Summer 2017 Class Schedule (SCC)



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BIOLFS 310    Natural History Field Study: Mojave Desert    2 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Students must be in good health and be able to hike moderate distances through a desert environment with uneven ground and in temperatures often above 100 degrees.
Enrollment Limitation: This course requires completion of a written course application.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This field course explores the plants, animals, and geological features of the Mojave Desert. Two or three lectures will occur at Sacramento City College with a mandatory field trip of eight days to the Mojave Desert in Southern California. Accommodations are in a combination of outdoor tent camping for two or three nights and four or five nights at the Desert Studies Center field station. Students will provide their own tents, personal items, and personal field equipment. The course involves moderately strenuous hikes over uneven ground in the desert environment in temperatures that usually exceed 100 degrees. A field station expense fee is due up to four weeks before the first day of class to cover the cost of accommodations, the cost of meals while at the Center, entrance fees to parks, and transportation to and from the desert. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact David Wyatt at (916) 558-2406 or by e-mail at wyattd@scc.losrios.edu. This course was formerly known as BIOL 394.

Schedule: Other Term, May 18-May 27
TBA       TBA             LEC D.Wyatt              SCC MAIN LIH 115         12156 
Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB D.Wyatt               TBA TBA                   
Dates:
Mandatory Pre-trip meeting (Lecture): 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Thursday, May 18, 2017 and Friday, May 19, 2017, on-campus in LIH 115. Logistics and introductory course material will be discussed at this meeting.


Trip: From 6:00am on Saturday, May 20, 2017 through approximately 10:00pm on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Description:This field course explores the plants, animals, and geological features of the Mojave Desert. Two lectures will occur at Sacramento City College with a mandatory field trip of eight days to the Mojave Desert in Southern California. Accommodations are in a combination of outdoor tent camping for two or three nights and four or five nights at the Desert Studies Center (DSC). Students must provide their own tents, personal items, and personal field equipment. The course involves moderately strenuous hikes over rocky desert environment conditions in temperatures above 100 degrees during the day. A field station expense cost of $350.00 is due three weeks prior to the first day of class to cover the price of accommodations, meals at the DSC, campsite reservations, entrance costs to parks, and transport to the DSC and field sites.


An application packet must be completed for this class prior to receiving a permission number to add the course. The application packet will be available starting in the middle of the Spring 2017 semester from the instructor (David Wyatt). If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact David
Wyatt by email at wyattd@scc.losrios.edu. THIS COURSE IS INSTRUCTOR CONSENT ONLY.

If students need assistance in order to participate in a field trip or a field studies activity, they should contact the instructor or the Science Dean. Students who qualify due to a lack of sufficient funds may request the field trip fee be waived.


BIOLFS 311    Natural History Field Study: Advanced Study of the Mojave Desert    2 Units

Prerequisite: BIOLFS 310 with a grade of "B" or better
Advisory: BIOL 305 with a grade of "C" or better; students must be in good health and be able to hike moderate distances through a desert environment with uneven ground and in temperatures often above 100 degrees.
Enrollment Limitation: This course requires completion of a course application.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This multi-day field course provides an advanced opportunity for students to understand in greater detail ecological concepts associated with the xeric environment of the Mojave Desert. Examples of advanced research topics include: interspecific interactions, relationships between a species and their physical environment, desert resource management concerns, and effects of climate change on desert environments. BIOLFS 311 is an extension of BIOLFS 310, Natural History Field Study: Mojave Desert, and provides the student with opportunities to mentor new students in BIOLFS 310 and serve in leadership roles during group learning exercises. These applied experiences and mentoring opportunities are highly desirable to natural resource agencies and to private environmental consultants. Prior completion of BIOLFS 310 (or equivalent) with an A or B grade is a pre-requisite for this course. This course provides elective units involving field experience for students in the Field Ecology Certificate program. This course was formerly known as BIOL 395.

Schedule: Other Term, May 18-May 27
TBA       TBA             LEC S.Wright             SCC MAIN LIH 115         12324 
Textbook
TBA       TBA             LAB S.Wright              TBA TBA                   
Dates:
Mandatory Pre-trip meeting (Lecture): 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Thursday, May 18, 2017 and Friday, May 19, 2017, on-campus in LIH 115. Logistics and introductory course material will be discussed at this meeting.


Trip: From 6:00am on Saturday, May 20, 2017 through approximately 10:00pm on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Description:This multi-day field course provides an advanced opportunity for students to understand in greater detail ecological concepts associated with the xeric environment of the Mojave Desert. Two lectures will occur at Sacramento City College with a mandatory field trip of eight days to the Mojave Desert in Southern California. Accommodations are in a combination of outdoor tent camping for two or three nights and four or five nights at the Desert Studies Center (DSC). Students must provide their own tents, personal items, and personal field equipment. The course involves moderately strenuous hikes over rocky desert environment conditions in temperatures that usually exceed 100 degrees. A field station expense cost of $350.00 is due three weeks prior to the first day of class to cover the price of accommodations, meals at the DSC, campsite reservations, entrance costs to parks, and transport to the DSC and field sites.


Examples of advanced research topics include: interspecific interactions, relationships between a species and their physical environment, desert resource management concerns, and effects of climate change on desert environments. This course is an extension of Biology 394, Natural History Field Study: Mojave Desert, and provides students with opportunities to mentor new students in BIOL 310 and serve in leadership roles during group learning exercises.


An application packet must be completed for this class prior to receiving a permission number to add the course. The application packet will be available starting in the middle of the Spring 2017 semester from the instructor (Stanley Wright). If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Stanley Wright by email at wrights2@scc.losrios.edu. THIS COURSE IS INSTRUCTOR CONSENT ONLY.

If students need assistance in order to participate in a field trip or a field studies activity, they should contact the instructor or the Science Dean. Students who qualify due to a lack of sufficient funds may request the field trip fee be waived.

Summer 2017 Class Schedule

Updated: August 4, 2017