2020-2021 Catalog

Geology, Associate of Science

The Geology program is designed to help facilitate the student interested in acquiring the basics of Geology and the Scientific Method with lecture, labs, and field courses in order to successfully transfer to a four year institution, while completing general education requirements within four semesters.

All Geology majors need to developers these basic skills:

  1. The ability to successfully apply the Scientific Method to problems in the Earth Sciences. 
  2. The understanding of how Earth’s physical and chemical processes affect all aspects of this planet. 
  3. The ability to read the landscape in terms of its geological history and explain how that history relates to humans and human behavior in our modern world. 

A degree in Geology from Western Wyoming Community College provides the dedicated student with a strong scientific background and the tools necessary to successfully pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Geology at a four-year institution. The program is designed as a stepping stone and, while not directly preparing students for employment, will equip students with a foundation to pursue employment in Survey, Engineering, Hydrology, or many other Earth Science fields. 

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

ANTH 1300INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY

3

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

GEOL 1100PHYSICAL GEOLOGY

4

OR

GEOL 1200HISTORICAL GEOLOGY

4

MATH 1405TRIGONOMETRY

3

CMAP 1200COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

3

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:17-19

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • In addition to ENGL 1010, students may be required to also take ENGL 1011 (2 credits) due to placement, adding 2 additional credits to their graduation total.
  • MATH 1405 or higher.

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

GEOL 1026GEOLOGY OF SOUTHWEST WYOMING

2

ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

OR

ENGL 2019WRITING STUDIES

3

APPROVED SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSE

3

US & WYOMING CONSTITUTION

3

APPROVED HUMANITIES COURSE

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Social Science elective: Students may take any General Education course in ANTH, CRMJ, HIST, SOC, POLS, or PSYC.
  • U.S. & Wyoming Constitution can be fulfilled by HIST 1211, HIST 1221, HIST 1251, or POLS 1000.
  • Humanities elective: Students may take any General Education course in MUSC, ART, COMM, or ENGL.

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

GEOL 2010MINERALOGY

3

MATH 2200CALCULUS I

4

CHEM 1020GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

4

GEOL 2050PRINCIPLES OF PALEONTOLOGY

3

GEOL 2020INTRODUCTION TO PETROLOGY

2

Total Credit Hours:16-18

 Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes: 

  • Students may take PHYS 1310/1311 or 1320/1321 in lieu of GEOL 2020.
  • Sophomore - Spring Semester

    CHEM 1030GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

    4

    G&R 1050INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL RESOURCES

    3

    APPROVED MATH OR SCIENCE COURSE

    4

    GEOL 2080GENERAL FIELD GEOLOGY

    1-3

    APPROVED ELECTIVE

    2

    APPROVED ELECTIVE

    3

    Total Credit Hours:17-19

     Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Approved Math or Science electives: BIOL 1010, BIOL 1210, BIOL 1220, BIOL 2400, ENTO 1001, STAT 2050, MOLB 2210, MATH 2310, PHYS 1310/1311, or PHYS 1320/1321.
  • Up to 4 credits of GEOL 2080 may be counted towards graduation.
  • Electives: Students may take any course(s) 1000 level or higher.
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    Total Credit Hours: 64-70