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The faculty and students in the School of Earth Sciences investigate the history of our planet, its material structure and resources, and the processes that have driven its evolution and continue to shape our environments.
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The Geological Sciences specialization focuses on the traditional areas of geology including mineralogy and petrology, sedimentation and stratigraphy, paleontology and geochemistry. Students pursuing this specialization will be well prepared for employment in a variety of industries and for graduate school in geological sciences.
The Earth System Science specialization focuses on areas beyond traditional Geological Sciences including hydrogeology, glaciology, oceanography and geomorphology. Students pursuing this specialization explore relationships between Earth sciences and other disciplines, including geography, atmospheric sciences, the biological sciences, economics, natural resources and engineering.
The Geophysics specialization focuses on quantitative aspects of geophysics and geodynamics and provides students preparation for admission to competitive graduate programs in geophysics, and for geophysics positions within the energy industry.
The Petroleum Geology and Geophysics specialization combines aspects of the geological sciences and geophysics programs and will train students interested in graduate study in petroleum geology and geophysics, internships at major oil companies, and for immediate employment at small and mid-sized petroleum companies.
Find challenging careers in government, industry and academia. Jobs are abundant in the oil and gas industry, mining, water resources and environmental consulting. Careers in data management and analysis, governmental research and regulation, law, military, law enforcement and national security, resources management and conservation, remote sensing, technical writing and communication, and urban and regional planning are also common.
Earth Science students pursue authentic research with faculty mentors, participate in field research worldwide, and make genuine contributions to the body of knowledge about our planet and solar system. A point of pride in the Earth Sciences major is that all BS students write a research thesis on their own genuine authentic research performed under faculty guidance.
Students with baccalaureate degrees in Earth sciences also follow paths to careers in data management and analysis, governmental research and regulation, law, military, law enforcement, and national security, resources management and conservation, remote sensing, technical writing and communication, and urban and regional planning.
Students learn the facts, principles, theories and methods of modern Earth science including the formation and structure of the Earth, principles of plate tectonics, composition of and interrelationship among Earth materials, geologic time, hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and floods, the hydrologic cycle, and controls on global climate.
Students learn the about the origin and evolution of Earth, the significance of key events in the history of Earth science, especially pertaining to the development of plate tectonic theory. Students also learn principles of geologic inference and their application to interpreting Earth and its history.
This course introduces basic concepts of Earth sciences using natural hazards as examples and describes Earth processes and the rates and scales at which those processes work. It examines geologic hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, tsunamis, flooding, hurricanes, climate change, and meteorite impacts) and the influences of hazards on humans, and how humans attempt to mitigate those influences.
This course provides an exploration of our solar system and a study of the origin and evolution of materials composing it so that we can gain a better understanding of our place in the Universe. This course examines the prospect of life elsewhere and the destiny of humanity on Earth and in space.
Field camp provides concentrated training in the essentials of geologic field observation and mapping. Students learn to apply geologic principles and to interpret Earth features. Students learn to construct maps and geologic cross-sections from their own measurements and observations. Taught in central Utah in 6 weeks during summer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Undergraduate majors in Earth Sciences have the opportunity to pursue paid internships in a variety of private companies, state and local government agencies and research institutes.