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Summer/Fall 2020 Classes

Summer/Fall 2020 Courses in Natural History & Sustainability

(Summer classes run from June 15-July 23; fall classes run from August 24 until December 18 unless otherwise indicated.)

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

COVID-19 Update: Due to the ongoing pandemic, fall classes will be taught online. It is up to the individual professor’s discretion whether to teach the class “in real time” (synchronously) or asynchronously. The times listed for each class below are the original planned meeting times.

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.

SUMMER 2020

Environmental Management and Technology (ENVMT) Courses:

ENVMT 3 [Course 30970 (Lecture)/30971 (Lab)]: Social Issues in Agriculture. Prof. Paul Rogé (proge@peralta.edu). Investigation of social justice, food access, food security, and hunger issues on a local and national scale. ONLINE. Note: Please enroll for both lecture and lab. 3 units. UA.

FALL 2020

Environmental Management and Technology (ENVMT) Courses:

ENVMT 1 (Course 43927): Environmental Careers. Prof. Brad Balukjian (bbalukjian@peralta.edu). Career development strategies and exploration of what is available in emerging environmental fields. Tuesdays, 6-8:50 PM, 10/13-11/24. 1 unit. CRM; NHR; UA.

ENVMT 5 [Course 43930 (Lecture)/43931 (Lab)]: Oakland Food Culture. Prof. Yael Ehrenberg (nehellion@peralta.edu). 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. Thursdays, 10-11:50AM, 1-3:50PM. Note: Please enroll in both lecture and lab. 3 units. CRM; UA.

ENVMT 12 (Course 43124) Cross-listed with 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. ONLINE. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

ENVMT 56 (Course 43933): Management of Public Parks and Natural Resources. Professor TBD. Current practices and issues in the management of public lands at the federal, state, and local level. Wednesdays, 6:30-9:20 PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

Biology (BIOL) Courses:

BIOL 15 (Course 43144): Environmental Biology. Prof. Ben Nelson (bnelson@peralta.edu). Study of the relationships between living things and their environment; includes multiple trips into the field. Wednesdays 2-4:50PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

BIOL 29 [Course 43006 (Lecture)/43007 (Lab)]: 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; includes multiple trips into the field. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-10:15AM, 10:30-11:45AM. Note: Please enroll in both lecture and lab. 4 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

BIOL 61I (Course 43742): Natural History of the Bay Area: Bryophytes. Prof. Javier Jauregui Lazo (jajauregui@berkeley.edu) Identification of common mosses and liverworts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Tuesdays 7-8:50pm, 10/27-12/8; field trips 11/7 9AM-5:20 PM, 12/5 11AM-3:50PM, and 12/12 9AM-5:20PM. 2 units. CRM; NHR.

Landscape Horticulture (LANHT) Courses:

LAND HORT 5EA (Course 43748): Plant Materials: Fall Native Plant ID. Prof. Stew Winchester (stewwinchester@sbcglobal.net). Identification and culture of Fall native plants used in the landscape. Mondays 6:30-9:20PM. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LAND HORT 10 [Course 43788 (Lecture)/43789 (Lab)]: Insects: Identification and Management. Prof. Edward Dunbar (eddie@bugpeople.org). Identification and management of local arthropod pests and beneficial populations particular to ornamental plants. Wednesdays 6-8:15PM, 8:30-9:45PM. Note: Please enroll in both lecture and lab. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LAND HORT 16 (Course 43790): Soil Management. Prof. Laura Forlin (lforlin@peralta.edu). Origin of soils, rocks, and minerals. Wednesdays 1-3:15, 3:30-4:45. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LAND HORT 23 (Course 42841): Plant Terminology. Prof. Laura Forlin (lforlin@peralta.edu). Terminology relating to roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit used in plant identification courses. Mondays 6:30-8:45PM. 2.5 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

LAND HORT 28A [Course 42852 (Lecture)/42834 (Lab)]: Permaculture Design I. Prof. Lawrence Lee (lelee@peralta.edu). Strategies and techniques of applied ecology/permaculture design. Thursdays 9-10:50AM, 11-1:50PM. Note: Please enroll in both lecture and lab. 3 units. UA.

LAND HORT 81 [Course 43294 (Lecture)/43295 (Lab)]: Arborist Equipment Fundamentals. Prof. Allegra Mautner (prunebuggy@gmail.com). Fundamentals of equipment used in the arborist trade. Saturdays 1:30-2:20PM, 2:30-5:20PM. Note: Please enroll in both lecture and lab. 2 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

Geography (GEOG) Courses:

GEOG 1 (Course 42920 or 43152 or 43800): 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 or Mondays/Wednesdays 6-7:15pm. 3 units. CRM; NHR; UA.

Geology (GEOL) Courses:

GEOL 1 [Course 42777 (Lecture)/42778 (Lab)]: 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. Note: Please enroll in both lecture and lab. 4 units. CRM; NHR.

Art Courses:

ART 166 [Course 43664 (Lecture)/43665 (Lab)]: 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. Note: Please enroll in both lecture and lab. 2 units. CRM; NHR.