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GEOL-104 - Environmental Geology - Jessica Seemayer

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


Jessica Seemayer

I am a geologist who teaches geology and oceanography. I earned my bachelors and master’s degree from California State University Los Angeles. I have worked as a geologist as a consultant on several drill sites for years before I started teaching geology and oceanography.

I love teaching students about the wonders of our planet, and I try to pass that enthusiasm to my students. This environmental geology course is an effective way to learn on your own time and at your own pace.

Course Description

This course is an environmental geology in an online format; 3.0 unit UC and CSU transferable course. This course is designed to give you a basic understanding of how the environment is all connected and you will explore all the different aspects of our world. You should expect to learn about the different environmental processes and how they all connect. In this Environmental Geology class, we will cover several different fields of science including geology, geography, biology, oceanography, and physics. 

What to Expect in this Course

Timelines and Assessments Guideline:

Quizzes, Discussions, and Activities will be available each week from 12:00 am Monday to 11:59 pm Friday. The two exams will be available for 4 days (see the specific days and times in the syllabus). You must take the quizzes and tests in these assigned periods only. The quizzes are unlimited in time and you may take them as many times as you wish during this period. The tests, on the other hand, must be taken in the time window denoted above and can only be taken once. The tests are timed and require you to have a google chrome browser and download and extension. (I will provide you with the link and instructions on Canvas) you will have 120 minutes to complete each exam, a timer will be available for your convenience.


Grading is on an A, B, C, D, and F system. See the syllabus for the specific distribution of points.

Note: I strictly adhere to the College’s academic dishonesty policies found in the course catalog. Cheating will not be tolerated!

Types of Assessments

Since there will be no scheduled meeting for this class, I have multiple assignments scheduled due each week, and since this is an accelerated course, we will cover multiple chapters each week. So please do not fall behind on assigned reading. You will need to complete quizzes for each chapter, post to discussion boards, and complete short activities every week. I will provide you the links each week to the assigned reading and a short narrated lecture on the some of the chapters to help understand some of he more complicated topics. There will be one larger project that I will assign during week 4 that will be due at the end of the term. You will also have two non-cumulative exams (during week 4 and week 8) where you will complete a timed exam that will consist of multiple choice, true false, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer questions.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

I will be using a few different sources as our main reading material for this class. All the readings will be free for you to view online. I will provide links to the specific chapter and sections I would like you to read for each week. A large portion of the reading will come from the sections listed in the link below.

Other Relevant Course Information


You will need a computer with Internet access that you can use regularly; often daily. If you do not have a computer available at home, you can access one at a local library, or on campus. Both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses have PC and Mac computers available to students.

If you are on the waitlist and want to add, you need to contact me at the email address above ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS to see if there are any open seats. This is your responsibility, should you want to crash the class.

First Assignment

Log on to the course 1 week before the semester starts when the course opens. Complete the first assignment (an ice breaker discussion) before 11:59 pm (PST) on Wednesday of the first week. Ensure that you have access to and address any technical issues with Canvas Support at (661) 362-3344. Review the syllabus and ensure you understand the requirements of the course. If you have any questions, I am available via email or through the Canvas inbox.

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)

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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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

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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 1073