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.

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

Geological Sciences Core Requirement

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 2990RSeminar 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
MATH 1220Calculus II (MA)4
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
Physics/Scientists EngineersII
and 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.

Graduation Plan

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
5CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
4PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
MATH 12104GEO 1220
GEO 1225
ENGL 10103ENGL 20103
 16 17
2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
5GEO 2700R1
GEO 2990R1Travel Course 3
MATH 12204General Education (Literature/Humanities)3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences)3General Education (Life Sciences) 3
General Education (Fine Arts)3General Electives3
 16 13
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
GEO 31804BIOL 31103
GEO 35504GEO 37004
GEO 30603GEO 46005
General Education (American Institutions)3General Education (Exploration)3
 14 16
4th Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
GEO 4800R1GEO 37103
GEO 32004GEO 35004
GEOG 3600
GEOG 3605
4GEO 36004
 13 15
Total Hours 120

Geological Sciences Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  1. Apply the scientific method to test hypotheses and interpretations.
  2. Apply the concepts of both stratigraphic (relative) and radiometric geologic dating to interpret physical and biological events in Earth history vis-à-vis geologic processes, biological evolution, and/or natural and anthropogenic landscape and climate change.
  3. Analyze the record of Earth surface processes from geologic and geographic landforms and assess geologic hazards.
  4. Identify economically important Earth materials, predict their locations based on geologic data, and discuss their role in society and the global economy.
  5. Analyze the important and diverse effects of plate tectonics and related physical and chemical processes in shaping Earth structure, history, resources, and hazards.