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2018-2019 General Catalog 
  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Geology - BA, BS


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Department of Geology

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  • For more information about Geology, see the Geology Department.
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with an advisor. Current students should also meet with an advisor and logon to DegreeWorks  to check student-specific program progress.

 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: highest Math Requirement for this degree isMATH 1220: Calculus II (QL)  or MATH 1210: Calculus I (QL)  and STAT 3000: Statistics for Scientists (QI)  
Please meet with your advisor to complete your specific four year plan

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 2.75 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

CHEM 1210: Principles of Chemistry I   4     CHEM 1220: Principles of Chemistry II (BPS)   4    
CHEM 1215: Chemical Principles Laboratory I   1     CHEM 1225: Chemical Principles Laboratory II   1    
GEO 1110: Physical Geology (BPS)   3     GEO 3200: The Earth Through Time (DSC)   3    
GEO 1115: Physical Geology Laboratory   1     GEO 3205: Earth Through Time Laboratory   1    
MATH 1210: Calculus I (QL)   4     ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3    
      GEO 3500: Minerals and Rocks   4    
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Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3      GEO 3400: Communicating Geoscience (CI)   3     
GEO 3550: Sedimentation and Stratigraphy   4     GEO 3700: Structural Geology   3    
PHYS 2210: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (BPS/QI)   4     PHYS 2220: Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (BPS/QI)   4    
PHYS 2215: Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab I   1     PHYS 2225: Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab II   1    
   3      3  
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Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

GEOG 1800: Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences  or CS 1400: Introduction to Computer Science--CS 1   3  or 4    

GEO 5660: Applied Geophysics  or GEO 5610: Tectonic Evolution of North America  

or GEO 5XXX - Geology elective and GEO 5XXX Geology elective

4  or 3   or
3 and 3

 
GEO 3600: Geomorphology   4        3  
GEO 4500: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology  or GEO 5XXX - Geology elective 4  or 3      3  
   3   Electives 5 or 6  
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Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

GEO 4500: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology  or GEO 5XXX Geology elective 4  or 3   GEO 5200: Geology Field Camp   5   Taken Summer Semester
GEO 4700: Geologic Field Methods (CI)   3    

GEO 5660: Applied Geophysics  or GEO 5610: Tectonic Evolution of North America  

or GEO 5XXX Geology elective and GEO 5XXX Geology elective

4  or 3  
or 
3 and 3
 
MATH 1220: Calculus II (QL)  OR STAT 3000: Statistics for Scientists (QI)   4  or 3        3  
   3   Electives 5 or 6  
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Graduation Requirements:

Students must complete the Minimum University Graduation and University Studies General Education and Depth Requirements.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements:

 

  • GEO 1110   in conjunction with CHEM 1220  will fulfill the Exploration requirement
  • MATH 1210   will fulfill the Quantitative Literacy (QL) requirement
  • PHYS 2220   will fulfill the Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS) requirement
  • ENGL 1010   and ENGL 2010  will fulfill the Communications Literacy requirement
  • Three credits of approved courses in: American Institutions (BAI), Creative Arts (BCA), Humanities (BHU), Life Sciences (BLS) and Social Sciences (BSS)

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  • GEO 3400  and GEO 4700  will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
  • PHYS 2210   will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement 
  • GEO 3200   will fulfill the  Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) requirement
  • Two credits of approved 3000-level or above courses in: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Social Sciences (DSS)

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