Academic Catalogs

Environmental Science and Ecology

The Environmental Science and Ecology Department offers students various courses to study how humans are impacting the environment and solutions towards sustainable living, the role of organisms in their environment, characteristics of various biomes, and field data collection techniques. 
 
Students who study Ecology may find additional information about taking courses to transfer in this major in the Biology Department and Marine Science Department.

Department Contact Information

Kelli Elliott
kelliott@occ.cccd.edu

Environmental Science and Ecology Department Website

ESEC A1003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Environmental Science  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

The physical and biological components of the environment, their interrelationships, and the human population influence on these components. Physical, biological, and political means of reversing environmental deterioration will be considered as well as conservation and management of natural resources. Suitable as a general education elective for the non-science major and for students in Environmental Science or other natural sciences. Field trip may be required. Same as ECOL A100, Human Ecology.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESEC A100

    ESEC A100H3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
    Introduction to Environmental Science Honors  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

    The physical and biological components of the environment, their interrelationships, and the human population influence on these components. Physical, biological, and political means of reversing environmental deterioration will be considered as well as conservation and management of natural resources. Suitable as a general education elective for the non-science major and for students in Environmental Science or other natural sciences. Field trip may be required. Same as ECOL A100 - Human Ecology.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESEC A100H

      ESEC A1103 Units (54 lecture hours)  
      Island Ecology  

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      Islands are used as the platform to discuss Ecology, Evolution, Speciation, Biogeography, Geology, and Human History as it relates to islands. This course focuses on California's Channel Islands and also covers the Hawaiian Islands, the Galapagos Islands, and many others. Field trip is required. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Same as ECOL A110 - Island Ecology.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESEC A110

        ESEC A1211 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
        Marine Intertidal Ecology  

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU

        Ecology of the marine intertidal environment of Southern California. This is a field oriented laboratory experience for non-majors. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Same as Marine Science A121 and Ecology A121. Students completing Ecology A121 or ESEC A121 may not receive credit for Marine Science A121.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESEC A121

          ESEC A1241 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
          Ecology of the Gray Whale  

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          Ecology and natural history of the California Gray Whale and the Orange County Whale Watch program. Completion qualifies students as docents on whale watching boats. Field trip required. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Same as MRSC A124. Students taking ESEC A124 may not receive credit for MRSC A124.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESEC A124

            ESEC A1401 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
            Mediterranean Biome Ecology  

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

            Transfer Credit: CSU.

            The Mediterranean Biome includes chaparral and coastal sage scrub in North America, mallee scrub in Australia, mattoral in South America, fynbos in Africa, and maquis in Europe. This course surveys this biome through an investigative approach. Field trips are required. Same as ECOL A140 - Mediterranean Biome Ecology.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESEC A140

              ESEC A1411 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
              Desert Ecology  

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              Deserts cover 20% of the Earth and provide wildlife habitat, as well as, economic and recreational value. This course will provide students an opportunity to learn and assess the ecological processes in various deserts on Earth including the deserts of Southwestern United States and Mexico. Field trips are required. Same as ECOL A141 - Desert Ecology.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESEC A141

                ESEC A2103 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                Wetlands Ecology and Management  

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                This course covers the biological, physical, chemical, and hydrological components of wetland ecosystems. Various types of wetland habitats are discussed including their ecological and economic value. Field-based assessments on wetland ecology are implemented throughout the course. Management practices are investigated including past and current methods, policies, restoration efforts and outcomes, and the effects of climate change on wetlands are examined. Same as ECOL A210 - Environmental Science & Ecology.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESEC A210