Courses

ENVR 045    SEASONAL FIREFIGHTER   2 UNITS
HOURS: 36 LEC   BASIC TRAINING
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. 

ENVR 102    INTRODUCTION TO    3 UNITS
HOURS: 3 LEC    ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES   CSU, UC
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.

ENVR 103    ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES   1 UNIT
HOURS: 1 LEC    SEMINAR      CSU
This course is designed to be taken early in a student’s career in the Environmental Studies program. It will help build community among new students by introducing them to program staff, returning students, Plumas County (through map exercises, primarily), and by inviting natural resource professionals to speak about their careers and experiences.

ENVR 120    SIERRA NEVADA    3 UNITS
HOURS: 2 LEC; 3 LAB   NATURAL HISTORY    CSU, UC
Learn to observe the patterns and relationships of flora, fauna, and non-living elements of the Sierra Nevada range, with a particular focus on Plumas County.  Basic ecology, climatology and geology will also be discussed.  An overnight field trip is required. Cross-listed with BIOL120.

ENVR 125    WILDLIFE LAW AND ISSUES   2 UNITS
HOURS: 2 LEC           CSU
In-depth studies of wildlife issues, laws, and regulations throughout North America and the world. 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.  Possible solutions to wildlife issues will be reviewed. Cross-listed with ADMJ 125.
ENVR 142    INTRODUCTION TO    3 UNITS
HOURS: 3 LEC    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE   CSU, UC
Course covers the scientific basis of global environmental issues.  Students explore and evaluate various environmental perspectives as they relate to the role of humanity and its relationship to the natural world. 

ENVR 142L    INTRODUCTION TO     1 UNIT
HOURS: 3 LAB    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LAB  CSU, UC
The laboratory section of ENVR 142 will build on students’ understanding of concepts covered in the lecture course. Emphasis will be placed on quantitative methods of assessing data, collecting scientific data, representing information through graphs and charts, manipulating data in Excel, and applying chemical and physical concepts.

ENVR 160    WATERSHED PROTECTION   3 UNITS
HOURS: 2 LEC; 3 LAB   AND RESTORATION     CSU
This class will introduce you to the fundamental concepts, techniques, and tools used to understand the structure and function of watersheds.  In addition, the class will address the basic techniques of stream corridor restoration.  During the semester students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained to collaborate on watershed restoration projects. 

ENVR 164    NATIVE PLANTS WORKSHOP    1 UNIT
HOURS: 9 LEC; 27 LAB         CSU
This hands-on course focuses on native plant propagation, including identification, seed and cutting collection, transplanting, nursery and greenhouse operations, and revegetation techniques.  Evening classroom sessions and daytime application / fieldtrips will combine to provide students with an understanding of how to initiate their own native plant projects.

ENVR 180    ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY   3 UNITS
HOURS: 3 LEC          CSU, UC
We will engage in 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.  While the primary focus is on the western U.S., some discussion of global issues will occur.  The course examines policy strategies and outcomes, ethical and economic debates, political controversies, lawmaking and enforcement, and role of key players.  Cross-listed with POL 180.

ENVR 190    ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES   0.5 UNITS
HOURS: 27 LAB   FIELD COURSE      CSU
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.

ENVR 192    WINTER ECOLOGY    0.5 UNITS
HOURS: 4.5 LEC; 13.5 LAB         CSU
By taking local field trips, this course attempts to develop an understanding of winter ecology by using hands-on, practical ecological methods.

ENVR 194    CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES   1 UNIT
HOURS: 9 LEC; 27 FIELD         CSU
We will explore three regional environmental concerns through classroom and field sessions.  Readings, guest speakers, discussion, direct observation, and hands-on projects will provide students with varied perspectives and allow you to make judgments about the issues and seek solutions to these complex challenges.

