Spring 2015 Class Schedule (ARC)



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

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32, 39 or 42; and ENGWR 102 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. (C-ID GEOG 110)

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Jan 17-Mar 16
TTh       06:00PM-09:10PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     11680 
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Schedule: Eight Week - First, Jan 17-Mar 11
W         06:00PM-07:35PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus Natomas N102  13731 Textbook
Sa        08:00AM-12:20PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus Natomas N102  13731 Textbook
This class is part of the ACE (Accelerated College Education) program which is a continuing cohort 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) 485-6000.

Schedule: Eight Week - Second, Mar 17-May 14
TTh       01:00PM-04:10PM LEC K.Olson              Off Campus McClellan 101 13133 Textbook

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     11654 Textbook
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     12308 Textbook
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 426     11275 Textbook
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     11276 Textbook
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 426     11918 Textbook
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     11277 Textbook
MW        03:00PM-04:20PM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 424     20573 Textbook
MW        06:00PM-07:20PM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     13043 Textbook
MW        06:00PM-07:20PM LEC E.Jones              Off Campus Natomas N202  12494 Textbook


GEOG 301    Physical Geography Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 300
Advisory: MATH 32, 39 or 42 with a grade of "C" or better; and ENGWR 102 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: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
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. (C-ID GEOG 111)

Schedule: Eight Week - First, Jan 17-Mar 11
W         07:45PM-09:20PM LAB K.Olson              Off Campus Natomas N102  13891 
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W         07:45PM-09:20PM LAB M.Norton             Off Campus Natomas N102  13891 Textbook
Sa        12:40PM-05:00PM LAB K.Olson              Off Campus Natomas N102  13891 Textbook
This class is part of the ACE (Accelerated College Education) program which is a continuing cohort 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) 485-6000.

Sa        12:40PM-05:00PM LAB M.Norton             Off Campus Natomas N102  13891 Textbook
This class is part of the ACE (Accelerated College Education) program which is a continuing cohort 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) 485-6000.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     11655 Textbook
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     11935 Textbook
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LAB M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     12011 Textbook
MW        07:30PM-08:50PM LAB J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     13044 Textbook
MW        07:30PM-08:50PM LAB E.Jones              Off Campus Natomas N202  19487 Textbook


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 the world's oceans, including the physical, chemical, biological and human-made processes that affect the oceans. Topics include plate tectonics, ocean basins and sediments, water chemistry, waves, tides, shoreline processes, ocean currents and its biosystems. Humans have impacted nearly all aspects of the oceans, which are critical to our species. 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 17-May 20
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 425     12309 
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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 301 or GEOL 301
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course is a laboratory investigation of Earth's oceans, emphasizing coastal processes of California. Most laboratory exercises are incorporated into field studies of California's coast, which involves visiting and comparing several distinct coastal environments. Camping is required, and a small fee is to be paid by the student. This course is not open to students who have completed GEOL 331.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LAB G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 425     13980 
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GEOG 310    Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32, 39 or 42 with a grade of "C" or better or placement through the assessment process; AND eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
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. (C-ID GEOG 120)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 425     11291 
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F         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     11705 Textbook


GEOG 320    World Regional Geography    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32, 39 or 42; and ENGWR 102 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 Earth's 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. (C-ID GEOG 125)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
MW        04:00PM-05:20PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     11939 
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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 17-May 20
Th        01:00PM-04:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422     11299 
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Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     11301 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.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
M         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC T.Lupo               ARC MAIN Science 422     11640 
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M         08:50PM-09:30PM LAB T.Lupo               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 17-May 20
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     11381 
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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 17-May 20
M         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     11398 
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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 17-May 14
T         06:00PM-09:15PM LEC N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     12103 
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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 17-May 20
Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC R.Earle              ARC MAIN Science 422     19180 
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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 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 17-May 20
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC R.Richards           ARC MAIN Science 422     12810 
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GEOG 375    Introduction to GIS Programming    3 Units

Prerequisite: GEOG 330 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: GEOG 334
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.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
TBA       TBA             LEC N.Jennings           Off Campus McClellan ONLINE 12852 
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TBA       TBA             LAB N.Jennings           Off Campus McClellan ONLINE   
Mandatory Orientation:    Friday, January 23    6:00PM-9:00PM    Science, room 422
For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at www.arc.losrios.edu/online


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. A portion of this course may be offered in a TBA component of 18-144 hours which may include composing field notes, making field sketches, collecting various forms of field data, analysis of field data, and use of maps, compass, and/or the Global Positioning System. (C-ID GEOG 160)

Schedule: Other Term, Apr 21-May 05
Yosemite National Park
T         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 425     12407 
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Yosemite National Park
T         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 425     12407 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB G.Jaecks              TBA TBA                   
Units: 1.0
Hours: 6 hours LEC; 48 TBA hours LAB
Lectures: Tuesdays, April 21 and May 5, 06:00PM - 09:00PM in Room 425
Field Trip: 8:00AM, Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3, 6:00PM
Field Geography of Yosemite Valley and the High Country: This course will offer an overview of Yosemite National Park, from the amazing valley floor and its magnificent waterfalls, to Glacier Point and the Mariposa grove of Redwoods, to Tuolumne Meadows and the high country. You can't really visit Yosemite without some hiking, so come prepared to walk at elevations ranging from 3,900 to 8,200 feet. Campsites will be reserved; camping fee approximately $20 per person. Students will be responsible for providing their own camping equipment and meals, generally prepared in small groups.
Students who qualify due to a lack of sufficient funds may request the field trip fee be waived.


GEOG 495    Independent Studies in Geography    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, Jan 17-May 20
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 19181 
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TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 20948 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 20949 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 20950 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 20951 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 20983 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 20984 Textbook


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 17-May 20
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 11408 
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Students will be contacted by the instructor via Los Rios email one week before the semester begins.

Spring 2015 Class Schedule

Updated: May 5, 2015