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Environmental Science and Management, B.S.

Requirements

Environmental Science is the study of the Earth’s surface, including its water and atmosphere, with a particular focus on their relationship to humans and other living things. Environmental Science applies chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology to answer questions about the Earth and its interrelationships with living things. Environmental Management focuses on the maintenance of environmental resources, for example water resources. Environmental scientists may conduct studies in the field, in the laboratory using advanced analytical equipment, and in the office using specialized computer software. The program is preparation for a variety of career paths, including water monitoring, treatment, and pollution control with local, state or federal agencies; environmental consulting with private industry; and other careers that draw on a background in the natural sciences, including law, public policy, and public health.

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 32 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
Complete the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877  (3.0)
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877  (3.0)
  HIST 1700 American Civilization  (3.0)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History  (3.0)
  POLS 1000 American Heritage  (3.0)
  POLS 1100 American National Government  (3.0)
Complete the following:
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life  (2.0)
Distribution Courses
  BIOL 1010 General Biology (fulfills Biology Distribution) 3
  ENVT 1110 Introduction to Environmental Management (fulfills Physical Science Distribution) 3
  GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology (fulfills additional Physical Science Distribution) 3
  Humanities 3
  Fine Arts 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 65 Credits
  GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  ENVT 1200 Environmental Worker Safety 3
  ENVT 1270 Environmental Microbiology 3
  ENVT 1300 Environmental Lab and Sampling 3
  ENVT 1510 Hazardous Materials Emergency Response 3
  ENVT 2560 Environmental Health 3
  ENVT 2710 Environmental Careers 1
  ENVT 2730 Introduction to Soils 4
  ENVT 3280 Environmental Law 3
  ENVT 3530 Environmental Management Systems 3
  ENVT 3790 Hydrology I 4
  ENVT 3850 Environmental Policy 3
  GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
  ENVT 4790 Hydrology II 4
  MATH 1060 Trigonometry 3
  MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
  MATH 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar (Must be taken twice) 1
Elective Requirements: 23 Credits
Choose 23 credit hours from the following list (at least 19 credits must be Upper Division): 23
  CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I  (4.0)
  CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory  (1.0)
  CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II  (4.0)
  CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory  (1.0)
  ENVT 1210 Introduction to Water Reclamation  (3.0)
  ENVT 1360 Introduction to Water Treatment  (3.0)
  ENVT 282R Environmental Internship  (1.0)
  ENVT 3010 Environmental Toxicology  (3.0)
  ENVT 3320 Hydraulics of Water  (3.0)
  ENVT 3330 Water Resources Management  (3.0)
  ENVT 3550 Site Investigation  (3.0)
  ENVT 3700 Current Topics in Environmental Management  (3.0)
  ENVT 3750 Land Use Planning  (3.0)
  ENVT 3770 Natural Resources Management  (3.0)
  ENVT 3800 Energy Use on Earth  (3.0)
  ENVT 482R Geologic/Environmental Internship  (1.0)
  ENVT 495R Special Projects in Environmental Management  (1.0)
  GEO 3080 Earth Materials  (3.0)
  GEO 3000 Geochemistry  (3.0)
  GEO 3100 Isotope Geochemistry  (3.0)
  GEO 3105 Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory   (1.0)
  GEO 3200 Geologic Hazards  (4.0)
 or GEO 3500 Geomorphology  (4.0)
  GEO 4500 Sedimentary Geology  (4.0)
  GEOG 3400 Environmental Remote Sensing  (3.0)
  GEOG 3650 Advanced Geographic Information Systems  (4.0)
  GEOG 3700 Wetland Studies  (3.0)
  GEOG 4100 Geospatial Field Methods  (3.0)
  Or other advisor-approved electives

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  3. Grade of C- or better in all ENVT courses.
  4. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  5. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites) for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1060* Trigonometry 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
ENVT 1110 Intro to Environmental Management 3
You Choose Soc/Behavioral Science Course 3
You Choose American Institutions 3
ENVT 2710 Environmental Careers 1
  Semester total: 16
Note: *Pre-requisites are required to be taken. Please see the advisor.   
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1210* Calculus I 5
GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology 3
GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Lab 1
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing: Science/Technology 3
BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
  Semester total: 15
Note: *Pre-requisites are required. Please see the advisor.   
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
ENVT 1200 Environmental Worker Safety 3
You Choose ENVT Elective 3
ENVT 2730 Intro to Soils 4
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
ENVT 1300 Environmental Lab and Sampling 3
GEOG 3600 Intro to Geographic Information Systems 4

