Environmental Studies Major (42 units)

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Required Courses for Major (Core: 30 units)

Course Number
Course Title
Units GE Area
BIOL 104 or 106
Animal OR Plant Biology, Evolution & Ecology
4
B1
ENVR 120
Sierra Nevada Natural History
3
ENVR 142
Introduction to Environmental Science
3
B1
ENVR 142L
Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
1
B1
ENVR 150
Ecosystem Inventory & Measurements
2
ENVR 160
Watershed Protection & Restoration
3
ENVR 180
Environmental Policy
3
D
ENVR 210
Introduction to Soil Science
3
ENVR/FORS 220
Introduction to Forestry
3
ENVR/WILD 240
Introduction to Wildlife & Fisheries
3
ENVR 280
Environmental Capstone with Lab
   2
   
30

Elective Courses for Major – at least 12 units

Course Number

Course Title

Units

GE Area
ENVR 102
Introduction to Environmental Studies
3
C
ENVR/WILD 125
Wildlife Laws & Issues
2
ENVR 164
Native Plants Workshop
1
ENVR 190
Environmental Studies Field Course
1/2
ENVR 192
Winter Ecology
1/2
ENVR 194
Current Environmental Issues
1
ENVR 201
Introduction to GIS
3
ENVR/WILD 241
Wildlife Diversity & Field Techniques
4
ENVR 250
Fisheries Culture
3
ENVR 264 Introduction to Fish
3
ENVR 266 Advanced Aquaculture
4
 
ENVR 291
Directed Study
1-5
 
ENVR 299
Special Topics in Environmental Studies
1/2 - 3
CHEM 102
General Chemistry I
4
B1
ENGL 180
Nature Literature in America
3
GEOL 102
Physical Geology
4
B1
MATH 202
Statistics
4
B2
ORL 116
Outdoor Recreation Principles
3

 

Choose your General Education options from this list.  You can take up to 8 shared units (2 courses maximum) in your major and GE.

Total Environmental Studies Major Requirements

Core Courses               30

Electives                       12

FRC Gen Ed        up to22(depending on selection of electives)

Total:                        60 - 64

Suggested Two-Year Plan: Environmental Studies Major

(courses in italics are major electives and can be substituted with others from the list)

Fall 1

 

 

Spring 1

 

 

ENVR 120

Sierra Nevada Nat Hist

3

ENVR 180

Environmental Policy

3

ENVR 160

Watershed Prot. & Rest.

3

ENVR 194

Current Env Issues

1

ENVR 102

Intro to Env Studies (C)

3

BIOL 104 or 106

Animal or Plant Bio

4

ENVR 150

Ecosystem I & M

2

ENVR 164

Native Plants Wkshop

1

ENVR 190

Env Studies Field Crs

.5

GE

(Areas C, E)

6

GE

GE (Areas A1 or B2)

3

 

TOTAL

15

 

TOTAL

14.5

 

 

 

Fall 2

 

 

Spring 2

 

 

ENVR 142 w/L

Env Science w/ Lab

4

ENVR 210

Intro to Soil Science

3

ENVR 220

Intro to Forestry

3

ENVR 201

Intro to GIS

3

ENVR 240

Intro to Wildlife & Fisheries

3

ENVR 192

Winter Ecology

.5

ENVR 280

Environmental Capstone

2

ENVR/WILD 241

Wildlife Div & Field Tech***

4

GE

(Areas B3, A1 or B2)

4

GE / Electives

(Area F)

4

 

TOTAL

16

 

TOTAL

14.5

***Prerequisite: ENVR/WILD 240

CERTIFICATES of SPECIALIZATION

Biological Science Technician Certificate (12 units)

Units

Taught

BIOL 104

Animal Biology, Evolution & Ecology (B1)

4

Spring

BIOL 106

Plant Biology, Evolution & Ecology (B1)

4

Spring

ENVR 241

Wildlife Diversity & Field Techniques

4

Spring

 

Forestry Technician Certificate (select 12 units from list)

Units

Taught

ENVR 140

Wildland Fire Management

3

Occ.

ENVR 152

Dendrology

3

Occ.

ENVR 150

Ecosystem Inventory & Measurement

2

Fall

ENVR 160

Watershed Protection & Restoration

3

Fall

ENVR 210

Introduction to Soil Science

3

Spring

ENVR 220

Introduction to Forestry

3

Fall

 

Hydrologic Technician Certificate (select 12 units from list)

Units

Taught

ENVR 160

Watershed Protection & Restoration

3

Fall

BIOL 100

Concepts in Biology

4

Fa/Sp

GEOL 102

Physical Geology

4

Fa/Sp

GEOL 110

Wildland Hydrology

3

Occ.

