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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 & 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 & 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 & 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 so that they can 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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Being a Math student

Nathaniel Lovetts thoughts on being a Math student.

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What its like for Boston Swan to do Botany research at UVU.

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Being a Biology major

What being a Biology major is like at UVU.

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Emily Limbs student experience

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.



College of Science Publication

This annual publication 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, who are 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 that is done in our college.

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