Spring 2015 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 17-May 20
TTh       09:00AM-11:05AM LEC C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN ER 002          12001 
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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 17-May 20
Th        01:00PM-04:05PM LEC A.Chin               ARC MAIN ER 002          12564 
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F         02:00PM-05:05PM LAB A.Chin               ARC MAIN ER 002            
Some all-day labs on Fridays, and some Fridays we will not meet. Lab will not conflict with other NATR labs.


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 17-May 20
M         05:30PM-08:35PM LEC P.Cylinder           ARC MAIN ER 002          14383 
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NATR 306    Introduction to Rangeland Ecology and Management    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 36 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course introduces the science of range ecology and management. Current issues and recent research in rangeland management are discussed, as well as the history of rangelands and their management. This course focuses on the effects of different grazing systems on rangeland ecosystems, ecophysiology of range plants, ruminant nutrition, multiple-use management, rangelands in developing countries, and future trends in range management. In addition, inventory, monitoring, and manipulation of range vegetation are explored. Field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
F         08:30AM-10:20AM LEC P.Alvarez            ARC MAIN ER 001          19161 
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F         10:30AM-01:35PM LAB P.Alvarez            ARC MAIN ER 001            
NOTE: Friday labs will meet at the scheduled time (10:30 am to 1:35 pm) with the following exceptions: Jan 30 (no lab); Feb 27 (10:30 am to 5:00 pm); Mar 6 (10:30 am to 5:00 pm); Mar 13 (10:30 am to 5:00 pm); March 20 ( no lab); March 27 (8:30 am to 6:30 pm); Apr 10 (8:30 am to 6:30 pm); Apr 17 (10:30 am to 7:00 pm); Apr 24 (no lab); May 1 (10:30 am to 7:00 pm).


NATR 310    Study Design and Field Methods     4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 133; (1) NATR 300 or equivalent introductory science course with a grade of "C" or better; (2) 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; AND (3) MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 125, or MATH 129 or higher, with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV (effective Summer 2014); CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3
Course Transferable to CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course addresses study design and field methods important to the field of Natural Resources. Basic statistical theory and sampling designs are covered, and a variety of sampling and monitoring protocols and techniques are introduced. Field labs provide practice with a variety of hands-on methods for vertebrate study, vegetation assessment, land survey, and aquatic studies. Specific portions of the course focus on (1) survey skills including distance and direction measurement and topographic map reading; (2) woody and herbaceous vegetation sampling strategies such as transect and quadrat, and habitat assessment; (3) methods used in terrestrial vertebrate wildlife studies, such as radiotelemetry, remote cameras, and live-trapping; and (4) techniques specific to aquatic ecology and water quality measurements. Also included are applications of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
Th        05:30PM-08:35PM LEC C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002          12590 
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Th        05:30PM-08:35PM LEC M.Kenyon             ARC MAIN ER 002          12590 Textbook
Th        05:30PM-08:35PM LEC J.Seyfried           ARC MAIN ER 002          12590 Textbook
Th        05:30PM-08:35PM LEC P.Alvarez            ARC MAIN ER 002          12590 Textbook
Su        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002            
NOTE: Sunday labs will be held at scheduled times with the following exceptions: Sun Feb 8 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); Sunday Feb 15 (no lab); Sun Apr 19 (no lab); Sun Apr 26 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); Sun May 3 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm); Sun May 10 (no lab).

Su        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB M.Kenyon             ARC MAIN ER 002            
NOTE: Sunday labs will be held at scheduled times with the following exceptions: Sun Feb 8 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); Sunday Feb 15 (no lab); Sun Apr 19 (no lab); Sun Apr 26 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); Sun May 3 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm); Sun May 10 (no lab).

Su        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB J.Seyfried           ARC MAIN ER 002            
NOTE: Sunday labs will be held at scheduled times with the following exceptions: Sun Feb 8 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); Sunday Feb 15 (no lab); Sun Apr 19 (no lab); Sun Apr 26 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); Sun May 3 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm); Sun May 10 (no lab).

Su        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB P.Alvarez            ARC MAIN ER 002            
NOTE: Sunday labs will be held at scheduled times with the following exceptions: Sun Feb 8 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); Sunday Feb 15 (no lab); Sun Apr 19 (no lab); Sun Apr 26 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); Sun May 3 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm); Sun May 10 (no lab).


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, Jan 17-May 20
T         05:45PM-08:50PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002          12238 
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Sa        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
Saturday labs will be held at the scheduled time (9am-12:05pm) with the following exceptions: Jan 31 (no lab); Feb 7 (9am-9pm); Feb 14 (no lab); TUES Feb 17 (10am-7pm); Feb 21 (no lab); Feb 28 (9am-2pm); Mar 7 (no lab); Mar 14 (9am-7pm); Mar 21 (no lab); Mar 28 (no lab); Apr 4 (no lab); Apr 18 (no lab); FRI Apr 24 10am--SUN Apr 26 6pm (3-day trip); May 2 (no lab). Lab will not conflict with NATR 332.


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 - Second, Mar 17-May 14
MW        10:00AM-11:20AM LEC C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002          12861 
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MW        11:30AM-12:50PM LAB C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002            


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 17-May 20
Sa        12:30PM-02:20PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002          13331 
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Sa        02:30PM-05:35PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
Class will be held at the scheduled times with the following exceptions: Feb 7 (no class); Feb 14 (no class); Feb 28 (lab only, 2:30-5:35pm); Mar 7 (10am-6pm); Mar 14 (9am-7pm); Mar 21 (10am-6pm); Mar 28 (10am-6pm); Apr 4 (no class); Apr 18 (10am-6pm); Apr 25 (no class); May 2 (9am-7pm); May 9 (12:30-7:30pm). Students may miss one day trip. Class will not conflict with NATR 320.


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, Jan 17-May 20
TBA       TBA             LAB J.Neale               TBA TBA                 19855 
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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: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
T         04:00PM-04:50PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN Lib 001         14177 
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Spring 2015 Class Schedule

Updated: May 5, 2015