Spring 2020 Courses in Natural History & Sustainability
(Classes run from the week of January 20 to the week of May 18 unless otherwise indicated.)
New Certificates of Achievement in Conservation & Resource Management (CRM), Natural History & Resources (NHR), and Urban Agroecology (UA) are now approved; the acronyms at the end of each course description indicate the Certificate to which that course belongs; core (required) courses are in boldface. If you have questions about a specific course, please e-mail the professor. All courses are taught at Merritt College’s campus unless otherwise noted.
Environmental Management and Technology (ENVMT) Courses:
ENVMT 2/2L (Course 24116/24117): Introduction to Sustainable Environmental Systems. Prof. Yael Ehrenberg (email@example.com) and Paul Rogé (firstname.lastname@example.org). Interdisciplinary study of the impact of human civilization on the earth’s major ecological systems; includes a field lab component. Tuesdays, 1-3:50 PM; Wednesdays 1-3:50 PM. 4 units. CRM; NHR; UA.
ENVMT 35/35L (Course 24118/24119): Introduction to Urban Agroecology. Prof. Yael Ehrenberg (email@example.com) and Paul Rogé (firstname.lastname@example.org). Intro to the expanding production and distribution of healthy food and environmentally sustainable agriculture in and near cities. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9-11:50 AM. 3 units. NHR; UA.
ENVMT 55 (Course 24176): Principles of Conservation and Land Management. Prof. Jim O’Connor (email@example.com). Introduction to natural resources conservation and management: Historical and political overview of conservation and natural resource policies in California and the United States. Thursdays, 6:30-9:20 PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.
Biology (BIOL) Courses:
BIOL 9 (Course 22859/22860): Marine Biology. Prof. Ben Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Natural history of marine algae, invertebrates, fish, and mammals, focusing on Northern California coast environments. Tuesday/Thursdays 9-10:15 AM and 10:30-11:45 AM. 4 units. CRM; NHR.
BIOL 60C (Course 23021): Natural History of the Bay Area: Herpetology. Prof. Andrew Gottscho (email@example.com). Survey of the natural history of reptiles and amphibians of the Bay Area. Tuesdays 6-7:50 PM 3/3-5/12, plus five weekend field trips. 2 units. CRM; NHR, UA.
BIOL 61K (Course 23697): Natural History of the Bay Area: Lichens. Prof. Allie Weill (firstname.lastname@example.org). Common lichens of the SF Bay Area. Mondays 6-7:50 PM 3/9-5/11, plus three weekend field trips. 2 units. CRM; NHR.
Landscape Horticulture (LANHT) Courses:
LAND HORT 2E (Course 24097): Plant Materials: Tree ID and Culture. Prof. Laura Forlin (email@example.com). Identification and culture of trees used in Bay Area landscapes. Wednesdays 6:30-9:20 PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.
LAND HORT 5B (Course 24098/24099): Plant Materials: Spring Native Plant ID. Prof. Stew Winchester (firstname.lastname@example.org). Identification and culture of spring native plants used in the landscape. Wednesdays 10-11:50 AM and 1-3:50 PM. 4 units. CRM; NHR; UA.
LAND HORT 23 (Course 22184): Plant Terminology. Prof. Laura Forlin (email@example.com). Terminology relating to roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit used in plant identification courses. Tuesdays 1-3:15 PM. 2.5 units. CRM; NHR; UA.
LAND HORT 28A (Course 22190/22191): Permaculture Design I. Prof. Lawrence Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Strategies and techniques of applied ecology/permaculture design. Fridays 11 AM- 1:50 PM. 3 units. UA.
LAND HORT 76 (Course 22880/22881): Edible Landscaping. Prof. Lawrence Lee (email@example.com). Use of food-producing plants in the constructed landscape for homeowners, renters, school gardens, community gardens, senior centers, and micro-farms. Thursdays 10-11:50 AM, 1-3:50 PM. 3 units. UA.
Geography (GEOG) Courses:
GEOG 1 (Course 22168 or 22505): Physical Geography. Prof. Teresa Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org). Basic elements of the earth’s physical systems and processes. Mondays/Wednesdays 9-10:15 AM or Tuesdays/Thursdays 10-11:15 AM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.
Geology (GEOL) Courses:
GEOL 1 (Course 22169/22170): Introduction to Physical Geology. Prof. Teresa Williams (email@example.com). Survey of geologic processes responsible for sculpturing the earth. Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:30-1:45 PM and 2:00-3:15 PM. 4 units. CRM; NHR.
GEOL 21 (Course 24397): Bay Area Field Studies. Prof. Teresa Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org). Field trips to Bay Area parks to study the richness of the geologic environment. Select Saturdays, 9 AM-2:50 PM. 2/29-5/9. 1-2 units. CRM; NHR; UA.
Native American Studies (NATAM) Courses:
NATAM 76E (Course 24271): California Indian Ecology on the Central Coast. Prof. Darby Price (email@example.com). Native American relationships to the California Central Coast; field trips around the Bay Area: Pt. Reyes, Coyote Hills, Regional Parks, and more. Friday evenings and weekend field trips, 3/27-4/10. 1.5 units. CRM; NHR; UA.
ART 166 (Course 22361/22362): Beginning Botanical Drawing. Prof Sheila Metcalf-Tobin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Exploration through drawing of basic plant structures. Mondays 12:30-1:20, 1:30-4:20. 2 units. CRM; NHR.
NUTR 31 (Course 22263/22264): Food Production Systems. Prof. Ashley Reaver (email@example.com). The functions of institutional food service production. Mondays, 4-5:50, 6-8:50 PM. UA.