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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.

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. 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. Professor TBD. 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.