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Physical Science, A.S.

Requirements

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 37 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts (5.0)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
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
 or PHIL 205G Ethics and Values (3.0)  
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life  (2.0)
Distribution Courses
 Biology 3
Physical Science: Complete one of the following pair of courses 7
  PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I  (4.0)  
  PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II   (4.0)                                         
 or  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I   (4.0)  
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II  (4.0)  
 or GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology  (3.0)  
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I   (4.0)     
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 11 Credits
Complete one of the following 11
Recommended for students most interested in physics:  
  MATH 1210 Calculus I (5.0)  
  MATH 1220 Calculus II (5.0)  
  PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab (1.0)  
  PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab  (1.0)  
Recommended for students most interested in chemistry:  
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory   (1.0)  
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0)  
  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)  
Recommended for students most interested in earth science:  
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory   (1.0)  
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II  (4.0)  
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0)  
  GEO 1015 Introduction to Geology Laboratory (1.0)  
  GEO 1220 Historical Geology (3.0)  
  GEO 1225 Historical Geology Laboratory (1.0)  
Elective Requirements: 12 Credits
Complete 12 credits from the following (not to include any course being used to fill one of the requirements above). Consult with an advisor to determine which courses best match your long-term educational and career goals. 12
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I   (4.0)     
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0)  
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II  (4.0)
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0)  
  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)
  GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology  (3.0)
  GEO 1080 Introduction to Oceanography  (3.0)  
  GEO 1220 Historical Geology  (3.0)
  GEO 1225 Historical Geology Laboratory (1.0)  
  GEOG 1000 Introduction to Physical Geography (3.0)  
  MATH 1060 Trigonometry (3.0)  
  MATH 1210 Calculus I (5.0)  (MATH 1060 is a prerequisite for this course.)  
  MATH 1220 Calculus II (5.0)  
  MATH 2210 Calculus III  (3.0)
  MATH 2270 Linear Algebra  (3.0)
  MATH 2280 Ordinary Differential Equations  (3.0)
  METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology  (3.0)
  PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I  (4.0)  
  PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab (1.0)  
  PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II   (4.0)                                         
  PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab  (1.0)  
  STAT 1040 Principles of Statistics  (3.0)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above (departments may require a higher GPA).
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.

Graduation Plan

NOTE: This Graduation Plan has not been updated by the Earth Science Department. Please contact the department for an updated 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
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Academic Writing or  Literacies and Composition Across Context  3
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055
College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
American Institutions See General Education List 3
Humanities Distribution See General Education List 3
HLTH 1100 or
PES 1097
Personal Health and Wellness 2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
Biology Distribution See General Education List 3
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
Social/Behavioral Distribution See General Education List 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 or
PHIL 205G
Ethics and Values 3
Elective Requirement Choose from Elective List* 4
MATH 1210** Calculus I 5
Fine Arts Distribution See General Education List 3
  Semester total: 15

Notes: *CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II, CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I, CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Lab, CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II lab, ENGR 2450 Computational Methods for Engineering Analysis, GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology, GEO 1220 Historical Geology, GEO 1080 Introduction to Oceanography, MATH 2210 Calculus III, STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics, MATH 2270 Linear Algebra, MATH 2280 Ordinary Differential Equations, METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology

**Pre-requisites are required to be taken. Please see the advisor.

Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab 1
Elective Requirement Choose from Elective List* 4
  Semester total: 14
Notes: *CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II, CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I, CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Lab, CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II lab, ENGR 2450 Computational Methods for Engineering Analysis, GEO 1010 Introduction to Geology, GEO 1220 Historical Geology, GEO 1080 Introduction to Oceanography, MATH 2210 Calculus III, STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics, MATH 2270 Linear Algebra, MATH 2280 Ordinary Differential Equations, METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab 1
  Semester total: 5
  Degree total: 63

Department

Name:

Earth Science

Location:

PS 207

Telephone:

801-863-6964

Email:

Nathan.Toke@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/earthscience/

Chair:

Nathan Toke

 
 

Mission Statement

The Department of Earth Science’s mission is to provide students with a dynamic educational experience that will prepare them for rewarding lives and careers in a large variety of professions in private industry, governmental agencies at all levels, non-governmental organizations, and education. Our department strives to create an inviting and safe learning environment for students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of educational goals. We offer four bachelor’s degree programs (B.S. in Earth Science Education, B.S. in Environmental Science and Management, B.S. in Geography, and B.S. in Geology), an associate’s degree (A.S. in Physical Science), and two certificate programs (a certificate of proficiency in Geographic Information Systems and a certificate of completion in Water and Wastewater Operations). We have excellent laboratory and classroom facilities and we take pride in being able to offer opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom with service learning projects, internships, field work, study abroad experiences, and through research collaborations with faculty. Research experiences offer opportunities for personalized mentorship by faculty that lead our students to become deeply involved with their discipline of study. Thus, our graduates are skilled and creative thinkers who are well-prepared to step into professions that contribute toward understanding and solving Earth, societal, and environmental challenges faced by communities 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:

  • Biogeography
  • Earth Science Education
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Monitoring and Sustainability
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Geochemistry
  • Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis
  • Geologic Hazards Assessment
  • Geomorphology
  • Human Geography
  • Hydrology
  • Land Use and Landcover Analyses
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Paleontology
  • Petrology
  • Pollution Monitoring, Remdiation and Prevention
  • Remote Sensing
  • Sedimentary Rocks and Stratigraphyy
  • Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • Urban Geography
  • Water and Natural Resource Management
  • Water treatment
  • Wetland Studies
 
 

Earth Science

  • Administrative Support: Brandi Pacchiega
  • Office: PS 201c
  • Telephone: 801-863-6964
  • Email:    BPacchiega@uvu.edu
  • Advisor: Sean Meyer
  • Office: PS 201d
  • Telephone: 801-863-8616
  • Email:   sean.meyer@uvu.edu
  • Advisor: Jordan Jarman (for Earth Science Education majors)
  • Office: PS 201b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6791
  • Email: JJarman@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)

Professor

Department: Earth Science
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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Charle Czajka(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.Sc., Geology, North Carolina State University, M.S., Ph.D., Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University.

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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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Daren Nelson(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Geology, Utah State University; M.S., Hydrology, University of Idaho; Ph.D., Geology, University of Utah.

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Michael Stearns(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Geology and Geography, Eastern Michigan 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



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

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Nathan Toke(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Department Chair, Faculty



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

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Weihong Wang(2012)

Associate 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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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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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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