Fall 2018 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 25-Dec 20

MW09:45AM-11:50AMLECC.PapouchisARC MAIN ER 00211664Textbook

NATR 303    Energy and Sustainability    3 Units

Same As: ENERGY 303 and ET 303
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, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course investigates fundamentals of energy and impacts of energy systems on society and the environment. It explores energy resources, efficiency, conservation, and emerging technologies. Specifically addressed are mechanics, advantages, disadvantages, and sustainability of current and future energy systems. This course also focuses on economic, cultural, political, and environmental aspects of energy production and consumption in the context of the built environment, transportation, food systems, manufacturing, and public services. Field trips may be required. This course is not open to students who have completed ENERGY 303 or ET 303.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 25-Dec 20

TTh10:00AM-11:20AMLECR.SkillenARC MAIN ER 00213077TextbookFree Digital Book

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 25-Dec 20

M12:00PM-03:05PMLECC.BowlesARC MAIN ER 00212378Textbook
W12:00PM-03:05PMLABC.BowlesARC MAIN ER 002
Labs will meet as scheduled, except: A required 2-day, 1-night field trip on Oct 13-14; One required full-day field trip on Sep 15. Students who cannot attend a field trip should contact the instructor. Lab fees of $15 per student are required. If fees constitute financial hardship, please visit the Science Division office to obtain a waiver form.


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 25-Dec 20

Th11:30AM-02:35PMLECJ.NealeARC MAIN Tech Ed 32111205TextbookFree Digital Book
F01:00PM-04:15PMLABJ.NealeARC MAIN ER 002
NOTE: Labs are held on Fridays (but note mandatory weekend trip below) and include 3 on-campus labs (1-4:15pm) on 8/31, 9/7, and 9/21; a weekend trip to the high Sierra Friday morning 10/19 through Sunday evening 10/21; and off-campus day trips (usually from early morning until late evening) on 10/5, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, and 12/7. Students are required to attend 4 of these 5 day trips, the weekend trip, and all on-campus labs. Class will NOT meet on the Fridays not listed here. Lab fee of $35 is required from each student. If fees constitute financial hardship, please visit the Science Division office to obtain a waiver form. Lab schedule does not conflict with NATR 330. Please contact instructor for more information:
NealeJ@arc.losrios.edu


NATR 322    Environmental Restoration    2 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: NATR 300, 302, 310, 320, and 330
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC ; 27 hours LAB
Description: This course covers fundamental principles and practices of environmental restoration--the process in which a damaged resource is renewed biologically, structurally, and functionally. Topics include both the causes of ecological degradation and biodiversity loss, as well as the science of development, management, monitoring, and sustainability of restored environments. Ecological principles, ecosystem processes, and biological interactions are covered in the context of restoration of wildlands and more urbanized areas. The course emphasizes hands-on experience with a variety of restoration techniques and materials in diverse habitats. Previously restored habitats in the Sacramento region are explored and current restoration sites are evaluated. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Aug 25-Oct 17

M03:15PM-04:45PMLECC.BowlesARC MAIN Science 49019110Textbook
W03:15PM-04:45PMLECC.BowlesARC MAIN ER 00219110Textbook
M04:55PM-06:25PMLABC.BowlesARC MAIN Science 490
W04:55PM-06:25PMLABC.BowlesARC MAIN ER 002

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 25-Dec 20

T11:30AM-02:35PMLECJ.NealeARC MAIN Tech Ed 32111396Textbook
F09:00AM-12:05PMLABJ.NealeARC MAIN ER 002
NOTE: Labs are held on Fridays (but note mandatory overnight trip below) and include 3 on-campus labs (9am-12:05pm) on 8/31, 9/7, and 12/7; an overnight trip to the Lassen area 9/28-9/29; and off-campus day trips (usually from early morning until late evening) on 9/14, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/16, and 11/30. Students are required to attend 5 day trips, the overnight trip, and all on-campus labs. Class will NOT meet on the Fridays not listed here. Lab fee of $15 is required from each student. If fees constitute financial hardship, please visit the Science Division office to obtain a waiver form. 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 25-Dec 20

T05:30PM-08:35PMLECJ.SeyfriedARC MAIN Science 41419109Textbook

NATR 495    Independent Studies in Natural Resources    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 25-Dec 20

TBATBALABJ.Neale TBA TBA20466TextbookFree Digital Book

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 complete 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. All students are required to attend the first class meeting, a mid-semester meeting, and a final meeting. Additionally, students who have not already successfully completed a Work Experience course will be required to attend weekly orientations while returning participants may meet individually with the instructor as needed. 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 25-Dec 20

T04:30PM-05:20PMLABJ.Neale TBA TBA11296TextbookFree Digital Book

Fall 2018 Class Schedule

Updated: June 22, 2018