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Course Number: ENVST 48NA-TZ
Selected Topics in Environmental Studies
Units: .5-5
Class:  0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: See section on Selected Topics.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 60A-Z
Natural History of the Bay Area
The following courses are offered under this rubric.
 

Course Number: ENVST 60A
Natural History of the Bay Area: The State Parks, Part I 
Units: .5-7
Class:  5-7 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 60A. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 60A.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Survey of the natural history of the Bay Area: Climate, geology, geologic history, geomorphology, flora and fauna of selected Bay Area State Parks including Eastshore, Butano, Sugarloaf Ridge, and Henry W. Coe State Parks.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 60B
Natural History of the Bay Area: Mt. Diablo State Park
Units: 1-5
Class:  1-5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 60B. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 60B.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Survey of the natural history of Mt. Diablo State Park: Climate, geology, geologic history, geomorphology, flora and fauna; survey techniques for field studies and conservation strategies for the endangered species of the park; includes on-site field studies at Mt. Diablo State Park.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 60C
Natural History of the Bay Area: Herpetology
Units: 1-4
Class:  1-4 hours lecture, (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 60C. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 60C.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Course study under this section may be repeated three times for a maximum of 4 units. Survey of the natural history of reptiles and amphibians of the Bay Area: Evolution of reptiles, amphibians and archosaurs; survey techniques for field studies and conservation strategies for the endangered herpetiles of the Bay Area; cladistics and phylogenic studies of reptiles and amphibians;  228 includes on-site field studies in various Bay Area state and regional parks. 0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 62A-Z 
Natural History of California
The following courses are offered under this rubric.
 

Course Number: ENVST 62A 
Natural History of Joshua Tree National Park
Units: .5-4
Class:  .5-4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 62A. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 62A.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the natural history of Joshua Tree National Park: Climate, geology, geologic history, geomorphology, plants and animals and their interactions in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of Joshua Tree National Park, California; history, archeology, and current conservation issues.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 62B
Natural History of the Redwood Forest
Units: .5-2
Class:  .5-2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 62B. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 62B.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the natural history of the Redwood Forest: Climate, geology, geologic history, geomorphology, plants and animals and their interactions in the Redwood Region of California; history, archeology, and current conservation issues. 0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 62C
Natural History of Point Lobos and the Big Sur Coast
Units: .5-1.5
Class:  .5-1.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 62C. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 62C.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the natural history of Point Lobos and the Big Sur Coast: Climate, geology, geologic history, geomorphology, plants and animals and their interactions in the Point Lobos and Big Sur Region of California; history, archeology, and current conservation issues; emphasis on adaptations to the Central California coastal environment by organisms such as California gray whales, sea otters, coast redwoods and the endemic Santa Lucia fir.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 62D
Natural History of Devil’s Postpile and the Eastern Sierra
Units: .5-2.5
Class:  .5-2.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 62D. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 62D.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the natural history of Devil’s Postpile and the Eastern Sierra: Climate, geology, geologic history, geomorphology, plants and animals and their interactions in the Devil’s Postpile and the Eastern Sierra Region of California; history, archeology, and current conservation issues; emphasis on the region’s multifaceted natural history and montane plant and animal species. 0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 62E
Natural History of the Sutter Buttes
Units: .5-1.5
Class:  .5-1.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 62E. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 62E.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the natural history of the Sutter Buttes: Unique geography (the only mountains in the middle of California’s Central Valley), geology, geologic history, geomorphology, and ecology of its blue oak woodlands; specially-arranged guided field sessions to the Buttes which are not open to the general public.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 62F
Natural History of the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains
Units: .5-2.5
Class:  .5-2.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 62F. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 62F.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the natural history of the Klamath- Siskiyou Mountains: Climate, geology, geologic history, geomorphology, plants and animals and their interactions; history and conservation issues; emphasis on the biodiversity of the region, which has the highest diversity of coniferous tree species in North America due to its being a refugium during the Ice Ages.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 62G
Natural History of Monterey Bay 
Units: .5-2.5
Class:  .5-2.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 62G. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 62G.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the natural history of Monterey Bay: Climate, geology, geologic history, geomorphology, plants and animals and their interactions in the Monterey Bay Region of California; history, archeology, and current conservation issues; emphasis on adaptations to the Central California coastal environment by organisms such as California gray whales, sea otters, and the endemic Monterey Cypress.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 62H
Natural History of Lassen Volcanic National Park
Units: .5-2.5
Class:  .5-2.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 62H. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 62H.
Formerly offered as Biol 107.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the natural history of Lassen Volcanic National Park: Climate, geology, geologic history, geomorphology, plant communities, and flora and fauna and their interactions in Lassen Volcanic National Park, the most recently-active volcano in California.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 63A-H
Wildlife of North America
The following courses are offered under this rubric.
 

