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Geol 101 - Physical Geology - Jessica Seemayer

Course:Physical Geology
Professor:Jessica Seemayer
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Jessica Seemayer at the Grand Canyon

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 course is an introduction to Physical Geology lecture and lab; 4.0 unit UC and CSU transferable course. 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, glaciations, coastlines, wind activity, deserts, plate tectonics, mountains, faults and earthquakes, metamorphism, geologic time and more. 

What to Expect in this Course

Online Lecture: Each week I will assign between 2 and 4 topics of readings and videos, with accompanying quizzes on each topic. You will be required to participate in the discussions with your classmates each week. There is one midterm exam which covers the first half and the final that covers the second half of the course work. You will need to check in to the Canvas shell multiple times each week and have reliable access to the internet. All information, readings, assignments, and exams will be posted on the course Canvas shell.

In person Lab: We will meet in person several times each week and complete 1-2 labs each class meeting. There is no time for make up assignments so you must attend class to complete the lab work for that day. The lab portion will have one midterm and one final exam based on the lab assignments. 

Types of Assessments

  • Lecture Assessments
    • Online timed exams
    • Discussion boards
    • Weekly quizzes
  • Lab Assessments
    • Lab assignments using minerals, rocks, and maps
      • In person exams.

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. Lab material will be provided to complete the assignments in class.

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 online. Since this is a short term course we will cover multiple chapters/ topics each week. 

You will also need to attend lab class each meeting to complete the lab work, there will be no lab work completed outside of lab time.

Additional Resources


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Online Education

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Last updated: 04/02/2024 Sub#: 1734