Fall courses run from August 22-December 16 (finals week is the week of December 12). All courses are in-person unless otherwise indicated. Note that Merritt College requires proof of vaccination. Courses required for a Certificate of Achievement in CRM (Conservation and Resource Management), NHR (Natural History and Resources) and UA (Urban Agroecology) are indicated in boldface at the end of the listing. For more on enrollment, go to https://www.merritt.edu/steps

Biology (BIOL) Courses:

BIOL 15 (class 42547): Environmental Biology. Prof. Ben Nelson (bnelson@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. Tuesdays, 3-5:50 PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

BIOL 29 (lecture class 42893; lab class 42894; both are required): Introduction to Biodiversity. Prof Greg Vose (gregvsf@gmail.com). 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. Lecture Tu/Th, 9-10:15 AM; Lab Tu/Th 10:30-11:45 AM). 4 units. CRM; NRH; UA.

BIOL 61E (class 43278): Natural History: Tidepools of the Greater Bay Area. Prof Ben Nelson (bnelson@peralta.edu). Survey of tide-pool life of the Greater Bay Area: Invertebrates and vertebrates as well as tide-pool flora. Meets for three sessions total: Wednesday, 11/9, 6-7:50 PM on campus; field sessions on 11/11 and 11/12. 0.5 units. CRM; NHR.

BIOL 61I (class 43279): Natural History of the Bay Area: Bryophytes. Prof. Ben Carter (benjamin.carter@sjsu.edu). Identification of common mosses and liverworts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area: Slide preparation and microscopic examination including field identification. Meets 9/12-10/17 on Mondays 6-7:50 PM; field trips on three Saturdays (9/24, 10/8, and 10/15). 2 units. CRM; NHR.

Environmental Management (ENVMT) Courses:

ENVMT 1 (class 42787): Environmental Careers. Prof. Brad Balukjian (bbalukjian@peralta.edu). Career development strategies and exploration of emerging environmental fields: Exploration of green jobs in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors, with hands-on training in interviewing and job application preparation. Meets for six sessions: Tuesdays 6-8:50 PM, 9/13-10/18. 1 unit. CRM, NHR, UA.

ENVMT 5 (lecture class 42884; lab class 42885; both are required): Bay Area Food Culture. Prof Elizabeth Boegel (eboegel@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. Lecture Mondays 9-10:50 AM; Lab Wednesdays 9-11:50 AM. 3 units. NHR; UA.

ENVMT 55 (class 43402): Principles of Conservation and Land Management. Prof. Jim O’Connor (joconnor@peralta.edu). Introduction to natural resources conservation and management: Historical and political overview of conservation and natural resource policies in California and the United States. Thursdays 6-8:50 PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

ENVMT 476F: Occupational Work Experience in Environmental Management. Prof. Brad Balukjian (bbalukjian@peralta.edu). Internship class; acceptance through application process only. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

African-American Studies Courses:

AFRAM 38: Environmental Racism and Justice. Prof. Danae Martinez (dlmartinez@peralta.edu). 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. Asynchronous online course, 9/12-12/17. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

Art Courses:

ART 166 (both lecture and lab are required; option 1 lecture class 42611, lab class 41612; option 2 lecture class 43503, lab class 43504): Beginning Botanical Drawing. Exploration through drawing of basic plant structures: Recording details of various plant forms; emphasis on rendering form, color, and texture with graphite, ink pen, colored pencils, and watercolor. Online course. 2 units. CRM; NHR.

Landscape Horticulture (LANHT) Courses:

LANHT 5A (lecture class 43311; lab class 43312; both are required): 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. The lab includes classroom demonstrations and field trips to prominent Bay Area landscapes. Lecture online; lab Mondays 6:30-9:20 PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LANHT 10 (lecture class 42624; lab class 42625; both are required): Insect Pests. Prof. Eddie Dunbar (eddie@bugpeople.org). 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. Online lecture Thursdays 6-8:15 PM; lab 8:30-9:45 PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LANHT 16 (lecture class 42626; lab class 42627; both are required). 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. Online lecture Wednesdays 1-3:15 PM; lab 3:30-4:45 PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LANHT 23 (class 42415). Plant Terminology. Prof. Laura Forlin (lforlin@peralta.edu). Terminology used in identification of plants: Terms relating to roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit used in all plant identification courses and in Introduction to Landscape Horticulture. Online course, Mondays 6:30-8:45 PM. 2.5 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LANHT 76 (lecture class 43315; lab class 43316; both are required). Edible Landscaping. Prof. Elizabeth Boegel (eboegel@peralta.edu). Use of food producing plants in the constructed landscape for homeowners, renters, school gardens, community gardens, senior centers, and micro-farms. Lecture Fridays 10-11:50 AM; lab Fridays 1-3:50 PM. 3 units. UA.

LANHT 81 (lecture class 42769; lab class 42770; both are required). 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. Lecture Saturdays 1:30-2:20 PM; lab 2:30-5:20 PM. 2 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

Geography (GEOG) Courses:

GEOG 1 (lecture class 42454; lab class 42552). 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. Online course. Lecture is 3 units; lab is 1 unit. CRM; NHR; UA.

Geology (GEOL) Courses:

GEOL 1 (both lecture and lab required; option 1 lecture class 42385, lab class 42386; option 2 lecture class 42744, lab class 42745). Introduction to Physical Geology. 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. 4 units. CRM.