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Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy (EERE) Courses

ENVIROMENTAL STUDIES G100 - 3 Units
Introduction to Environmental Studies

(Formerly known as: Environmental Technology 100 & E S 100)
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 G110 - 3 Units
Waste Stream Generation/Reduction/Treatment

(Formerly known as: Environmental Technology 110 & E S 110)
The study of industrial processes and their generation of waste streams in seven selected industries: electroplating, metal finishing and printed circuit board production, oil refining and chemical production, steel production, general manufacturing, printing and graphic reproduction, agriculture and consumer services. The course will center on various raw materials and chemicals used in industry, examining the changes that occur as they move through the industrial process, and understanding the material balance concept of inventory. Throughout the course, discussion of applicable regulations will be included, and the importance of waste minimization/treatment concepts will be stressed. Home hazardous waste generation and reduction will also be considered. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G130 - 3 Units
Environmental Health and Hygiene

(Formerly known as: Environmental Technology 130 & E S 130)
This course covers the acute and chronic health effects produced by exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents. Emphasis will be on those hazardous materials commonly associated with industrial operations, waste disposal and remediation sites. Topics will include routes of entry, toxic effects, risk evaluation, permissible exposure limits, medical surveillance, control methods for reducing exposure, and understanding an MSDS. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G133 - 4 Units
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
Environmental Education and Interpretation
(Formerly known as: E S 140)

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 G150 - 3 Units
Hazardous Waste Management Applications
(Formerly known as: Environmental Technology 150 & E S 150)

This course provides an overview of hazardous waste regulation with emphasis on generator compliance, site investigation and remediation, permitting, enforcement, and liability. The lecture portion of the course explains the hazardous waste regulatory framework, introduces the student to the wide variety and types of environmental resources available, and develops research skills in the hazardous waste area. The laboratory portion of the course complements the lecture by providing 'hand-on' application of the regulations at the technician level. Proper methods of preparing a hazardous waste manifest, labeling of storage containers, sampling and analysis, preparing a Phase I Environmental Audit, and selecting consultants are among the many skills developed in the laboratory. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G160 - 4 Units
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
Solar Energy II--Photovoltaic Technologies and Applications
(Formerly known as: E S 162 & Engineering Technology 162)
(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
Renewable Energy Sources and Applications
(Formerly known as: E S 170)
(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
Ecotourism Destinations
(Formerly known as: Environmental Technology 200 & E S 180AD)

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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Field activities will be a major component of the program. This course can be repeated for a maximum of four destinations. This course will be offered as a variable unit value according to the complexity of the focused destination(s). Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G190 - 1.5-3.5 Units
Environmental Studies Practicum
(Formerly known as: E S 190AD)

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. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Studentís practicum can take place locally, nationally or internationally. This course can be repeated and taken for a maximum of 12 units.

One and one half hours lecture, ten-thirty hours non-lecture per week. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G200 - 4 Units
Hazardous Materials Management Applications
(Formerly known as: E S 200)

A study of the requirements and applications of federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to hazardous materials. The course will emphasize compliance with Department of Transportation, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication, Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) Title III Community Right-To-Know, Underground Tank, Asbestos, Proposition 65, and Air Toxics Regulations. The lecture portion of the course will provide the student with and understanding of the legal framework of hazardous materials laws; the laboratory portion will focus on applications of these laws, such as: proper labeling, shipping, and handling of hazardous materials; obtaining and interpreting Material Safety Data Sheet (MSD's); permitting and monitoring functions, as well as planning and reporting functions. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES G230 - 4 Units
Safety and Emergency Response
(Formerly known as: Environmental Technology 230 & ES 230)

This course is designed to provide students with hands-on instruction in safety and emergency response to chemical and physical exposures in industrial and field settings. Topics include: hazard analysis, contingency planning, housekeeping and safety practices including proper use and selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), site control and evaluation, handling drums and containers, field sampling and monitoring, proper use of instruments, incident response planning, emergency response including field exercises in the use of Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), and an understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS). Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. This course satisfies the requirements for generalized employee training under Occupational Safety & Health Administration -OSHA (1910.120). Transferable to CSU.