Spring 2019 Class Schedule (ARC)



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

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 32 or MATH 42, AND eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
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: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22

MW09:00AM-10:20AMLECC.ThomsenARC MAIN Science 42610539Textbook
TTh09:00AM-10:20AMLECJ.AubertARC MAIN Science 42610995Textbook
MW10:30AM-11:50AMLECJ.AubertARC MAIN Science 42610291Textbook
TTh10:30AM-11:50AMLECC.ThomsenARC MAIN Science 42610292Textbook
MW12:00PM-01:20PMLECJ.AubertARC MAIN Science 42610721Textbook
TTh12:00PM-01:20PMLECC.ThomsenARC MAIN Science 42610293Textbook
TTh01:30PM-02:50PMLECJ.AubertARC MAIN Science 42612350Textbook
MW06:00PM-07:20PMLECM.PetraruARC MAIN Science 42611389Textbook

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: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22

MW10:30AM-11:50AMLABC.ThomsenARC MAIN Science 42510540Textbook
MW01:30PM-02:50PMLABC.ThomsenARC MAIN Science 42510734Textbook
TTh03:00PM-04:20PMLABJ.AubertARC MAIN Science 42610782TextbookFree Digital Book
MW07:30PM-08:50PMLABG.WhiteARC MAIN Science 42611390Textbook

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 19-May 22

MW01:30PM-02:50PMLECJ.AubertARC MAIN Science 42612683Textbook

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 19-May 22

TTh09:00AM-10:20AMLECC.ThomsenARC MAIN Science 42510306TextbookFree Digital Book

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 19-May 22

MW04:00PM-05:20PMLECM.PetraruARC MAIN Science 42610736Textbook

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 19-May 22

Th01:00PM-04:05PMLECH.HowardARC MAIN Science 42219501Textbook
Th06:00PM-09:05PMLECH.HowardARC MAIN Tech Ed 31210315Textbook

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 19-May 22

Th06:00PM-08:50PMLECJ.JacksonARC MAIN Science 42219499Textbook
Th08:50PM-09:30PMLABJ.JacksonARC 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 19-May 22

M06:00PM-08:50PMLECH.HowardARC MAIN Science 42210533Textbook
M08:50PM-09:30PMLABH.HowardARC 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 19-May 22

W06:00PM-09:05PMLECH.HowardARC MAIN Tech Ed 31210381Textbook

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 19-May 22

T06:00PM-09:05PMLECH.HowardARC MAIN Science 42210395Textbook

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 19-May 16

T06:00PM-09:15PMLECN.JenningsARC MAIN Tech Ed 31210847Textbook

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 19-May 22

W06:00PM-09:05PMLECR.RichardsARC MAIN Science 42211265Textbook

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 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications developer using the Python scripting language to develop commonly used GIS procedures and functions. Topics include GIS methods for querying and selecting geographic features, working with selection sets, editing tables, creating automated map sets, and performing geoprocessing operations.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 19-May 22

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Mandatory Orientation:    Friday, January 25    6:00PM-9:00PM    ARC Main Campus - Science, room 422
For further information about the course requirements, please note the instructor's name above and then visit the website at
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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 08-May 07

M06:00PM-08:50PMLECG.JaecksARC MAIN Science 42513405Textbook
T06:00PM-08:50PMLECG.JaecksARC MAIN Science 42413405Textbook
TBATBALABG.Jaecks TBA TBA
Units: 1.0
Hours: 6 hours LEC; 48 hours LAB
Lectures: Monday, April 8 in Room 425 and Tuesday, May 7 in Room 424 at 06:00PM - 08:50PM
Field Trip: 8:00AM, Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5, 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 at Diamond-O Campsites; 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 19-May 22

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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 complete 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. All students are required to attend the first class meeting, a mid-semester meeting, and a final meeting. Additionally, students who have not already successfully completed a Work Experience course will be required to attend weekly orientations while returning participants may meet individually with the instructor as needed. 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 19-May 22

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Students will be contacted by the instructor via Los Rios email one week before the semester begins.

Spring 2019 Class Schedule

Updated: April 22, 2019