Spring 2012 Class Schedule (SCC)



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

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 34 with a grade of "C" or better, ENGRD 310 and ENGWR 100, or ESLR 320 and ESLW 310, with grades 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 is a spatial study of planet Earth's dynamic physical systems and processes. Topics include weather, climate, landforms, natural hazards, water resources, vegetation, and soils. Emphasis is placed on interrelationships among Earth systems and processes and their resulting patterns and distributions. Relevant application of these concepts to today's world is also stressed to help students better understand Earth's physical environment as well as human-environmental interaction. Optional field trips may be included.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
MW        07:30AM-08:50AM LEC M.Hunter             SCC MAIN RHN 229         16757 
Textbook
TTh       07:30AM-08:50AM LEC M.Hunter             SCC MAIN RHN 229         16758 Textbook
MW        09:00AM-10:20AM LEC M.Hunter             SCC MAIN RHN 229         16759 Textbook
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC R.Eigenheer          SCC MAIN RHN 229         17534 Textbook
MW        12:00PM-01:20PM LEC C.Davis              SCC MAIN RHN 229         16760 Textbook
TTh       05:30PM-06:50PM LEC C.Castagna           SCC MAIN RHN 229         16761 Textbook
Sa        09:00AM-12:05PM LEC R.Neil               SCC MAIN RHN 229         18629 Textbook
On-Campus


GEOG 301    Physical Geography Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: GEOG 300
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course will provide laboratory study and field observation of selected geographic phenomena including: map interpretations and GIS applications, weather and climate, rocks and landforms, soils, flora, and fauna. Emphasis will be on applying scientific methods and techniques, using scientific instruments, working with maps, and interpreting spatial phenomena. Optional field trips may be included.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
Th        01:00PM-03:50PM LAB R.Eigenheer          SCC MAIN RHN 229         17198 
Textbook
MW        01:30PM-02:50PM LAB M.Hunter             SCC MAIN RHN 229         17864 Textbook
TTh       07:00PM-08:20PM LAB C.Castagna           SCC MAIN RHN 229         17535 Textbook
Sa        01:00PM-03:50PM LAB R.Neil               SCC MAIN RHN 229         17199 Textbook
On-Campus


GEOG 305    Global Climate Change    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 34 with a grade of "C" or better; ENGRD 310 and ENGWR 100 or ESLR 320 and ESLW 310 with grades of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course explores the history and mechanisms of climate change in Earth's past, as well as the methods that scientists use to investigate climate change. It focuses on Earth's natural climate changes over the past few million years and the role that humans have had in changing climates (especially since the industrial revolution). Students will investigate the relationships between human activity and climate change and the great consequences when human and natural factors interact. Students discuss climate future models and predictions. Students will explore possible technological and political solutions to this vast and increasingly important problem. This will help our students to become responsible and scientifically-literate participants in the discussions that dominate climate science today such as the potential impacts of global climate change that include shrinking glaciers and rising sea levels, changes in the Arctic environment, stronger and more frequent hurricanes, threats to marine life, global water-cycle disruptions, and food security issues. This course is also a great primer for students entering 'green' technical programs. Field trips may be required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
TBA       TBA             LEC M.Hunter             SCC MAIN Online          19128 
Textbook
Online Class. Mandatory Orientation: Friday, January 20, in LR 141 (Library), 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. For more information students should visit the instructor's web site at http://www.scc.losrios.edu/~hunterm.


GEOG 306    Weather and Climate    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 34 with a grade of "C" or better, ENGRD 310 and ENGWR 100, or ESLR 320 and ESLW 310, with grades 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 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 this course.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
TBA       TBA             LEC M.Hunter             SCC MAIN Online          17731 
Textbook
Online Class. Mandatory Orientation: Friday, January 20, in LR 141 (Library), 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For more information students should visit the instructor's web site at http://www.scc.losrios.edu/~hunterm.


GEOG 308    Introduction to Oceanography    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 34 with a grade of "C" or better, ENGRD 310 and ENGWR 100, or ESLR 320 and ESLW 310, with grades 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 is an integrated study of water on Earth emphasizing physical oceanography. Topics include ocean and shoreline processes, plate tectonics, sea floor morphology, types and distribution of seafloor sediment, ocean sediment transport, ocean chemistry, ocean currents, marine resources, and environmental concerns. Regional oceanographic features are emphasized.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
TBA       TBA             LEC M.Hunter             SCC MAIN Online          18340 
Textbook
Online Class. Mandatory Orientation: Friday, January 20, in LR 141 (Library), 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. For more information students should visit the instructor's web site at http://www.scc.losrios.edu/~hunterm.


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

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGRD 310 and ENGWR 100, or ESLR 320 and ESLW 310, with grades of "C" or better.
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 activity on earth when considering cultural and environmental factors. Major themes include human-environment interaction, globalization, spatial and cultural conflict, and cultural diversity. The following topical areas will be utilized to examine these dynamic concepts: population and migration, language, religion, ethnicity, political and economic systems, development issues, agriculture, urbanization, and resource issues.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
MW        10:30AM-11:50AM LEC C.Davis              SCC MAIN RHN 229         16762 
Textbook
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC C.Davis              SCC MAIN RHN 229         17252 Textbook
M         06:00PM-09:25PM LEC R.Neil               SCC MAIN RHN 229         19218 Textbook
On-Campus


GEOG 320    World Regional Geography    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGRD 310 and ENGWR 100, or ESLR 320 and ESLW 310, with grades of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); 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 cultural regions. Basic geographic concepts and ideas are used to study and compare people, resources, landscapes, livelihood, economics, and origins across eight major geographic regions. The interaction of countries and regions, their global roles, and the conflicting pressures of cultural diversity versus globalization are presented. The widening gap between more developed and less developed countries is integrated throughout the course. Cultural and ethnic diversity, as it pertains to the expanding population of the United States, is evaluated throughout the course.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
T         07:00PM-08:20PM LEC C.Davis              SCC MAIN RHN 220         18341 
Textbook
Telecourse. Students must attend an in-class orientation On-Campus Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:00pm - 8:20pm, in RHN 267.


GEOG 330    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CISC 300 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b)
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based data processing tool used to manage and analyze spatial information. There are many applications for geographic information systems, including environmental assessment, analysis of natural hazards, site analysis for business and industry, resource management, and land-use planning. This course introduces students to basic spatial and GIS concepts along with the tools and techniques used within GIS.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
M         06:00PM-09:25PM LEC C.Davis              SCC MAIN MOH 25          18342 
Textbook
On-Campus


GEOG 334    Introduction to GIS Software Applications    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CISC 300 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 45 hours LEC ; 27 hours LAB
Description: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based mapping programs that analyze spatial data. This course provides the foundation for using desktop GIS software. A conceptual overview along with hands-on experience will be used to explore basic GIS software functionality. Emphasis will be placed on display characteristics, attribute querying, database exploration and management, spatial analysis, data creation, and cartographic presentation.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 14-May 16
T         06:00PM-08:15PM LEC R.Earle              SCC MAIN MOH 25          19219 
Textbook
T         08:25PM-09:45PM LAB R.Earle              SCC MAIN MOH 25            
On-Campus

Spring 2012 Class Schedule

Updated: April 26, 2012