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2012-2013 General Catalog (Summer, Fall 2012) 
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Watershed and Earth Systems - BS

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S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

Department of Watershed Sciences

Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

  •   may be used toward the Breadth requirement
  •  ,   or   (if chosen as a Directed Elective course) will fulfill the Exploration requirement

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  •   , plus another course having a CI designation, will fulfill the Communication Intensive requirement
  •   will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Social Sciences (DSS).   may be used toward the depth course requirement.


Graduation Requirements

All courses listed as major subject courses must be taken on an A-B-C-D-F basis. A grade of C- or better is required for all WATS courses used to meet the requirements for a major or minor in the department. The grade point average for all courses taught by the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources must be 2.5 or higher.

For information about changes in requirements, course sequence, and scheduling, students should confer with a departmental advisor. The undergraduate program can be readily tailored to individual student needs with the help of a faculty advisor.

In addition to completing the University Studies  course requirements, all students earning an undergraduate degree in the Department of Watershed Sciences must complete the Common Departmental Core, as listed below. Some of these courses may be used toward the University Studies requirements, as indicated by the University Studies designations listed in parentheses following the course numbers.

Bachelor of Science in Watershed and Earth Systems

Students in the Watershed and Earth Systems major must meet the course requirements for University Studies, as well as complete the Common Departmental Core listed above. They must also complete the requirements listed below in sections A through E.

C. Capstone Experience (2 credits minimum)

D. Directed Elective Courses (30 credits)

Students must choose a minimum of 30 elective credits to complete the Watershed and Earth Systems degree requirements. The majority of these elective credits must come from courses directly related to the degree program. All elective courses must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor before enrollment. The  following is a list of recommended courses that could be used to satisfy this requirement. Courses listed in Section C that were not used to meet the Capstone Course requirement may be taken as part of the suggested electives.

E. General Electives

Students may take the remainder of the 120 credits from any department. The guidelines described under General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Education Requirements  should be consulted to ensure meeting University Studies Requirements.


Students wanting to pursue federal employment should check the following U.S. Office of Personnel Management website for a listing of required coursework: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs1300/1315.htm

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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