Catalog: 2017–2018 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.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Use terminology specific to physical geography topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
  2. Use physical geography concepts and principles to demonstrate a working knowledge of earth processes. (GE 1)
  3. Perform 4 laboratory activities that demonstrate the ability to apply concepts and principles in relation to physical geography. (GE1)

III. Topics

The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geog 103:
  • Maps and Coordinate System; Seasons; Weather and Climate; Climate Change; Atmospheric processes
  • Additionally, instructors may choose to include other topics relevant to physical geography.

    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.

    II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

    The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Perform laboratory activities that demonstrate the ability to apply key physical geography concepts and principles. (GE1)

    III. Topics

    The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geog 104:
  • Maps and Coordinate System; Seasons; Weather and Climate; Atmospheric Processes
  • Additionally, instructors may choose to include other topics relevant to a physical geography laboratory.

    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.

    II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

    The information in parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Use terminology specific to the topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
    2. Demonstrate working knowledge of sustainable human-environmental interaction(s). (GE 1)
    3. Demonstrate working knowledge of the struggle between globalization and maintaining traditional values amongst societies.
    4. Demonstrate working knowledge of key geographic concepts needed to explain cultural diversity . (GE 1)

    III. Topics

    The following is a list of topics that must be covered in GEOG 106:
  • Basic geographic concepts, human population, ethnicity, migration and urbanization.
  • Additionally, the instructor may choose to include other topics relevant to cultural geography.

    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.

    II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

    The information in parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Use terminology specific to the topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
    2. Understand spatial similarities & differences amongst global regions. (GE 1)
    3. Use key geographic concepts to demonstrate the evolution of regional cultures and traditions. (GE 1)
    4. Locate, evaluate, and appropriately use information from multiple sources to complete activities related to the evolution of regional conflicts. (GE 4)

    III. Topics

    The following is a list of topics that must be covered in GEOG 200:
  • Basic geographic concepts, defining geographic regions, cultural attributes of regions, and physical geography attributes of regions.
  • Additionally, the instructor may choose to include other topics relevant to world regional geography.

    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: geologic hazards and catastrophes, and geology of natural resources. Includes four laboratory experiences.

    II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

    The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Use terminology specific to the geologic topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
    2. Use geologic concepts and principles to demonstrate a working knowledge of earth processes. (GE 1)
    3. Apply classifications to categorize geologic features and phenomena relevant to the topics selected for this course. (GE 1)
    4. Perform 4 laboratory activities that demonstrate the ability to apply concepts and principles in relation to geologic hazards and/or geologic resources. (GE1)

    III. Topics

    The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geol 100:
  • Plate tectonics; Earthquakes; Volcanoes; Mass wasting
  • Additionally, instructors may choose to include any of the following topics:
  • Rocks and minerals; Flooding; Geologic resources (water, energy, rocks and minerals)
  • 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.

    II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

    The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Use terminology specific to the geologic topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
    2. Use geologic concepts and principles to demonstrate a working knowledge of earth processes. (GE 1)
    3. Apply classifications to categorize geologic features and phenomena relevant to the topics selected for this course. (GE 1)
    4. Perform laboratory activities that demonstrate the ability to apply key physical geology concepts and principles. (GE1)

    III. Topics

    The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geol 101:
  • Earth’s structure; Plate tectonics; Earth materials (minerals and rocks); Geologic time; Topographic maps
  • Additionally, instructors may choose to include any of the following topics:
  • Volcanic activity; Earthquakes; Crustal deformation; Evolution of the seafloor; External earth processes
  • GEOL 102: Earth and Life Through Time

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

    3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab. 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.

    II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

    The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Use terminology specific to the geologic topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
    2. Use geologic concepts and principles to demonstrate a working knowledge of historical geology processes. (GE1)
    3. Apply classifications to categorize geologic features and phenomena relevant to the topics selected for this course. (GE 1)
    4. Perform laboratory/field activities that demonstrate the ability to apply key historical geology concepts and principles (GE1)

    III. Topics

    The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geol 102:
  • Geologic time, relative and absolute dating processes, rock correlation, plate tectonics, fossils, geologic history of the earth.
  • Additionally, instructors may choose to include any of the following topics:
  • Sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, climate change, human evolution; as well as other topics pertinent to historical geology.
  • 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.

