Utah Tech University

Earth and Environmental Sciences

The department hosts the Earth, Energy, Geological, and Environmental Sciences Bachelor’s and Associate’s programs, with emphases available in Geosciences and Environmental Sciences. Certificates are also offered in Sustainability and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Technology.


The Earth and Environmental Sciences Department provides amazing opportunities in environmental science, geology, and geography. We aim to give students the practical tools to meet today’s environmental challenges that include climate change, resource scarcity, waste management, energy use, and loss of biodiversity. We provide opportunities such as

· Learning about climate, landforms, soils, water, plants, and animals

· Applying sound geological and ecological principles to environmental challenges

· Surveying the earth, atmosphere, and related phenomena

· Conducting field research in the unique landscapes of southwest Utah

· Studying and comparing different places, countries, and regions of the world

Coursework and research in the department are focused on a practical and scientific understanding of the natural world around us. Students learn how to apply the scientific method to some of the most severe problems facing our planet.

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Research and Internship Opportunities

Research is one of the most impactful methods for students to learn theory and practices of the earth and environmental sciences, and to apply knowledge to solving complex problems. Our faculty engage all students in the Earth and Environmental Sciences programs in research projects, or connect students with local groups and organizations for internship and research experiences. Students have opportunities to share their research with the professional and academic worlds through conferences such as the annual UT Research Symposium and occasionally at national and international.


Active and Applied Learning

In addition to lectures, the programs within our department provide over 300 hours of laboratory experience, with opportunities for hands-on use of modern and advanced instrumentation used across the industry. The department also offers a number of field courses that spend several days in the field, including the regional National Parks and internationally in study abroad courses.

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Marius van der Merwe

Department Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Email: Marius.VanderMerwe@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7924

Office: SET 429

Kim Bowler

Advisor, College of Science, Engineering & Technology

Email: kim.bowler@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-879-4698

Office: SET 324

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Cassandra Stanfield

Administrative Assistant

Email: Cassandra.Stanfield@utahtech.edu

Phone: (435) 652-7851

Office: SET 421