Fall 2021 Courses in Natural History & Sustainability

Fall classes run from August 23 – December 17 unless otherwise indicated.

Enrollment is now open! Follow the steps to apply and enroll here.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Summer and Fall courses will be taught in a variety of formats: Synchronous means that students must attend zoom meetings (times will be listed). Asynchronous means the student will complete the coursework without zoom meetings. Hybrid means that there will be synchronous zoom meetings as well as in person meetings in the field with distance and PPE enforced. It is up to the individual professor’s discretion how to teach their class so please check with the listings to see how each course will be taught.

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.

FALL

Biology (BIOL) Courses:

BIOL 15 (Course 42454): Environmental Biology. Prof. Mika Okimura (mokimura@peralta.edu). Study of the relationships between living things and their environment:  Natural selection and speciation, the organism and its environment, population ecology, the ecosystem, and a survey of ecosystems. SYNCHRONOUS: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00AM – 11:15AM. Note: Class will meet on 10/5 and 11/9 from 10 AM-12:50 PM in the field; there will be no class on 10/7. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

BIOL 29 (Course 45044/45045): Introduction to Biodiversity. Prof. Ben Nelson (bnelson@peralta.edu). Introduction to biology emphasizing chiefly the evolution, adaptations, and classification of life forms from bacteria to animals: Identification of groups of organisms and the most common species; lesser emphasis on cellular and molecular biology and genetics. SYNCHRONOUS: Wednesday zoom meetings 3:30PM – 5:20PM. Late start course that goes from 9/27-12/17. 4 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

BIOL 61H (Course 43228): Natural History of the Bay Area: Butterflies and Moths. Pete Oboyski (essig.museum@gmail.com). Survey and overview of the butterflies and moths of the Bay Area: Identification, ecology, natural history, and evolution of our local butterflies and moths. HYBRID: Mondays 6:00PM – 7:50PM online with the following mandatory field sessions (dates subject to change): 9/25 10:30 AM-2:50 PM; 10/8 10:30 AM-2:50 PM; and 10/30 9-11:50 AM and 12:30-3:20 PM. Late start course that goes from 9/20-11/7. 2 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

BIOL 80C (Course 43229): Fundamentals of Ornithology and Birding in Central California/Bay Area. Staff. Fundamentals of ornithology: Study of habitats from the pelagic to the High Sierra and the birds found there. HYBRID: Wednesdays 6:00PM – 7:50PM online with the following mandatory field sessions (dates subject to change): 9/26 10:30 AM-2:50 PM; 10/9 10:30 AM-2:50 PM; and 10/31 9-11:50 AM and 12:30-3:20 PM. Late start course that goes from 9/22-11/10. 2 units. CRM; NHR.

Cooperative Work Experience Education (COPED) Courses:

COPED 476F (Course 42532): Occupational Work Experience in Environmental Management and Technology. Prof. Brad Balukjian (bbalukjian@peralta.edu). Supervised internships providing opportunities to gain experience and extend learning in the environmental or food system fields. HYBRID: asynchronous online with in person internships. 3 units. 

Environmental Management and Technology (ENVMT) Courses:

ENVMT 1 (Course 43638): Environmental Careers. Prof. Brad Balukjian (bbalukjian@peralta.edu). Career development strategies and exploration of emerging  green jobs in the non-profit, government, and private sectors, with hands-on training in interviewing and job application preparation. SYNCHRONOUS: Tuesdays 6:30PM – 7:45PM online. 1 unit. CRM; NHR; UA.

ENVMT 5 (Course 44983/44984): Oakland Food Culture. Prof. Yael Ehrenberg (nehellion@peralta.edu) . Food systems and food cultures of the Bay Area: Field trips and case studies of area gardens designed by people of different cultures, documenting the cultural diversity of food and gardens through multiple media. SYNCHRONOUS: Tuesdays 10AM – 11:50AM and Thursdays 10AM – 12:50PM online. Late start course that goes from 9/20-11/7. 3 units. CRM; UA.