    II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

    The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Use terminology specific to the geologic topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
    2. Use geologic concepts and principles to demonstrate a working knowledge of geologic processes. (GE1)
    3. Apply classifications to categorize geologic features and phenomena relevant to the topics selected for this course. (GE 1)
    4. Perform at least 4 laboratory/field activities that demonstrate the ability to apply key geologic concepts and principles (GE1)

    III. Topics

    The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geol 105:
  • Plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, geologic time, geology of selected national parks.
  • Additionally, instructors may choose to include other topics pertinent to the geology of National Parks.

    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, AB 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, AB 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, AB 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, AB 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 record, evolution of form and structure and the sequence of fossils in rocks.

    II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

    The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Use terminology specific to the topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
    2. Use geologic concepts and principles to demonstrate a working knowledge of prehistoric life. (GE1)
    3. Apply classifications to categorize features and phenomena relevant to the topics selected for this course. (GE 1)
    4. Perform 4 laboratory activities that demonstrate the ability to apply key concepts and principles in relation to prehistoric life. (GE1)

    III. Topics

    The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geol 127:
  • Geologic time, organization of life, rocks and fossils, life through geologic time.
  • Additionally, instructors may choose to include other topics relevant to Prehistoric Life.

    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.

    II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

    The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Use terminology specific to the geologic topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
    2. Use geologic concepts and principles to demonstrate a working knowledge of the geologic processes that have operated in Nevada through time. (GE1)
    3. Apply classifications to categorize geologic features and phenomena relevant to the topics selected for this course. (GE 1)
    4. Perform at least 4 laboratory/field activities that demonstrate the ability to apply key geologic concepts and principles (GE1)

    III. Topics

    The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geol 201:
  • Plate tectonics, including earthquakes, volcanoes, and crustal deformation; rocks and minerals; geologic time; geologic history of Nevada.
  • Additionally, instructors may choose to include other topics pertinent to the geology of Nevada.

    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, AB 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, AB 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, AB or AS Degree.

    GER 111: First Year German I

    Units (Credits): 3–4; 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): 3–4; 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: Basic Computer Skills

    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: Basic Computer Skills

    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 144: Electronic Layout and Typography

    Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: Basic Computer Skills; Recommended: GRC 103

    Introduces electronic page layout software with an emphasis on typographic layout and design.

    GRC 156: Design with Illustrator

    Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: Basic Computer Skills; Recommended: GRC 103

    An introductory/intermediate class in the creation and execution of designs and illustrations in the electronic environment. Focuses in 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 I

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

    Introduction to 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: Basic computer skills; Recommended: GRC 103

    Overview of multimedia design and development. Emphasis on how to design real-world interactive projects that combine text, graphics, animation, audio, video, and more. Hands-on projects using popular multimedia authoring software for publishing online.

    GRC 183: Design with Photoshop

    Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; Recommended: 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 188: Web Animation 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

    Continuation of GRC 144 with an emphasis on advanced desktop publishing procedures.

    GRC 275: Web Design II

    Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GRC 175

    Offers advanced web page design using industry-standard applications. Topics include CCS layout, advanced site building features, site management, interactivity, and customization.

    GRC 283: Electronic Imaging II

    Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: GRC 183 or consent of instructor.

    Studies advanced applications of graphics software to build design projects. Covers layout and typography as well as pixel and vector-based software.

    GRC 290: Internship in Graphic Communications

    Units (Credits): 1–6; Prerequisites: Completion of 21 units of GRC classes and consent of instructor

    Provides supervised work experience within a selected graphic communications business, dependent upon student's selected major emphasis. Designed to apply knowledge to real on-the-job situations in a program designed by a company official and a faculty advisor. Available to students entering their last semester of instruction for the Graphic Communications associate degree. Contact department advisor for application, screening and required skills evaluation.

    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 graphic communications field. Professional and legal requirements will be explored.



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