Spring 2020 Courses in Natural History & Sustainability

(Classes run from the week of January 20 to the week of May 18 unless otherwise indicated.)

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

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 (nehellion@peralta.edu) and Paul Rogé (proge@peralta.edu). 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 (nehellion@peralta.edu) and Paul Rogé (proge@peralta.edu). 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 (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, 6:30-9:20 PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

Biology (BIOL) Courses:

BIOL 9 (Course 22859/22860): Marine Biology. Prof. Ben Nelson (bnelson@peralta.edu). 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 (agottscho@peralta.edu). 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 (al.m.weill@gmail.com). 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 (lforlin@peralta.edu). 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 (stewwinchester@sbcglobal.net). 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 (lforlin@peralta.edu). 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 (lelee@peralta.edu). 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 (lelee@peralta.edu). 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 (twilliams@peralta.edu). 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 (twilliams@peralta.edu). 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 (twilliams@peralta.edu). 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 (dprice@peralta.edu). 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 Courses:

ART 166 (Course 22361/22362): Beginning Botanical Drawing. Prof Sheila Metcalf-Tobin (smetcalftobin@peralta.edu). Exploration through drawing of basic plant structures. Mondays 12:30-1:20, 1:30-4:20. 2 units. CRM; NHR.

Nutrition Courses:

NUTR 31 (Course 22263/22264): Food Production Systems. Prof. Ashley Reaver (areaver@peralta.edu). The functions of institutional food service production. Mondays, 4-5:50, 6-8:50 PM. UA.