Spring 2016 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 16-May 18
TTh       09:00AM-11:05AM LEC C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN ER 002          11009 
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NATR 302    Introduction to Wildlife Biology    4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340; AND eligible for transfer-level Math.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course is an introduction to the science of wildlife biology and the basic principles and techniques involved in wildlife research, conservation, and management. It emphasizes ecological aspects of wildlife populations and communities such as predator-prey relationships, population dynamics, diseases and parasites of wildlife, and wildlife habitat. Animal behavior, nutritional ecology, and other aspects of wildlife biology are also explored. Human dimensions of wildlife management including wildlife restoration and conservation, human-wildlife conflicts, hunting, invasive species, impacts of global climate change, and other relevant issues are examined. Social, economic, and ecological implications of management alternatives are investigated. Additionally, this course provides hands-on experience with habitat and population sampling, data analysis and interpretation; radio telemetry; wildlife capture and handling; and critical analysis of wildlife management policies and the development of a wildlife management plan. Field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 18
Th        05:30PM-08:35PM LEC M.Kenyon             ARC MAIN ER 002          11503 
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Sa        09:00AM-12:05PM LAB M.Kenyon             ARC MAIN ER 002            
Mandatory two-day field trips may be scheduled for the following weekends depending on weather and venue availability: February 20-21, 27-28; March 19-20, April 2-3, 9-10 or 16-17. Some of these field trips may require overnight camping.


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 16-May 18
W         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC A.Chin               ARC MAIN ER 002          12684 
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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 16-May 18
W         01:00PM-04:05PM LEC A.Chin               ARC MAIN ER 001          11525 
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W         01:00PM-04:05PM LEC C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 001          11525 Textbook
M         12:50PM-04:10PM LAB A.Chin               ARC MAIN ER 002            
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M         12:50PM-04:10PM LAB C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002            
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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 16-May 18
T         05:45PM-08:50PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 001          11229 
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F         01:00PM-04:05PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
Labs are required and will be held as follows: Jan 22 (on campus, 1-4:05pm); Jan 29 (on campus, 1-4:05pm); Feb 5 (on campus, 1-4:05pm); Apr 1 (off campus, 1-4:05pm); all-day trips (plan on early morning until evening, depending on destination and day length) on [SUNDAY] Feb 7; Fri Feb 19; Fri Feb 26; student's choice of either Fri Apr 8 or Apr 15 (with NATR 332 class); and a weekend trip leaving Fri morning Apr 29 and returning Sun evening May 1. Lab fees of $30 per student are required. Lab will NOT meet on Feb 12 (college holiday), Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25 (spring break), Apr 22, May 6, or May 13. If fees constitute financial hardship, please visit the Science Division office to obtain a waiver form. Labs will not conflict with NATR 332.


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 16-May 18
M         10:30AM-12:40PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002          12127 
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F         09:00AM-12:05PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
Friday labs are required and will be held as follows: Jan 22 (on campus, 9am-12:05pm); Jan 29 (on campus, 9am-12:05pm); Feb 5 (on campus, 9am-12:05pm); Apr 1 (off campus trip, 9am-12:05pm); and all-day trips (plan on early morning until evening, depending on destination and day length) on Mar 4, Mar 11, Apr 8, Apr 15, Apr 22, and May 6. Students may miss one day trip and there is an extra credit trip on 5/13 (all day). Lab will NOT meet on Feb 12 (college holiday), Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 18, Mar 25 (spring break), or Apr 29. Labs 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: Eight Week - Second, Mar 15-May 12
TBA       TBA             LAB J.Neale               TBA TBA                 21107 
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Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 18
TBA       TBA             LAB J.Neale               TBA TBA                 13276 Textbook


NATR 498    Work Experience in Natural Resources    1-4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position, or job related to natural resources with a cooperating site supervisor. 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 Title 5 required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site, and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the semester, the student is required to attend 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. First-time participants are required to attend a weekly orientation and a final meeting. Returning participants are required to attend the first class meeting, a mid-semester meeting, and a final meeting and may meet individually with the instructor as needed to complete a work site observation and all program forms, receive updates, and assignments. Students may take up to 16 units total across all Work Experience course offerings. This course may be taken up to four times when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 18
T         04:00PM-04:50PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN Lib 002         12655 
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Spring 2016 Class Schedule

Updated: May 2, 2016