Spring 2010 Class Schedule (CRC)



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

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in GEOG 301 (Physical Geography Lab) is suggested. GEOG 301 meets the UC and CSU transfer requirement for a 1-unit science lab.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course investigates the interrelationships between Earth and humans, with an emphasis on natural systems (solar energy balance, weather and climate, water resources, landforms, natural hazards, vegetation, and soil). Relevant application of these elements to today's world is stressed to help students better understand Earth's physical environment as well as human-environment interaction. A field trip may be required to relate class discussions to the real world.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
MW        07:30AM-08:50AM LEC R.Davis              CRC MAIN LRC 201         19505 
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TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC D.Sharkey            CRC MAIN LRC 201         19507 Textbook
TTh       01:30PM-02:50PM LEC S.Crosier            CRC MAIN LRC 201         19509 Textbook
F         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC J.Rusmore            CRC MAIN LRC 201         20521 Textbook
W         07:00PM-10:05PM LEC J.Rusmore            CRC MAIN LRC 201         19513 Textbook


GEOG 301    Physical Geography Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 300; (may be taken previously). Grade of "C" or better required to meet corequisite.
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course provides "hands-on" study of the basic principles and concepts involved in understanding Earth's environment systems. Labs feature observation, collection, analysis and display of data related to the study of Earth's energy balance, weather and climate, vegetation, tectonic processes, landforms, and natural hazards. Additionally, labs involve geographic methods and technology, including interpretation of maps and other geographic imagery, weather instrumentation, navigation equipment such as a compass and the Global Positioning System (GPS), and other relevant computer and Internet applications. A field trip (with possible small fee) may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LAB R.Davis              CRC MAIN LRC 106         19521 
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TTh       03:00PM-04:20PM LAB S.Crosier            CRC MAIN LRC 106         20523 Textbook
M         07:00PM-10:15PM LAB J.Rusmore            CRC MAIN LRC 106         19523 Textbook


GEOG 306    Weather and Climate    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course is an introduction to atmospheric processes including energy and moisture exchanges, atmospheric pressure, winds, and global circulation. Severe weather conditions such as hurricanes and tornadoes are also studied. World, regional, and local climates are investigated. Student work will include weather observations and analysis of atmospheric data using charts, weather maps and radar and satellite imagery from the Internet and other sources. Because this course involves the use of some quantitative concepts, students are encouraged to have fundamental algebraic skills prior to enrolling in the course.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
TBA       TBA             LEC D.Sharkey            CRC MAIN Online          21095 
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The above class 21095 is an online class.
*Mandatory Class Meeting Dates:
Sat, Jan. 16th 1:00 - 3:50 pm in room LRC-201
Sat, Mar.13th, 9:00 - 11:50am in room LRC-201
Sat, May 15th, 9 :00 - 11:50am in room LRC-201
*All students are REQUIRED to attend the class meetings listed above in order to participate in this online class. Absent students will be dropped.
Enrolled students may access online course information at Web address: http://elearning.losrios.edu For more information, contact the instructor (Debra Sharkey) at sharked@crc.losrios.edu


GEOG 310    Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
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.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC D.Sharkey            CRC MAIN LRC 201         19519 
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M         07:00PM-10:15PM LEC D.Sharkey            CRC MAIN LRC 201         20025 Textbook


GEOG 320    World Regional Geography    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
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 realms: their physical environments, cultures and economies; their origins, interactions and global roles. Basic geographic concepts and ideas are used to study and compare cultures, landscapes, resources, livelihood and land use across Earth. Explanation for the globalization of culture and economy, the widening gap between rich and poor countries, and ethnic diversity in the United States and abroad is stressed throughout the course. A major goal of this course is to improve each student's "mental map of the world."

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC D.Sharkey            CRC MAIN LRC 201         21671 
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GEOG 322    Geography of California    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
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 California's physical, cultural, and economic environments, analyzing cardinal changes resulting from both natural and human interaction. The emphasis is on cultural diversity, human alteration of the landscape, and contemporary problems resulting from accelerated competition for natural, financial, and human resources.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 16-May 19
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LEC D.Meredith           CRC MAIN LRC 201         21097 
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GEOG 335.1    Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None
Advisory: CISC 302
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 12 hours LEC ; 18 hours LAB
Description: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based tools that are used to generate spatial data in order to make a decision. Through the use of ArcGIS software, this course establishes a basic understanding of GIS, its applications, and functionality. Students build a foundation of theory and techniques for GIS functionality, data formats and input, spatial analysis, data presentation and manipulation, and map production. Students will learn many of the basic functions of GIS including presentation, symbology, and labeling of data as well as spatial data analysis and map production. This course is not open to students who have received credit for GEOG 335. See Cross-Referenced Courses in the catalog.

