College of Science
Department of Geosciences
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- For more information about Geology, see the Geosciences 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 log on to Degree Works to check student-specific program progress.
Minimum University Requirements
Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)
|Credits of C- or better
||Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)
|Total USU Credits
||Upper-division USU Credits
|USU Credits within the Major
||Credits in Minor (if required)
|Credits in Major
||Credits in American Institutions
|General Education Requirements
||University Studies Depth Requirements
NOTES: highest Math Requirement for this degree is MATH 1210: Calculus I (QL) and STAT 3000: Statistics for Scientists (QI)
Requires a 3.00 GPA
A grade of C or better is required in all Chemistry and Physics prefix courses
Admissions Requirements for this Program
||Admitted to USU in Good Standing
|Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU
||3.0 GPA, ACT scores of 21 composite and 20 verbal/English and 19 mathematics/quantitative
Admission Requirements For This Major
New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major. A 3.0 GPA, ACT scores of 21 composite and 20 verbal/English and 19 mathematics/quantitative and 60 credits of coursework are required for admission to the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). Students should contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) for information on additional admission criteria.
Transfer students from other institutions or other USU majors need a 3.0 GPA, ACT scores of 21 composite and 20 verbal/English and 19 mathematics/quantitative to be admitted to the major. They also need 60 credits of coursework to be admitted to the STEP. Students should contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) for information on additional admission criteria.
A bachelor’s degree in the Earth Science—Composite Teaching Major includes: University Studies, as required by the College of Science; the Composite Teaching Major; and the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). Students majoring in the Earth Science—Composite Teaching Major will complete courses which provide an in-depth understanding of geological principles.
The Earth Science—Composite Teaching Major program is fully accredited by the Utah State Office of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
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 1040 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 :
- SCED 3210 and SCED 5200 will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
- STAT 3000 will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement
- SCED 3210 will fulfill the Social Sciences (DSS) 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)