Degrees and Programs

Bachelors Degree in Earth Science Education

The Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science Education prepares students to teach earth sciences at the secondary level (grades 7-12). The emphasis on hands-on and field-based learning at UVU gives our Earth Science Education students great personal experience to take to their own classrooms.

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Earth Science Education

  • Knowledge of the core fields of earth science, including petrology, mineralogy, sedimentology, structural geology, climatology, and meteorology.
  • Knowledge of interactions between earth science and society, including energy resources, sources of metals and industrial minerals, weather, and climate.
  • Knowledge of effective science teaching methods, ability to create lesson plans that utilize those methods, and ability to lead those lessons.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science and Management

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management includes courses in environmental law and policy, toxicology, and natural resources. This curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers helping private industries comply with environmental regulations, or careers working for the government agencies that enforce those regulations.

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science and Management

  • Knowledge of the major environmental problems occurring in our society.
  • Knowledge of the major laws and regulations which are important to environmental managers and their organizations.
  • Knowledge of the role that environmental management plays in relation to government agencies, private industry, and public perception, in protecting the environment.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to use, the technologies used to prevent pollution and disease.
  • Knowledge of career paths related to environmental management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Bachelors Degree in Geology

The Bachelor of Science in Geology is a well-rounded physical science degree that is similar to a traditional geology degree. The UVU Earth Science degree, however, emphasizes aspects of the earth sciences that are applicable to today´s job market. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for careers in water resources, engineering geology, cleanup of polluted soil and groundwater, and oil and mineral exploration. 

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Geology

  • Knowledge of the major fields of geology, including petrology, mineralogy, sedimentology, paleontology, structural geology, engineering geology, and hydrogeology.
  • Knowledge of interactions between geology and society, including energy resources, sources of metals and industrial minerals, water resources, and geologic hazards.
  • Ability to conduct geologic field work, including mapping rocks and soils using traditional and GPS-based methods, collecting samples of minerals, rocks, soil, and fossils for laboratory analysis, and conducting subsurface investigations using trenching and drilling.
  • Ability to use laboratory methods to identify and analyze samples of minerals, rocks, soil, and fossils.
  • Knowledge of career paths related to geology.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
 

BS/BA in Integrated Studies with Earth Science Emphasis

Many opportunities exist for advanced and professional degrees for those completing the Bachelor Degree in Integrated Studies (IS) program (law school, medical and dental schools, MBA, MPA, etc) and in the business environment. Many employers seek students with skills gained from liberal arts programs like Integrated Studies. These skills include the ability to comprehend diverse material, to write clearly, to think critically, to work cooperatively, and to become adept at problem solving.

The individualized nature of the Integrated Studies degree is attractive to students with multiple interests who want to develop skills that are relevant to a variety of careers. Students integrate course work in emphases such as science, business, health, literature, languages, communication, philosophy, behavioral science, social science and the arts. Emphases from computer science and information systems, accounting, technology and trades and physical education are also offered as part of this degree. 

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Integrated Studies with Earth Science Emphasis

  • Knowledge of at least two of the core fields of earth science, including petrology, mineralogy, sedimentology,  paleontology, structural geology, engineering geology, hydrology, climatology, and meteorology.
  • Knowledge of interactions between earth science and the students’ other emphasis areas.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
 

Minor in Earth Science

The Minor in Earth Science can be combined with other college-wide Bachelor degrees. The minor provides students with a broad academic knowledge of foundational and scientific principles in this field of study.  Following are the key knowledge, skill, and ability goals of this degree program:

  • Knowledge of at least two of the core fields of earth science, including petrology, mineralogy, sedimentology,  paleontology, structural geology, engineering geology, hydrology, climatology, and meteorology.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
 

Certificate in Water and Wastewater Operations

Knowledge of, and ability to use the technologies to prevent pollution and disease. When wastewater treatment plants are properly operated, public health and the state's waters are protected. This certification program works to help ensure that operators meet the established requirements and are competent to operate and maintain wastewater treatment plants.

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