MATH 202

Elementary Statistics

4

Fa/Sp

 

Hatchery Technician Certificate

Units

Taught

AGMA 140

Introduction to Agricultural Metal Fabrication

3

Fall

AGMA 160

Introduction to Mechanized Agriculture

3

Fall

ENVR 250

Fish Culture

3

Fall

ENVR 264

Introduction to Fish

4

Fall

ENVR 266

Advanced Aquaculture

3

Spring

ENVR 291

Directed Study

1

Fa/Sp

 

Courses Descriptions

A number of our courses are cross-listed with other disciplines.  Each course, unless otherwise noted, can only be taken once for credit.

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ENVR / FORS 045                                                                             2 UNITS

SEASONAL FIRE FIGHTER  BASIC TRAINING

Hours: 36 total lec hours; 1 week                                                        Spring Offering

Basic concepts, techniques, skills, and theories on fire suppression and control.  Includes fire physics, fuels, weather, topography, behavior, fire-line construction, National Interagency Incident Management System, safety, and helicopters.  Meets training needed to become a firefighter for federal and state agencies. 

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ENVR 102                                                                                                      3 UNITS

INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Hours: 3 lec                                                                                                   Fall Offering

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the field of environmental studies by emphasizing connections between person, place, and time. Through readings in the foundational texts of environmental philosophy, exposure to the complexities of "environmentalism," and reflective outdoor experiences, students will begin developing an appreciation for their unique ecological identity, significance in history, and role in their community.

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ENVR / BIOL 120                                                                        3 UNITS

SIERRA NEVADA NATURAL HISTORY

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab                                                                                         Fall Offering

Learn to observe the patterns and relationships of flora, fauna, non-living elements of the Sierra Nevada range, with a particular focus on Plumas County.  Basic ecology, climatology, and geology will also be discussed.  A weekend field trip is required.

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ENVR / WILD / ADMJ 125                                                                         2 UNITS

WILDLIFE LAWS & ISSUES

Hours: 2 lec                                                                                        Occasional Offering: TBA

In-depth studies of wildlife issues, laws, and regulations throughout North America and the world.  The scope of the course encompasses the issues dealing with wildlife and natural resources in modern society.  National and international laws governing wildlife will be studied.  The course includes in-depth discussions and analysis of the Endangered Species Act, commercialization of wildlife, illegal trade of wildlife, introduction of exotic species, the effects of pollution on wildlife, depredation wildlife and human populations’ effect upon wildlife.  The course also explores wildlife laws and how they are made and changed.  Possible solutions to wildlife issues will be reviewed.

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ENVR / FORS 140                                                                                      3 UNITS

WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab                                                                              Occasional Offering: TBA

Introduction to fire ecology, and basic concepts, techniques, skills and theories on fire suppression and control.  Includes fire physics, fuels, weather, topography, fire behavior, fire suppression, fire weather and prescribed fire.  Field labs include fire line construction and prescribed burning.  Meets training needed to become a firefighter with federal and state agencies. 

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ENVR 142                                                                                                      3 UNITS

INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE w/ Lab

Hours: 3 lec, 1 lab                                                                                                   Fall Offering

Covers human population, resource use and pollution. Emphasis is on the scientific basis of global environmental issues.  Sustainability of patterns of resource use is examined. Students explore various worldviews as they relate to the role of humanity and its relationship to the natural world. Crucial controversial issues are raised and no valid viewpoint is overlooked. A realistic but hopeful view is presented, based on the concept that the ultimate solution of human ecological problems requires a solid foundation of fact and rational opinion.

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ENVR 150                                                                                                      2 UNITS

       ECOSYSTEM INVENTORY & MEASUREMENTS

Hours: 1 lec, 3 lab                                                                                         Fall Offering

Methods and techniques used to measure and collect data on a variety of ecosystem components. Use of maps, aerial photos, compass, transits and levels to measure wildland topography and vegetation. Ecosystem inventory includes measurements of water quality and acid precipitation.

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ENVR / FORS / BIOL 152                                                                          3 UNITS

DENDROLOGY

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab                                                                       Occasional Offering: TBA

Classification, identification and nomenclature of forest trees and shrubs of the U.S., emphasizing native western species. Analysis of species’ range of survival and optimal growth, along with sub-speciation and varieties in major commercial timber zones.  Familiarization with tree/shrub morphological characteristics, common, scientific and family names, plus their ecological and commercial role as major forest cover types. 

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ENVR 160                                                                                                      3 UNITS

WATERSHED PROTECTION & RESTORATION

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab                                                                            Fall Offering

Using field trips and outdoor lab exercises, we examine how land use affects rivers and the techniques that can be used to restore rivers and clean up polluted waters. We will also examine the growth of the watershed-stakeholder movement as a democratic tool to implement better land use decisions to protect streams and rivers. At least one weekend field trip is required. 

