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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G100 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Environmental Studies
An interdisciplinary course designed to give the student a general overview of the environmental studies field. A basic understanding of issues related to the environmental compartments of air, soil and water; historical events, economic, political, and cultural concepts, regulations, and technology will be presented. An overview of career opportunities and paths within the environmental industry will be presented. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G133 – 4 Units
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Energy Audit I
This course introduces the student to the concepts of energy efficiency, energy conservation and energy auditing and assessment. Students will learn to inspect, test, and measure energy usage in buildings. In addition, students will learn to recommend energy efficient steps to reduce building energy usage through practical and cost-effective installation of insulation and retrofitting of energy efficient doors, windows, and appliances. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G140 – 3 Units
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Environmental Education and Interpretation
This course is designed to introduce the guiding principles for interpreting nature and culture. Existing educational materials, options for environmental program education delivery, and the development of interpretative centers will be examined. Students participate in environmental education and interpretation programs through collaboration with local and international agencies and organizations, and with industry. Career paths and opportunities will be presented. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G141 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Recycling and Resource Management
This course introduces general terminology and principles regarding recycling, resource management and zero waste. The history of waste and resource management in California, including residential, commercial and institutional reuse, recycling, and composting programs, is addressed. An overview of national, state, and local legislation and regulations related to resource management and recycling is presented and explained. The course covers the original 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), plus recovery, remanufacture and repurchase. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G142 – 3 Units
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Culture and Zero Waste
This course will provide an overview of our “throw-away” culture and the motivations behind the economics of consumerism. Key issues of the course include carbon footprint, plastics in our environment, consumer laws and mindsets. It will identify key government agencies and policies and how to collaborate and obtain funding for outreach. Environmental educational skills, programs, and methods will be reviewed. Case studies of successful youth campaigns will be explored and the basics of establishing strong youth educational programs will be examined. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G143 – 3 Units
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Resource Management and Zero Waste for Communities
This course will identify how resource management and zero waste policies and programs are developed within a community, what type of planning and facilities are needed, and how to finance the systems. Students will also review sample zero waste community plans and will discuss different approaches communities have taken in developing zero waste plans. Students will also learn business recycling tools for local government, best practices for RFPs (Request for Proposals) and contracts, understanding enforcement options, design of resource recovery parks, performance reporting and financial records, Extended Producer Responsibility and Local Producer Responsibility policies and programs, bans, rules and incentives, and developing local markets and uses. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G144 – 3 Units
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Resource Management and Zero Waste in Business
This course will provide hands-on applications and tools for students to design, implement and oversee waste reduction and resource management programs as they relate to business and industry. This course will study the zero waste business principles, detailing how businesses can implement those principles to achieve zero waste. Examination of case studies demonstrates how different companies have addressed and resolved issues in pursuing zero waste. This course will also provide students with an understanding of how to plan and implement commercial food and organic programs. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G160 – 4 Units
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Solar Energy I-Thermal Technologies and Applications
(Same as: Engineering Technology G160)
This course introduces the theoretical concepts and practical applications of solar thermal energy. Solar radiation, measurement, and data processing will be discussed. Components, systems and system performance including design, predicted energy savings, and economics will be examined. The focus will be on low-temperature applications for solar hot water and space heating. Career paths and opportunities within associated industries will be presented. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G162 – 4 Units
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Solar Energy II—Photovoltaic Technologies and Applications
(Same as: Engineering Technology G162)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems, including cell design and manufacturing technologies. A range of PV applications will be presented including grid connections, rural electrification, transportation designs, stand-alone systems, consumer products, and the supply of electrical power to satellites in space. Career paths and opportunities within associated industries will be presented. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G170 – 3 Units
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Renewable Energy Sources and Applications
(Same as: Engineering Technology G170)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the principal types of renewable energy including solar, thermal, photovoltaic, bio, hydro, tidal, wave, wind, geothermal, hydrogen, and fuel cell. The underlying physical and technological principles of renewable energy resources, their environmental impact, current applications and future prospects will be examined. Career paths and opportunities within associated industries will be presented. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G180 – 0.5-3 Units
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Ecotourism Destinations
The course will introduce students to the concepts, principles, planning and management of ecotourism destination activities, which promote cultural and environmental awareness while providing beneficial economic opportunities to the local community. Destination activity guidelines will be presented including the practical skills, and techniques necessary for assisting communities in the development of an ecotourist itinerary, educational program and marketing plan. Field activities will be a major component of the program. This course will be offered as a variable unit value according to the complexity of the focused destinations. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G190 – 1.5-3.5 Units
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Environmental Studies Practicum
Designed to provide environmental studies learners with a practicum cooperatively planned by a private, public or non-profit agency and the environmental studies faculty. Focus is on providing students with an opportunity to apply environmental studies theory in a realistic work setting. The course includes classroom/online discussion of issues directly related to the practicum. Student’s practicum can take place locally, nationally or internationallly. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.