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Course Number: ENVMT 1
Environmental Careers
Units: 1
Class:  1 unit, 1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Career development strategies and exploration of what is available in emerging environmental fields: Exploration of environmental fields that are some of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy such as sustainable building, environmental policy and education, food, recycling, pollution reduction, green business, energy, transit, watershed protection, and environmental technologies.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 2
Introduction to Sustainable Environmental Systems 
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Interdisciplinary study of the impact of human civilization on the earth’s major ecological systems: Issues examined in historic, contemporary, and future settings, including both Western and non-Western contexts; material presented from a theoretical point of view, with a focus on core concepts and methods related to ecology, sustainability, human population, natural resources, wastes and pollution; reflection of how human economic, political, and ethical behaviors are inextricably interwoven with the environment; and presentation of environmental career options. 0303.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

 

Course Number: ENVMT 2L
Principles of Ecology and Sustainable Systems Lab
Units: 1
Class:  3 hours laboratory (GR)
Pre-requisite or co-requisite: Biol 13 or Envmt 2
Also offered as Biol 13L. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 13L.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Field laboratory course which identifies, measures, and tests the sustainable environmental principles discussed in ENVMT 2 or BIOL 13: Qualitative and macro/micro quantitative methods, identifying and sustaining ecosystems, nutrient cycling, geographical and aquatic ecology, population dynamics, water and energy systems, air pollution and hazardous waste, and farming methods and use of pesticides.  0303.00 CSU area B3 (with Biol 13 satisfies lab requirement); IGETC area 5C (with Biol 13 satisfies lab requirement)

 

Course Number: ENVMT 3
Social Issues in Agriculture
Units: 3
Class:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Study of the social side of agriculture, food and gardening: Investigation of social justice, food access, food security and hunger issues on a local and national scale; current debates and conversations related to food systems (both industrial and alternative), agricultural production and labor issues; perspectives of field workers, farmers, academics and food-related pop-culture writers.  0399.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU GE area D; IGETC area 4

 

Course Number: ENVMT 4
Agricultural Literature
Units: 3
Class:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Study of food and agriculture through literature and writing: Agricultural readings of historical fiction and contemporary food writing; food journaling, writing and class discussions of how texts around food and agriculture give us insight into political and social history; examination of how food writing relates to social and personal issues of today.  0399.00
AA/AS area 3, 4d; CSU GE area C2; IGETC area 3B

 

Course Number: ENVMT 5
Oakland Food Culture
Units: 3
Class:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Investigation of the symbolic, social, and cultural role of edible gardens in diverse cultures and the recognition of how one’s own heritage can be an asset as a gardener and designer: Field trips to Oakland gardens designed by people of different cultures, documenting the cultural diversity of food and gardens through interviews and photography.  0399.00
AA/AS area 2, 3

 

Course Number: ENVMT 8
Introduction to Outdoor Education
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Overview of nature/culture interpretation and education: Planning for age, theme, and place appropriate pre-sentations leading towards employment opportunities in the environmental management field.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 9
Early Childhood Environmental Education
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Chdev 99. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Chdev 99.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to early childhood environmental education: Development of safe, age/ developmentally-appropriate activities that connect young children with the wonder of their natural surroundings; multidisciplinary focus on environmental education and its relationship to other aspects of early childhood education such as science, literacy, art, and music curriculum; curriculum development and strategies for preparation of successful lesson plans for classrooms, schoolyards and parks. 0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 10
Urban Ecology
Units: 2
Class:  2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description:  Investigation of selected urban environmental issues: Relationship of environmental issues to social problems, urban and natural resource policy and planning issues, and critical natural processes supporting urban systems; research of urban environmental impacts, survey of ongoing urban ecological restoration projects, and grassroots movements.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 11
Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Formerly offered as Emart 41.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Survey of sustainable urban and regional planning: Overview of the problems and solutions of environmentally and socially sustainable planning of cities, suburbs, and rural areas; history, philosophies and theories of urban planning; rural land use and planning strategies; and the regional approach to planning.  0303.00
AA/AS area 2, CSU area D

