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GEOGRPH-105 - California Geography - Jeremy Patrich

Course:California Geography
Professor:Jeremy Patrich
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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The College of the Canyons and I am excited that you chose this course, and I am looking forward to getting to know you during the semester. Whether this course is hybrid or in-person, we will have lots of interaction via the pre-recorded chapter summaries and YouTube lectures, discussion boards, weekly announcements, emails, and even social networking! Remember, that regardless of the semester length, it will be the same amount of content and work, in other words, this means that there are the same amount of assignments and reading in a 4-week course as there is in a 16-week course. 

It is my goal for you to accomplish your academic goals, and I will provide you with a variety of resources including videos, podcasts, practice tests, study guides, and even extra credit to help you succeed. I aim to be very clear about deadlines, expectations, and course content. Do not hesitate to email me with any questions- and I look forward to sharing my course with you.

Living in California, understanding its geography is really an important part of understanding the culture. Some topics covered are:

  • Geology
  • Weather
  • Water Resources
  • Pop Culture (Disney!!)
  • Urban Landscapes
  • Architecture and more!


Course Description

Explores the physical and human landscapes that have evolved as a result of the human-environment interface. The topics includes California's issues, processes and topics relevant to geography including climate, landforms, natural vegetation, water resources, cultural landscape, ethnic diversity, urban and agricultural regions, and the economy. Field trips may be required. Formerly GEOG-105.

What to Expect in this Course

California Geography is a three unit course, that is packed with a ton of fun and interactive experiences.  I teach using modules because I like seeing content and assignment chunked together. I have outlined below an average weeks' workload, so you may have a better idea as to what to expect workwise. I also like to unlock several modules at a time to provide students the opportunity to work ahead. 

Geography 105 | Week 12 Overview.

This week we begin looking at California's population and migration, in which I have provided a lecture on major events in California's population growth, as well as a few short clips from PBS that help paint a picture of immigration, diversity, and the 'Shades of LA'. We all certainly understand the phrase that Los Angeles is a melting pot... but what does that look like? Where do we see diversity beyond people? We observe it in food, architecture, art, dance, and sports! One last thing to think of... what about you? What brought you or your family to California?

Lastly, as you work through this week’s modules, here is what you have due:

  • One module quiz
  • One discussion board with at least two peer responses
  • One module assignment (250-word written response) 
  • Two short readings
  • Three short lecture videos

Types of Assessments

At the session’s end, you will be evaluated by your performance on the basis of two (2) low stakes exams, a series of assignments, reading quizzes, and other general activities. Each of these components will be graded separately, and your total grade for the course will be determined by a combined grade-point total: being weighed as indicated below:

  • The Exams: (20%) There will be two (2) exams that are based on reading quizzes and short answers.
  • Assignments: (35%). Please complete all assigned assignments on time for credit. No partial credit is awarded, and no late work is accepted. Please take note of the Canvas Calendar to make sure you are on top of your assignments. You can always work ahead.
  • Online Discussion Boards: (30%). Please complete all assigned assignments on time for credit. No partial credit is awarded, and no late work is accepted. Please take note of the Canvas Calendar to make sure you are on top of your assignments. You can always work ahead, and also is sure to always follow up on your responses. 
  • Term Paper: (15%). Details found under the Week 1 Module

Grade Assessment

  • A: 100%-89.6%
  • B: 89.5%-79.6%
  • C: 79.5%-69.6%
  • D: 69.5%-59.6%
  • F: 59.5-Below

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

This course is ZTC (Zero Text Cost), the free text is integrated into the Canvas modules

Other Relevant Course Information

Waitlists: I will do my best to accommodate all students on the waitlist. I will provide permissions to those on the waitlist first, so keep an eye on your Canyons email account. 

Welcome Video: 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 09/14/2022 Sub#: 850