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Geology, B.S.

Requirements

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: 120

General Education Requirements: 37 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Context (5)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877  (3)
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877  (3)
  HIST 1700 American Civilization  (3)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History  (3)
  POLS 1000 American Heritage  (3)
  POLS 1100 American National Government  (3)
Complete the following:
  PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness  (2)
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses
  BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
  GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology 3
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 83 Credits
  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 WE 4
  GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
  GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Laboratory 1
  GEO 1220 Historical Geology 3
  GEO 1225 Historical Geology Laboratory 1
  GEO 3080 Earth Materials WE 3
  GEO 3085 Earth Materials Laboratory  1
  GEO 3200 Geologic Hazards 3
  GEO 3205 Geologic Hazards Geologic Hazards Laboratory 1
  GEO 3700 Structure and Tectonics 4
  GEO 4500 Sedimentary Geology 4
  GEO 4600 Field Experience 6
  MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
  MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
  STAT 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 19 credits from the following list (at least 12 credits must be Upper Division) 19
  BIOL 3800 Conservation Biology  (3)
  ENVT 2730 Introduction to Soils  (4)
  ENVT 3280 Environmental Law  (3)
  ENVT 4790 Hydrology II  (4)
  GEO 202R Science Excursion  (1)
  GEO 3000 Environmental Geochemistry  (3)
  GEO 3100 Isotope Geochemistry  (3)
  GEO 3105 Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory  (1)  
  GEO 3500 Geomorphology WE (4)
  GEO 4080 Petrology  (3)
  GEO 4085 Petrology Laboratory(1)
  GEO 4510 Paleontology  (4)
  GEO 482R Geologic/Environmental Internship  (1)  
  GEO 489R Student Research (1)  
  GEOG 3400 Environmental Remote Sensing  (3)  
  GEOG 3650 Advanced Geographic Information Systems  (4)  
  GEOG 3700 Wetland Studies  (3)  
  GEOG 4100 Geospatial Field Methods  (3)  
  METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology  (3)
  METO 3100 Climate and the Earth System  (3)
  PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab (1)
  PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab (1)
  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 every ENVT, GEO, GEOG, and METO 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
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology 3
GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Lab 1
You Choose American Institutions 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1060 Trigonometry 3
GEO 1220 Historical Geology 3
GEO 1225 Historical Geology Lab 1
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
You Choose Fine Art 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
HLTH 1100 or Personal Health and Wellness or 2
PES 1097 Fitness for Life
You Choose Geology Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
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
You Choose Geology Elective 3
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values (And Global Intercultural) 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
GEO 3080  *  and 3085*  Earth Materials WE and Earth Materials Laboratory 4
GEO 3200 Geologic Hazards 3
GEO 3205 Geologic Hazards Laboratory 1
PHYS 2210* Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  Semester total: 16
Note: *Co-requisites are required to be taken. Please see the advisor.   
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
GEO 3700 Structure and Tectonics 4
GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
PHYS 2220* Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar 0.5
You Choose Humanities 3
  Semester total: 15.5
Note: *Co-requisites are required to be taken. Please see the advisor.   
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
ENVT 3790 Hydrology I 4
You Choose Geology Elective 3
You Choose Geology Elective 3
You Choose Geology Elective 3
  Semester total: 13
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
GEO 4500 Sedimentary Geology 4
You Choose Geology Elective 1
You Choose Social/Behavioral Science Course 3
GEO 480R Earth Science Seminar 0.5
  Semester total: 8.5
Summer Semester Course Title Credit Hours
GEO 4600 Field Experience 6
  Degree total: 120

Department

Earth Science

The Earth Science department is in the College of Science. To find the most up-to-date information from the Earth Science department, visit their website.

Earth Science