Programs

Geology BS

This program prepares graduates for professional employment in industry or government or for advanced studies in geological sciences, related fields, business, or law. The underlying core values and philosophies of this program are those espoused in the BYU Mission and AIMS.

The most significant co-curricular activities that support program goals include University Devotionals and Forums, service opportunities such as the Geology Club, travel to professional meetings, mentored experiences, and internships. Perhaps the most significant of these are mentored experiences focused on research with faculty members and graduate students. Exit interviews with our students also reveal that field trips and field experiences contribute greatly to their understanding of principles learned in classroom settings and build enthusiasm for the science that will be passed along to others.

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Earth & Space Science Education BS

Students graduating with a B.A. in Earth and Space Science Education will have completed a degree that involves two academic components: 1) formal training in the Earth and space sciences and 2) formal training in education. The underlying core values and philosophies of this program are those espoused in the BYU Mission and AIMS. The Earth science content is designed to give broad training in traditional geological science courses with an emphasis on geological processes, Earth history, and human interaction with Earth. Students take multiple classes in geology, physics, chemistry, and astronomy. This training allows students to become competent science teachers and gives them a framework within which to pursue graduate studies if they so choose. The science curriculum is comprehensive enough to place students in teaching positions in both junior high and high school.

The professional education component will assist graduates to become outstanding professional educators as well as productive citizens in their communities. Course work that will prepare them to deal with the challenges facing public school students today, as well as the tools to enable lifelong learning as educational needs and models change. We support the science teaching standards as outlined by the National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences. Students take courses in multicultural education, adolescent development, and exceptionalities through the David O. McKay School of Education. They also take specialized courses in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences to model the pedagogy of teaching earth and space science, effectively dealing with laboratory safety, and managing the typical range of classroom problems teachers face when conducting labs, demonstrations, and field trips.

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Geology BS with Environmental Geology Emphasis

This program is currently not offered but may be added at a later date.  

This program prepares graduates for professional employment in industry or government or for advanced studies in geology, business, or law. The underlying core values and philosophies of this program are those espoused in the BYU Mission and AIMS.

The most significant co-curricular activities that support program goals include University Devotionals and Forums, service opportunities such as the Geology Club, travel to professional meetings, mentoring experience, and internships. Perhaps the most significant of these are mentoring experiences focused on research with faculty members and graduate students that are readily available to all undergraduate students. Exit interviews with our students also reveal that field trips and field experiences contribute greatly to their understanding of principals learned in classroom settings and help build enthusiasm for the science that will be passed along to others.

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Geology Minor

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Geology Teaching

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Geology MS

This program prepares graduates for professional employment in industry or government or for doctoral studies in geology or law. It is expected that thesis work will culimnate in new understanding of a problem of scientific significance and the results will be published in a reputable scientific journal. The underlying core values and philosophies of this program are those espoused in the BYU Mission and AIMS.

The most significant co-curricular activities that support program goals include University Devotionals and Forums, service opportunities such as the Geology Club, participation in professional meetings, and internships. Perhaps the most significant of these are research experiences with faculty members, other graduate students, and mentoring of undergraduate students. Exit interviews with our students also reveal that field trips and field experiences contribute greatly to their understanding of principals learned in classroom settings and help build enthusiasm for the science that will be passed along to others.

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