Spring 2018 Class Schedule (ARC)



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

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 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 13-Mar 07
ACE (Accelerated College Education)
T         06:00PM-07:35PM LEC C.Gregory            Off Campus Natomas N103  11980 
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ACE (Accelerated College Education)
Sa        08:00AM-12:20PM LEC C.Gregory            Off Campus Natomas N103  11980 Textbook
The above class is part of the ACE (Accelerated College Education) program which is a continuing cohort for working adults. This course meets on one week night 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 13-May 16
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     10598 Textbook
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     11101 Textbook
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     10316 Textbook
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     10317 Textbook
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC J.Aubert             ARC MAIN Science 426     10801 Textbook
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LEC C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     10318 Textbook
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     12666 Textbook
MW        06:00PM-07:20PM LEC F.Anderson           ARC MAIN Science 426     11563 Textbook
MW        06:00PM-07:20PM LEC M.Winter             Off Campus Natomas/Ik C220 11214 Textbook


GEOG 301    Physical Geography Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 300
Advisory: MATH 32 or 42 with a grade of "C" or better; and eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300, OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
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 13-Mar 07
ACE (Accelerated College Education)
T         07:45PM-09:20PM LAB C.Gregory            Off Campus Natomas N103  12044 
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ACE (Accelerated College Education)
Sa        12:40PM-05:00PM LAB C.Gregory            Off Campus Natomas N103  12044 Textbook
The above class is part of the ACE (Accelerated College Education) program which is a continuing cohort for working adults. This course meets on one week night 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 13-May 16
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 425     10599 Textbook
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LAB C.Thomsen            ARC MAIN Science 426     10814 Textbook
TTh       03:15PM-04:35PM LAB J.McHenry            ARC MAIN Science 425     10868 Textbook
MW        07:30PM-08:50PM LAB F.Anderson           ARC MAIN Science 426     11564 Textbook


GEOG 306    Weather and Climate    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 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 introduces atmospheric processes including energy and moisture exchanges; atmospheric pressure; global circulation; precipitation processes; weather systems; severe weather; and world, regional, and local climate systems. Course content also includes observation and analysis of atmospheric data using charts, weather maps, and radar and satellite imagery from the Internet and other sources. Field trips may be required to reinforce course content. (C-ID GEOG 130)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LEC D.Verdoorn           ARC MAIN Science 425     13088 
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GEOG 308    Introduction to Oceanography    3 Units

Same As: GEOL 330
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: GEOG 301 or GEOL 301
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 13-May 16
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 424     11102 
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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 and 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 13-May 16
TTh       12:00PM-01:20PM LAB G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 425     13089 
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GEOG 310    Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 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 13-May 16
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 425     10331 
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GEOG 320    World Regional Geography    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 or 42; 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 is a global survey of the world's major geographic regions. Basic geographic concepts and ideas are used to study and compare cultures, resources, landscapes, economies, and political structures across all geographic regions. The interaction of countries and regions, their global roles, and the conflicting pressures of cultural diversity and globalization are presented. The widening gap between more developed and less developed countries and regions is integrated throughout the course, with a particular focus on comparing and contrasting conditions in North America and the United States with those in the rest of the world. (C-ID GEOG 125)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16
MW        04:00PM-05:20PM LEC M.Petraru            ARC MAIN Science 426     10816 
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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). It emphasizes 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 13-May 16
Th        01:00PM-04:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Science 422     10339 
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Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     10341 Textbook


GEOG 331    Exploring Maps and Geographic Technologies    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CISC 300 and GEOG 300
General Education: AA/AS Area IV (effective Summer 2017)
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 50 hours LEC ; 12 hours LAB
Description: This course introduces students to the world of maps (both hard-copy and digital) and the geographic techniques and technologies that are utilized in the creation of modern cartographic documents. Examination of cartographic design, basic statistics, the Global Positioning System (GPS), Internet mapping, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are covered. (C-ID GEOG 150)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16
T         11:30AM-02:20PM LEC J.McHenry            ARC MAIN Science 422     13091 
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T         02:20PM-03:00PM LAB J.McHenry            ARC MAIN Science 422       


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. (C-ID GEOG 155)

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16
M         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC T.Lupo               ARC MAIN Science 422     10590 
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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). It emphasizes 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 13-May 16
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     10410 
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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). It emphasizes the use of spatial and statistical analysis, geoprocessing, and spatial modeling in order to investigate spatial distributions and relationships, answer spatial questions, and solve spatial problems. Specific topics include distance and density surfaces, cluster analysis, network analysis, map algebra, surface interpolation and resampling, hydrologic analysis, 3D display/animation, and regression analysis.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16
T         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC H.Howard             ARC MAIN Tech Ed 312     10425 
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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 13-May 10
T         06:00PM-09:15PM LEC N.Jennings           ARC MAIN Science 422     10942 
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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 and tabular data applicable to GIS, as well as relevant issues such as 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 13-May 16
Th        06:00PM-09:05PM LEC R.Earle              ARC MAIN Science 422     12354 
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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 spatial data engine service management, spatial functions, multi-user editing, replication, and data organization. Traditional spatial database topics are rigorously examined in a GIS context, including data integration, warehousing, complex SQL spatial coding, and system integration.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16
W         06:00PM-09:05PM LEC R.Richards           ARC MAIN Science 422     11415 
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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 13-May 16
TBA       TBA             LEC N.Jennings           Off Campus McClellan ONLINE 11446 
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TBA       TBA             LAB N.Jennings           Off Campus McClellan ONLINE   
Mandatory Orientation:    Friday, January 19    6:00PM-9:00PM    ARC Main Campus - Science, room 422
For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at www.arc.losrios.edu/online


GEOG 391    Field Studies in Geography: Mountain Landscapes    1-4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 24 hours LEC ; 144 hours LAB
Description: This course covers geographic principles and processes in mountain environments. Course content varies by destination and may include topics in physical geography (e.g., plant and animal communities, climate and weather, geology and geomorphology, natural hazards, environmental impacts) and human geography (e.g., cultural landscapes, economic activities, transportation issues, land use patterns). It also introduces tools and techniques used for geographic field research (e.g., map and compass use, the Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS)). Field trips are required. (C-ID GEOG 160)

Schedule: Other Term, Apr 03-Apr 24
T         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 424     20492 
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T         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC G.Jaecks             ARC MAIN Science 424     20492 Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB G.Jaecks              TBA TBA                   
Units: 1.0
Hours: 6 hours LEC; 48 TBA hours LAB
Lectures: Tuesdays, April 03 and April 24, 06:00PM - 09:00PM in Room 425
Field Trip: 8:00AM, Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22, 6:00PM
Field Geography of Yosemite National Park Description: This course offers 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. We will concentrate on features off the beaten path that require a little effort, but will get us away from the crowds. You can't really visit Yosemite without some hiking, so come prepared to walk at elevations ranging from 3,900 to 8,200 feet. A field trip expense fee may be required to cover camping fees, lodging, or other incidentals. The instructor should be contacted for details prior to the first meeting. Students will be expected to keep and submit a journal with entries for each activity of each day, with reflection at the end, if not for each day. We will all travel by bus from ARC to Yosemite, and back, no exceptions. 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 13-May 16
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 12355 
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GEOG 498    Work Experience in Geography    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 geography or geographic information systems (GIS) with a cooperating site supervisor. 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 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 13-May 16
TBA       TBA             LAB H.Howard              TBA TBA                 10434 
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Students will be contacted by the instructor via Los Rios email one week before the semester begins.

Spring 2018 Class Schedule

Updated: November 20, 2017