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Courses Offered

ENVS 100 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 units)

An interdisciplinary introduction to aspects of environmental and natural resource issues and their impact on human welfare. Exploration of causes of environmental issues in a natural sciences, social sciences, business and engineering context. Study of sustainability and potential solutions to environmental problems.

ENVS 101 Environmental Science Laboratory (1 units)

Applied exercises that introduce the interdisciplinary aspects of environmental and natural resource issues and their impact on humans as well as how humans impact the natural environment. Exploration of causes of environmental issues in a natural sciences, social sciences, business and engineering context. Study of sustainability and potential solutions to environmental problems. Field trips are required.

ENVS 400 Environmental Literacy for Career Technical Programs (2 units)

A basic oveview of general energy and sustainable concepts, climate change, carbon calculation and management, current and pending regulations for carbon, alternative energy technology, energy efficiency practices, and the emerging green economy for career technical programs.

ENVS 410 Introduction to Solar Installation and Integration (3.5 units)

Recommended: Completion of ELEC 110 with a grade of “C” or better, or concurrent enrollment in ELEC 110 or equivalent. An introductory course targeted to junior-level photovoltaic installers to provide a foundation of skills necessary in solar installation. Topics include electrical theory and practice, photovoltaic theory and integration and solar installation skills. The course is a balance of theory, hands-on practice and real world examples. Also listed as ELEC 410.

ENVS 425 Building Performance, Assessment, and Sales (4 units)

Provides a foundation to conduct home energy audits and sell home energy upgrade products and services. Topics include fundamental building science concepts, best practices for auditing and data analysis, BPI standards and the Title 24 energy code. The class prepares students for Building Performance Institute certification exam.

ENVS 491 Climate Protection Professional I (3 units)

Foundation for emerging leaders working in climate change mitigation and adaptation fields. Overview of climate change science (the greenhouse effect, emissions factors, and sources), current climate protection policies in California, including emerging regulations, and analytic tools, including mitigation and adaptation inventories and action plans. Includes professional training in project management, workplace effectiveness, communication, and fundraising. Also listed as ESTM 491.

ENVS 492 Climate Protection Professional II (3 units)

Expansion on fundamentals of climate change concepts: science and expected impacts; mitigation and adaptation strategies; metrics for analyzing current impacts, forecasts and results from solution scenarios. Expansion of project management practices, career pathways, leadership, and career development skills, within the context of client site projects in preparation for final report and/or presentation. Also listed as ESTM 492.

ENVS 665 Selected Topics in Environmental Science and Technology (0.5- 2 units)

Short course for development of knowledge, skills, and abilities in environmental technology--energy efficiency, solar, and business development. Special topics could include public policies, business tactics, currents in new technology, market trends in clean energy, software skills, energy modeling, and field training.

ENVS 670 Vocational Cooperative Education in Environmental Science & Technology (2 units)

Students may receive credit for work experience related to their major field or to their established career goal. Seminars and individual conferences are scheduled at convenient times during the semester for the instructor and the student to establish learning objectives related to the student's employment. Students are given appropriate assignments related to the stated objectives and graded in accordance with the college's established grading system. As an alternative, related instruction classes meeting one hour per week, usually in the evening, are available for those students who prefer or need a more structured learning process. One unit of credit for each 75 hours worked per semester, with a maximum of four units per semester, may be earned by students with jobs related to their academic or occupational majors or goals. May be repeated for credit up to 16 units. This limitation applies to Occupational Cooperative Education work experience courses offered within the SMCCCD.

ENVS 695 Independent Study in Environmental Science and Technology (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized, directed instruction provided in selected areas to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.

GEOL 100 Survey of Geology (3 units)

An introduction to the principles of geology with emphasis on Earth processes. Course includes the study of rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, and surface processes such as landslides, rivers, and glaciers. Not open to students who have taken or are taking Geology 210.

GEOL 105 Environmental Earth Science (3 units)

An introduction to the fundamentals of Environmental Earth Science including the interactions between humans and the environment in a geologic context. Course emphasizes the Earth system and connections between the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere.

GEOL 106 Weather and Climate (4 units)

Introduction to the study of Earth's atmosphere as a system, with an emphasis on the physical processes that change our atmosphere in the short term and throughout Earth's history. Topics include: atmospheric structure and composition, energy balances, seasonal changes, atmospheric moisture, storm systems, climate and climate change. Also listed as GEOG 106.

GEOL 210 General Geology (4 units)

An introduction to the principles of geology with emphasis on Earth processes, focusing on the internal structure and origin of the Earth and the processes that change and shape it. The laboratory component focuses on the identification of rocks and minerals, topographic and geologic map exercises and the identification of geologic landforms and hazards.

GEOL 220 Historical Geology (4 units)

Origin and history of the Earth and its development through geologic time. The formation of continents and ocean basins and their modifications through time. The evolution of plants and animals as seen through the fossil record. Emphasis on the geologic history of North America.

GEOL 695 Independent Study in Geology (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized, directed instruction provided in selected areas to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.

OCEN 100 Survey of Oceanography (3 units)

Selected topics in oceanography designed to provide the students with an introduction and basic understanding of the geological, physical, chemical and biological aspects of the world’s oceans. Methods of scientific investigation are used to explain the history, accomplishments and goals of modern oceanography.

OCEN 101 Oceanography Laboratory/Field Study (1 units)

Introductory exercises in geographic and bathymetric maps, statistical and microscopic studies of sediments, waves and sediment transport, bathymetry of ocean basins, ocean currents, tides, estuaries, physical and chemical properties of seawater, coastal erosion, and forms and diversity of marine life. Field trips included.

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