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OCEAN 101 - Oceanography 101 - Jessica Seemayer

Course:Oceanography 101
Professor:Jessica Seemayer
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Jessica Seemayer with The Grand Canyons in the background.

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 oceanography course is an effective way to learn on your own time and at your own pace.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to Oceanography lecture and lab in an online format; 4.0 unit UC and CSU transferable course. This course is designed to give you a basic understanding of how oceanographic information is collected, analyzed, and interpreted, by giving you a hands-on experience in the field of oceanography. You should expect to learn about the different oceanography processes and how they all connect. Oceanography is a combination of several different fields of science including geology, geography, chemistry, physics, biology, and astronomy.

What to Expect in this Course


Since this is a hybrid course you will complete the lecture portion online which will consists of readings, quizzes, exams, and discussions. 


The lab portion of the course will be in person on the Valencia campus at the scheduled times and location. In class you will need to compete the lab activities and the term project.

Class Work Load:

Each week you will need to read approximately two chapters worth of topics, take the quizzes associated with the readings, and post to the discussion boards online. In class we will have time to complete 2 lab activities each week. 

Technology Required:

You will need a laptop or computer to complete the online portion of the course, with a Google Chrome browser, and the Proctorio Extension. If you have a laptop or tablet that you can bring to class you can submit the lab activities on Canvas. If you do not have a device that you can bring you may print out the assignments and complete them by hand and submit the hard copy. 

Types of Assessments

The assessments in this class include 2 proctored Canvas Exams (using the Proctorio Extension), Canvas Quizzes, and Canvas Discussions, Video project, along with hands-on lab activities in class. 

Textbook Information

Text Book: Introduction to Oceanography by Paul Webb

You can download the PDF copy of the book with the link below, I will also have the file on Canvas where you can download directly from there.

Other Relevant Course Information

Attendance and Drops

You will be required to log into the Oceanography 101 online class and setting up your photo and notification preferences. You are required to attend the first meeting, if you do not attend this first meeting, I will drop you from the class and I will start adding students from the waitlist.

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


Log on to the course one week prior to the first day of the semester when the course opens. 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.

First Assignment

You must log on to Canvas and complete the first assignment (post to the Ice Breaker Discussion) before the due date to remain in the class if you are already enrolled. If this is not completed before the due date I will preform my mandatory drop at the end of the week. 

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.


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Last updated: 04/02/2022 Sub#: 1327