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Living Laboratory Courses and Other Electives

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Living Laboratory Courses

Each year, the Center offers a series of living laboratory courses on current applications in regenerative studies (RS 414/414L). These courses emphasize "hands on" application of regenerative principles and practices, and topics will change quarterly. RS 414/414L course numbers can be repeated for a total of 12 units. Contact the program advisor for more information.

Living laboratory courses for 2013-14 include:

Fall, 2013

RS 414S/414LS: 4 units. Current Applications in Regenerative Studies: Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation. 4 units.  Cristina Halstead, Instructor
This course explores the environmental and economic implications of energy efficiency and energy conservation and applies this knowledge in the design and implementation of an energy awareness education program for public school students.  This course offers the service-learning (S) designation, and includes work with local school partners.

Winter, 2014

RS 414/414L:  Current Applications in Regenerative Studies:  Solar Energy Systems. 4 units. Don Serio, Instructor

Analysis of solar technologies applied to heat, power generation and associated loss mechanisms. Lecture examines fundamental theories that form the basis of light from the sun, and how this energy stream is appropriated for human usage. Lectures strive to exemplify principals that must be applied and verified in lab.  The lab component utilizes projects that must be designed and built by the student to test theory. Recommended prerequisite: Beginning trigonometry

Spring, 2014

RS 414/414L: Current Applications in Regenerative Studies: Watershed Restoration. 4 units. Dr. Jeff Marshall, Instructor
Watershed restoration strategies integrate basic concepts of hydrology, sedimentology, geomorphology, and ecology in an effort to reverse degraded water quality and watershed function.  This course explores the physical processes of watersheds and stream corridors through lectures, field trips and case study discussions.  Students will engage in hands-on field work and address current watershed problems at local field sites.

Other Electives Offered by the Center

RS 400. Directed Study in Regenerative Practices. 2-4 units.

Individual study by the student on a subject agreed upon by student and advisor.  Total credit limited to 4 units, with a maximum of 2 units per quarter.  Prerequisites:  RS 301 and 302 or permission of instructor. Approval of study proposal must be granted before enrollment. Contact the program advisor for more information.

RS 465. Ecological Patterns and Processes.  4 units.
This course introduces students to principles in the emerging field of landscape ecology, and their relationship to planning and design decisions upon the land.  Students will learn about the intellectual roots of this approach to understanding landscape patterns and processes, the fundamental vocabulary and key concepts within the field, and their relationship towards the goal of increased environmental sustainability.

RS 499/499L. Special Topics in Regenerative Practices. 2-4 units.

Exploration of topics of current interest related to regenerative practices or technologies or their roles in society.  May include lectures, seminars and/or laboratories on a schedule to be determined by the instructor.  Total credit limited to 8 units, with a maximum of 4 units per quarter.  Prerequisite RS 301 or RS 311 or permission of instructor.