Schedule: Five Week - First, Jan 16-Feb 24
MW        06:00PM-07:05PM LEC S.Crosier            CRC MAIN LRC 210         19527 
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MW        07:15PM-08:35PM LAB S.Crosier            CRC MAIN LRC 210           


GEOG 335.2    Intermediate GIS    1 Unit

Prerequisite: GEOG 335.1 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 12 hours LEC ; 18 hours LAB
Description: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are systems of computers and people used to generate spatial data in order to make a decision. Through the use of ArcGIS software, this course builds on the foundation of GIS techniques learned in Geography 335.1. Students will learn techniques for GIS data input, spatial analysis, methods of ArcGIS customization, and database management. The basics of spatial data models will be discussed. Students will learn how to input spatial data, normalize spatial data, perform spatial analysis, measure distances, and output GIS based maps.

Schedule: Five Week - Second, Feb 25-Apr 10
MW        06:00PM-07:05PM LEC S.Crosier            CRC MAIN LRC 210         19537 
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MW        07:15PM-08:35PM LAB S.Crosier            CRC MAIN LRC 210           


GEOG 335.3    Projects Using GIS    1 Unit

Prerequisite: GEOG 335.2 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 6 hours LEC ; 36 hours LAB
Description: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are increasingly being used by business, industry, and research institutions in place of other analysis of spatial data. This course is designed to allow students to produce projects using industry-leading GIS software and technologies. The students will work individually to plan and produce a project including data selection and input, spatial data analysis, production of output materials, and presentation of results. The types of information analyzed may include political, social, health, environmental, or economic data. The final grade will be partly based on the project produced.

Schedule: Five Week - Third, Apr 12-May 18
M         06:00PM-06:50PM LEC S.Crosier            CRC MAIN LRC 210         20147 
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W         07:00PM-10:05PM LAB S.Crosier            CRC MAIN LRC 210           
M         07:00PM-10:05PM LAB S.Crosier            CRC MAIN LRC 210           


GEOG 390    Field Studies In Geography    .5-4 Units

Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU, Green Course Green Course
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This course covers the study of geographic principles and processes in specific environments (mountains, deserts, coastal, urban, etc.). Course content will vary by destination and will include topics in physical geography, human geography, as well as an introduction to geographic tools and techniques for field research. For specific details, see the course description(s) listed in the schedule. Students will be responsible for providing their own lodging (or camping equipment) and food. Field trip(s) required. This course may be taken four times for credit under a new topic or destination.

Schedule: Other Term, Jan 22-Feb 07
Exploring Yosemite on Snowshoes
F         06:00PM-08:50PM LEC D.Sharkey            CRC MAIN LRC 106         20405 
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TBA       TBA             LAB D.Sharkey            Off Campus Field Trip      
Required class meetings:
Pre-trip: Fri., Jan 22, 2010 and Jan. 29, 2010; 6:00 - 8:50 pm in LRC106
Yosemite Fieldtrip: Fri.- Sun., Feb. 5 - 7, 2010. Depart 8:00 am, Return 8:00 pm
Course Description:
This course is a 1-unit course that investigates the physical geography of Yosemite National Park (YNP) in winter using snowshoes. The course format includes two class meetings and a weekend field trip to YNP. Topics to be discussed include: geologic origin and glacial geomorphology of Yosemite; the nature of winter as well as plant, animal, and human adaptations to life in the cold; the nature of snow & ice (snow pack metamorphism); basic mountain weather and climate; field identification of plants and animals; and an introduction to techniques for safe navigation using map, compass, and Global Positioning System (GPS) units.
Transportation and backcountry navigation equipment (compass and GPS units) will be provided. Students must pay for shared overnight accommodation in YNP, food, and snowshoe rental (if necessary). Day-time snowshoe "hikes" will average 3-8 miles over easy-to-moderate terrain. Participants should be in good physical condition but need not have previous snowshoeing experience. This class is popular so early registration is advised (wait-listed students are strongly encouraged to attend the first class meeting). For further information, contact Debra Sharkey at sharked@crc.losrios.edu. or 916-691-7210.

Spring 2010 Class Schedule

Updated: July 30, 2010