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Geography, B.S.

Requirements

Geography is the study of the earth’s places, peoples, environments and their interrelationships from both the physical and social science perspectives. Geographers use many different scientific tools to study the relationships between earth’s systems including geospatial technology and are employed in public agencies, local governments, federal offices, technology sectors, business planning, and careers related to spatial planning. The Bachelor of Science in Geography provides students with a program of study in the fundamentals of geography and prepares them to succeed as geographers as well as in many other careers related to geography. Students learn theories and methods of analysis related to land use and land cover change, urbanization, sustainability, human-environment interactions, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology through the core courses of the program. Through elective courses, students can choose to further focus their studies on physical sciences, social sciences, and/or geospatial techniques to meet their career goals.  

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities Social Sciences                                            3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
 or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
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
  METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology 3
  GEOG 1000 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
  GEOG 130G Survey of World Geography 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Biology 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 84 Credits
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  GEOG 1005 Introduction to Physical Geography Lab 1
  GEOG 1600 Geography of Utah 3
 or GEOG 1400 Introduction to Human Geography (3.0)  
  GEOG 3100 Cartography 3
  GEOG 3110 Urban Geography 3
  GEOG 3500 Geomorphology 4
  GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
  GEOG 3650 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
  GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar (taken twice) 1
Complete at least 57 credits from the following, including a minimum of 12 credits from Group I and 9 credits from Group II
 Group I 12
  ENVT 2730 Introduction to Soils (4.0)  
  ENVT 3790 Hydrology I (4.0)  
  GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology (3.0)  
and GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Lab (1.0)  
  GEO 3200 Geologic Hazards  (4.0)  
  GEOG 3400 Environmental Remote Sensing  (3.0)  
  GEOG 3700 Wetland Studies  (3.0)  
 and GEOG 3705 Wetland Studies Laboratory (1.0)  
  GEOG 4100 Geospatial Field Methods (3.0)  
  METO 3100 Climate and the Earth System (3.0)  
 Group II 9
  GEOG 2100 Geography of the United States (3.0)  
  GEOG 2500 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (3.0)  
  GEOG 3250 Cultural Geography (3.0)  
  SOC 4020 Survey Research Design (3.0)  
 or ANTH 3850 Ethnographic Methods (3.0)  
 Group III  36
Group III Choose 36 credits from the following list or any that have not been taken from Group I or Group II
  ANTH 2030 Archeological Method and Theory (3.0)  
  ANTH 3150 Culture Ecology and Health (3.0)  
  BIOL 1610 College Biology I (4.0)  
and BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory (1.0)  
  BIOL 1620 College Biology II (4.0)  
and BIOL 1625 College Biology II Laboratory (1.0)  
  BIOL 3700 General Ecology (3.0)  
  CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4.0)  
 or CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (4.0)  
  CHEM 1115 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory (1.0)  
 or CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0)  
  CHEM 1120 Elementary Organic Bio-Chemistry (4.0)  
 or CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II (4.0)  
  CHEM 1125 Elementary Organic Bio-Chemistry Laboratory (1.0)  
 or CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0)  
  ENGL 373R Literature of Cultures and Places (3.0)  
  ENST 3000 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3.0)  
  ENVT 3750 Land Use Planning  (3.0)  
  ENVT 3770 Natural Resources Management  (3.0)  
  ENVT 3800 Energy Use on Earth (3.0)  
  GEO 1220 Historical Geology (3.0)  
 and GEO 1225 Historical Geology Laboratory (1.0)  
  GEO 3080 Earth Materials  (3.0)  
 and GEO 3085 Earth Materials Laboratory (1.0)  
  GEOG 482R GIS Internship  (1.0)  
  GEOG 489R Student Research in Geography (1.0) (maximum 4)  
  PHIL 3530 Environmental Ethics (3.0)  
  MATH 1060 Trigonometry (3.0)  
  MATH 1210 Calculus I (5.0)  
  MATH 1220 Calculus II (5.0)  
  PHYS 2010 College Physics I (4.0)  
  or PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (4.0)  
  PHYS 2020 College Physics II (4.0)  
 or PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (4.0)  
  SOC 3520 Environmental Sociology (3.0)  
or ENST 3520 Environmental Sociology (3.0)  
  SOC 2370 Gender Roles (3.0)  
  SOC 3700 Social Inequality (3.0)  
  SOC 3850 Rural Life--Global and Local (3.0)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits, including 40 hours of upper-division credit.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  3. Grade of C- or better in every ENVT, GEO, GEOG, METO, and core curriculum course.
  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 a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. 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
GEOG 1000 and GEOG 1005 Introduction to Physical Geography and Laboratory 4
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
American Institutions See List 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 130G Survey of World Geography 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing – Humanities/Social Sciences 3

HLTH 1100

or PES 1097

Personal Health and Wellness

or Fitness for Life
2
METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
MATH 2040 Principles of Statistics 4

GEOG 1600

or GEOG 1400

Geography of Utah

or Introduction to Human Geography
3
Humanities Distribution See List 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 3100 Cartography 3
Biology Elective Principles of Chemistry II Lab 3
Core Elective Environmental Lab and Sampling 3
Core Elective Intro to Geographic Information Systems 3
Fine Arts Distribution See List 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar 0.5
GEOG 3110 Urban Geography 3
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   3
  Semester total: 15.5
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 3650 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
GEOG 3500 Geomorphology 4
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar 0.5
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   3
  Semester total: 15.5
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   3
Core Elective   4
Core Elective   3
  Semester total: 17
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Earth Science

Location:

PS 207

Telephone:

801-863-6295

Email:

michael.bunds@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 four degree programs (B.S. in Geography, 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. We also offer a Certificate of Proficiency in Geographic Information Systems, and a Minor in Geography. 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 Support: Brandi Pacchiega
  • Office: PS REC
  • Telephone: 801-863-6964
  • Email:    BPacchiega@uvu.edu
 
 

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, Ph.D., Integrative Biological 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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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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R. Kelly(2015)

Lecturer - Placeholder

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Geology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Geology, Idaho State University.

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Michael Stearns(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.A., Geology and Geography, Michigan State University; M.S., Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah; Ph.D., Earth Science, University of California.

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Daniel Stephen(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Environmental Studies

B.S., M.S., Geology, Univesity of Arkansas; Ph.D., Geology (Invertebrate Paleontology), Texas A & M University.

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Nathan Toke(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



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

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Justin White(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Geographic Sciences, James Madison University; M.S., Geography, Virginia Tech; Ph.D., Geography, University of Nevada.

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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)

Associate 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:

The degree programs offered by the Department of Earth Science (B.S. in Geography, 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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