Geological Sciences, BS

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences is a technical program in Earth Science. This program provides knowledge and experience through lecture, laboratory, and field courses that will equip students to solve some of the most pressing problems of our region and society as a whole.  Students will develop their understanding of physical and chemical Earth processes while gaining skills in spatial reasoning and analysis of complex systems.  Within active, applied, and authentic learning opportunities, students will gain insight into geologic hazards, natural resources, and Earth's history. The region that surrounds Utah Tech University provides an ideal natural laboratory to apply the concepts of geological sciences to issues that impact the future of humanity.

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

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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 Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Geological Sciences Core Requirements

BIOL 3110Scientific Writing3
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
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
GEO 1220
GEO 1225
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
GEO 2700RField Methods in Geoscience Research1
GEO 2990RCareer Seminar in Geology1
GEO 3060Environmental Geology3
GEO 3180Paleontology4
GEO 3200Mineralogy4
GEO 3500Geomorphology4
GEO 3550Sedimentology & Stratigraphy4
GEO 3600Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GEO 3700Structural Geology and Tectonics4
GEO 3710Hydrology3
GEO 4600Field Geology5
GEO 4800RIndependent Research1
GEOG 3600
GEOG 3605
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
MATH 1210Calculus I (MA)4
PHYS 2010College Physics I (PS)4
or PHYS 2210 Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
PHYS 2015College Physics I Lab (LAB)1
or PHYS 2215 Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
PHYS 2020College Physics II4
or PHYS 2220 Physics/Scientists EngineersII
PHYS 2025College Physics II Lab1
or PHYS 2225 Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab

Travel Course Required

Choose one (1) of the following:
GEO 3000Advanced Geologic Investigation of Colorado Plateau Basin and Range provinces through national parks3
GEO 3910Applied Geologic Investigation of Iceland3
ENVS 3910Costa Rica Natural History3
ENVS 3920Peruvian Amazon Natural History3
ENVS 3930South Africa Natural History3
GEOG 3930Remote Sensing of Landscape: China3

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.