Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences - Geoscience 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 Dixie State 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

DSU General Education Requirements

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

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
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
4
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)
4
GEO 2050Earth Materials4
GEO 3400Water Resources3
GEOG 2410Paleoclimatology3
GEOG 3600
GEOG 3605
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
4
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
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)
5
ENGL 2201Literature and the Land (HU, GC)3

Geoscience Emphasis Requirements 

GEO 1220
GEO 1225
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
4
GEO 2700RField Methods in Geoscience Research1
GEO 2990RSeminar in Geology1
GEO 3060Environmental Geology3
GEO 3180Paleontology4
GEO 3550Sedimentology & Stratigraphy4
GEO 3700Structural Geology4
GEO 3710Hydrology3
GEO 4800RIndependent Research1-3
GEO 4910Senior Seminar1
Choose 1 of the following courses:
ENVS 3910Costa Rica Natural History3
ENVS 3920Peruvian Amazon Natural History3
ENVS 3930South Africa Natural History3
GEO 3000Advanced Geologic Investigation of Colorado Plateau Basin and Range provinces through national parks3
GEO 3910Applied Geologic Investigation of Iceland3
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 DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C- or higher in all required courses.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENVS 1210
ENVS 1215
Introduction to Environmental Science
and Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
4
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
4
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1210 Calculus I (MA) (Prerequisite: MATH 1010 and MATH 1050 and MATH 1060 or MATH 1080 or equivalent placement score) 4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
5
GEO 1220
GEO 1225
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
4
 Hours17
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ENVS 2210 Environmental Pollution and Remediation Techniques 3
GEOG 2410 Paleoclimatology 3
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
GEO 2700R Field Methods in Geoscience Research 1
GE Social & Behavioral Science 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENER 2310 Energy and the Environment 3
GEO 2050 Earth Materials 4
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
GEO 2990R Seminar in Geology 1
ENGL 2201 Literature and the Land (HU, GC) 3
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
ENVS 3280 Environmental Policy, Regulations, Health, and Safety 3
GEO 3400 Water Resources 3
GE Fine Arts 3
GEO 3060 Environmental Geology 3
GEO 3550 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy 4
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ENVS 3410 Air Quality and Control Technologies 3
GEOG 3600
GEOG 3605
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
4
GE American Institutions 3
GEO 3700 Structural Geology 4
 Hours14
4th Year
Fall Semester
ENER 4310 Energy Technology and Sustainability 3
Elective Credit 3
GEO 3710 Hydrology 3
GEO 4800R Independent Research 1
GEO 3000 Advanced Geologic Investigation of Colorado Plateau Basin and Range provinces through national parks (Fall Only Elective, or Study Abroad Course) 3
 Hours13
Spring Semester
Upper Division Elective Credit 4
Elective Credit 5
GEO 3180 Paleontology 4
GEO 4910 Senior Seminar 1
 Hours14
 Total Hours120

Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences - Geoscience Emphasis Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the interdisciplinary nature of the issues related to geological, environmental, and energy sciences.
  2. Formulate sustainable approaches to energy and earth science issues that integrate environmental, economic, and sociopolitical perspectives. 
  3. Distinguish between Earth’s surface and deep energy sources and the processes they power and appraise how we depend on and harvest those energy resources to sustain our society. 
  4. Use appropriate methodological tools to analyze and address research questions in the earth, energy and environmental sciences. 
  5. Evaluate the effects of geologic time as they pertain to the interactive nature of and changes to Earth systems. (Geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere)