Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

Course Descriptions

Geography (GEOG)

Liberal Arts Division

GEOG 103: Physical Geography

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: MATH 120, MATH 126 or higher or consent of instructor

Teaches the physical elements of geography, nature and distribution of climate, land forms, natural vegetation, and soils. Includes at least four lab experiences.

GEOG 104: Physical Geography Laboratory

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites or Corequisites: GEOG 103, MATH 120, MATH 126 or higher or consent of instructor

Offers experimental and in-depth investigations designed to illustrate fundamental principles of geosciences.

GEOG 106: Introduction to Cultural Geography

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Analyzes the culture regions of the world including physical settings, peoples, settlements, economic activities, historical and political factions with primary emphasis on the Old World.

GEOG 107: Geography of Great Basin National Park

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: none

Brings students into the field to experience Great Basin National Park - a remote park that is graced with caverns, glaciers, and ancient bristlecone pines. Students will be introduced to the processes of landforms, vegetation survival, and glacial erosion. The political process of establishing a national park will also be covered. Tours of Lehman Caves, Wheeler Peak, and the Ancient Bristlecone trail will be included. Overnight camping and hiking is involved. Students will be responsible for their own transportation, entrance fees, food, camping gear, and safety. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GEOG 110: Geography of San Francisco

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: none

Brings students into the field to experience the urban landscape of one of the most beloved cities in the world - San Francisco. Students will learn about the mosaic of the city through lectures and walks. Growth of the city, from its roots as a port town, to its ascendance to a modern day world city will be presented. Stops will be made at, but not limited to: Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, and Haight-Ashbury. Students will be responsible for their own transportation, entrance fees, food, camping gear and safety. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GEOG 111: Geography of Yosemite

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: none

Introduces students to the physical and cultural geography, along with the natural history, of Yosemite National Park. Students will explore the national park, learning about the physical processes that shape the landscape and the historical events that brought about national park status. Students will gain an appreciation for their surroundings and the fragility of these rugged ecosystems. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GEOG 112: Geography of Death Valley National Park

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: none

Introduces students to the diverse geography and natural history of Death Valley National Park. Students spend a weekend hiking and exploring the canyons, craters, and dunes of the park while learning about its physical and human geography. Students also learn firsthand of its extremes in climate and flora and fauna. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GEOG 121: Climate Change: The Science Basis

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: none

Reviews past, present and likely future climate changes, and impacts on the landscape, with emphasis on water resources, species distributions, and wildfire regime. Scientific evidence relevant to Nevada will be presented.

GEOG 200: World Regional Geography

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the world's regions with concentration on parts of the world which may be less familiar - many of which are experiencing great changes and have a major impact on the United States. Specific areas that will be covered include Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

GEOG 205: GIS Applications

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces a variety of common Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications. Through content, lectures and hands-on, students will use ArcInfo to complete a variety of tasks pertaining to the applications that are used in everyday GIS.

GEOG 210: Introduction to Geotechnology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces geotechnology, the technological advances used to describe, assimilate, or analyze spatial information. Emphasis is on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with discussions on GPS, remotely sensed imagery, Google Earth and other applications. The importation and joining of various datasets is described highlighting how a variety of data sources may be used for analysis of spatial features. Laboratory assignments will demonstrate real world applications derived from the lectures using ArcGIS desktop.

GEOG 211: Introduction to Maps and Compass

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the basics of map interpretation. Covers the characteristics of the map, emphasizing its blending of scientific and artistic aspects. Students will delve into map making, interpretation, aerial photography and the use of a GPS to construct maps.

Geology (GEOL)

Liberal Arts Division

GEOL 100: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Natural Disasters

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Investigates geology of the dynamic earth: natural hazards and catastrophes, and geology of natural resources. Includes four laboratory experiences.

GEOL 101: Exploring Planet Earth

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: MATH 120, MATH 126 or higher or consent of instructor

3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab. Lecture covers fundamental principles of geology: tectonics; minerals; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary processes; and geologic time. Lab covers reading of topographic maps, study and identification of common rocks and minerals, and the study of geologic phenomena.

GEOL 102: Earth and Life Through Time

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: GEOL 101 & GEOL 103

Studies the history of the earth and the origins of its landforms from the far past to the present time, age dating, evolution of organisms, times of extinction, mountain building episodes, and periods of glaciation.

GEOL 103: Physical Geology Laboratory

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: GEOL 101, MATH 120, MATH 126 or higher, or consent of instructor (GEOL 101 may be taken concurrently)

Offers experimental and in-depth investigations designed to illustrate fundamental principles of geology.

GEOL 105: Introduction to Geology of National Parks

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Studies geologic processes through the lens of the national park system. Concepts of geologic time, plate tectonics, and the rock cycle will be explored by studying national parks and monuments that highlight geologic examples of the material presented.

GEOL 111: Geology of Death Valley National Park

Units (Credits): 1–2; Prerequisites: none

Provides a general field experience in geology for students with little or no earth science background. Teaches the basics of rock identification, landform analysis and identification, and interpretation of modern and ancient geologic events through field study of Death Valley National Park. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GEOL 112: Geology of Eastern Sierra

Units (Credits): 1–2; Prerequisites: none

Provides a general field experience in geology for students with little or no earth science background. Teaches the basics of rock identification, landform analysis and identification, and interpretation of modern and ancient geologic events through field study of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Field study will include Mono Lake, Long Valley caldera, White Mountains, faults, and past glaciation in the area. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GEOL 113: Geology of Lassen Volcanic National Park

Units (Credits): 1–2; Prerequisites: none

Provides a two-and-a-half day field experience in geology for students with little or no earth science background. Teaches the basics of volcanic rock identification, history of the Cascade Range, and interpretation of modern and ancient geologic events through field study of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GEOL 114: Geology of Lava Beds National Monument

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: none

Provides a general field experience in geology for students with little or no earth science background. Teaches the basics of rock identification, landform analysis and identification, and interpretation of modern and ancient geologic events through field study of Lava Beds National Monument. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GEOL 127: Prehistoric Life

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Surveys the history and the classification of fossil plants and animals, methods of interpretation of the fossil records, evolution of form and structure and the sequence of fossils in rocks.

GEOL 132: Rocks & Minerals

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Focuses on the identification of rocks and minerals. Includes an introduction to the crystallography and chemistry of minerals as well as the petrology of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Concludes with an overview of ore deposits.

GEOL 201: Geology of Nevada

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GEOL 101 or consent of instructor

Covers important geological developments in Nevada that have occurred throughout geologic time. At least one field trip will be required.

GEOL 299: Special Topics in Geology

Units (Credits): 1–5; Prerequisites: none

Provides a study of selected topics in geology for students with little or no earth science background. Can include field experiences. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

German (GER)

Liberal Arts Division

GER 101: Conversational German I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Emphasizes spoken communication. Listening, reading, and writing skills will be developed to suit student needs. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GER 102: Conversational German II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GER 101 or consent of instructor

Offers a second semester of conversational German designed to continue and improve the skills learned in GER 101. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GER 111: First Year German I

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: none

Develops language skills through practice in listening, speaking, reading, writing and structural analysis. Includes an introduction to German culture.

GER 112: First Year German II

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: GER 111 or equivalent or consent of instructor

Continues with the second semester of the course to build on speaking, writing and reading skills in the German language.

Graphic Communications (GRC)

Career and Technical Education Division

GRC 103: Introduction to Computer Graphics

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces processes involved in the creation and reproduction of graphic design for print and digital media. Covers graphic communications history, design theory, software applications, production processes, printing processes, and job opportunities. Presents a hands-on overview of a variety of graphic design software.

GRC 109: Color and Design

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none; Recommended: GRC 103

Teaches color theories, color technologies and the application of color in art and design. Intermediate two-dimensional design problems focus on the compositional, optical and psychological aspects of visual communications.

GRC 118: Computer Graphics - Print Media

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the processes involved in the creation and reproduction of graphic design for print media. Graphic communications history, design theory, software applications, production processes, printing processes and job opportunities are covered. This course will present a hands-on overview of a variety of graphic design software.

GRC 119: Computer Graphics - Digital Media

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Offers a foundation that introduces computer systems and applications as they relate to graphic communications for digital media. Class will present a project-based overview of content creation, web design and web animation.

