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INTRO TO ENVIRON CONSERV||
Introduction to Environmental Conservation
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||3 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
An introduction to principles and techniques for the management and protection of forests and other wild land resources, with an emphasis on the sustainable use of wood, water, forage, recreation and wilderness resources. Includes an examination of contemporary issues affecting the management and preservation of the nation's renewable natural resources for future generations.
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
Introduction to principles and techniques for the management & protection of forests and other wild land resources. Emphasis on the sustainable use of wood, water, forage, recreation and wilderness resources.
(Grade or P/NP)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Both Certificate and Major Applicable
Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||B2||Life Science||Fall 2003||
| ||E||Lifelong Learning and Self Development|| ||
| ||B2||Life Science||Fall 1981||Fall 2003
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Relate the methods of scientific investigation to natural resources
2. Define the nature of scientific inquiry.
3. Describe the values, themes, methods, and history of environmental
4. Define and discuss terms related to environmental issues.
5. Recognize and identify ecological inter-relationships between living
and non-living components of the ecosystem.
6. Make decisions that affect natural resources based on evaluating basic
ecological and scientific principles.
7. Recognize characteristics and general distributions of major biomes
and determine how humans have impacted each biome.
8. Differentiate between the sources and effects of land degradation and
the role of genetic engineering in the future of agriculture.
9. Discuss environmental issues related to Natural Resources
10. Summarize historic factors that have contributed to human population
growth and to discuss theories of population growth.
11. Describe the major categories and sources of air and water pollution
and summarize how these pollutants are hazardous to human health,
vegetation, and all life on earth.
12. Recognize and assess their influence and potential impacts on our
13. Identify realistic career objectives in environmental conservation.
Topics and Scope
Unit 1: Introduction
A. Concepts of Ecology and Sustainability
1. Ecology as science
2. Scientific approaches to problems
3. The ecological imperative
B. Biological and Physical Principles of Ecosystem
1. Mineral cycling and nutrient uptake
2. Photosynthesis and energy transfer
3. Successional patterns of resource ecosystems
C. Historical Development of Resource Utilization
Unit 2: Soils - Pesticides
A. Soil Conservation
1. Geological basis of soil conservation
2. Physical and chemical properties of soil
3. Principles of soil classification
4. Mechanics of soil erosion and application of scientific
method for prevention techniques
5. Soil fertility and plant nutrition relationships
B. Role of Pesticides
C. Genetically Modified Organisms
Unit 3: Wildlife and Other Resource Arenas
A. Forestry and Fire Management
1. Anatomy and physiology of the living tree
2. Silvicultural techniques of managed forest stands
3. Productivity of forests
b. scientific methodology in forest
4. Inventory and ownership patterns of forest resources
1. History of range use in the United States
2. The biology of the range plant
3. The biological potential and carrying capacities of
native ranges in the United States
4. Analysis and evaluation of range condition and range
5. Range management techniques
C. Wildlife Ecology
1. Principles and characteristics of wildlife
2. Methods of controlling wildlife populations
3. Principles of habitat management
4. Economic importance of the fish and game resource
F. Outdoor Recreation
1. Aquatic ecology
2. Effects of siltation and pollution on fish
3. Commercial and sports fishery management techniques
4. A study of the conflict of uses
Unit 4: Role of Human Populations
A. Population Dynamics
B. Population Distribution and Control
C. Environmental Health
E. Water Resources
1. Analysis of the hydrologic cycle
2. Groundwater and surface water management principles
3. Flood control and water pollution prevention methods
4. The California water picture
5. The State Water Project
6. The Central Valley Project
F. Energy Resources
1. Energy use and alternative sources
2. Mineral resources availability
3. Resource pollution
G. Man and Natural Resources
H. Career Options
1. Applications of scientific method that may include: apply
scientific method to the mechanics of soil erosion and prevention
techniques and write a 2-page report on results; analyze forest
productivity using the scientific method and write a 2-page report
on findings; analyze and test hypothesis regarding various range
management techniques and write a 2-page report on findings; conduct
scientific testing analysis of effects of siltation and pollution on
fish populations and write a 2-page report on findings.
2. Reading assignments that will average 20 pages per week.
3. Writing assignments of ten article summaries from natural
resource journals. The summaries will total to twenty pages/
1,000 words during the semester.
4. Book review that will average 5 typed pages.
5. Comprehensive and accurate classroom notes that will average
six pages per week.
6. A term paper that will average ten typed pages.
7. Mid-term and final examinations.
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
20 - 40%
|Reading reports, Term papers, 5 SUMMARIES FROM JOURNALS||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
10 - 20%
|Application of scientific method to NR issues.||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
50 - 60%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short sentence answers.||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 0%
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, Cunningham and Saigo, McGraw-Hill, Sixth Edition,
NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE, Chiras,
Reganold, Owen, Prentice Hall, Eight Edition, 2002.
THE NEW ECONOMY OF NATURE: THE QUEST TO MAKE CONSERVATION PROFITABLE,
Gretchen C. Dailey and Katherine Ellison, Island Press, 2003.