Spring 2010 Class Schedule (ARC)



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

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 100, ENGRD 116, ENGRW 51 or ESLW 310, or placement though assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course presents a systematic survey of the physical earth and the natural processes that influence humankind. The course provides an introduction to the use of maps and other tools employed in the analysis of patterns of weather, climate, soils, landforms, and vegetation.

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Jan 16-Mar 15
TTh       06:00PM-09:10PM LEC G.White              ARC MAIN Rm 426          25109 
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T         06:00PM-07:50PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus Ethan 151     29201 Textbook
Sa        08:00AM-12:15PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus Ethan 151     29201 Textbook
This course is part of ACE (Accelerated College Education) program for working adults. This course meets on Tuesday evenings AND on Saturdays. For further information, visit the ACE website at www.arc.losrios.edu/ace or call (916) 563-3281.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Rm 426          25011 Textbook
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Rm 426          27853 Textbook
F         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Rm 426          23525 Textbook
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Rm 426          23527 Textbook
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Rm 426          23529 Textbook
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Rm 426          25979 Textbook
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Rm 426          23531 Textbook
M         06:00PM-09:10PM LEC T.Lupo               Off Campus Ethan 250     31784 Textbook
MW        06:00PM-07:20PM LEC M.Winter             Natomas Natomas N201     28973 Textbook


GEOG 301    Physical Geography Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 300
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A
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.

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Jan 16-Mar 15
T         08:00PM-09:50PM LAB K.Olson              Off Campus Ethan 151     29203 
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Sa        12:30PM-04:45PM LAB K.Olson              Off Campus Ethan 151     29203 Textbook
This course is part of ACE (Accelerated College Education) program for working adults. This course meets on Tuesday evenings AND on Saturdays. For further information, visit the ACE website at www.arc.losrios.edu/ace or call (916) 563-3281.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Rm 425          25013 Textbook
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LAB J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Rm 425          26077 Textbook
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LAB G.White              ARC MAIN Rm 426          26487 Textbook
MW        07:45PM-09:05PM LAB M.Winter             Natomas Natomas N201     28975 Textbook


GEOG 306    Weather and Climate    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course is an introduction to 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.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LEC M.Levy               ARC MAIN Rm 424          32450 
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GEOG 308    Introduction to Oceanography    3 Units

Same As: GEOL 330
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOG 300 or GEOL 300
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course is an integrated study of water on Earth emphasizing physical oceanography. Topics include ocean and shoreline processes, plate tectonics, sea floor morphology, types and distribution of seafloor sediment, ocean sediment transport, ocean chemistry, ocean currents, marine resources, and environmental concerns. Regional oceanographic features are emphasized and a field trip to gain familiarity with regional physical shoreline features is required. This course is not open to students who have completed GEOL 330.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Rm 490          27855 
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GEOG 309    Introduction to Oceanography Lab    1 Unit

Same As: GEOL 331
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 308 or GEOL 330
Advisory: GEOG 300 or GEOL 300
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course is a laboratory investigation of water on Earth, emphasizing the shape of the sea floor, marine navigation, plate tectonics, sea floor materials and their utilization, the spatial distribution of ocean sediment, the physical and chemical nature of sea water, currents, tides, and marine weather. This course is not open to students who have completed GEOL 331.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
TTh       03:00PM-04:40PM LAB G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Rm 425          32449 
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GEOG 310    Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGRD 116 or ESLR 320; ENGWR 51 or ESLW 310; MATH 32; or placement through assessment process
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 considers the diverse patterns of human development, attitudes, and movement on earth. People's various societal and economic systems and their different levels of interaction with nature are studied. World population and world food systems are surveyed and analyzed. The growth of cities and urban areas are considered, as are aspects of regional planning. The goal is to gain an understanding of people's place on earth and, thus, improve human relations and also people's relationship to the earth.

