Spring 2018 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 13-May 16

MW02:00PM-04:05PMLECC.PapouchisARC MAIN Science 42210862Textbook

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; 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 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 13-May 16

M09:00AM-12:05PMLECR.SkillenARC MAIN ER 00219622Textbook
W09:00AM-12:05PMLABR.SkillenARC MAIN ER 002

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 13-May 16

M05:30PM-08:35PMLECP.CylinderARC MAIN ER 00212195Textbook
Note: Two field trips are scheduled for NATR 304: the first on Sunday, April 15 to Capitol Park (9:00am-11:00am) and the second on Sunday, April 22 to Sly Park (8:00am-12:30pm).


NATR 310    Study Design and Field Methods     4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 120, 125, 129, 133 or higher; NATR 300, or an equivalent transferable life science course; 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 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 13-May 16

Th05:30PM-08:35PMLECP.CylinderARC MAIN ER 00219627Textbook
Th05:30PM-08:35PMLECC.BowlesARC MAIN ER 00219627Textbook
Sa09:00AM-12:05PMLABP.CylinderARC MAIN ER 002
The meetings for this class held April 14-May 6 (field methods for terrestrial vertebrate wildlife) will meet as scheduled with the following exceptions: NO MEETINGS on Thu Apr 19, Sat Apr 21, Sat Apr 28; MANDATORY (and awesome) overnight trip on Sat May 5 (8:30am) through Sun May 6 (8:30pm). There is a $10 fee for this section. If fees constitute financial hardship, please visit the Science Division office to obtain a waiver form. Please contact the department chair, Jennifer Neale, with any questions
nealej@arc.losrios.edu.

Sa09:00AM-12:05PMLABC.BowlesARC MAIN ER 002
The meetings for this class held April 14-May 6 (field methods for terrestrial vertebrate wildlife) will meet as scheduled with the following exceptions: NO MEETINGS on Thu Apr 19, Sat Apr 21, Sat Apr 28; MANDATORY (and awesome) overnight trip on Sat May 5 (8:30am) through Sun May 6 (8:30pm). There is a $10 fee for this section. If fees constitute financial hardship, please visit the Science Division office to obtain a waiver form. Please contact the department chair, Jennifer Neale, with any questions nealej@arc.losrios.edu.


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 13-May 16

T02:00PM-05:05PMLECJ.NealeARC MAIN Arts & Sci 11211047Textbook
F02:00PM-05:05PMLABJ.NealeARC MAIN ER 002
Note: labs for this class follow an adjusted schedule (see below).
On-campus labs 2-5:05pm on Jan 19, Jan 26, and Feb 2

Mandatory weekend trip: Fri morning 4/20-Sun evening 4/22
Day trips (students required to attend 4 of these) will be held on the following days (all day, usually 8am until 7pm): Mon Jan 29, Fri Feb 23, Fri Mar 9 (2-5:05pm), Fri Mar 16, Fri Apr 13, and Fri Apr 27
NO CLASS on Feb 9, Feb 16, Mar 2, Mar 23, Mar 30, Apr 6, May 4, May 11
There is a $30 lab fee. If fees constitute financial hardship, please visit the Science Division office to obtain a waiver form.
Labs will not conflict with NATR 332.
Please contact the department chair, Jennifer Neale, with any questions
nealej@arc.losrios.edu.


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 biology, ecology, conservation, and management in the context of California wildflowers. 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 13-May 16

Th02:00PM-03:50PMLECJ.NealeARC MAIN ER 00211746Textbook
F10:00AM-01:05PMLABJ.NealeARC MAIN ER 002
Note: labs for this class follow an adjusted schedule (see below).
On-campus labs 10am-1:05pm on Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 2 and Mar 9
NO CLASS on Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 2, Mar 16, Mar 30, Apr 20
Day trips (students required to attend 6 of these) will be held on the following days (all day, usually 8am until 7pm): Fri Mar 23, Fri Apr 6, Fri Apr 13, Thu Apr 26 (2-5pm), Fri Apr 27, Fri May 4 and Fri May 11
There is a $10 lab fee. If fees constitute financial hardship, please visit the Science Division office to obtain a waiver form.
Labs will not conflict with NATR 320.
Please contact the department chair, Jennifer Neale, with any questions
nealej@arc.losrios.edu.


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 13-May 16

TBATBALABJ.Neale TBA TBA13057Textbook

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 13-May 16

Th04:15PM-05:05PMLABJ.NealeARC MAIN ER 00119629Textbook

Spring 2018 Class Schedule

Updated: December 14, 2017