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Fall 2019 Classes

Fall 2019 Courses in Natural History & Sustainability

(Classes run from the week of August 19 to the week of December 16 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 going through the approval process; 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.

Click on each class for more information; enroll by 7/31 to ensure space.

Environmental Management and Technology (ENVMT) Courses:

ENVMT 1: Environmental Careers, Prof. Brad Balukjian (bbalukjian@peralta.edu). A hands-on, practical guide to getting a job in the environmental field, from working for parks to environmental consulting to non-profit work. Lecture only; Course #43542, 1 unit, runs 10/16-11/20 on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:20 PM. CRM; NHR; UA.

ENVMT 5: Oakland Food Culture, Prof. Paul Rogé (proge@peralta.edu). Where better to study sustainable urban farming than right here in Oakland? Learn the gifts and rich food traditions of our city’s many diverse cultures and their impact and contributions to edible gardening. Lecture and lab; Course #48124 (Lecture) and 48125 (Lab); 3 units, Mondays 2:15-4:05 PM and 12-2:50 PM. NOTE: Course is dual enrollment and taught at Skyline High School. UA

ENVMT 12/AFRAM 38: Environmental Racism and Justice, Prof. Nehanda Imara (nimara@peralta.edu). American and global environmental policy and ethics concentrating on their impact on minorities and people of color. Lecture only. Course #47405. Online. CRM; NHR; UA.

Biology (BIOL) Courses:

BIOL 15: Environmental Biology, Prof. Ben Nelson (bnelson@peralta.edu). A foundations course in ecology and environmental science, essential for anyone pursuing a career in the environment and required for students looking to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Conservation & Resource Management. Lecture only; Course #47492; 3 units; Wednesdays 2-4:50 PM. Counts as Natural Sciences course for transfer. CRM.

BIOL 29: Introduction to Biodiversity, Prof. Brad Balukjian (bbalukjian@peralta.edu). Think we can get through 8 million species in one semester? Come and find out. A field-based foundations course in all of the wacky, wonderful animals, plants, fungi, and microbes that share the planet with us, taught with an emphasis on evolution. Required for the Natural History & Resources Certificate of Achievement. Lecture and lab; Course #43345 (Lecture) and 43346 (Lab); 4 units, Tuesdays/Thursdays 9-10:15 AM and 10:30-11:45 AM. Counts as Natural Sciences course for transfer. NHR

BIOL 60B: Natural History of the Bay Area: Mt. Diablo State Park, Prof. Ben Nelson (bnelson@peralta.edu). A two-day field course designed for high school students through the second-highest mountain in the Bay Area. Field; Course #47496; 1 unit, runs 9/20-21, 8 AM-12:50 PM and 2-5:50 PM. NOTE: Course is dual enrollment and designed for LPS High School. NHR

BIOL 61I: Natural History of the Bay Area: Bryophytes, Prof. Caleb Caswell-Levy (calebcaswelllevy@gmail.com). Long derided as “lower” plants, the mosses, hornworts and liverworts are ready for their close-up. Basics of identification, morphology, and ecology. Lecture and field; Course #47667; 2 units; runs 10/16-12/7 on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:50 PM and 3 Saturday field trips on 11/2, 11/16, and 12/7. NHR

BIOL 62U: Natural History of the Giant Sequoia in Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, Prof. Ron Felzer (rfelzer@peralta.edu). Explore the ecology, physiology, and anatomy of the iconic giant sequoia trees in two of our national park. Lecture and field; Course #47497; 1.5 units; runs 8/29-9/12 on Thursday evenings from 7-9:50 PM and field trips on 9/7, 9/14, and 9/15. Counts towards the Certificate of Proficiency in Natural History.

Landscape Horticulture (LANHT) Courses:

LANHT 5A: Plant Materials: Fall Native Plant ID and Culture, Prof. Stew Winchester (stewwinchester@sbcglobal.net). Learn how to identify our local native plants. Lecture and lab; Course #45744 (Lecture) and 47545 (Lab); 3 units; Wednesdays from 10-11:50 AM and 1-3:50 PM. NHR.

LANHT 16: Soil Management, Prof. Laura Forlin (lforlin@peralta.edu). Overview of the physical and chemical properties of soil, along with the role of organic matter. Lecture and lab; Course #43309 (Lecture) and 43310 (Lab); 3 units; Wednesdays from 6-8:15 PM and 8:30-9:45 PM. NHR.

LANHT 23: Plant Terminology, Prof. Laura Forlin (lforlin@peralta.edu). Botanical essentials; learn all the parts of plants from the roots on up. Literally grass-roots learning. Lecture only; Course #43117; 2.5 units; Mondays from 6:30-8:45 PM. NHR.

LANHT 28A: Permaculture Design, Prof. Lawrence Lee (lelee@peralta.edu). Introduction to the principles of permaculture. Lecture and Lab; Course #43130 (Lecture) and 43132 (Lab); 3 units; Fridays from 9-10:50 AM and 11-1:50 PM. UA.

LANHT 76: Edible Landscaping, Prof. Lawrence Lee (lelee@peralta.edu). How to use edible plants in the constructed landscape, from yards to school gardens. Lecture and Lab; Course #47553 (Lecture) and 47554 (Lab); 3 units; Thursdays from 5-6:50 PM and 7-9:50 PM. UA.

LANHT 76: Edible Landscaping, Prof. Matthew Linzner (mlinzner@peralta.edu). How to use edible plants in the constructed landscape, from yards to school gardens. Lecture and Lab; Course #47553 (Lecture) and 47554 (Lab); 3 units; M/W/F from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. NOTE: Course is dual enrollment and taught at Castlemont High School. UA.

LANHT 81: Arborist Equipment Fundamentals, Prof. Gregory Tarver (gtarver@peralta.edu). Fundamentals of equipment used in the arborist trade. Lecture and Lab; Course #43503 (Lecture) and 43504 (Lab); 2 units; Thursdays from 5:30-6:20 PM and 6:30-9:20 PM. CRM.

Geography (GEOG) Courses: 

GEOG 1: Physical Geography, Prof. Teresa Williams (twilliams@peralta.edu). Basic elements of the earth’s physical systems and processes. Lecture; Course #43219 or 47505; 3 units; M/W from 9-10:15 AM or Tu/Th from 10-11:15 AM. NHR.

Geology (GEOL) Courses:

GEOL 1: Introduction to Physical Geology, Prof. Teresa Williams (twilliams@peralta.edu). Survey of materials and structures comprising the outer portion of the earth. Lecture and Lab; Course #43039 (Lecture) and 43040 (Lab); 4 units; Tu/Th from 12:30-1:45 PM and 2-3:15 PM. NHR.