ENVR 201    INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC  3 UNITS
HOURS: 2 LEC; 3 LAB   INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)  CSU, UC
An introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) including basic principles as well as practices involving GIS. Students will learn about assessment of vector and raster data, scale, resolution, map projection, coordinate systems, georeferenceing, and Global Positioning Systems. In addition, students will learn how GIS facilitates interdisciplinary project approaches, methods of data collection and sampling methods, spatial analysis, project design, and implementation. Cross-listed with GEOG 201.

ENVR 210    INTRODUCTION TO SOIL SCIENCE  3 UNITS
HOURS: 2 LEC; 3 LAB         CSU, UC
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 agriculture, watershed and wildlife applications.  The relationship of soil properties and the geologic/geomorphic setting is emphasized.  Cross-listed with AGPS 210.

ENVR 220    INTRODUCTION TO FORESTRY  3 UNITS
HOURS: 2 LEC; 3 LAB          CSU
This course is an introduction to forest ecological and biological processes and to forest management, through discussion of silviculture, policy, operations, forest products, and management decision making. Students will learn about techniques for measuring forests and other forest ecosystem components, such as soil, wildlife habitat, etc. Emphasis will be placed both on traditional use of forest resources and emerging, multiple-use goals.

ENVR 240    INTRODUCTION TO WILDLIFE  3 UNITS
HOURS: 2 LEC; 3 LAB    CSU, UC
An exploration of the field of wildlife biology, including conservation, ecology, threats, and management of wildlife.  The class is designed as an introductory-level course for the student interested in wild vertebrate species, including fish. 

ENVR 241    WILDLIFE DIVERSITY AND FIELD  4 UNITS
HOURS: 2 LEC; 6 LAB   TECHNIQUES      CSU
An applied course dealing with field identification and basic natural history of vertebrate wildlife and the fundamental field techniques used in wildlife management.  ENVR 240 is a prerequisite for this course. 

ENVR 250    -INTRODUCTION TO AQUACULTURE    3 UNITS
HOURS: 2 LEC; 3 LAB          CSU
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.

ENVR 251    ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT   2 UNITS
HOURS: 1 LEC; 1 LAB          CSU
Students will apply concepts from pre-requisite courses, to analyze and synthesize information about the environment. This will lead to participation in ecosystem management decision-making. 

ENVR 264    INTRODUCTION TO FISH   3 UNITS
HOURS: 3 LEC; 3 LAB
This course introduces students to the study of fishes. Students delve into the history of fishes and the techniques used to differentiate the 31,000 species. The course covers anatomy, behavior, structure and form, ecology of different classes, and students will identify and describe fishes that are found in and around California.

ENVR 266    ADVANCED AQUACULTURE   3 UNITS
HOURS: 2 LEC; 3 LEC         CSU, UC
This course builds upon the knowledge gained in ENVR250 Fish Culture and delves deeper into the subjects of water quality, water management, feed management, inventory, and bio filtration.  These subjects are the driving force for recirculation fish culture.  Students will explore the important mechanical components of a system and the role each plays in the life support of the culture species. Cross-listed with AGAS266.  Prerequisite: ENVR 250.

ENVR 280    PROFESSION DEVELOPMENT    1 UNIT
HOURS: 1 LEC    IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES     
The objective of this class is to synthesize material learned in the major and assist students in the development of professional skills in seeking out, applying to, and interviewing for continued education and/or employment in environmental fields.  Prerequisite: Completed 11 units of required core courses for the Environmental Studies major

ENVR 291    DIRECTED STUDY    1-5 UNITS
HOURS: 18-280          CSU
A student may take advanced course work or complete a student designed project in Environmental Studies after having completed introductory courses. The topics, learning objectives, educational material(s), number of units to be awarded, and method of evaluation are determined in a written agreement between the instructor and the student before the student engages in the learning experience. A “Learning Contract for Directed Studies” must be completed by the student, approved by the instructor and Chief Instructional Officer, and placed on file with the Office of Instruction

ENVR 299    SPECIAL TOPICS IN    0.5-3 UNITS
HOURS: 0-54 LEC; 0-162 LAB  ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES   CSU, UC
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.  Cross-listed with BIOL 299.