Course Number: ENVST 63A
Ecology, Evolution and Future of the Wolves of Yellowstone
Units: .5-3.5
Class:  .5-3.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 63A. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 63A.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the evolution of the carnivores and the dog family: Relationship of canids, particularly the wolf, to their prey and the role they have played in the evolution of large herbivores of the Northern Hemisphere; emphasis on the interrelationships between the wolf, elk, and other ungulates of the Yellowstone ecosystem, and reintroduction of the wolf to the park amid controversy; field studies and observations of wolves and their prey in their natural environment in Yellowstone.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 63B
Natural History and Wildlife of the North Woods/Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Units: .5-7
Class:  .5-7 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 63B. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 63B.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the natural history and wildlife of the North Woods/Boundary Waters Canoe Area: Climate, geography, geology, flora and fauna of the North Woods (boreal) forests of Northern Minnesota, with particular emphasis on the glacial landforms and wolf/prey interactions in the pristine wilderness known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 64A-H
Natural History of Western North America
There are currently no courses offered under this rubric.
 

Course Number: ENVST 70A-H
Natural History of Rivers 
The following courses are offered under this rubric.
 

Course Number: ENVST 70C
Natural History of the Selway River and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
Units: .5-4
Class:  .5-4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 70C. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 70C.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the natural history of the Selway River and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in the Rocky Mountains in northern Idaho: Geology, geologic history (including alpine glaciation), geomorphology, forest types and vegetation communities, fire ecology, and fauna (including recently reestablished wolf populations); river dynamics, hydraulic phenomena and the craft and art of navigating a river in rafts and kayaks; classroom sessions followed by a float trip on the Selway River in northern Idaho.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 70D
Natural History of the Owyhee River and the High Desert of Eastern Oregon
Units: 1
Class:  17.5 hours lecture
Also offered as Biol 70C. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 70C.
Description:  Desert and river ecology of East-Central Oregon: Geography, geology, geologic history, landscapes, flora and fauna and their interactions, and river dynamics.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 76A
Native Americans and the Bay Area Environment: Pre-European Period
Units: .5-5
Class:  .5-5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as NATAM 76A.  Not open for credit to students who have completed/are currently enrolled in NATAM 76A.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Prehistoric, historic and contemporary Native American relationships to the Bay Area region and Native philosophical perspectives on human/land relationships with emphasis on the pre-European period: Introduction to tribal groups, link between origin stories and the natural environment and the moral/spiritual foundation for land use, and resource utilization. 0302.00 AA/AS area 2, 5 (if course taken for 3 or more units)
 

Course Number: ENVST 76B
ENVST 76B Native Americans and the Bay Area Environment: Mission Period
Units: .5-5
Class:  .5-5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as NATAM 76B. Not open for credit to students who have completed/are currently enrolled in NATAM 76B.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Prehistoric, historic and contemporary Native American relationships to the Bay Area region and Native philosophical perspectives on  human/land relationships with emphasis on the Mission period: Introduction to tribal groups, link between origin stories and the natural environment and the moral/ spiritual foundation for land use, resource utilization, and impact of Spanish settlers on the land and Native peoples.  0302.00 AA/AS area 2, 5 (if course taken for 3 or more units)
 