 

Course Number: ENVMT 12
Environmental Racism and Justice
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as AFRAM 38. Not open for credit to student who have completed or are currently enrolled in AFRAM 38.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description:  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. 0303.00
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D; IGETC area 4; UCB American Cultures

 

Course Number: ENVMT 16
Introduction to Healthy Community Systems
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to healthy community systems and their impact on both human and environmental health: Exploration of how “health for all” can be built into neighborhoods and urban plans and policies; includes field projects.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 18
Environmental Writing
Units: 2.5
Class:  2 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to environmental writing: Application and practice, through the use of reading and writing exercises; technical, creative, descriptive, report and publicity writing types commonly used in the environmental field.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 19
Civilization’s Impact on the Environment: Psychology of Trashing the Earth 
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Also offered as Psych 19. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Psych 19.
Description:  Introduction to civilization’s impact on the environment: Connections between human psychosocial development and the creation of both environmental problems and their solutions, and human communities and their niche within and relative balance with the environment in past millennia; the human psyche, its origins in nature, and its influence on the story of life on earth; exploration of the opportunities and obstacles to planning a sustainable future.  0303.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

 

Course Number: ENVMT 20
Introduction to Green Building and Ecological Design
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to green, regenerative, and natural building materials and renovation utilizing resource conservation: Building site selection; energy-efficient design and construction; solar, wind, and renewable energy systems; solid waste management and recycling; landscape design, and water catchment and conservation; and building rating systems.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 20L
Introduction to Green Building and Energy Options Lab
Units: 1
Class:  3 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Pre-requisite or co-requisite: Envmt 20 or 21
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Course study under this section may be repeated three times for a maximum of 4 units. Hands-on use of skills learned in Green Building and Sustainable Energy Options, ENVMT 20 and 21: Community and campus lab/studio projects following the basic CSI design and construction format and showing green methods and resources; project topics cover design and installation of sustainable energy system devices, water conservation and reuse and site landscape systems, and environmentally sound building materials and practices.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 21
Sustainable Energy Options
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Survey of the many alternatives to current energy uses: Nature of the energy crisis, local and national energy policies, new job opportunities, and personal options; exploration of ways to match needs for energy with abundant supplies of renewable energy, as well as methods of conserving energy.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 22
Energy-Efficient Design and Construction
Units: 2
Class:  1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Course study under this section may be repeated three times for a maximum of 8 units.
Description:  Strategies for energy- and resource-efficient living in the Merritt College Self-Reliant House and Garden: Design and construction, testing of energy and resource-efficient model systems, measurements and evaluation of active and passive heating and cooling systems, alternative energy sources, and recycling systems.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 23
Introduction to Solid Waste Management and Recycling
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Formerly offered as SWMT 10.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Solid waste recycling and management: Characteristics and amounts of solid wastes, collection systems, introduction to treatment processes, closing the loop and return of treated wastes to the environment.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 24
Energy Conservation and Auditing
Units: 2
Class:  2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Formerly offered as Etech 16.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Examination of household and large building energy usage, conservation, and rehabilitation: Energy concepts, heat-loss calculations, basic solar concepts, site selection, design improvements, appliances, and utility systems.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 25
Introduction to Wildlife Conservation
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Biol 46. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Biol 46.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description:  Introduction to conservation biology, biodiversity, and wildlife observation: Biodiversity, evolution and ecosystems; conservation and field observation methods including visits to local sites to identify and observe species in their ecological context.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 30
Ecological Restoration: Uplands
Units: 2
Class:  2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Formerly offered as Envst 22.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Survey of principles, techniques, and their applications to the practice of ecological restoration above the waterline: Emphasis on the use of native trees, grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers in the urban/ suburban environment, as well as in parks and other wildlands.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 31
Wetlands Restoration
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Formerly offered as Envst 25.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Principles and practices in the development and restoration of wetlands: Seasonal wetlands, fresh- and salt-water marshlands, and field lectures in a variety of wetland environments.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 32