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ENVR 164                                                                                                      1 UNIT

NATIVE PLANTS WORKSHOP

Hours: two weekends, weekday evenings                                                          Fall Offering

An interactive introduction to the diverse field of Environmental Education as applied to Kindergarten–12th grade. Students will have the opportunity to explore various approaches and applications of EE while developing the skills necessary to translate their environmental knowledge and experience into effective instruction.

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ENVR 170                                                                                                      1 UNIT

INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Hours: 2 lec; 9 weeks                                                                        Occasional Offering: TBA

An interactive introduction to the diverse field of Environmental Education as applied to Kindergarten–12th grade. Students will have the opportunity to explore various approaches and applications of EE while developing the skills necessary to translate their environmental knowledge and experience into effective instruction.

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ENVR 171                                                                                                      1 UNIT

          ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FIELD PRACTICUM

Hours: 1lec, 3 lab; 9 weeks                                                            Occasional Offering: TBA

A hands-on course focusing on the planning and implementation of environmental education in the real world. The lab/ practicum of this course will take place at the Feather River Outdoor School, a local sixth-grade residential outdoor education camp. Students will develop lesson plans and activities using their own unique blend of skills, talents, background knowledge and the camp setting. Ultimately each student will have the opportunity to lead environmental field study hikes for small groups of students.  Advisory:  ENVR 170.

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ENVR / POL 180                                                                         3 UNITS

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Hours: 3 lec                                                                                                                Spring offering

A comprehensive analysis of the laws and policies that affect water, land, air, fire, wildlife, and vegetation in the American West.  The class will examine the federal land management agencies (history, mission, policies), and issues specific to wilderness, wildlife, timber, grazing, water, and mining. 

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ENVR 190AD                                                                                 .5 UNIT

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES FIELD COURSE

Hours: 27 total lab hours (overnight field course)                                               Fall Offering

Selected environmental studies field trips to areas of environmental, historical and ecological interest within four major North American biomes: Great Basin, Sierra Nevada, Southern Cascades, and Modoc Plateau.  Can be repeated up to two times.

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ENVR 192AD                                                                                                 .5 UNIT

WINTER ECOLOGY

Hours: 4.5 total lec hours, 13.5 total lab hours; 2 days                Occasional Offering: TBA

By taking local field trips, this course attempts to develop an understanding of winter ecology by using hands-on, practical ecological methods.  Can be repeated up to two times.

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ENVR 194AD                                                                                                 1 UNIT

CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Hours: 3 lec, 9 field                                                                                    Spring offering

The course will focus on three current environmental issues on local ecosystems. For each, there will be a three-hour lecture/discussion session, and a nine-hour field trip to visit people and places affected by these issues.  Can be repeated up to two times.

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ENVR 201                                                                                                      3 UNITS

INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)

Hours: 1.5 lec, 1.5 lab                                                                                 Spring Offering

An introduction to the principles and practices involving Geographical Information Systems (GIS). How GIS function in an interdisciplinary approach to data and sampling methods. Mapping, basic cartography, analysis, geographical information system design, concepts, and implementation. How various data types are used in modeling and cartographic output production.    Advisory: Computer literacy.

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ENVR 210                                                                                                      3 UNITS

INTRODUCTION TO SOIL SCIENCE

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab                                                                                         Spring Offering

An introduction to the biological, chemical and physical properties of soils. Major topic areas include the relationship of soil characteristics to land management, maintenance of soil productivity, soil erosion processes and erosion control methods, soil classification and the use of soil survey information in forestry, watershed and wildlife applications. The relationship of soil properties and the geologic/geomorphic setting is emphasized. Prerequisite: CHEM 100 or CHEM 102.

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ENVR / FORS 220                                                                                       3 UNITS

INTRODUCTION TO FORESTRY

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab.                                                                                              Fall Offering

Introduction to forest science.  Comprehensive, broad overview of forest policy, biology, silviculture, management and career opportunities.  Labs include field trips to a national forest, national park, private industrial forest, wilderness area, sawmill and the FRC campus forest. 

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ENVR / WILD 240                                                                                       3 UNITS

INTRODUCTION TO WILDLIFE BIOLOGY: AN INTERGRATED APPROACH

Hours: 2 lec. 3 lab.                                                                                           Fall Offering  

An exploration of the field of wildlife biology, including conservation, ecology, threats, and management of wildlife resources.  The class is designed as an introductory-level course for the student interested in wild vertebrate species.