Schedule: Eight Week - Second, Mar 16-May 13
TTh       06:00PM-09:10PM LEC G.White              ARC MAIN Rm 426          25227 
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Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Rm 425          23571 Textbook


GEOG 320    World Regional Geography    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
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 and economics, and origins across eight 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. Cultural and ethnic diversity, as it pertains to the expanding population of the United States, is also a major component.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
MW        04:00PM-05:20PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN Rm 426          26087 
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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: A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based data processing tool used to manage and analyze spatial information. Applications of GIS include environmental assessment, analysis of natural hazards, site analysis for business and industry, resource management, and land-use planning. This course introduces the concepts, techniques, and tools of GIS including data acquisition, management, manipulation, and analysis, and cartographic output.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
Th        02:15PM-05:20PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Rm 422          23593 
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Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC T.Lupo               Off Campus Ethan 150     23597 Textbook


GEOG 334    Introduction to GIS Software Applications    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: CISC 300
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. Emphasis is placed on basic GIS software functionality, display and attribute querying functions, address geocoding, beginning spatial database construction, spatial analysis, cartographic presentation, and spatial data management. This course may be taken four times on a different software package or version.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
T         06:00PM-08:40PM LEC S.Welsh              Off Campus Ethan 150     24969 
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T         08:50PM-09:25PM LAB S.Welsh              Off Campus Ethan 150       
T         01:00PM-03:40PM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Rm 422          26711 Textbook
T         03:50PM-04:25PM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Rm 422            


GEOG 340    Cartographic Design for GIS    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of "C" or better.
Advisory: CISC 300 (IBM Compatible Computers and Microsoft Windows).
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course provides a comprehensive study of GIS applicable cartography including cartographic principles. Data acquisition methods used in map production, and methods of base map development. The course will include the study of cartography to include history, principles, map projections, map scale, types of thematic maps, and map accuracy. Techniques used in GIS base map development (scanning, digitizing, and coordinate geometry) will be introduced using hands-on exercises. The course will include the production and presentation techniques of professional quality maps. The course will include hands-on work in computer-assisted mapping projects.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             Off Campus Ethan 152     23879 
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GEOG 342    Introduction to Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing    3 Units

Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 48 hours LEC ; 18 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, photogrammetry, Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) and Laser Incidence Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) are taught. A variety of digital image processing techniques are presented to analyze various remote sensing platforms.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
Th        06:00PM-08:40PM LEC N.Jennings           Off Campus Ethan 152     29205 
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Th        08:50PM-09:40PM LAB N.Jennings           Off Campus Ethan 152       


GEOG 344    Spatial Analysis and Modeling in GIS    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of "C" or better.
Advisory: CISC 300 (IBM compatible Computers and Microsoft Windows); STAT 301.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course provides a general survey of the fundamentals of spatial information systems and a survey of quantitative techniques applicable to spatial data. This course is focused on the functionally of GIS as an effective tool for modeling and analyzing complex spatial relationships quantitative methods, to include measures of central tendency, dispersion, and density, are discussed. Applications of such methods will be presented using empirical data.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
M         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             Off Campus Ethan 150     23933 
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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, Jan 16-May 19
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC P.Veisze             Off Campus Ethan 150     23935 
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GEOG 354    Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)    1.5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOG 300 and 301
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC
Description: This course introduces the Global Positioning System (GPS). Topics include the basic concepts of GPS and hands-on operation of the technology, computer interfaces, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, and its use in real-world applications.

Schedule: Eight Week - Second, Mar 16-May 13
F         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC N.Jennings           Off Campus Ethan 150     26951 
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GEOG 360    Database Design and Management in GIS    3 Units

Prerequisite: CISA 320 and GEOG 330 with grades 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, Jan 16-May 19
Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC R.Earle              ARC MAIN Rm 422          23931 
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GEOG 376    Intermediate GIS Programming    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 375 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 45 hours LEC ; 27 hours LAB
Description: This course provides the concepts and skills necessary to become a proficient GIS applications developer using the Python scripting language, in conjunction with ArcObjects, to develop complex GIS procedures and functions. It focuses on advanced methods for querying, selecting geographic features, working with selection sets, editing tables, and performing geoprocessing operations.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
TBA       TBA             LEC N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Online          27903 
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TBA       TBA             LAB N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Online            
Orientation:    Friday, January 22    06:00PM-08:20PM    Off Campus Ethan 152
Orientation for this section is mandatory. For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at www.arc.losrios.edu/online