Watershed Assessment
Units: .5-3
Class:  .5-3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Modular (modules A-F), open-entry/open-exit course
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Course study under this section may be repeated six times for a maximum of 3 units.
Description:  Introductory and more advanced technical workshops on watershed assessment and adaptive management techniques for whole watersheds: Multiple values of water quality, quantity, habitat, and beneficial uses studied at field sites. Specific requirements for actual watershed projects provide the workshop materials.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 33AA
Introduction to Creek and Watershed Restoration: General Aspect
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Modular course
Formerly offered as Emart 23A.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Principles and practices in the restoration and monitoring of creeks and watersheds: Overview of global water cycle and atmospheric circulation; basic hydrologic principles and processes including erosion, flooding, and deposition of sediment. 0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 33AB
Introduction to Creek and Watershed Restoration: General Aspects
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Modular course
Formerly offered as Emart 23A.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Principles and practices in the restoration and monitoring of creeks and watersheds: Introduction to physical, chemical and biological characteristics of streams, springs and groundwater; restoration techniques with native plants.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 33AC
Introduction to Creek and Watershed Restoration: General Aspects
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Modular course
Formerly offered as Emart 23A.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Principles and practices in the restoration and monitoring of creeks and watersheds: Environmental laws and regulations covering watercourses, and land use alternatives; community involvement and history of restoration activities.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 34
From Dams to Greywater: California Water Systems and Alternatives
Units: 2
Class:  2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in LANHT 48OP.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Study of California’s water systems and its influence on regional agricultural, industrial, and urban development and transformation of the San Francisco watershed area: Integrated study of the geography, hydrology, ecology, history, water policy, ecological agriculture, permaculture, and resource management of the San Francisco watershed area; critical analysis of the social, political, and economic forces that influenced water development and current water management challenges; and exploration of sustainable water harvesting and wastewater treatment strategies. 0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 35
Introduction to Urban Agro Ecology
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the expanding production and distribution of healthy food and environmentally sustainable agriculture in and near cities: Organic and intensive agriculture, field methods, policy, economy, ecology, and equity.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 35L
Urban Agroecology Lab
Units: 1
Class:  3 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Practical solutions for ecological farming methods and community food security: Practical skills for creating an ecologically-based bio-intensive garden; planning, developing, and sustaining small-scale urban food gardens for diverse housing types.  0399.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 36
Introduction to Watershed Science
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to key components of watershed management protocols: Basic training for management of watershed and estuary projects, coastal and river processes, water monitoring techniques, habitat restoration techniques, geospatial technology, and community participation.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 38A
Natural Building
Units: 3
Class:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as LANHT 36A. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in LANHT 36A.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Building and design techniques which use energy- efficient, local, natural, sustainable, and accessible materials with a focus on urban applications: Historical and current uses of natural building materials, hands-on experience, guest lecturers, and tours of local projects; emphasis on appropriate site-specific materials and construction of natural building foundations and small projects (benches, ovens, walls). 0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 38B
Natural Building
Units: 3
Class:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR or P/ NP)
Also offered as LANHT 36B. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in LANHT 36B.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Continuation of ENVMT 38A: Site assessment, design sketches, and construction of natural building roof systems and small projects (natural plasters, rammed earth).  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 38C
Natural Building
Units: 3
Class:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (GR or P/ NP)
Also offered as LANHT 36C. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in LANHT 36C.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Continuation of ENVMT 38B: Independent student projects and construction of poured adobe flooring and natural building walls with plastering.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 39A
Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) I
Units: .5
Class:  .5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to basic principles of Global Positioning Systems (GPS): Principles and terminology of GPS.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 39B
Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) II
Units: .5
Class:  .5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) operation: GPS systems application and computer terminal operation.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 39C
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Units: 2
Class:  2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to basic principles and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Overview of computerized mapmaking, database information management, and associated computer technology; survey of common GIS software.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 39D
