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Geology, B.S.

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Geology is the study of the Earth, including its water and atmosphere, and its relationship to humans and other living things. Geology applies chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology to answer questions about the Earth. Geologists conduct studies in the field, in the laboratory using advanced analytical equipment, and in the office using specialized computer software. Geology is particularly focused on the Earth’s history, resources, hazards and resources including groundwater. Sub-disciplines of geology include economic geology, geochemistry, geologic hazards, geomorphology, hydrogeology, petrology, and tectonics. A B.S. in geology is preparation for a variety of career paths, including hazard assessment with government or private companies, ground and surface water monitoring and development, oil and gas, mining, and many other careers that draw on a background in the natural earth, including law, public policy, and public health; the program is also excellent preparation for graduate school.

Total Program Credits: 123

General Education Requirements: 27 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
Complete one of 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  (2.0)
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses
  Biology*
  Physical Science*
  Additional Biology or Physical Science*
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 96 Credits
  BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
  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 3790 Hydrology I 4
  GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
  GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology 3
  GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Laboratory 1
  GEO 1220 Historical Geology 3
  GEO 1225 Historical Geology Laboratory 1
  GEO 3080 Earth Materials 4
  GEO 3200 Geologic Hazards 4
  GEO 3700 Structure and Tectonics 4
  GEO 4500 Sedimentary Geology 4
  GEO 4600 Field Experience 4
  MATH 1060 Trigonometry 3
  MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
  MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
  MATH 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar (Must be taken twice) 1
  PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
  PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
Complete 21 credits from the following list 21
  BIOL 3800 Conservation Biology  (3.0)
  ENVT 2730 Introduction to Soils  (4.0)
  ENVT 3280 Environmental Law  (3.0)
  ENVT 3290 Environmental Permits and Reports  (3.0)
  ENVT 4790 Hydrology II  (4.0)
  GEO 1080 Introduction to Oceanography  (3.0)
and GEO 1085 Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory  (1.0)
  GEO 202R Science Excursion  (1.0)
  GEO 3400 Forensic Geology  (4.0)
  GEO 3100 Isotope Geochemistry  (3.0)
  GEO 3500 Geomorphology  (4.0)
  GEOG 3650 Advanced Geographic Information Systems  (4.0)
  GEO 4080 Petrology  (4.0)
  GEO 482R Geologic/Environmental Internship  (1.0)
  GEO 4510 Paleontology  (4.0)
  METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology  (3.0)
and METO 1020 Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory  (1.0)
  METO 3100 Climate and the Earth System  (3.0)
  PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab  (1.0)
  PHYS 2025 College Physics II Lab  (1.0)
  Or other advisor-approved electives

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 123 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  3. Grade of C- or better in every GEO 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.

Note: *This requirement is satisfied within the discipline core requirements.

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.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology 3
GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Lab 1
BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing: Science/Technology 3
MATH 1060 Trigonometry 3
GEO 1220 Historical Geology 3
GEO 1225 Historical Geology Lab 1
American Institutions See Advisor for General Education List 3
Social/Behavioral Distribution See Advisor for General Education List 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
Humanities Distribution See Advisor for General Education List 3
Geology Elective See Advisor for Geology Elective List 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
Fine Arts Distribution See Advisor for General Education List 3
HLTH 1100 or
PES 1097
Personal Health and Wellness or
Fitness for Life
2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
GEO 3080 Earth Materials 4
GEO 3200 Geologic Hazards 4
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
GEO 3700 Structure and Tectonics 4
GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information System 4
GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar 0.5
Geology Elective See Advisor for Geology Elective List* 3
  Semester total: 15.5
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
ENVT 3790 Hydrology 4
MATH 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar 0.5
Geology Elective See Advisor for Geology Elective List 6
  Semester total: 14.5
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
GEO 4500 Sedimentary Geology 4
Geology Elective See Advisor for Geology Elective List 9
GEO 4600* Field Experience* 4
  Semester total: 17
Notes: * This Course is only offered during Summer Semesters and involves travel and experience with several aspects of earth science field work.
  Degree total: 123

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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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:

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. More specific information on career opportunities related to each degree is provided below.

A bachelor of science in Geology is excellent preparation for a wide range of careers, including geology and closely allied fields, as well as a variety of opportunities that draw upon a graduate’s broad and rigorous education in the physical and environmental sciences. Job prospects for graduates are excellent, and work may be largely be field-based, office-based or a combination. Many students continue to graduate school before entering the labor market, while many others take employment upon graduation. Large employers of geologists include the oil and gas industry, mineral exploration and extraction, geologic consulting, and government agencies. In the oil and gas and mining industries many geologists are involved with exploration for additional resources and development of existing resources. Geologic consulting involves work such as assessing and mitigating hazards including landslides, earthquakes and flooding; evaluating slope stability and compaction; and evaluating and protecting surface and ground water resources. Geologists working for government agencies perform interesting tasks ranging from field mapping to land use analysis, investigations of water resources, and working with geographic information systems. However, many graduates have shown that a degree in geology is an effective stepping-stone to a variety of career paths including public policy, law, public health, humanitarian work, and more, particularly when the endeavors involve issues related to the environment.

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