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 provides an overview of a full-featured, powerful Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software application (such as ArcGIS 9.x). GIS software is used to apply geoprocessing concepts to solve spatial problems. Emphasis is placed on the creation, modification, and analysis of spatial data; the creation of efficient maps; manipulation and interpretation of attribute data; and network analysis. This course may be taken four times on a different software package or version.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
T         06:00PM-08:40PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Rm 422          27861 
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T         08:50PM-09:25PM LAB H.Howard             ARC MAIN Rm 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. This course may be taken 4 times using different field trip destinations.

Schedule: Other Term, Mar 18-Apr 18
Owens and Death Valley Calif.
Th        06:15PM-09:20PM LEC J.Aubert              TBA TBA                 28363 
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TBA       TBA             LAB J.Aubert              TBA TBA                   
Units: 2.0
Hours: 9 hours LEC; 84 hours LAB
Lectures: March 18, 25 and April 8 in Room 425
Field Trip: March 27 - April 2
Description: This course offers a field excursion and camping trip to Death Valley National Park, one of the most remote and starkly beautiful places in California (Sat Mar. 27 - Fri Apr. 2). Topics to be studied include climate, weather, geology, landforms, desert plant and animal life, and human impact on desert environments. Participants will be responsible for providing their own camping equipment, although some equipment may be available to borrow. Meals are generally prepared in small groups. Transportation will be in ARC vehicles. Participants should expect extremely variable weather conditions and an active, rigorous schedule that includes some hiking. A field trip expense fee ($50) is due on the first night of class (Thur Mar. 18). Carefully review class schedule for complete information regarding on-campus orientations and field trip dates and times. Call or e-mail Prof. John Aubert if you have questions (916 484-8637 or aubertj@arc.losrios.edu).

Schedule: Other Term, May 19-Jun 02
Grand Staircase: Bryce, Zion, & Grand Canyon
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard              TBA TBA                 28239 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                   
Units: 2.5
Hours: 6 hours LEC; 120 hours LAB
Lectures: May 19 & June 2, 6-9pm in Room 425
Field Trip: May 21-May 30
Description: The Grand Staircase is an immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers that is dramatically exposed in southern Utah and northern Arizona. The region stretches downward from Bryce Canyon National Park, through Zion National Park, and into Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Staircase is unique in that it preserves more Earth history than any other place on the planet. In addition to unique geology, the region is known for incredible plant and animal diversity, Native American history and the history of European settlement, rich dinosaur fossils, breathtaking vistas, and unparalleled stargazing opportunities. This trip will focus on both the physical and human geographies of the region, as experienced through lecture, discussion, and exploration. The three main destinations are Bryce Canyon, known for dramatic limestone pinnacles, fins, and slot canyons; Zion Canyon, known for its towering sandstone cliffs, intimate canyons, and the pristine Virgin River; and The Grand Canyon, known for - well, its grand canyon! Additional destinations include Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (UT), Valley of Fire State Park (NV), and Red Rock Canyon State Park (CA). Hiking will be required, and participants should be prepared for changeable weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow). Participants will provide their own camping equipment and meals. Transportation will be provided by ARC with no private cars allowed. A field trip expense fee will be required (due at our first meeting) to cover camping fees, entrance fees, and incidentals. The instructor should be contacted for details prior to the first meeting (Howardh@arc.losrios.edu, or (916) 484-8805).


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, Jan 16-May 19
W         03:30PM-04:20PM LAB H.Howard             ARC MAIN Rm 422          23985 
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TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 23985 Textbook

Spring 2010 Class Schedule

Updated: May 17, 2010