Geographic Information Systems Reader Software
Units: .5
Class:  .5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Geog 39D. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Geog 39D.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to basic concepts of geographic information systems software as used in modern society and use of simple GIS reader software for application to academic study and career preparation: Focus on how to load GIS files, basic data manipulation, printing and exporting for preparation of reports and PowerPoint presentations.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 40
From Tree to Sea: A Bay Area Environmental Cross Section
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the outdoor environment of the San Francisco Bay watershed environment and nearby sites: Field study of ecosystems of the bay, hills, forest lands, creeks and wetlands; sampling of water quality and marine life; and explorations of sustainable cultural, ecotourism, and economic uses of the Bay environment.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 41
Wildlife and Watershed Restoration Gardening
Units: 1-2
Class:  1-2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Open-entry/open-exit course
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Course study under this section may be repeated one time for a maximum of 2 units.
Description:  Planning and implementing a garden or restoration landscape with native plants to create a refuge habitat for wildlife, and protect water quality in creeks and the San Francisco Bay: Ecology of local plant and animal communities; hands-on activities in project planning and design, plant propagation, erosion control, and invasive weed removal.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 42
Ecology, Culture and Stewardship of California Landscapes
Units: 1-3
Class:  1-3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Modular (modules A-C), open-entry/open-exit course
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Course study under this section may be repeated two times for a maximum of 3 units.
Description:  Introduction to ecological restoration and the relationships of people to local ecology, including land use history, native biota, and native landscapes: Field-class exploration of ancient and emerging stewardship knowledge from ethnobotany and art to horticulture and restoration ecology.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 43
Introduction to Urban Forest Products and Policy
Units: 3
Class:  2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab (GR/PNP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to the history, policy and practice of planning, caring for and using the Urban Forest: Tree choices, aesthetics, risk and wildfire, ecosystem, social and economic benefits, basic planting, pruning, wood product milling and sales. 0302.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 44
Introduction to Creek and Watershed Restoration: General Aspects
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture, (GR/PNP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Principles and practices in the restoration and monitoring of creeks and watersheds: Overview of global water cycle and atmospheric circulation; basic hydrological principles and processes including erosion, flooding, and deposition of sediment. 0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 48NA-TZ
Selected Topics in Environmental Management and Technology
Units: .5-9
Class:  0-9 hours lecture, 0-27 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  See section on Selected Topics. 0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 49
Independent Study in Environmental Management and Technology
Units: .5-5
Class:  (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Course study under this section may be repeated three times for a maximum of 5 units.
Description:  See section on Independent Study.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 50
Special Projects in Ecological Planning, Implementation and Maintenance
Units: .5-3
Class:  .5-2.5 hours lecture, 0-1.5 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Open-entry/open-exit course (Levels 1-4)
Formerly offered as Emart 10A-D.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Course study under this section may be repeated three times for a maximum of 12 units.
Description:  Ongoing real-world projects in environmental management, funding, policy, restoration and maintenance practices for buildings, watersheds, and landscapes at public sites: The collaborative planning process; ecological assessment and development of timelines, work plans and budgets for ecological restoration; green and regenerative building; project evaluation and monitoring.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 210A
Environmental Photography and Photo Monitoring I
Units: 1.5
Class:  1.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to environmental photography: Historical, social, and technical uses of environmental photography and image making; hands-on introduction to beginning visual and technical methods using a camera to create and edit images on a basic level.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 210B
Environmental Photography and Photo Monitoring II
Units: 1.5
Class:  1.5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  Introduction to environmental photography and photo monitoring in the field: Field demonstration and projects involving selection, shooting, and editing of images; producing photo documents and shows. 0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 248NA-TZ
Selected Topics in Environmental Management and Technology
Units: .5-9
Class:  0-9 hours lecture, 0-27 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description:  See section on Selected Topics.  0303.00

 

Course Number: ENVMT 501
Sustainable Environmental Systems Projects (Non-Credit)
Units: 0
Class:  3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory (Not graded)
Course study under this section may be repeated as necessary.
Description:  Introduction to how modern systems of industry and policy impact the quality, health and safety of communities: Practical short- and long-term ways to improve air and water quality and reduce risks from disruptions like storms, fires, and earthquakes; sustainable environmental opportunities at home and in local business, product choices, and public resources in buildings and the landscape. 0303.00