Spring 2017 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 14-May 17
MW        02:00PM-04:05PM LEC C.Papouchis          ARC MAIN ER 002          10929 
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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 14-May 17
Th        09:00AM-12:05PM LEC P.Cylinder           ARC MAIN ER 002          12378 
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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 14-May 17
T         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002          11128 
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F         09:00AM-12:05PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
Labs will be held as follows: 3 mandatory on-campus morning labs (9am-12:05pm) on Jan 20, Jan 27, and Feb 3; required 4 of 6 off-campus all-day trips on THURS Feb 9, Fri Feb 24, Fri Mar 10 (morning only), Fri Mar 31, Fri Apr 7, Fri Apr 28; and mandatory 3-day, 2-night trip on Fri Apr 21-Sun Apr 23. Lab fees of $25 per student are required. Friday lab will NOT meet on 2/10, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 4/14, and 5/5. If fees constitute financial hardship, please visit the Science Division office to obtain a waiver form. Labs 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: Full Term, Jan 14-May 17
M         09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Bowles             ARC MAIN ER 002          19913 
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M         10:30AM-12:20PM 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 14-May 17
W         11:00AM-12:50PM LEC J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002          11896 
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F         01:00PM-04:05PM LAB J.Neale              ARC MAIN ER 002            
Labs will be held as follows: 3 mandatory on-campus afternoon labs (1-4:05pm) on Jan 20, Jan 27, and Feb 10; and required 7 of 8 all-day trips on Fridays 3/3, 3/10 (afternoon only), 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/28, and 5/5. Lab will NOT meet on 2/3, 2/17, 2/24, 4/14, and 4/21. 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: Full Term, Jan 14-May 17
TBA       TBA             LAB J.Neale               TBA TBA                 13936 
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TBA       TBA             LAB J.Neale               TBA TBA                 20757 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB J.Neale               TBA TBA                 20760 Textbook

Spring 2017 Class Schedule

Updated: May 5, 2017