Fall 2016 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 20-Dec 15
TTh       05:35PM-07:25PM LEC R.Skillen            ARC MAIN Science 426     11989 
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NATR 305    Fisheries Ecology and Management    4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340; AND eligible for transfer-level math.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV (effective Summer 2016); CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course covers the fundamentals of marine and freshwater fisheries, ecosystems, and their impacts on society and the environment. Fish life history, ecology, habitats, and population dynamics are examined. Fisheries' sustainability issues are investigated, including environmental, ecological, economic, and social aspects. Commercial and recreational fisheries management and aquaculture are covered. Field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
M         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002          12927 
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W         09:00AM-12:05PM LAB C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002            


NATR 307    Principles of Sustainability    4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D7; IGETC Area 4
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 20-Dec 15
M         01:00PM-04:05PM LEC C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN ER 002          11618 
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Sa        01:00PM-04:05PM LAB C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN ER 001            
NOTE: Some longer Saturday field trips will be scheduled. Contact instructor for more information at papoucc@arc.losrios.edu


NATR 310    Study Design and Field Methods     4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 120, 125, 129, 133 or higher; NATR 300, or an equivalent transferable life science course; and eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300, OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; 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 20-Dec 15
M         05:30PM-08:35PM LEC P.Grof-Tisza         ARC MAIN ER 002          20039 
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Sa        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB P.Grof-Tisza         ARC MAIN ER 002            
Sa        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB R.Skillen            ARC MAIN ER 002            
Sa        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB P.Cylinder           ARC MAIN ER 002            
Sa        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002            
Sa        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB J.Seyfried           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 20-Dec 15
Th        10:30AM-01:35PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002          11373 
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F         09:00AM-12:15PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
NOTE: Friday labs (but note overnight and Monday trips below) include four on-campus labs (9am-12:15pm) on 8/26, 9/2, 9/9, and 12/9; six all-day (often early morning until late evening) off-campus trips on 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 11/4, MONDAY 11/14, and 12/2; and a mandatory overnight trip from early Friday morning 10/21 until late evening on 10/22. Students must attend the on-campus labs, the overnight trip, and 4 of the 6 day trips. We will not have class on Friday 9/23, 10/7, 10/28, 11/11, 11/18, or 11/25. Lab fee of $15 is required from each student; please see the Science Division dean if fees pose undue hardship. Lab schedule does not conflict with NATR 330. Please contact instructor for more information: NealeJ@arc.losrios.edu


NATR 330    Native Trees and Shrubs of California    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 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 component tree and shrub species. Emphasis is placed on biotic and abiotic factors of native woody plant distribution and abundance in northern California, focusing on characterization of the dominant vegetation types and identification of native woody species. Major topics include plant adaptation, evolution, and diversity in time and space; morphology and physiology; life history; soils, climate, and topography; endemism; interspecific and intraspecific interactions; invasive species; disease; anthropogenic and natural environmental change; human uses of native plants; and native plant restoration and conservation. This course involves the creation of a plant collection including at least 60 representative native woody species. Field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 20-Dec 15
T         10:30AM-01:35PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN Science 420     11620 
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F         01:00PM-04:15PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
NOTE: Friday labs (but note overnight trip below) include three on-campus labs (1-4:15pm) on 8/26, 9/2, and 12/9; six all-day (often early morning until late evening) off-campus trips on 9/9 (afternoon only), 9/23, 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, and 12/2; and a mandatory overnight trip from early Friday morning 10/7 until late evening on 10/8. Students must attend the on-campus labs, the overnight trip, and 4 of the 6 day trips. We will not have class on Friday 9/16, 10/14, 10/21, 11/4, 11/11, or 11/25. Lab fee of $15 is required from each student; please see the Science Division dean if fees pose undue hardship. Lab schedule does not conflict with NATR 320. Please contact instructor for more information at NealeJ@arc.losrios.edu


NATR 346    Water Resources and Conservation    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 120, 125, 129, 133 or higher; NATR 300, or an equivalent transferable life science course; and eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300, OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
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 20-Dec 15
W         05:30PM-08:35PM LEC J.Seyfried           ARC MAIN DaviesHall 216  12450 
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NATR 498    Work Experience in Natural Resources    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 natural resources with a cooperating site supervisor. 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 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 20-Dec 15
W         04:15PM-05:05PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN Lib 001         11497 
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Fall 2016 Class Schedule

Updated: November 21, 2016