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GEOL-100 Section #63362 - Introduction to Physical Geology - Dr. Vincent Devlahovich

Course:Introduction to Physical Geology
Professor:Dr. Vincent Devlahovich
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Dr. D

My name is Dr. D and I have been teaching at College of the Canyons for 16 years, teaching Geology for 25 years.  The first thing to know about this course is that it is accelerated at DOUBLE pace.  This means you have to stay on top of the assignments, quizzes, etc. so you do not fall behind.  Time management skills are required and you must go online and check your Canyons email EVERY DAY during the semester.



Course Description

This course is an introduction to Physical Geology in an online format and  condensed into an eight week format.  It requires minimal computer skills and good internet access.  It features the study and interpretation of the basic features of the exterior and interior of the Earth’s crust, the materials of which those features are composed, and the geologic processes which produced them.  It includes specific consideration of minerals, rocks, volcanic activity, running water and erosion, soils, ground water, mass wasting, glaciation, coastlines, wind activity, deserts, plate tectonics, mountains, faults and earthquakes, metamorphism, geologic time and more. 


What to Expect in this Course

Everything you need for this course is on your Canvas course.  You should budget at least 15 hours per week to succeed in this course.

Types of Assessments

Discussion board research and postings, including responding to your classmates as well as quizzes.

Textbook Information

Required Text: Visualizing GeologyMurck, Skinner, & MacKenzie, 4th edition.  

You do NOT need the Wiley canvas code for this course.  

ISBN 9781119310150. This is the binder-ready edition with the Canvas code, available in the COC bookstore.  You can use this version or the E-Text or a paperback version.

Other Relevant Course Information

If you can budget the appropriate amount of time consistently in the next eight weeks, you can succeed in this course.   I am always available to help you via my Canyons email.

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

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 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.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/17/2022 Sub#: 1469