2) 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; AND (3) MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 125, or MATH 129 or higher, with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV (effective Summer 2014)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course provides an introduction to water resource management with an emphasis on water issues in California. It provides a historical perspective on water development and explores current and projected water issues. Surface water and groundwater systems are considered, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable water resource management that balances urban, agricultural, industrial, and environmental water needs. The implications of water rights and key water policies are considered in evaluating how water is used and exploited. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 23-Dec 18
Th        05:30PM-08:35PM LEC J.Seyfried           ARC MAIN ER 002          13470 
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NATR 498    Work Experience in Natural Resources    1-4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: 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; OR placement through assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity or job related to natural resources. Students are advised to consult with the Natural Resources Department faculty to review specific certificate and degree work experience requirements.
Course Transferable to CSU, Green Course Green Course
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 natural resources. 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. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During 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. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 23-Dec 18
T         04:10PM-05:15PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 001          11786 
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Fall 2014 Class Schedule

Updated: November 24, 2014