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Geology 103 - Dinosaurs - Carly Perl (Gott)

Professor:Carly Perl (Gott)
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


This online course explores the geology and biology related to dinosaurs. As a fully online class, there are no required zoom meetings. Meetings will be available by request to supplement course material and office hours. The material will be delivered via Canvas with the expectation that students will login in and regularly engage with course modules and meet weekly deadlines for assignments, quizzes and exams.

Course Description

Presents the origins, evolution, diversity, anatomy, physiology, ecology, habitat, behaviors, extinction, and paleontology of the dinosaurs in the Mesozoic Era. Formerly GEOL-103.

What to Expect in this Course

Office hours will be available virtually in set times and at request. Each week's work will be outlined and available at the start of each week with deadlines noted. While there will be research papers and projects, you will be guided in how to approach these assignments. 

Required technical capabilities include the ability to view (but not edit) pdfs, create and edit spreadsheets and word documents, view canvas course materials including image and text files, as well as access and play youtube videos. In previous courses these expectations were met by students using pcs, macs, tablets and smartphones. If you run into an accessibility problem, please make me aware so that I can adjust file types as needed. You are not required or expected to have/use webcams or microphones for course interactions.

Types of Assessments

Quizzes/Exams/Final Project

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Textbook Title: Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History by Fastovsky (Recommended Only, NOT required)

Text is optional and not required for success in the course. 

Other Relevant Course Information

This course is conducted fully through distance learning and can be taken from any location. I will provide add-codes to any waitlisted students in the first week of the course, if you see the course is 'full', contact me for an add-code.

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

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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 968