Spring 2011 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, Jan 15-May 18
TTh       08:30AM-10:20AM LEC C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN ER 001          13594 
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NATR 302    Introduction to Wildlife Biology    4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course is an introduction to wildlife biology and the basic principles and techniques related to the practice of wildlife management. It emphasizes ecological principles of populations and communities as they relate to the interdependence of wildlife and human populations. Topics include the social, political and biological implications of wildlife management. Game, non-game, threatened and endangered, and invasive species of wildlife are explored. Additionally, this course covers habitat and population sampling, radio telemetry, and the development of a wildlife management plan. Field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN ER 002          15666 
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Sa        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN ER 001            
Students will visit wildlife habitats in valley, foothill and montane areas of Northern California. Some Saturday labs will be all-day and 1 overnight trip is planned. Does not conflict with other NATR courses.


NATR 303    Energy and Sustainability    3 Units

Same As: ENERGY 303 and ET 303
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: Fundamentals of energy and its impact on society and the environment are covered in this course. The mechanics, advantages and disadvantages of current and future renewable, green and nonrenewable energy sources are investigated. Residential energy audits are covered. Field trips are required. This course is not open to students who have completed ENERGY 303 or ET 303.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
MW        12:30PM-01:50PM LEC R.Skillen            ARC MAIN ER 002          15794 
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NATR 304    The Forest Environment    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course covers basic biological and physical science concepts important to a general understanding of forest ecology and forestry. Forest history, forests of the United States, general tree taxonomy, forest ecology, soils, silvics, and insects and diseases of forest trees are investigated. Additional topics include the role of fire in forest management, forest measurements, multiple use management, and current forest issues and policies related to forest resource use. Field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
W         02:30PM-05:35PM LEC D.Self               ARC MAIN ER 002          14876 
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NATR 310    Natural Resource Measurements    4 Units

Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course provides basic natural resource measurement and survey skills. Included are elementary surveying, public land surveying, distance and direction measurement, topographic map reading, stream flow measurement, basic aquatic and water quality sampling. It focuses on forest and herbaceous vegetation sampling techniques such as transects and quadrates. Also included are the fundamentals of wildlife sampling techniques such as radio telemetry, population sampling techniques, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and use of the internet as a research tool. Field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
T         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC L.Moeller            ARC MAIN ER 001          15796 
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T         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC J.Long               ARC MAIN ER 001          15796 Textbook
T         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 001          15796 Textbook
Sa        12:15PM-03:20PM LAB L.Moeller            ARC MAIN ER 002            
Sa        12:15PM-03:20PM LAB J.Long               ARC MAIN ER 002            
Sa        12:15PM-03:20PM LAB J.Neale              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
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, Jan 15-May 18
Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 001          14518 
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Su        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
Note: Some off-campus field trips TBA.


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: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
M         10:30AM-11:50AM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 001          30877 
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F         10:30AM-11:50AM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 001            
Note: Some all-day Friday labs TBA


NATR 332    Wildflowers of California    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: NATR 330
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course investigates ecology and identification of the wildflowers of California. Field labs focus on the California Floristic Province. The identification, distribution, and interrelationships of herbaceous plants in their natural environment, physical and biological influences, ecological relationships, and representative plant communities are examined. Special emphasis is given to the study of plant families in our local grasslands, vernal pools, oak woodlands, and foothills. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
T         02:30PM-04:10PM LEC D.Self               ARC MAIN ER 001          31030 
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Th        02:30PM-05:35PM LAB D.Self               ARC MAIN ER 001            
This class will include even Thursday field trips: (10:30AM-05:00PM) Feb. 17, Mar. 3, 17, 31, Apr. 14, 28, & May 5


NATR 498    Work Experience in Natural Resources    1-4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: 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; OR placement through assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity or job related to natural resources. 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 required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During 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. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives.

Schedule: Eight Week - Second, Mar 15-May 12
W         06:00PM-07:50PM LAB E.Yeung              ARC MAIN DaviesHall 217  16196 
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TBA       TBA             LAB E.Yeung               TBA TBA                 16196 Textbook

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
W         12:00PM-12:50PM LAB P.Sakakihara         ARC MAIN DaviesHall 113  16198 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB P.Sakakihara          TBA TBA                 16198 Textbook
T         06:00PM-06:50PM LAB S.Jay                ARC MAIN DaviesHall 102  16200 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB S.Jay                 TBA TBA                 16200 Textbook
T         12:00PM-12:50PM LAB S.Jay                ARC MAIN Rm 157          16202 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB S.Jay                 TBA TBA                 16202 Textbook
M         06:00PM-06:50PM LAB P.Sakakihara         Off Campus Natomas/Ik A217 16204 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB P.Sakakihara          TBA TBA                 16204 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB A.Domek              ARC MAIN Online          16206 Textbook
Orientation:    Wednesday, January 12,    06:00PM-07:30PM    Rm 126
Orientation for this online course is mandatory for all students. For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at www.arc.losrios.edu/online

Spring 2011 Class Schedule

Updated: April 29, 2011