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Geol 104 - Environmental Geology - Jessica Seemayer

Course:Environmental Geology
Professor:Jessica Seemayer
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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My name is Jessica Seemayer. I have a BS in Geology and a MS in Environmental Hydrogeology (it's just a fancy way to say ground water movement). I love to go hiking and just generally being outdoors, so naturally geology and oceanography topics are a perfect fit. I have been working as an instructor since 2015 teaching all topics from Geology, to Earth Science, to Environmental Geology and Oceanography.

Course Description

This class is a physical science class we will be taking an in depth look at different aspects of our environment, including the geology of our planet and formations of the oceans, the different weather patterns, different types of natural disasters, and the resources that our planet has. We will of course get into how humans have an impact on all the different parts of our planet. Examines the connections between the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere of the earth system as they relate to natural hazards, earth resources and human impacts on the environment within a geologic context. 

What to Expect in this Course

Each week I will assign between 2 and 3 topics of readings and videos, with accompanying quizzes on each topic. You will be required to participate in the discussions with your classmates, and complete an activity related to the one of the topics covered that week. There is one midterm exam which covers the first half and the final that covers the second half of the course work. I have one project due at the end of the term. You will need to check in to the Canvas shell multiple times each week and have reliable access to the internet. A webcam and microphone is helpful (but not required) to log on to the Zoom office hours if you have questions during the term. All information, readings, assignments, and exams will be posted on the course Canvas shell.

Types of Assessments

  • Online timed exams
  • Activities as written assignments
  • Discussion boards
  • Weekly quizzes
  • Final project.

Textbook Information

This is a ZTC course, I will assign weekly readings from various (free) online sources along with videos to watch that enhance the reading content.

Other Relevant Course Information

You will need to remain active in the class and participate in the discussion boards and complete the assignments each week. Since this is a short term course we will cover multiple chapters/ topics each week. 

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 04/02/2024 Sub#: 1732