Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences - Environmental Science Emphasis, B.S.

Program Description

The Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences major is an interdisciplinary study of the relevant natural science disciplines, with emphases in either the Geosciences or the Environmental Sciences. This program provides knowledge and experience through lecture, laboratory, and field courses that immerse the students into the world around them. Students will analyze and solve problems associated with use of energy, water, and mineral resources; in protection of the environment; in planning for the impact of natural hazards; and in sustainable approaches to societal development. The region and ecosystems that surround Utah Tech University provide the ideal laboratory to apply concepts to the earth, energy, and environmental issues that impact the future of humanity. Emphases in the Geosciences and the Environmental Sciences are available depending on the student interests. 

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Earth, Energy, & Environmental Science Core Requirements 

ENVS 1210
ENVS 1215
Introduction to Environmental Science
and Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
ENVS 2210Environmental Pollution and Remediation Techniques3
ENVS 3280Environmental Policy, Regulations, Health, and Safety3
ENVS 3410Air Quality and Control Technologies3
ENER 2310Energy and the Environment3
ENER 4310Energy Technology and Sustainability3
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
GEO 2050Earth Materials4
GEO 3400Water Resources3
GEOG 2410Paleoclimatology3
GEOG 3600
GEOG 3605
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
MATH 1210Calculus I (MA) (Prerequisite: MATH 1010 and MATH 1050 and MATH 1060 or MATH 1080 or equivalent placement score)4
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
ENGL 2201Literature and the Land (HU, GC)3

Environmental Science Emphasis Requirements 

ENVS 2700RField Methods in Environmental Science1
ENVS 2990RSeminar in Environmental Science1
ENVS 3510Waste Management3
ENVS 4080Environmental Monitoring and Characterization4
ENVS 4800RIndependent Research1
ENVS 4910Senior Seminar1
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
BIOL 3750
BIOL 3755
Microbial Ecology
and Microbial Ecology Laboratory
BIOL 4200
BIOL 4205
Plant Taxonomy (ALPP)
and Plant Taxonomy Lab (ALPP)


Choose 1 of the following courses:  
ENVS 3910 Costa Rica Natural History 3
ENVS 3920 Peruvian Amazon Natural History 3
ENVS 3930 South Africa Natural History 3
GEO 3000 Advanced Geologic Investigation of Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce National Parks 3
GEO 3910 Applied Geologic Investigation of Iceland 3
GEOG 3930 Remote Sensing of Landscape: China 3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C- or higher in all required courses.