Spring 2011 Class Schedule (ARC)



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

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 or 39; and 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.
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.

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Jan 15-Mar 14
TTh       06:00PM-09:10PM LEC G.White              ARC MAIN Science 426     12444 
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Schedule: Eight Week 2nd - Alt. Dates, Mar 19-May 18
TTh       09:00AM-12:05PM LEC G.White              Off Campus Ethan 250     30224 Textbook

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     12360 Textbook
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     14734 Textbook
F         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN Science 426     11056 Textbook
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     11058 Textbook
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     11060 Textbook
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     13206 Textbook
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     11062 Textbook
M         06:00PM-09:10PM LEC T.Lupo               Off Campus Ethan 250     16182 Textbook
MW        06:00PM-07:20PM LEC M.Winter             Off Campus Natomas N201  15458 Textbook

Schedule: Other Term, Jan 15-Mar 12
W         06:00PM-07:50PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus Ethan 250     15636 Textbook
Sa        08:00AM-12:15PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus Ethan 250     15636 Textbook
This course is part of ACE (Accelerated College Education) program for working adults. This course meets on Wednesday evenings AND on Saturdays. For further information, visit the ACE website at www.arc.losrios.edu/ace or call (916) 563-3281.
no class on Saturday, February 19.


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: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     12362 
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MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LAB J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     13278 Textbook
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LAB M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     13636 Textbook
MW        07:45PM-09:05PM LAB M.Winter             Off Campus Natomas N201  15460 Textbook

Schedule: Other Term, Jan 15-Mar 12
W         08:00PM-09:50PM LAB K.Olson              Off Campus Ethan 250     15638 Textbook
Sa        12:30PM-04:45PM LAB K.Olson              Off Campus Ethan 250     15638 Textbook
This course is part of ACE (Accelerated College Education) program for working adults. This course meets on Wednesday evenings AND on Saturdays. For further information, visit the ACE website at www.arc.losrios.edu/ace or call (916) 563-3281.
no class on Saturday, February 19.


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 15-May 18
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LEC M.Levy               ARC MAIN Science 424     31051 
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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 15-May 18
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 420     14736 
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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 15-May 18
TTh       03:00PM-04:40PM LAB G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 425     16498 
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GEOG 310    Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 or 39; and 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.
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.

Schedule: Eight Week - Second, Mar 15-May 12
TTh       06:00PM-09:10PM LEC G.White              ARC MAIN Science 426     12540 
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Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     11100 Textbook


GEOG 320    World Regional Geography    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 or 39; and 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.
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 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 the course. Cultural and ethnic diversity, as it pertains to the expanding population of the United States, is evaluated throughout the course.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
MW        04:00PM-05:20PM LEC S.Smith              ARC MAIN Science 426     13288 
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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, Jan 15-May 18
Th        01:00PM-04:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422     11122 
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Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC T.Lupo               Off Campus Ethan 150     11126 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. This course may be taken four times using a different software package or version.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
T         06:00PM-08:40PM LEC S.Welsh              Off Campus Ethan 150     12320 
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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 Science 422     13812 Textbook
T         03:50PM-04:25PM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 422       


GEOG 340    Cartographic Design for 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 an introduction to map design and production in the context of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis is on the concepts and methods associated with designing and producing thematic maps. Specific topics include data standardization and classification, symbolization, map projections, map elements, typography, cartographic design, thematic mapping techniques (choropleth, proportional symbol, dot, isarithmic, and multivariate), color in cartography, history of cartography, and map reproduction. Map critique sessions are also held.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             Off Campus Ethan 150     11368 
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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 15-May 18
Th        06:00PM-08:40PM LEC N.Jennings           Off Campus Ethan 152     15640 
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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
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, Jan 15-May 18
M         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             Off Campus Ethan 150     11414 
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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 15-May 18
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC P.Veisze             Off Campus Ethan 152     11416 
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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 15-May 12
F         06:00PM-09:15PM LEC N.Jennings           Off Campus Ethan 150     14016 
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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 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 15-May 18
Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC R.Earle              ARC MAIN Science 422     11412 
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GEOG 362    Advanced Database Design and Management in GIS    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 360 with a grade of "C" or better.
Advisory: CISA 320, CISA 321, and CISC 300.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course extends the concepts presented in GEOG 360. The advanced applications of organizing, inputting, and editing spatial data are examined and implemented, including topology, performance tuning, spatial service management, and data organization. Traditional spatial database topics are rigorously examined in a GIS context, including data integration, warehousing, complex SQL coding, metadata management, and multi-level security.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC R.Richards           ARC MAIN Science 422     30280 
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GEOG 375    Introduction to GIS Programming    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b)
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 commonly used GIS procedures and functions. It focuses on common GIS methods for querying, selecting geographic features, working with selection sets, editing tables, and performing geoprocessing operations. This course may be taken four times for credit using a different version.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
TBA       TBA             LEC N.Jennings           Ethan Way Ethan ONLINE   30712 
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TBA       TBA             LAB N.Jennings           Ethan Way Ethan ONLINE     
Orientation:    Friday, January 21    6:00PM-8:00PM Ethan Way    Rm 150
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 15-May 18
T         06:00PM-08:40PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422     14742 
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T         08:50PM-09:25PM LAB H.Howard             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. This course may be taken 4 times using different field trip destinations.

Schedule: Other Term, Mar 15-Mar 29
California's Redwood Coast
Th        06:15PM-09:20PM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     15082 
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TBA       TBA             LAB C.Thomsen             TBA TBA                   
Units: 1.0
Hours: 6 hours LEC; 48 hours LAB
Lectures: Tuesdays, March 15 and March 29, 06:00PM - 09:00PM in Room 425
Field Trip: Thursdays, March 24, 8:00AM through Sunday, March 27, 8:00PM
Field Geography of California's Redwoods: This class will explore the cultural and physical geography of the area behind the Redwood Curtain, including the wetlands of Arcata, the majestic old growth redwood forests. Transportation will be in ARC vehicles. Students should be prepared for wet weather. Campsites will be reserved; camping fee approximately $15 per person. Students will be responsible for providing their own camping equipment and meals (generally prepared in small groups).

Schedule: Other Term, May 18-Jun 01
Owens and Death Valley Calif.
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard              TBA TBA                 15006 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                   
Units: 2
Hours: 6 hours LEC; 96 hours LAB
Lectures: Wednesdays, May 18 & June 1, 6-9:05pm in Room 422
Field Trip:Friday, May 20 through Friday, May 27.
Geography and Geology of Owens Valley and Death Valley: Eastern California provides a breathtaking contrast in landscapes, both physical and human. In this field course we will visit the lowest point in the western hemisphere, view snow-capped peaks, and experience some of the driest and most starkly beautiful regions of North America. We will also explore vastly different approaches to land use and resource management, focusing on the transition from resource extraction, to resource conservation and recreation. We will investigate the geologic histories of these two imposing valleys by viewing evidence of ancient volcanic eruptions, examining fault patterns, exploring slot canyons, and climbing sand dunes. We will also examine evolution of the human geography, with emphasis on indigenous peoples, pioneers, mining, road building, tourism, and federal protection. 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 to cover camping fees, entrance fees, and other 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 15-May 18
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard             ARC MAIN Online          11452 
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Students will be contacted by the instructor via email one week before the semester begins.

Spring 2011 Class Schedule

Updated: April 29, 2011