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Bachelor's Degree in Geocaching (Challenge Cache)

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Hidden : 09/18/2014
Difficulty:
4 out of 5
Terrain:
4 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:




Congratulations on your admission to the
University of Geocaching!

You have hard work ahead of you to graduate, but you will learn about geocaching by following our curriculum, have a lot of fun, and meet many other students who will become lifelong friends. When you finish and become an alum, you will hopefully look back fondly on your time at good old "U of G"!

Listed in the "Bachelor's Degree Course Catalog" below are the courses offered by the University of Geocaching. For each course, you will find the number of credits earned by completing that course and the requirements for completing the course.

In order to earn your bachelor's degree, you must earn at least 50 credits. When you have completed at least 50 credits, you may attend graduation (sign the log and claim your find). As part of your graduation requirements, you must fill out your final transcript. Please list in your cache log: your total credits earned, the courses you completed (including credits for each course), your qualification for each course, and how your qualification may be verified for each course (please see my "Note" logs on 9/13/2014 for an example of how to log this challenge cache). Your geocaching profile at geocaching.com and either the output from the GSAK macro "FindStatsGen" or your Project Geocaching profile contain enough pieces of information to verify all of the course requirements. You may also verify your requirements in another manner if you like.

You may use the following challenge checker that someone developed for this challenge, but please make sure that you include in your log the output from the checker showing how you qualify for each of the parts of the challenge and your total number of credits.
PGC Checker

Each degree recipient is eligible to receive a personalized diploma certifying his/her accomplishment. These are usually sent out electronically at the end of each month.


Bachelor's Degree Course Catalog (Course - Credits - Requirements)


Chronos I.B - 5 credits - Find geocaches on at least 100 days of the year (these do not have to all be in the same calendar year)
Chronos II.B - 2 credits - Find geocaches that were placed on at least 100 days of the year (these do not have to all be in the same calendar year)
Chronos III.B - 5 credits - Find geocaches on at least 31 consecutive days
Chronos IV.B - 2 credits - Find at least 50 geocaches during one calendar day
Chronos V.B - 3 credits - Find at least 500 geocaches during one calendar year

General Geocaching I.B - 5 credits - Find at least 1,000 geocaches
General Geocaching II.B - 5 credits - Find at least 10 geocaches of each size (micro, small, regular, large, not chosen, virtual, and other)
General Geocaching III.B - 2 credits - Earn at least 10 geocaching souvenirs
General Geocaching IV.B - 2 credits - Move or discover at least 50 trackables

Geography I.B - 5 credits - Find a geocache in at least 2 countries
Geography II.B - 5 credits - Find a geocache in at least 5 U.S. states
Geography III.B - 5 credits - Find a geocache in at least 1 Canadian province
Geography IV.B - 3 credits - Find a geocache in at least 50 U.S. counties
Geography V.B - 2 credits - Find a geocache at least 100 miles from home
Geography VI.B - 2 credits - Find a geocache at an elevation of at least 1,000 feet

History I.B - 3 credits - Find at least 1 geocache that was placed in the year 2000
History II.B - 5 credits - Find at least 1 geocache that was placed in every month of every year starting with January of 2002

Matrix I.B - 5 credits - Find a geocache in at least 41 spots in the difficulty/terrain matrix
Matrix II.B - 4 credits - Find at least 10 high-difficulty geocaches (4-, 4.5-, and 5-star difficulty ratings)
Matrix III.B - 4 credits - Find at least 10 high-terrain geocaches (4-, 4.5-, and 5-star terrain ratings)

Non-Traditional Geocaching I.B - 1 credit - Find at least 100 Mystery/Puzzle/Unknown geocaches
Non-Traditional Geocaching II.B - 1 credit - Find at least 10 Multi-caches
Non-Traditional Geocaching III.B - 1 credit - Find at least 10 Letterbox Hybrid geocaches
Non-Traditional Geocaching IV.B - 1 credit - Find at least 10 Earthcaches
Non-Traditional Geocaching V.B - 1 credit - Find at least 10 Virtual geocaches
Non-Traditional Geocaching VI.B - 1 credit - Find at least 10 NGS Benchmarks
Non-Traditional Geocaching VII.B - 1 credit - Attend at least 10 Events (does not include CITO, Mega-Events, or Giga-Events)
Non-Traditional Geocaching VIII.B - 1 credit - Attend at least 1 CITO (Cache In Trash Out) event
Non-Traditional Geocaching IX.B - 1 credit - Find at least 1 Webcam geocache
Non-Traditional Geocaching X.B - 1 credit - Find at least 1 Wherigo geocache
Non-Traditional Geocaching XI.B - 4 credits - Find/Attend at least 1 "unusual" geocache/event (Mega-Event, Giga-Event, Project A.P.E, GPS Adventure Maze Exhibit, Geocaching Block Party, or Geocaching HQ)


Now it's time to get studying!


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This is a challenge cache, and while it is at the posted coordinates, you may only log a find on it when you have completed the challenge.
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The difficulty and terrain ratings for this cache reflect the challenge ... the actual hide is a 2/2.5.
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Thanks go to Woodland Clan in Kansas City whose great challenge cache, P.H.D in Geocaching Degree Challenge (GC441J5), inspired this challenge cache.
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I have completed this challenge cache myself by completing all of the courses for a total of 88 credits. Please see my "Note" logs on 9/13/2014 for an example of how to log this challenge cache.
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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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