Department Vision

"Civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice" -Will Durant

The above quote emphasizes our society's dependence on the earth. The earth provides the raw materials for building, the soil and water to grow our crops, and the energy to fuel our industries, power our cars, and heat our homes. The earth is also capable of causing devastation through droughts, earthquakes, landslides, and other natural disasters. It is the job of the earth scientist to understand earth's history and active processes in order to make good use of earth's resources and to avoid its hazards. The Earth Science faculty at UVU is devoted to dynamic, effective undergraduate education. Our department includes 12 full-time faculty members, 10 with Ph.D.'s and two with M.S. degrees. Among our faculty members we have expertise in soil and water resources, earthquake and landslide hazards, the behavior of earthquake faults, environmental policy, geochemistry, geographic information systems, the growth of mountain ranges, the formation of rocks and minerals, and paleontology. Our courses emphasize the practical aspects of the course material, and we take great advantage of Utah's amazing opportunity for course-related field work. In addition to great classes, our students participate in extracurricular field trips throughout the western U.S., and they are active in a variety of research projects. If you are interested in any of these areas, please contact the Earth Science Advisor.

Chair Welcome

In the Department of Earth Science at UVU, our #1 goal is to provide students with rewarding, dynamic educational experience. We pride ourselves on being able to offer personal attention to the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and educational goals. Our degree programs provide a wide range of skills and knowledge that are applicable to today´s earth science job markets, as well as a broad-based general science education that´s ideal for students planning to continue to graduate programs in law, business, or medical fields. We incorporate field trips and/or practical working experience in nearly all of our courses. Our easy access to the geology of the Wasatch Range and Utah´s National Parks, our ties to local employers, and our diverse, dynamic faculty make the UVU Department of Earth Science a natural choice for anyone pursuing an education in the earth sciences. The earth sciences include geology (the study of the earth and the process that continually shape the earth), paleontology (the study of ancient life), oceanography (the study of the physical and chemical processes at work in the oceans), hydrology (the study of the movement of water above and below the ground), and environmental sciences (the study of earth´s physical environment and the interaction between the environment and life on earth). Our professors and staff provide a dynamic and creative learning environment to excite students´ curiosity about the world around them. We help students to: (1) trust science and understand how science works; (2) appreciate the various ways in which the Earth influences our lives and our society, and the ways in which our society impacts the Earth; (3) recognize the many potential career paths within the earth sciences; and (4) develop the skills, knowledge, and professional traits necessary to pursue those paths.

This department has 12 faculty members (10 with Ph.D.´s, 2 with an M.S.), each of whom is dedicated to innovative, effective undergraduate teaching. We offer over 30 courses in Geology, Meteorology, and Environmental Technology. We offer Bachelor of Science degree programs in Geology, Environmental Science and Management, and Earth Science Education.

Dr. Mike Bunds