Geological Sciences, BS
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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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|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||3|
Geological Sciences Core Requirements
|BIOL 3110||Scientific Writing||3|
& CHEM 1215
|Principles of Chemistry I (PS)|
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
& CHEM 1225
|Principles of Chemistry II|
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
& GEO 1115
|Physical Geology (PS)|
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
& GEO 1225
and Historical Geology Lab
|GEO 2700R||Field Methods in Geoscience Research||1|
|GEO 2990R||Career Seminar in Geology||1|
|GEO 3060||Environmental Geology||3|
|GEO 3550||Sedimentology & Stratigraphy||4|
|GEO 3600||Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology||4|
|GEO 3700||Structural Geology and Tectonics||4|
|GEO 4600||Field Geology||5|
|GEO 4800R||Independent Research||1|
& GEOG 3605
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems|
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
|MATH 1210||Calculus I (MA)||4|
|PHYS 2010||College Physics I (PS)||4|
|or PHYS 2210||Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)|
|PHYS 2015||College Physics I Lab (LAB)||1|
|or PHYS 2215||Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)|
|PHYS 2020||College Physics II||4|
|or PHYS 2220||Physics/Scientists EngineersII|
|PHYS 2025||College Physics II Lab||1|
|or PHYS 2225||Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab|
Travel Course Required
|Choose one (1) of the following:|
|GEO 3000||Advanced Geologic Investigation of Colorado Plateau Basin and Range provinces through national parks||3|
|GEO 3910||Applied Geologic Investigation of Iceland||3|
|ENVS 3910||Costa Rica Natural History||3|
|ENVS 3920||Peruvian Amazon Natural History||3|
|ENVS 3930||South Africa Natural History||3|
|GEOG 3930||Remote Sensing of Landscape: China||3|
- Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
- Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
- Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
- Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
- Grade C- or higher in all required courses.