BSc GEOPHYSICS


This schedule is suggested as a guide. It recommends 30 cu in each year and distributes the required arts classes over the four years. If you deviate from the recommended schedule check class prerequisites carefully so that you can still graduate in four years. Any class listed below by name and number is required, unless it is specifically identified as an open elective or a recommended elective, in which case students are advised to take it. Please note that to meet the requirements for registration as a professional geophysicist upon graduation there may be some restrictions in the choice of electives. You can find the requirements on the link to the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists below. Please consult (with Prof. Merriam) if you are not sure. Consult the University Calendar for further details on approved Arts and Science electives.
 

                                                                                        YEAR 1
                                                  MAJORS                                                                                       HONOURS
Geology 121.3 Physical Geology Geology 121.3 Physical Geology
Mathematics 110.3 Introduction to Calculus Mathematics 110.3 Introduction to Calculus
Mathematics 116.3 Calculus with Applications Mathematics 116.3 Calculus with Applications
Physics 121.6 General Physics Physics 121.6 General Physics
Computers 116.3 Computing I (recommended) or 111.3 Computer Programming and Algortithmic Analysis or 112.3 Design and Analysis of Computer Programs Computers 116.3 Computing I (recommended) or 111.3 Computer Programming and Algortithmic Analysis or 112.3 Design and Analysis of Computer Programs
Chemistry 112.3 General Chemistry I Chemistry 112.3 General Chemistry I
6 cu elective from approved arts classes. Check the link below on College of Arts and Science degree requirements.                                                           Science majors must do 18 cu of arts (humanities, social science, fine arts) with some limitations on what you may select. Consult the calendar under program type C. As a suggestion, you could choose 6 cu of arts and 3 cu science elective. 6 cu elective from approved arts classes. Check the link below on College of Arts and Science degree requirements.                                                           Science majors must do 18 cu of arts (humanities, social science, fine arts) with some limitations on what you may select. Consult the calendar under program type C. As a suggestion, you could choose 6 cu of arts and 3 cu science elective.
3 cu ELECTIVE. You could do another of your arts electives here, or a science elective. 3 cu ELECTIVE. You could do another of your arts electives here, or a science elective.

 COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Geophysics is a global business. Many of our graduates spend some time in foreign countries where they may have to interact with people who do not speak english. A language class would be very useful as one of your arts electives. There is considerable activity in geophysics in South America, so spanish might be a good choice. Some knowledge of economics is also recommended.
 

                                                                                        YEAR 2
                                                  MAJORS                                                                                       HONOURS
Geology 224.3  Mineralogy and Petrology Geology 224.3  Mineralogy and Petrology
Geology 282.3 Earth Physics Geology 282.3 Earth Physics
Mathematics 225.3 Intermediate Calculus I Mathematics 276.3 Vector Calculus I
Mathematics 226.3 Intermediate Calculus II Mathematics 238.3 Introduction to Differential Equations and Series
Mathematics 266.3 Linear Algebra I Mathematics 266.3 Linear Algebra I
Engineering Physics 229.3 Introductory Electromagnetism and AC Circuits EngineeringPhysics 229.3 Introductory Electromagnetism and AC Circuits
Engineering Physics 225.3 Waves Fields and Optics Engineering Physics 225.3 Waves Fields and Optics
Engineering Physics 228.3 Computer tools for Engineering Physics Engineering Physics 228.3 Computer tools for Engineering Physics
6 cu elective from approved arts. Keep track of how many of the 18 cu arts you have done and have left to do. 6 cu elective from approved arts. Keep track of how many of the 18 cu arts you have done and have left to do.

 

                                                                                        YEAR 3
                                                  MAJORS                                                                                       HONOURS
Geology 334.3 Gravity, magnetics, electromagnetics and radiation  Geology 334.3 Gravity, magnetics, electromagnetic and radiation 
Geology 335.3 Seismology and ground penetrating radar Geology 335.3 Seismology and ground penetrating radatr
Geology 245.3 Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks Geology 245.3 Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks
Geology 258.3 Structural Geology Geology 258.3 Structural Geology
Engineering Physics 320.3 Discrete Linear Systems and Applied Information Theory Engineering Physics 320.3 Discrete Linear Systems and Applied Information Theory
Physics 356.3 Intermediate Electromagnetism [MAJORS MAY BE ABLE TO SUBSTITUTE EE301.3 PLEASE CONSULT THE PROGRAM ADVISOR]  Physics 356.3 Intermediate Electromagnetism                                                                                                                                                                      
6 cu SENIOR SCIENCE ELECTIVE. Mathematics 338.6 Differential Equations II
6 cu approved arts elective. 6 cu approved arts elective.

 

                                                                                        YEAR 4
                                                  MAJORS                                                                                       HONOURS
Geology 481.3 Potential Field Methods Geology 481.3 Potential Field Methods
Geology 482.3 Electrical Methods in Geophysical Prospecting Geology 482.3 Electrical Methods in Geophysical Prospecting
Geology 483.3 Seismology Geology 483.3 Seismology
Geology 485.6 Geophysics Field Camp Geology 485.6 Geophysics Field Camp
15 cu ELECTIVE. Think about using these to meet professional registration requirements. 15 cu ELECTIVE. Think about using these to meet professional registration requirements.

A PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE PROGRAM DESCRIBED ABOVE

 
Majors must have an overall average of 60% and an average within the major of 62.5 % to graduate.
Honours must have an overall average of 70 % and an average within the major of 70% to graduate.

The following classes are used to calculate the average within the major.
GEOL 224.3, 245.3, 258.3, 282.3, 334.3, 335.3, 481.3, 482.3, 483.3, 485.6
MATH 225.3 or 276.3*, 226.3,or 238.3*
PHYS 229.3, 216.3(or EP225.3)
EP 225.3, 228.3
* Required for honours only
 

If you fill out a PROGRAM MONITOR every year, it should look like this when you are ready to graduate. A COMPLETED PROGRAM MONITOR

U of S Geophysics graduates may be eligible for registration as Professional Geoscientists in Saskatchewan and most other Provinces. In Saskatchewan, registration of professional Geoscientists is under the control of APEGS, which follows the recommendations of the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists. If you want professional registration after you graduate make sure that you use you science electives to meet the requirements. The standards for both Geologists and Geophysicists may be viewed by clicking on the link below.

 CANADIAN COUNCIL OF PROFESSIONAL GEOSCIENTISTS RECOMMENDED STANDARDS

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