Fall 2015 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 22-Oct 14
ACE (Accelerated College Education)
W         06:00PM-07:35PM LEC J.McHenry            Off Campus Natomas N102  10937 
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ACE (Accelerated College Education)
Sa        08:00AM-12:20PM LEC J.McHenry            Off Campus Natomas N102  10937 Textbook
This class is part of the ACE (Accelerated College Education) program which is a continuing cohort for working adults. This course meets on one week night 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: Eight Week - Second, Oct 15-Dec 11
TTh       01:00PM-04:10PM LEC M.Petraru            Off Campus McClellan 022 19485 Textbook

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     10826 Textbook
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 426     10425 Textbook
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     12176 Textbook
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     10426 Textbook
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 426     11119 Textbook
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     10427 Textbook
TTh       03:00PM-04:20PM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     19337 Textbook
MW        06:00PM-07:20PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     10428 Textbook
MW        06:30PM-07:50PM LEC M.Winter             Off Campus Natomas N201  13193 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 22-Oct 14
ACE (Accelerated College Education)
W         07:45PM-09:20PM LAB J.McHenry            Off Campus Natomas N102  11132 
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ACE (Accelerated College Education)
Sa        12:40PM-05:00PM LAB J.McHenry            Off Campus Natomas N102  11132 Textbook
This class is part of the ACE (Accelerated College Education) program which is a continuing cohort for working adults. This course meets on one week night 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 22-Dec 17
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     10827 Textbook
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     11274 Textbook
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LAB J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     11275 Textbook
MW        08:00PM-09:20PM LAB M.Winter             Off Campus Natomas N201  13194 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 22-Dec 17
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 425     12177 
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GEOG 306    Weather and Climate    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 introduces atmospheric processes including energy and moisture exchanges; atmospheric pressure; global circulation; precipitation processes; weather systems; severe weather; and world, regional, and local climate systems. Course content also includes observation and analysis of atmospheric data using charts, weather maps, and radar and satellite imagery from the Internet and other sources. Field trips may be required to reinforce course content. (C-ID GEOG 130)

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LEC D.Verdoorn           ARC MAIN Science 422     20238 
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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 22-Dec 17
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 425     11338 
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GEOG 310    Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32, 39 or 42 with a grade of "C" or better or placement through the assessment process; AND eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
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: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 425     18707 
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TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     10446 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 22-Dec 17
MW        04:00PM-05:20PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     11157 
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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 22-Dec 17
Th        01:00PM-04:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422     10456 
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T         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     10458 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. (C-ID GEOG 155)

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
M         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC T.Lupo               ARC MAIN Science 422     10807 
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M         08:50PM-09:30PM LAB T.Lupo               ARC MAIN Science 422       


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 22-Dec 17
M         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     11335 
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M         08:50PM-09:30PM LAB N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312       


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 22-Dec 17
Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422     18708 
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GEOG 350    Data Acquisition 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 introduces 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 22-Dec 17
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC P.Veisze             ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     10584 
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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 and tabular data applicable to GIS, as well as relevant issues such as 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 22-Dec 17
Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC R.Earle              ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     10583 
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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. Map authoring and Web service management tools (such as ArcGIS and ArcGIS Server) are used to teach the techniques of creating, managing, maintaining, and deploying Web map services. In addition this course introduces several options for using published Web map services (such as Web-based and mobile) mapping applications.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
T         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Science 422     10558 
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T         08:50PM-09:30PM 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. A portion of this course may be offered in a TBA component of 18-144 hours which may include composing field notes, making field sketches, collecting various forms of field data, analysis of field data, and use of maps, compass, and/or the Global Positioning System. (C-ID GEOG 160)

Schedule: Other Term, Sep 08-Sep 22
Lassen Volcanic National Park
T         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     20130 
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
T         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     20130 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB C.Thomsen             TBA TBA                   
Units: 1
Hours: 6 hours LEC; 48 hours LAB
Field Geography of Lassen Volcanic National Park


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. Campsites will be reserved; camping fee $20 per person. Students who qualify due to a lack of sufficient funds may request the field trip fee be waived. Students will be responsible for providing their own camping equipment and meals, generally prepared in small groups. Participants should prepare for highly variable weather (heat, cold, wind, rain, snow) and should expect to do 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: Tuesdays, September 8 and September 22, 6:00-9:00PM, Rm 425
Field Trip: 8:00AM, Thursday, September 17 through 9:00PM, Sunday, September 20.


GEOG 495    Independent Studies in Geography    1-3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 162 hours LAB
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 22-Dec 17
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 13079 
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TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 20681 Textbook


GEOG 498    Work Experience in Geography    1-4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position, or job related to geography or geographic information systems (GIS) with a cooperating site supervisor. 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 Title 5 required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site, and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the semester, the student is required to attend 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. First-time participants are required to attend a weekly orientation and a final meeting. Returning participants are required to attend the first class meeting, a mid-semester meeting, and a final meeting and may meet individually with the instructor as needed to complete a work site observation and all program forms, receive updates, and assignments. Students may take up to 16 units total across all Work Experience course offerings. This course may be taken up to four times when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 22-Dec 17
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard             ARC MAIN Online          10602 
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NOTE: Students will be contacted by the instructor via Los Rios e-mail one week before the semester begins.

Fall 2015 Class Schedule

Updated: December 8, 2015