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 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)

Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester.

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.

ESTM 400 CLEAN ENERGY CONCEPTS, POLICIES AND INDUSTRIES (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Fundamental energy and sustainability concepts in the regional, state, and federal context including: climate change; greenhouse gas emissions calculation and management; historical, current, and emerging policies and regulations for greenhouse gas and energy generation and use, including economic impacts; alternative energy technology; industry practices and careers across energy and construction sectors. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 402 INTRODUCTION TO RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture/48-54 lab. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400 or equivalent.
Fundamental residential construction concepts, terminology, and practices, including framing, HVAC, insulation, electrical, plumbing, materials, and hands-on construction basics. Emphasis on green and sustainable building practices and renovations. Main issues in California and Bay Area codes and historical building trends regarding energy and environmental standards. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 410 INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR INSTALLATION AND INTEGRATION (3.5)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture/24-27 lab/16-18 hours by arrangement. Recommended: Completion of 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. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 411 INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV) SYSTEMS AND MARKETS (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400 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

ESTM 412 SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV) DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 410 or ESTM 411, or equivalent.
Foundation of knowledge and skills to understand the site survey and to translate survey data into estimation and design of solar photovoltaics systems. Includes detailed methodology for site surveys, shade analysis, system sizing, string and inverter sizing, the use of software system design tools, graphical PV system design aids. Transfer credit: CSU

ESTM 413 SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV) FINANCE AND SALES (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 410, ESTM 411 or ESTM 412, or equivalent.
Economics and sales methodologies for residential solar PV energy systems. Methods and analysis of financing and investment for solar PV systems, including incentive programs and utility tariffs. Customer service and presentation skills and sales best practices. Focus on student’s marketability in the renewable energy job marketplace. Transfer credit: CSU

ESTM 421 PRINCIPLES OF BUILDING SCIENCE, HOW HOUSES WORK (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400 or equivalent.
Exploration of how air flow, heat flow and moisture flow affect the health, comfort, durability and energy efficiency of the building. Students learn to identify, classify, and compare residential building components, systems, materials and understand and explain sustainable building practices and building science fundamentals. Transfer credit: CSU.


ESTM 425 BUILDING PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (4)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 402 or ESTM 421, 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.

ESTM 426 BUILDING PERFORMANCE RETROFITTING (4)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture/48-54 lab hours by arrangement. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 402, ESTM 421, ESTM 425 or ESTM 427, or equivalent.
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, and quality control. Preparation for Building Performance Institute certification exam. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 427 INTRODUCTION TO WHOLE HOME HEATING, VENTILATION, AND COOLING (HVAC) (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 402 or ESTM 421, or equivalent.
Overview of equipment, design, operation of residential heating, ventilation, and cooling systems. Appliance nameplates are decoded and the role of ducts and registers is explored. Students learn to use industry software to size equipment and ducts and design a simple space-conditioning system. Major challenges to energy use in new and existing systems. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 428 FIELD TRAINING AND EXAM PREPARATION FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY (.5)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 lab. Recommended: ESTM 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.

ESTM 441 SOLAR THERMAL TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and completion of MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 400, ESTM 410 or ESTM 411, or equivalent.
Introduction to technology, concepts, and methods of sizing and designing solar hot water systems. Includes site survey, load analysis, rebates and permitting issues, and safety. Methods for identifying and selecting appropriate thermal systems, installation and operation practices, and use of balance-of-system components. Emphasis on student’s marketability in the renewable energy job marketplace. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 445 COMMERCIAL SOLAR PHOTVOLTAICS (PV) FINANCE AND SALES (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture. Prerequisite: MATH 110, or MATH 111 and MATH 112, or BUS. 115, or equivalent; and ESTM 410, ESTM 411, ESTM 412 or ESTM 413, or equivalent. Recommended: ESTM 400 or equivalent.
Advanced training in sales, finance, policy, and technology for commercial, institutional, and utility-scale PV solar installations. Includes best practices for sales and bidding, proposal analysis, finance options, incentives analysis, and case studies in project approval and development. Transfer credit: CSU

ESTM 490 CAPSTONE PROJECT IN ENERGY SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT (1.5-3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 8-16 lecture/30-120 work experience hours. Prerequisite: At least 10 units of ESTM coursework, or equivalent.
Seminar format course emphasizing fieldwork, case study project, internship, or other advanced, special topic. Focus on completing a portfolio piece for a client or employer, demonstrating breadth and depth of knowledge in ESTM, taken as one of the final courses in the certificate or degree program. Transfer credit: CSU.

ESTM 680SA ENERGY SUMMER CAMP (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.

Introduces high school students to topics in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and basics of business management for the built environment and sustainability. Modules include energy efficiency and solar project assessment and proposals, installation techniques, entrepreneurship, business communications, and marketing/sales strategy. Survey of careers and companies. Preparation for science, technology, and business students. Transfer credit: CSU.

b>ESTM 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.

ESTM 880SA CONSTRUCTION BASICS I (2.5)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 24-27 lecture/48-54 lab. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and eligibility for MATH 110 or equivalent. Fundamental residential construction concepts, terminology, and practices, including: mathematics, ratios and scales, safety, tools, framing, materials, and hands-on construction basics. Emphasis on green and sustainable building practices and renovations. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)


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