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Courses Offered

ENVS 100 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
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. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B2).

ENVS 410 INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR INSTALLATION AND INTEGRATION 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. Plus a total of 16 lab hours by arrangement. Also listed as ELEC 410. Transfer: CSU.
ENVS 425 BUILDING PERFORMANCE, ASSESSMENT, AND SALES (4)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester. Recommended: ENVS 680SF (Principles of Building Science, Energy and Construction); and eligibility for MATH 110 or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

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. Prepares students for the Building Performance Institute certification exam. Transfer credit: CSU.

ENVS 491 CLIMATE PROTECTION PROFESSIONAL I (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 hours. Prerequisite: ESTM 400 or ENVS 100, or equivalent.
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. Transfer credit: CSU.

ENVS 492 CLIMATE PROTECTION PROFESSIONAL II (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: ENVS/ESTM 491, or equivalent.

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. Transfer credit: CSU.

ENVS 665SA SOLAR SYSTEMS FOR THE CONSUMER Make the move to renewable solar energy. Class covers basic principles of photovoltaics and solar thermal, rebates, and discusses individual energy savings. May be repeated once for credit. Transfer: CSU.
ENVS 665SB CAREERS IN GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIES Join the new green workforce. Green careers are not limited to those in alternative energy. Career choices include sales, finance, sustainable farming, wildlife restoration, and so much more. Find out how to green your present career. May be repeated once for credit. Transfer: CSU.
ENVS 665SC INTRODUCTION TO CLEAN ENERGY CONCEPTS Explore basic environmental issues including global warming and climate change. Introduction to renewable energy and energy efficiency with an emphasis on alternative energy. Transfer: CSU.
ENVS 665SD ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLEAN ENERGY LITERACY Explore basic environmental issues and justice, clean energy concepts, and green jobs. Transfer: CSU.
ENVS 665SE ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR REALTORS AND MORTGAGE PROFESSIONALS Content includes the fundamentals of energy efficiency in existing homes, how to finance whole house upgrades and renewables, using the Green MLS, and how to profit from the green housing paradigm. Also listed as R.E. 665SE. Transfer: CSU.
ENVS 680SA SOLAR DESIGN, ESTIMATION AND SALES Provides a foundation of skills to understand and sell basic solar installation systems. Basic course content includes fundamental economic principles and incentive programs related to solar systems, design of PV and solar thermal systems, sizing and cost estimation of solar systems, and fundamental customer service and marketing practices. Transfer: CSU.
ENVS 680SB BUILDING PERFORMANCE, ASSESSMENT AND SALES 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 course prepares students for Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification. Transfer credit: CSU.
ENVS 680SC EFFECTIVE GREEN BUSINESS MARKETING Provides foundation of knowledge and skills to acquire customers and market for green businesses, emphasizing the construction industry. Topics include branding strategy, customer relationship management, marketing techniques and tools, and best practices for business development. Each week, students will apply marketing techniques to real-world businesses and case studies. Transfer credit: CSU.
ENVS 680SD ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE LEARNING (2)

Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture.

A community-based approach to Environmental Science. Core concepts of sustainability and civic responsibility are emphasized through independent volunteer projects coupled with in-class lecture, weekly peer learning, discussions, reflections, and presentations. Transfer credit: CSU.

ENVS 680SE GREEN BUSINESS MARKETING STRATEGY AND TOOLS (2) (Pass/No Pass or letter grade.) A minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Provides foundation of knowledge and skills to acquire customers and market for green businesses, emphasizing the construction industry. Topics include branding strategy, customer relationship management, marketing techniques and tools, and best practices for business development. Each week, students will apply marketing techniques to real-world businesses and case studies. Transfer credit: CSU.
ENVS 680SF PRINCIPLES OF BUILDING SCIENCE, ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION (3.0) Overview residential built environment, building science and whole building construction terminology and practices, and energy markets/policy. Emphasis on California, energy efficiency and water conservation. Transfer: CSU.
ENVS 680SG FUNDAMENTALS OF HOME PERFORMANCE BUSINESS PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT (Pass/No Pass or letter grade.) Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Overview of key productivity drivers necessary to create and sustain a new business or transition an existing business to energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services. Tools to identify and grow construction businesses by leveraging in-house and government and utility resources. Business planning, managing marketing, sales, service, and operations. Transfer credit: CSU.
ENVS 680SH BUILDING PERFORMANCE RETROFITTING (4.0) (Pass?No Pass or letter grade.) A minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester. Recommended: ENVS 425 with a minimum grade of C or Pass, ENVS 680SF with a minimum grade of C or Pass; and eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and eligibility for MATH 110. Provides a foundation to perform “whole-house” retrofits for energy/water efficiency. Students apply theory to conduct hands-on retrofitting. Topics include building science, energy assessment reports, developing work scope, HVAC and envelope upgrades, air leakage and sealing, insulation installation, moisture remediation, quality control. Preparation for Building Performance Institute certification exam. Transfer credit: CSU.
ENVS 680SI INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV) SYSTEMS, DESIGN AND FINANCE (2)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or equivalent.

