2018-2019 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

MATH 1405TRIGONOMETRY

3

CMAP 1200COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

3

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:17

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

GEOL 1026GEOLOGY OF SOUTHWEST WYOMING

2

HIST 1251WYOMING HISTORY

3

HIST 1410INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY

3

APPROVED ENGLISH COURSE

3

APPROVED LANGUAGE COURSE

4

Total Credit Hours:15

Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Approved English Course can be fulfilled by English Composition II (ENGL 1020) or Writing Studies (ENGL 2019).
  • Approved Language Course can be fulfilled by American Sign Language I (ASL 1200) or First Year Spanish I (SPAN 1010).
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    GEOL 2010MINERALOGY

    3

    MATH 2200CALCULUS I

    4

    CHEM 1020GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

    4

    GEOL 2020INTRODUCTION TO PETROLOGY

    2

    APPROVED LANGUAGE COURSE

    4

    Total Credit Hours:17

     Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes: 

  • Approved Language Course can be fulfilled by American Sign Language II (ASL 1220) or First Year Spanish II (SPAN 1020).
  • Sophomore - Spring Semester

    CHEM 1030GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

    4

    G&R 1050INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL RESOURCES

    3

    APPROVED MATH COURSE

    4

    GEOL 2050PRINCIPLES OF PALEONTOLOGY

    3

    GEOL 2080GENERAL FIELD GEOLOGY

    1-3

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    Total Credit Hours:15-17

     Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Approved Math Course can be fulfilled by Calculus II (MATH 2205) or Elementary Linear Algebra (MATH 2250).
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    Total Credit Hours: 64-66