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College of Science

 
 

The College of Science builds the scientific economy and scientific literacy of the Wasatch Front region and beyond. We carry out this mission by offering academic degrees, certificates, and courses, including service and general education course, and opportunities for collaborative research by students and faculty, in an atmosphere which encourages innovation and which creates opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders to attain their personal and professional goals.

  • Administrative Support: Kiera Davis
  • Office: SB 241
  • Telephone: 801-863-6441
  • Email: Kiera.Davis@uvu.edu
  • Assistant to Dean: Kerri Howlett
  • Office: SB 241e
  • Telephone: 801-863-8980
  • Email: KHowlett@uvu.edu
  • Associate Dean: Danny Horns
  • Office: SB 241f
  • Telephone: 801-863-8582
  • Email: hornsda@uvu.edu
  • Associate Dean: Jason V. Slack
  • Office: SB 241h
  • Telephone: 801-863-7488
  • Email: Jason.Slack@uvu.edu
  • Assistant Dean: Jim Murphy
  • Office: SB 241g
  • Telephone: 801-863-5511
  • Email: JMurphy@uvu.edu
  • Director of IT: Tony Nwabuba
  • Office: SB 241j
  • Telephone: 801-863-8660
  • Email: TonyN@uvu.edu
  • Advisor Manager: Kristine Farnsworth
  • Office: PE 147b
  • Telephone: 801-863-7508
  • Email: Farnswkr@uvu.edu
 
 

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science

Biology
Biology Education
Biotechnology
Botany
Chemistry

  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Professional Chemistry
  • Chemistry Education  

Earth Science

  • Environmental Management
  • Geology

Earth Science Education
Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation

  • Exercise Science
  • Outdoor Recreation Management
  • Physical Education Teacher Education

Geography

Mathematics

  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics

Mathematics Education
Physics
Physics Education

Associate in Arts/Science

Biology
Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation
Mathematics
Physical Science

Graduate Certificate

Mathematics

Certificate of Completion

Water and Wastewater Operations

Certificate of Proficiency

Geographic Information Systems

Minor

Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Geography
Mathematics
Outdoor Recreation
Physical Education
Physics

 
 

Programs

Biology

  • Department Chair: James Price
  • Office: SB 243e
  • Telephone: 801-863-7447
  • Email: Pricejm@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Alana Korstanje
  • Office: SB 243
  • Telephone: 801-863-8511
  • Email: korstaal@uvu.edu


Biology is a highly versatile degree, thanks to the variety of career paths open to Biology graduates. In addition to standard career options (healthcare, biotechnology, agriculture, education and environmental science) some biology graduates find employment in fields as diverse as scientific illustrator, public relations, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. With additional education, majors can go onto careers in law (medical/biotechnology patent attorney, forensic scientist), business (healthcare and agricultural industry management), engineering (biomechanical device development), and even aerospace. A degree in Biology can provide for career opportunities as limitless and evolving as life itself

Chemistry

  • Department Chair: Fern Caka
  • Office: PS 230
  • Telephone: 801-863-8581
  • Email: FernC@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Kellie Hancock
  • Office: PS Reception
  • Telephone: 801-863-6295
  • Email: hancocke@uvu.edu

Chemists study the properties and reactions of matter. Chemistry bridges physics and materials science, the biological sciences, medicine, and eart and planetary sciences. Chemistry is a fundamental driver in the business and commerce sector of our society. Careers in chemistry are not only personally fulfilling; they enale individual contribution to society and the economy. Many chemistry graduates continue their studies with graduate work in various fields of chemistry, dental school, pharmacy school, and medical school.

Earth Science

  • Administrative Support: Brandi Pacchiega
  • Office: PS Reception
  • Telephone: 801-863-6964
  • Email: Bpacchiega@uvu.edu
  • Program Director, Environmental Management: Jim Callison
  • Office: PS 216
  • Telephone: 801-863-8679
  • Email: J Callison@uvu.edu


Earth Science degrees prepare students for careers, such as development and management of natural resources, treatment of drinking water, mitigation of geologic hazards, work with geographical information systems, education, and basic scientific research. Our programs emphasize hands-on opportunities for students through local and international research and service projects; our department is at the forefront of involving students in meaningful research projects that take them beyond the classroom. The tools our students learn to utilize are as diverse as career opportunities that await them, ranging from hand-held compasses to survey-grade GPS equipment and cutting-edge geochemical analytical device. Many UVU Earth Science graduates enter the workforce directly after graduation, other pursue graduate studies; some find jobs that allow them to spend many hours in the outdoors, other find their niche in an office environment. Many students pursue graduate programs in geology, environmental science, and law.

Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation

  • Administrative Support: Corrin Doyl
  • Office: BL 147
  • Telephone: 801-863-6318
  • Email: CDoyl@uvu.edu


Our courses and degree programs in Exercise Science, Outdoor Recreation, and PE Teacher Education balance theory with application. Our Exercise Science degrees prepare students for careers such as wellness coaching, cardiac rehab, and personal training. The Outdoor Recreation program prepares students for jobs with the U.S. Forest Service, the Utah Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The Physical Education Teacher Education degree prepares students to be PE teachers in grades K-12. Our Exercise Science degrees also qualify students to continue their education in many different graduate programs. Graduates have gone on to M.S. and Ph.D. programs in sports administration, kinesiology, biomechanics, sport nutrition, exercise physiology, biomechanical engineering, and pathokinesiology. Additionally, many students go on to excel in health-professions graduate program such as medical, dental, and pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics or orthotics programs. Graduates from Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation play an important role in the promotion of physical activity, recreation, fitness, health, wellness, and general quality of life.

Mathematics

  • Department Chair: Bob Palais
  • Office: LA 121g
  • Telephone: 801-863-5412
  • Email: Bob.Palais@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Celena Patten
  • Office: LA 109
  • Telephone: 801-863-8650
  • Email: pattence@uvu.edu


Mathematics degrees can lead to a wide variety of careers: accounting, actuarial work, architecture, bioinformatics, climate science, computational biochemistry, computer animation, cryptanalysis, economics, education, aerospace, civil, electrical, environmental or mechanical engineering, forensic analysis, geographic information systems, health care, law, meteorology, robotics, population ecology, quantitative financial analysis, software engineering, and many more. In addition to these direct career applications, an understanding of mathematics facilitates careful reasoning, deep understanding, and creative thinking. Mathematical principles are used to develop, analyze, and optimize models in science and technology. A math degree can boost success in any discipline.

Physics

  • Administrative Support: Brandi Pacchiega
  • Office: PS Reception
  • Telephone: 801-863-6964
  • Email: Bpacchiega@uvu.edu

Physics is the set of ground rules which are used to explore the universe and improve society through the understanding of nature and the application of that understanding of new invention. The knowledge necessary to advance electronics, energy, transportation, and computer technologies is often first found in a physics lab and later becomes exploited by engineers. Today’s physicists are also very active in biology and medicine, using advanced methods to probe the working of life, and to turn the engines of physics to the imaging and treatment of illness in the human body. Physicists also continue their fundamental role as explorers of the frontiers of our existence, exploring the structure and rules of all that goes on around us, whether that be in the infinitesimal realm inhabited by the Higgs Boson or in the nearly infinite space of our dark-energy dominated universe itself.