Rocks in mountains.

PHYSICAL GEOLOGY LAB (GEOL 10L) -- City College of San Francisco

INSTRUCTOR: Katryn Wiese  *|*   *|*   Office hours

Lab Manual   |    CANVAS   |   Earth Rocks! Videos

**FALL 2022 Physical Geology Lab -- GEOL 10L is a 17.5-week full semester course. There are two sections being offered:

  • CRN: 70565 -- Fully online but with a required synchronous zoom session Tuesdays from 2 to 4 pm.
  • CRN: 72322 -- In person. Meet in Science 45 (Ocean Campus) Thursdays 2:10 to 6 pm

**To enroll in this class, you must have already completed or be concurrently enrolled in the lecture course: see Physical Geology Lecture.

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Welcome: video tutorial
(1 min, 19 MB): Video | Video w/CC | Script

In this course we will cover a range of geologic topics and skills, including map interpretation and development (topographic and geologic), structural geology (cross-sections and 3D models), minerals and rocks, geologic time, geologic history, and San Francisco geology. The class has been designed to maximize your interaction with the material and inspire your respect and stewardship for the local environment. (GEOL 10L Official Course Outline)

Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:

  • Investigate geologic phenomena through a variety of scientific inquiry techniques.
  • Analyze and evaluate geologic data.
  • Apply scientific principles, theories, or models to predict and explain the behavior of geologic phenomena.

Students on class field trip -- Lands End.

As your instructor, I am committed to finding the most effective ways to engage you with the material and help you to learn. My class formats and teaching methodologies are all designed to help you build your understanding of the material and kick it around and ask questions of me and your fellow students so you can strengthen it.

Through reading material (lab manual + online resources), you will begin the process each week of learning the new material. During the lab, you will refine and strengthen that understanding as you explore the lab topic and materials.

Whether you're taking the class in person or online, learning the material is ultimately up to you and how much time and effort you put in (preparation and practice). I will help and guide you, but I can't simply make you learn. If you're struggling, reach out. I want to help. Welcome!

Class time commitment:

  • On average, 6 hours/week of work. (FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES, 4 of those hours happen in the lab and 2 are homework.)
  • 1 field trip will take place during the semester -- see class syllabus for schedule (FOR ONLINE CLASSES, THESE WILL BE VIRTUAL; for in-person classes, students must provide their own transportation.)


  • Advisory: Completion of Geometry and Algebra 2 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in college-level English.
  • Required: that you have completed or be co-enrolled in the Geology 10 lecture.
Students working with maps and computers in S45 lab.


All course content and assignments are in the Geology 10 lab manual AND CANVAS. To be successful in this class, you need to access content through these different methods:

  • Use your Geology 10 Lab Manual to:
    • Complete weekly reading.
    • Complete weekly labs.
  • Use CANVAS to:
    • Review class syllabus, policies, and schedule.
    • Access and watch video tutorials and related lab lessons.
    • Turn in completed weekly lab assignments.
    • Complete weekly quizzes
    • Review grades.
  • Use class time or office hours or CANVAS discussion boards to:
    • Check and review completed assignments.
    • Engage in collaborative review and discussion of lecture topics.
    • Ask questions of your fellow students and me.

Students in the field.

Follow this link to the PDF version of the Geology 10 Lab Manual and instructions for how to purchase it. Get it early. All your semester work will happen in this lab manual.

You will also need to photograph or scan your completed assignments, combine each assignment into a single PDF, and upload them through the CANVAS tool. You can do this through Google Docs or Microsoft Word or a number of other software programs. The following video will help:
Combining images into a PDF for upload Video  | Video w/CC


Let's review some of the basic logistics of this course, and then you'll know whether you're ready for a General-Education science laboratory.

  1. Is this your first science course? Student with the best chance of success in this class are those with a strong background in math and English (it is advised that you have completed Algebra 2 and Geometry and have completed or be co-enrolled in college-level English).
  2. Are you comfortable with technology? During this semester, you will be watching online video tutorials, scanning and uploading completed assignments, and completing online quizzes and exams to demonstrate your understanding. Video tutorials, quizzes, handouts, and helpful resources can be found in CANVAS (you will not have access to CANVAS until the start of the semester).
    • You need solid internet connection and access to YouTube style video play (any browser, most devices) to access video tutorials.
    • You will need access to a scanner or camera, so you can scan completed assignments done by hand.
    • You will need access to Google Docs or other software that will allow you to combine multiple scanned images into a PDF for upload.
    • You will need access to CANVAS to upload your completed assignments and complete quizzes and exams.
  3. Do you have enough time in your schedule? The weekly workload for this class is, on average, 6 hours on average for 17.5 weeks, broken down, generally as follows:
    1. Completing the preparatory reading (~1 hr/week)
    2. Completing and correcting the labs. (~4 hr/week)
    3. Practicing and reviewing material prior to quiz (1 hr/week)
    4. Taking quizzes (~20 min/week).
    5. Other miscellaneous activities like accessing additional review resources (textbook and web resources), and communicating with other students and me.

General Education science laboratories are not easy. They really do require consistent effort. Your best chance of success is to have positive and regular engagement with me and your fellow students in class and to keep on task (meeting deadlines and keeping up each week). As your instructor, I will do my best to provide you these opportunities. It will be up to you to step up and engage! I look forward to meeting all of you and having you meet each other.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding class format or content, remember your resources are the videos, CANVAS, the lab manual, me, and each other.

  • My office hours. See schedule at my website.
  • CCSFMail (student Google Mail accounts) instructions and access to many CCSF technology services can be found at MyCCSF.
    If you have forgotten your password, log into your myRAM account and find the CCSF Mail password reset under your profile.
  • CANVAS: You are welcome to login early to view the class in CANVAS (available only if you are registered and only after college loads classes a few weeks before semester starts). However, you cannot upload assignments in CANVAS until the first official day class starts. To access videos anytime you want outside CANVAS, go to Earth Rocks! Videos. Canvas log-in and Canvas Support Hotline (844) 592-2198 available 24/7.
Students helping each other in the lab.

Other Support Services:

  • Disabled Students Programs/Services (DSPS) -- Rosenberg Library, Room 323, on the Ocean Campus. Telephone: 415-452-5481 (V) 415-452-5451 (TDD) -- DSPS is the campus office responsible for verifying disability-related need for academic accommodations, assessing that need, and planning accommodations in cooperation with students and instructors as needed and consistent with course requirements. Students who need academic accommodations should request them from the DSPS.
  • Counseling Department (Note: Counselor Anastasia Fiandaca is a good counseling resource if you aren't already working with a good counselor. She is especially experienced with environmental courses and programs and this class in particular. Phone: 415-239-3824)
  • Learning Assistance Resource Center -- R207 -- 415.452.5502
  • Virtual Campus Support


  • If you are registered, then sign in to CANVAS for Week 1 details and requirements. The class will be available at least a week before the semester starts.
  • Purchase the correct semester edition of the Geology 10 Lab Manual.



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