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Geology 101 with LAB - Physical Geology - Dr. Vincent Devlahovich

Course:Physical Geology
Professor:Dr. Vincent Devlahovich
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


picture of canyons and mountains

I am Dr. Vincent Devlahovich and have been teaching Geology at College of the Canyons for 15 years.  I taught at CSUN for seven years before this and have taught many online and face to face classes.  I am passionate about Earth Science, our planet Earth and teaching and learning.  I am always available to help you succeed both in this class and in your life.  I have lived the last 35 years in the San Fernando valley and was born and raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to Physical Geology in an distance learning format. 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.

The lab portion of this class provides the principles and tools of direct and remote observation of Earth’s crustal evolution and surface processes through analysis of minerals, rocks, fossils, topographic and geologic maps, cross sections and other geologic tools. You will be required to attend the LAB Zoom session each week to pass this portion of the class.

What to Expect in this Course

This course has strict deadlines that CANNOT be changed for any reason.  If you can keep up with your regular assignments and deadlines, you will have no problem succeeding in this class.  Time management and communication skills are paramount in this class. You will need moderate computer skills and good time management skills to be successful in this course.

Labs will be due at the end of each LAB class. Students who miss a lab will not be able to make up these labs.  If you miss more than TWO labs you will not pass this class.

Types of Assessments

Quizzes, labs, exams, group project and discussion boards.

Textbook Information

Textbook Title: Visualizing Geology, 3rd Edition (you can also use the 4th Edition)
by Barbara W. Murck
ISBN: 978-1118129869
April 2012, ©2012
also for the LAB portion:
A lab kit containing mineral and rock specimens will need to be checked out from the College of the Canyons Valencia Campus. You will be notified by email closer to the start of the fall semester to arrange a curbside pick up time for the lab materials. Lab kits will need to be picked up the week prior to the fall semester or during the first week of fall semester. The lab kits will also need to be returned to campus later in the fall semester.
\Students will also need to buy basic school supplies including the following: colored pencils, white paper, ruler, basic calculator, protractor, compass for drawing circles, and piece of string.

You MUST secure your textbook and lab materials BEFORE the first day of class because you need it to begin the work on the first day of the semester.

Other Relevant Course Information

The course can be accessed via Canvas on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at 877-889-9052 for 24/7 support.

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: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 935