PES 1097  or

HLTH 1100

Fitness for Life  or

Personal Health & Wellness

2
  Semester total: 14
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
ENVT 3790* Hydrology I 4
MATH 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
You Choose ENVT Elective 5
You Choose Humanities 3
  Semester total: 16
Note: *Pre-requisites are required to be taken. Please see the advisor.   
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
ENVT 1270 Environmental Microbiology 3
ENVT 4790 Hydrology II 4
ENVT 1510 Hazardous Materials Emergency Response 3
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values (and Global Intercultural) 3
You Choose ENVT Elective 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
You Choose Fine Arts 3
ENVT 3850 Environmental Policy 3
ENVT 2560 Environmental Health 3
GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar 0.5
You Choose ENVT Elec 6
  Semester total: 15.5
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
ENVT 3280 Environmental Law 3
ENVT 3530 Environmental Management Systems 3
GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar 0.5
You Choose ENVT Electives 6
  Semester total: 12.5
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Earth Science

Location:

PS 207

Telephone:

801-863-6295

Email:

michael.bunds@uvu.edu or hancocke@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/earthscience/

Chair:

Michael Bunds

 
 

Mission Statement

The Department of Earth Science’s mission is to provide students with a rewarding and dynamic educational experience. We pride ourselves on being able to offer personal attention to the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and educational goals, and to providing students with the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom in research, service-learning and internship projects. Our three degree programs (B.S. in Geology, B.S. in Environmental Science and Management, and B.S. in Earth Science Education) provide a wide range of skills and knowledge that are applicable to today´s earth science job markets, as well as a broad-based science education that´s ideal for students planning to continue to graduate programs in law, education, business, or health fields. Our Department graduates professionals who are skilled and creative and who are well prepared to contribute toward solving earth and environmental science challenges faced here in Utah and worldwide.

Depending on the specific degree and elective courses chosen, a graduate will gain particular expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Economic Geology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Management
  • Geochemistry
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geologic Hazards
  • Geomorphology
  • Hydrology
  • Paleontology
  • Petrology
  • Tectonics
 
 

Earth Science

Administrative Assistant: Kellie Hancock

Earth Science Advisor: Tom Liljegren

 
 

Faculty

Joel Bradford(1993)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Vocational Education, Southern Illinois University; M.S., Cultural Anthropology, University of Utah.

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Michael Bunds(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Geological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.S., Geology, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Geology (Geochemistry, Structural Geology), University of Utah.

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Eddy Cadet(1993)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Biology, University of Illinois; M.S., Environmental Sciences, Tuskegee University; Licensed Environmental Health Scientist (Utah); Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS).

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James Callison(1994)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Southern Utah University, M.S., Range Science, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Watershed Management, University of Arizona.

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Steven Emerman(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Mathematics, Ohio State University; M.A., Geology, Princeton University; Ph.D., Geophysics, Cornell University.

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Steve Fellows(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Geology, Weber State University; Ph.D., Igneous Petrology, University of Victoria BC.

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Hilary Hungerford(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.A., Geography, University of Northern Colorado; M.A., Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas.

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Daniel Stephen(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Environmental Studies

Ph.D., Geology (Invertebrate Paleontology), Texas A & M. University.

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Paul Tayler(1983)

Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.A., Physics, Ph.D., Physical Metallurgy, University of Utah.

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Nathan Toke(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Geology, University of Vermont; M.S., Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Arizona State University.

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Suzanne Walther(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, University of California; M.S., Environmental Studies, University of Virginia; M.S., Geology, Ph.D., Geography, University of Oregon.

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Weihong Wang(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.Sc., Geophysics, M.Sc., Environmental Geology, Jianghan Petroleum University; M.Sc., Geology, Iowa State University; Ph.D., Marine Science, University of South Carolina.

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Alessandro Zanazzi(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Geology, University of Padua, Italy; M.S., Geology, Iowa State University; Ph.D., Geology, University of South Carolina.

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Careers

Careers

Careers:

The three degree programs offered by the Department of Earth Science (B.S. in Geology, B.S. in Environmental Science and Management, and B.S. in Earth Science Education) provide a wide range of skills and knowledge that are applicable to today's earth science job markets, as well as a broad science education that's ideal for students planning to continue to graduate programs in law, education, business, or health fields. Our Department graduates professionals who are skilled and creative and who are well prepared to contribute toward solving earth and environmental science challenges faced here in Utah and worldwide.

The Environmental Science and Management B.S. degree is a flexible program that prepares graduates for a variety of exciting and important careers ranging from water and wastewater treatment through jobs monitoring water resources to working with geographic information systems. The degree is also terrific preparation for many careers that draw on a solid background in environmental science, for example in public policy, law, public health, humanitarian work and more. Job prospects are excellent, and potential employers include local, state and federal government agencies and environmental consulting firms. Graduates are well prepared to work with water quality issues, including both monitoring and treating water resources, and a number of graduates are working at local government water treatment plants around the state, ensuring a safe water supply. Others work for environmental consulting firms where they are helping prevent, assess, and remediate water pollution and other environmental hazards; some have chosen to enhance their education in graduate school; and still others work in a range of fields monitoring and maintaining the environment.

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