Provides a foundation of knowledge and skills to understand the solar photovoltaics market and technology. Includes introduction to the global solar PV market, fundamentals of electricity and PV technology, introduction to incentive programs related to solar systems and fundamentals of the site survey process for a residential solar PV array. Transfer credit: CSU.

ENVS 680SJ SOLAR THERMAL (WATER HEATING) FUNDAMENTALS (.5)

Minimum of 8 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or equivalent.

An overview of industry standards and best practices for residential and commercial solar hot water heating. Topics include industry overview and policy incentives; identifying collectors, components, and system types; performing financial analysis for cost savings; practices in selecting equipment and components, siting, designing, constructing, and installing systems. Transfer credit: CSU.

ENVS 680SL NABCEP ENTRY-LEVEL SOLAR INDUSTRY TEST PREPARATION (.5)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 8 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: ENVS 680SI, or equivalent.

Review and test preparation for Entry-Level North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) exam. Topics include PV Markets and Applications, Safety, Electricity Basics, Solar Energy Fundamentals, PV Module Fundamentals, System Components, PV System Sizing Principles, PV System Electrical Design, PV System Mechanical Design, Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting. Transfer credit: CSU.

ENVS 680SM FIELD TRAINING AND CREDENTIAL EXAM PREPARATION FOR HOME PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (.5)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 24 lab hours/semester. Recommended: ENVS 425, or equivalent.

Hands-on, advanced field training course builds on fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities for conducting home performance energy efficiency assessments. Students hone best practices for building systems assessment and data analysis, and producing technical reports with energy upgrade recommendations. Advanced preparation for Building Performance Institute (BPI) field certification exam. Transfer credit: CSU.

ENVS 680SN CLIMATE PROTECTION PROFESSIONAL I (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: ENVS 100 or ESTM 400, or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or equivalent.

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. Transfer credit: CSU.

ENVS 680SO CLIMATE PROTECTION PROFESSIONAL II (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of ENVS/ESTM 680SN.

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. Transfer credit: CSU.

ENVS 680SP CLIMATE RESILIENCE: COMMUNITY-BASED APPLICATION (1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/Semester: 8-9 lecture/24-27 lab.
Prepares students to engage with their community through reviewing science and policy around water, energy and waste in the California region. Students review climate resilience indicators and learn to use tools and methods including assessments, inventories, and climate action plans. Professional training covers community engagement models through public outreach campaigns and project-based learning in K-12 schools. Transfer credit: CSU.
GEOL 100 SURVEY OF GEOLOGY (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
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 GEOL 210. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1).

GEOL 105 ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
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. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1).
GEOL 106 WEATHER AND CLIMATE (4)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture/48-54 lab. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
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. Transfer credit: CSU.

GEOL 180 GEOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA (3)

Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 836.

An overview of the general principles of geology with examples from the great diversity of local and regional features found in California. Comparisons to other parts of the world are made, demonstrating that the Golden State contains a microcosm of global geologic evolution. Emphasis on the significant interaction of geology and life in California from the Gold Rush through the Great Earthquake to today. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1).

GEOL 210 GENERAL GEOLOGY (4)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture/48-54 lab/field trips by arrangement. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An introduction to the principles of geology with emphasis on Earth processes. This course focuses 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. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1, 3).

GEOL 220 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY (4)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture/48-54 lab.
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. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1, B3).

GEOL 611 FIELD GEOLOGY I (1)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Field trips by arrangement. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 100 or GEOL 210, or equivalent.

Supervised field investigation of selected geologic phenomena. Local field trips and/or weekend excursions to areas of geologic interest (i.e., Lassen Volcanic National Park, Yosemite National Park, Pinnacles National Monument). May be repeated once for credit. Transfer credit: UC; CSU).

GEOL 680SP GREYWATER PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES (4)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture/48-54 lab. Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Principles of greywater reuse as consistent with the California Greywater Code, coupled with hands-on practice in greywater system design and installation. Transfer credit: CSU.
OCEN 100 SURVEY OF OCEANOGRAPHY (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Selected topics in oceanography designed to provide 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. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B1).

OCEN 101 OCEANOGRAPHY LABORATORY/FIELD STUDY (1)
Hours/semester: 48-54 laboratory/field hours. Corequisite: OCEN 100.
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. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (B3).