ENVMT 57 (Course 43419/43420): Park Operations Practices and Skills. Prof. Nicholas Williams and Prof. Robbie Parry (TBA). Hands-on experience in the practice of managing public parks and open spaces: Management of visitors, resource protection; maintenance of facilities. HYBRID: Thursdays 6PM – 8:50PM online and Saturdays 1:00PM – 3:50PM in person. 4 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

African American Studies Courses:

AFRAM 38/ENVMT 12 (Course 44244): Environmental Racism and Justice. Prof.
Danae Martinez (TBA). American and global environmental policy and ethics concentrating on their impact on minorities and people of color: Unequal environmental protection; the politics of pollution, race and waste dumping; and the intersection of the Civil Rights and Environmental Justice Movements with an emphasis on civil rights, social justice, white supremacy, and the impact of the Environmental Movement on people of color
Course Structure TBA. 3 units. CRM; NHR.

Art Courses:

ART 166/166L (Course 42542/42543): Beginning Botanical Drawing. Prof. Sheila Metcalf-Tobin (smetcalftobin@peralta.edu). Exploration through drawing of basic plant structures: Recording details of various plant forms; emphasis on rendering form and texture with graphite pencils, graphite powder, white drawing pencils and ink pens. Course Structure TBA. 2 units. CRM; NHR.

Geography (GEOG) Courses: 

GEOG 1 (Course 42319/42460): Physical Geography. Prof. Teresa Williams (twilliams@peralta.edu). Basic elements of the earth’s physical systems and processes: Earth-sun relations, weather, climate, water, plate tectonics, landforms, soils, and ecosystems and their interrelationships and global distribution patterns. Course Structure TBA. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

Geology (GEOL) Courses:

GEOL 1 (Course 42227/42228 or 43446/43447): Introduction to Physical Geology. Prof. Teresa Williams (twilliams@peralta.edu). Survey of materials and structures comprising the outer portion of the earth, and geologic processes responsible for sculpturing the earth: Plate tectonics and mountain building; formation of minerals and igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; deformation of rocks by folding and faulting; and erosion of the land surface. Course Structure TBA. 4 units. CRM; NHR.

Landscape Horticulture (LANHT) Courses:

LAND HORT 5A (Course 43263/43264): Plant Materials: Fall Native Plant ID. Prof. Stew Winchester (stewwinchester@sbcglobal.net). Identification and culture of fall native plants used in the landscape: Climate, soil, and water preferences; garden culture; pest and disease problems; and pruning and propagation. SYNCHRONOUS: Wednesdays 10:00AM – 11:50AM and 1:00PM – 3:50PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LAND HORT 10 (Course 42565/42566): Insect Pests. Prof. Edward Dunbar (edunbar@peralta.edu). Identification and management of local arthropod pests and beneficial populations particular to ornamental plants: Emphasis on non-chemical methods of control; integration of methods used, and development of approaches best suited to controlling pests. SYNCHRONOUS: Thursdays 6:00PM – 8:15PM and 8:30PM – 9:45PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LAND HORT 16 (Course 42567/42568): Soil Management. Prof. Laura Forlin (lforlin@peralta.edu). Origin of soils, rocks, and minerals: Physical and chemical properties, water relations of plants and soils, soil fertility and fertilizers, organic matter, soil amendments for clay and for acid and alkali soils, and the cycling of nutrients in nature. SYNCHRONOUS: Wednesdays 6:00PM – 8:15PM and 8:30PM – 9:45PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LAND HORT 23 (Course 42263): Plant Terminology. Prof. Laura Forlin (lforlin@peralta.edu). Terminology relating to roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit used in plant identification courses. SYNCHRONOUS: Mondays 6:30PM – 8:45PM. 2.5 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LAND HORT 28A (Course 42272/42274): Permaculture Design I. Prof. Lawrence Lee (lelee@peralta.edu). Origin of soils, rocks, and minerals: Physical and chemical properties, water relations of plants and soils, soil fertility and fertilizers, organic matter, soil amendments for clay and for acid and alkali soils, and the cycling of nutrients in nature. SYNCHRONOUS: Fridays 9:00AM – 10:50AM and 11:00AM – 1:50PM. 3 units. UA.

LAND HORT 81 (Course 43590/43591): Arborist Equipment Fundamentals. Prof. Allegra Mautner (prunebuggy@gmail.com). Fundamentals of equipment used in the arborist trade: Chain saws, chippers, plant health care equipment, and aerial lift; truck driving and bucket truck operations; equipment maintenance; equipment safety and safe work practices. HYBRID: Saturdays 1:30PM – 2:20PM and 2:30PM – 5:20PM in person. 2 units. CRM; NHR; UA.