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Applied Environmental Geosciences (BS)

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  • Program Prerequisite: None.
  • Minor: Not required.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C-” or better in each courses required by this major in addition to a minimum cumulative GPA for all courses of 2.0.
  • Credit Hour Requirements:  A total of 120 credit hours are required for graduation; 77 to 82 of these are required within the major. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required (courses numbered 3000 and above); 38 to 40 of these are required within the major.
  • Program Code: 6012BS
  • CIPC: 400601


All Geoscience students are required to meet with a faculty advisor (see above) at least annually for course and program advisement. Call 801-626-7139 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Advisor: Dr. Marek Matyjasik, 801-626-7726

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Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study (see Enrollment Services and Information ). No special admission or application requirements are needed for this program. However, students should meet with an advisor to plan and declare their program of study.

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for Bachelor of Science requirements. MATH 1050  or MATH 1080  is recommended for the Quantitative Literacy requirement. The following courses required for the Applied Environmental Geoscience major will also satisfy general education requirements: CHEM 1210 , GEO 1060 , GEO 1110 , PHYS 2010 , and PHYS 2210 .

Course Prefix GEO

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences uses the course prefix GEO because geo means “earth.” The prefix GEO also aids in course articulation with other colleges and universities.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to identify common minerals and rocks, describe rock characteristics, and interpret the environments/conditions (igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic) in which rocks formed. {Earth Materials}
  • Be able to identify major physical and biological events in Earth history and describe the methods used to interpret this history, including radiometric dating, fossil succession, and stratigraphic correlation. {Earth History}
  • Be able to identify landforms from maps and imagery, construct topographic profiles, and interpret the development of landforms in terms of common surface processes. {Surface Processes}
  • Be able to identify the different types of lithospheric plate boundaries based on types of activity, estimate rates of plate motion, describe the driving mechanisms for plate tectonics, and interpret geologic structures and construct cross sections from geologic map data. {Tectonic Processes}
  • Be able to describe key geological cycles - including the hydrologic cycle, rock cycle, and carbon cycle. {Earth Systems}
  • Have demonstrated an understanding of scientific methodology and the interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences, culminating in a capstone experience involving collection and analysis of multiple data sets to interpret Earth processes. {Capstone Experience}

Major Course Requirements for BS Degree

Applied Geoscience Electives Required (11-12 credit hours)

Complete three (3) of the following courses:

Additional Electives Required (3 credit hours minimum)

Complete a minimum of 3 credit hours in additional upper-division Earth Science (GEO) courses (numbered 3000 and above), which could include an additional applied geoscience course listed above or another approved environmental/sustainability science course.


*Students planning to attend graduate school in Geology or a related geotechnical area should take PHYS 2210 -PHYS 2220 , Physics for Scientists & Engineers, instead of the General Physics series (PHYS 2010 -PHYS 2020 ).

**Students planning to attend graduate school in Geology or a related geotechnical area should also take MATH 1210 /MATH 1220 , Calculus I and II (8).

Students planning a career or advanced degree in geospatial science and technologies are encouraged to complete the Geospaticial Analysis certificate program. Students planning a career or advanced degree in geotechnical applications are encouraged to take GEO 3060 , GEO 4080 GEO 4100  and as electives. Course work in microbiology, especially Environmental Microbiology (MICR 3484 ), is recommended for students pursuing environmental or remediation-related careers.

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