GRC 125: Graphic Software

Units (Credits): 0.5–1; Prerequisites: varies based on level of software offered

Offers a variety of short courses in software packages specific to graphic communications applications. Classes will include current software packages and upgrade-specific training. Verify type of software and level of instruction in online schedule of classes. Course taught as pass/withdraw only. Repeatable up to six units. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GRC 144: Electronic Layout and Typography

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: Basic computer skills.; Recommended: GRC 103 or consent of instructor

Introduces electronic page layout software with an emphasis on typographic layout and design. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GRC 156: Computer Illustration I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: basic computer skills; Recommended: GRC 103

Offers an introductory/intermediate class in the creation and execution of designs and illustrations in the electronic environment. Focuses on Adobe Illustrator Vector-Draw software, including the tools and techniques required to produce professional-level artwork. Knowledge of the following basic computer skills required: saving, opening, and printing documents, opening and closing applications, creating and managing folders and subfolders, viewing the contents of disk drives and external storage devices, managing desktop items.

GRC 175: Web Design and Publishing I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: Basic computer skills.; Recommended: GRC 103, GRC 183

Introduces authoring for the World Wide Web using industry standard software applications. Topics covered include planning, designing and building a web site, aesthetics, creating and optimizing computer graphics for web, information architecture, navigation and interactivity, web publishing, web hosting and site management. Knowledge of the following basic computer skills required: saving, opening, and printing documents, opening and closing applications, creating and managing folders and subfolders, viewing the contents of disk drives and external storage devices, managing desktop items.

GRC 179: Multimedia Design and Production I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GRC 103 and basic computer skills or consent of instructor

Introduces animation using the computer. Focuses on creating and combining multimedia, making movies that can be viewed either on the Internet or as a stand-alone projector saved on a disk using industry standard software.

GRC 181: Digital Video I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GRC 119 or consent of instructor

Introduces the basic principles and practices of digital video production. Covers every phase of introductory digital video pre-production, production and post-production processes from idea to final output including: story and concept development, lighting, recording and capturing footage, importing and managing clips, editing methods and creating transitions, special effects, titles and credits, sound design and output to different formats. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GRC 183: Electronic Imaging

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: Basic computer skills.; Recommended: ART 100, GRC 103

Teaches an intermediate class in the application of computer graphics software to create and edit digital images and designs with raster/paint software (Adobe Photoshop). Students entering this class should already have an understanding of graphic communications processes and have graphics software skills. Knowledge of the following basic computer skills required: saving, opening, and printing documents, opening and closing applications, creating and managing folders and subfolders, viewing the contents of disk drives and external storage devices, managing desktop items.

GRC 185: Computer Animation I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: basic computer skills; Recommended: GRC 118

Provides a practical understanding of the knowledge and skills required of fine and applied visual artists in today's 3-D digital design studio. Computer lab assignments and lectures will provide diversified experiences. Various interdisciplinary aspects will be considered.

GRC 188: Web Animation and Interactivity I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GRC 103 and basic computer skills or consent of instructor.

Continues advanced web site design. The second in a sequential set of courses that focus on advanced design theories in relation to the Internet and applications for animating web sites. Exercises will focus on advanced visual design and the creation of animation, as well as related concepts and practices. Knowledge of the following basic computer skills required: saving, opening, and printing documents, opening and closing applications, creating and managing folders and subfolders, viewing the contents of disk drives and external storage devices, managing desktop items.

GRC 244: Electronic Layout and Typography II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GRC 144

Continues GRC 144 with an emphasis on advanced desktop publishing procedures. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GRC 256: Computer Illustration II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GRC 156

Offers intermediate vector-based visual design using the computer. The second in a sequential set of courses on visual design. Exercises and advanced design problems will challenge the student to create various design solutions on the computer.

GRC 275: Web Design and Publishing II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GRC 175, GRC 188 or consent of instructor

Offers advanced web page design using industry-standard applications. Topics include CCS layout, advanced site building features, site management, interactivity, and customization. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GRC 281: Digital Video II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GRC 181 or consent of instructor

Offers a second course in the video series which builds upon skills learned in Digital Video I. Intermediate level techniques in non-linear editing, sound design and special effects, including an introduction to motion graphics production and video composting, including titles and credits. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GRC 283: Electronic Imaging II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GRC 183

Studies advanced applications of graphics software to create pixel based imagery using industry standard pixel based software. Covers advanced image manipulation and optimization processes for pixel images as well as simple pixel based animation and video manipulation. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

GRC 294: Professional Portfolio

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: minimum of 21 units of GRC design/production classes or consent of instructor

Focuses on the development of a portfolio for employment in the graphics communications field. Professional and legal requirements will be explored. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.



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