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ENVR / WILD 241                                                                       4 UNITS

WILDLIFE DIVERSITY & FIELD TECHNIQUES

Hours: 2 lec, 6 lab                                                                                         Spring Offering

An applied course dealing with field identification and basic natural history of vertebrate wildlife and the fundamental field techniques used in wildlife management.   Lectures emphasize classification and natural history of vertebrate wildlife, as well as field techniques that are commonly used in the study and management of wildlife.   Labs involve field identification and the application of wildlife survey methods and field techniques.   One or more weekend field trips may be required.  Prerequisite: WILD 240 or BIOL 102.  . 

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ENVR 250                                                                                                      3 UNITS

FISHERIES CULTURE: CONSERVATION & COMMERCIAL

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab                                                                                         Fall Offering

An introduction to the techniques and methodology of fisheries culture, in earthen ponds and flow-through raceways.  Lectures will focus on history, theory, hatchery systems, site selection, and water quality, feeding rates, and the economics of an aquaculture facility.  The lab portion will focus on applying the lecture to the FRC fish hatchery and the production of salmonid species.  Advisory: High school or college biology and algebra.

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ENVR 264                                                                                                      3 UNITS

INTRODUCTION TO FISH

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab                                                                                         Fall Offering

This course is intended to give an introduction to ichthyology, the study of fishes. We will delve into the history of the field, the fishes and the techniques used to differentiate the 31,000 species. We will cover anatomy, behavior, structure and form, ecology of different classes, and identify and describe fishes that are found in and around California

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ENVR 266                                                                                                      3 UNITS

ADVANCED AQUACULTURE

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab                                                                                         Spring Offering

This course builds upon the knowledge gained in ENVR250 fish culture; we delve deeper in to the subjects of water quality, water management, feed management, inventory, and bio filtration.  These subjects are the driving force for recirculation fish culture.  We will also discuss the important mechanical components of a system and the role each plays in the life support of the culture species. Prerequisite: ENVR 250.

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ENVR / WILD / FORS  291AD-295AD                                                     1-5 UNITS

DIRECTED STUDY

Hours: 54-270 total hours                                                                HOURS TBA w/ Instructor

A student may take advanced course work in Environmental Studies, after having completed the introductory courses.  In unusual cases, students may enroll in directed studies without completing the pertinent beginning courses.  Students must have written approval of the instructor, Division Chair, and the Dean of Instruction.  Can be repeated up to four times.  Prerequisite:  Demonstrated ability in area of study.  

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ENVR / BIOL 297AD                                                                                  1-3 UNITS

SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Hours: 1-3 lec; 3-27 field                                                                Occasional Offering: TBA   

Course covers selected topics in evolving issues or research in the area of environmental management or ecosystem science or special field topics as the opportunity arises.  Independent student research and presentation are emphasized.  Can be repeated up to four times.  Advisory:  Some background in biology or environmental science.

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 FORS 010                                                                                                      4 UNITS

INTRODUCTION TO ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE / LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE

Hours: 60 total lec hours; 60 total lab hours                                   Occasional Offering: TBA

Course designed to prepare students for entry-level occupations in the landscape, grounds, and horticulture fields. Areas covered include, but are not limited to, plant preparations, plant identification, nursery production, floriculture, greenhouse management, landscape maintenance, and plot design. Emphasis will be on landscaping project in which design, preparation and implementation will be stressed.

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 FORS 050                                                                                                      3 UNITS

CDF FIREFIGHTER 1 BASIC

Hours: 54 total lec hours, 18 total lab hours; 1 week                      Occasional Offering: TBA

This course is based on curriculum prepared by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) for the 67-hour Firefighter 1 Basic training course.  Students completing this course will have met entry-level training requirements for wildland firefighter jobs with CDF.  Topics include fire behavior and fire chemistry, fireline safety, fire suppression strategies, structure fires, hazardous materials, hose lays and hydraulics, communications, Incident Command System, use of air craft in fire suppression, and fire-related first aid.

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FORS 112                                                                                                      3 UNITS

HORTICULTURE

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab                                                                             Occasional Offering: TBA

A survey course in horticulture with emphasis on the techniques and biological relationships involved in soil management, plant propagation, greenhouse production, and market gardening (vegetables, herbs, cut flowers). Course emphasizes conditions of the Plumas County area and involves hands-on experience with the facilities of FRC.

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FORS 114                                                                                                      3 UNITS

LANDSCAPE GARDENING & DESIGN

Hours: 2 lec, 3 lab                                                                              Occasional Offering: TBA

Introduces principles and applications of residential landscape design with emphasis on sustainability and water conservation. Topics include principles of design, climate and microclimate, site planning, landscape construction techniques, irrigation, pruning, and installation and use of ornamental native, exotic, and edible plants.

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