Course Number: ENVST 76C
Native Americans and the Bay Area Environment: Rancho and Anglo Period
Units: .5-5
Class:  .5-5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as NATAM 76C. Not open for credit to students who have completed/are currently enrolled in NATAM 76C.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Prehistoric, historic and contemporary Native American relationships to the Bay Area region and Native philosophical perspectives on human/land relationships with emphasis on the Rancho and Anglo period: Introduction to tribal groups, link between origin stories and the natural environment and the moral/spiritual foundation for land use, resource utilization, and impact of Spanish and Anglo settlers on the land and Native peoples. 0302.00 AA/AS area 2, 5 (if course taken for 3 or more units)
 

Course Number: ENVST 76D
Native Americans and the Bay Area Environment: Contemporary Period
Units: .5-5
Class:  .5-5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as NATAM 76D. Not open for credit to students who have completed/are currently enrolled in NATAM 76D.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Prehistoric, historic and contemporary Native American relationships to the Bay Area region and Native philosophical perspectives on human/land relationships with emphasis on the contemporary period: Introduction to tribal groups, link between origin stories and the natural environment and the moral/spiritual foundation for land use, resource utilization, and impact of Spanish and Anglo settlers on the land and Native peoples.  0302.00 AA/AS area 2, 5 (if course taken for 3 or more units)
 

Course Number: ENVST 78A-H
American Indians and the Ecology of North America
The following courses are offered under this rubric.
 

Course Number: ENVST 78A
American Indians and the Ecology of Hopi/Navajo Land
Units: .5-5
Class:  .5-5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as NATAM 78A. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in NATAM 78A.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Study of the Colorado Plateau in the Four Corners region and the Hopi and the Navajo: Basic ecological principles; unique geology, landforms, and plant and animal life, along with Hopi/Navajo adaptations to the dry semi-desert region; pre- and post-contact comparisons, ancient Hopi presence and arrival of the relative newcomer Navajos, effects of European contact on both cultures; and current land-use conflicts. 0302.00
AA/AS area 2, 5 (if course taken for 3 or more units)
 

Course Number: ENVST 78B
Lewis and Clark Expedition: Ecology and Indians, Part I
Units: .5-5
Class:  .5-5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as NATAM 78B. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in NATAM 78B.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Course traces the first half of the route of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery in 1804-06: The journey from the Missouri/Mississippi River confluence to the Continental Divide, with an emphasis on the ecology and the Indians along the path of their journey.  0302.00
AA/AS area 2, 5 (if course taken for 3 or more units)
 

Course Number: ENVST 80A-H
Birds of Central California and the Bay Area 
The following courses are offered under this rubric.
 

Course Number: ENVST 80A
Raptors of Central California and the Bay Area 
Units: .5-2.5
Class:  .5-2.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 80A. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 80A.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the basic biology of birds with an emphasis on hawks, eagles, falcons, kites, owls, vultures and other raptors of Central California and the Bay Area: Identification, classification, evolution, migration and ecology of the raptors; field sessions in outstanding fall migration and overwinte ring areas presenting these birds in their natural habitats. 0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 80B
Bird Songing: The Ecology of Bird Songs and Identification by Ear 
Units: .5-2.5
Class:  .5-2.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 80B. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 80B.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the identification, classification, and ecology of birds in terms of how they communicate and use their songs: Emphasis on Central California and Bay Area birds, with special attention paid to birds such as passerines, hummingbirds, and parrots that memorize and learn their songs; concepts relating to how birds sing, learn their songs, mimic one another, and play duets together.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 80C
Fundamentals of Ornithology and Birding in Central California and the Bay Area 
Units: .5-7
Class:  .5-7 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 80C. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 80C.
Attendance in on-campus classroom lectures required in order to participate in field lectures for additional units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Fundamentals of ornithology: Emphasis on habitats from the pelagic to the High Sierra and the birds found there.  0302.00
 

Course Number: ENVST 248NA-TZ
Selected Topics in Environmental Studies
Units: .5-5
Class:  0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
See section on Selected Topics. 0302.00