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Welcome to the College of Science

In UVU's College of Science,  research thrives and academic excellence is celebrated. With a dynamic blend of faculty expertise, diverse majors, and a supportive learning environment, our college is a hub of scientific exploration and student success. Let’s embark on a journey to discover the remarkable achievements and opportunities that define the College of Science.

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Credits to Graduate


Earn your associate degree in as little as 60 credits, or your bachelor's degree in 120 credits.

Build the skills you need with a degree from UVU. Coursework includes comprehensive core and elective classes in addition to general education requirements. Online classes are offered in some cases.


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Master's Degree


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College of Science Departments

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The biology department offers a wide range of courses and programs. An A.S. or B.S. degree in biology provides flexibility through elective courses, while seven additional bachelor’s degrees specialize in bioinformatics, biology education, biomedical science, biotechnology, botany, microbiology, and zoology. Minors in biology, horticulture, and zoology ensure options for all students.

Research Areas

  • Microbiology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology
  • Botany
  • Evolution
  • Anatomy
  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Entomology
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Virology
  • Arbovirology
  • Pedagogy
  • Education
  • Horticulture
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology
  • Mycology

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The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with a rigorous curriculum covering organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry. Undergraduates can also participate in research alongside faculty members, gaining valuable hands-on experience. It provides a stimulating environment for students to explore the wonders of chemistry and build strong career foundations.

Research Areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry

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Earth Science

The Department of Earth Science offers programs and courses that foster collaboration across scientific disciplines. Students can immerse themselves in curriculum offerings to address pressing environmental issues, climate change, natural resource management, geological hazards, and other challenges. This interdisciplinary focus equips graduates with skill sets applicable in diverse professional settings and future graduate studies.

Research Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Earthquakes
  • Geodetics
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Geoscience Education
  • Human Geography
  • Hydrology
  • Physical Geography
  • Petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Paleontology
  • Sedimentology
  • Geomorphology
  • Interdisciplinary Geography
  • Geologic Mapping
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Paleoclimatology

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Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation

The Department of Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation is a thriving hub of knowledge and activity, equipping students with the skills and expertise to excel. With a commitment to hands-on learning and a passion for promoting health and wellness, this department offers a diverse range of programs and opportunities for students to explore and engage in their areas of interest.

Research Areas

  • Biomechanics
  • Neuromuscular Fatigue
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sport Psychology
  • Behavior Change
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Outdoor Recreation

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The Department of Mathematics is a vibrant and dynamic academic unit dedicated to fostering a deep understanding and appreciation for the world of numbers, patterns, and logical reasoning. With a team of esteemed faculty members and a wide range of innovative courses, the department strives to empower students with the skills and knowledge to excel in various fields that require mathematical proficiency.

Research Areas

  • Optimization
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Math Education
  • History of Math
  • Combinatorics
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Number Theory
  • Graph Theory
  • Recreational Mathematics
  • Math Education
  • Graph Theory and Combinatorics

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Physics, the study of the universe from the smallest particles to the vastness of space, is the foundation for all other sciences. In UVU’s Department of Physics, this discipline is explored and applied to address pressing technological and environmental challenges. From nanotechnology to medical advancements and astronomical discoveries, the Department of Physics is at the forefront of scientific exploration and innovation.

Research Areas

  • Acoustics
  • Astronomy
  • Optics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Machine Learning
  • Nanotechnology
  • Experimental Physics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Laser Physics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • Particle Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Optical Physics
  • Physics Education

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Mathematical and  Quantitative Reasoning

The Department of Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning is a teaching-focused, research-based department. Our diverse group of faculty focuses on excellent teaching and research in mathematical thinking and learning, and we emphasize continued growth and professional development of faculty. We help our students move beyond our courses to succeed in their academic careers and lives. Based on students’ math abilities, we meet students where they are and find a place for them. To help students succeed, we developed co-requisite-style courses that accelerate the completion of quantitative literacy course requirements and provide support outside the classroom.

Research Areas

  • Math Mentors
  • Math Labs
  • General Education (GE) Math Success
  • Refresher Workshops
  • Summer Math Leap

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Student Spotlight

"After beating the odds as a child, Emily can do what she loves, including using her passion for the Earth to help her UVU professors conduct important research about Utah Lake."

UVU Professor Hilary Hungerford Named Fulbright Scholar

Faculty Showcase

Dr. Hilary Hungerford, associate professor of geography at Utah Valley University, has received the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award. She and her family will live in Mongolia for the spring semester of 2024.



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College of Science Publication

Synapse is an annual publication that celebrates the recent accomplishments of the students, faculty, and staff of the UVU College of Science. Our college includes nearly 3,000 students majoring in the sciences, taught by 119 full-time faculty members and assisted by 42 staff. The activities and achievements summarized in this magazine represent just a small percentage of the great work done in our college.

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Dean's Message

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“I am excited to reflect on the incredible impact our graduates are making in the world. While many of our students initially come to us with the goal of becoming medical doctors, we encourage them to explore the wide range of opportunities available to them in every field of science. Our graduates are making a difference in countless ways."

Dr. Danny Horns
Dean, College of Science

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College of Science

800 W. University ParkwayOrem, UT 84058
Utah Valley UniversityMS 299


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