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Geosciences Department

The Geosciences Program at Southern Utah University encompasses programs in Geology, Geography, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within existing and upcoming degrees in Geology, Geospatial Science, and Environmental Science, and a certificate in GIS. All Geosciences majors engage in field and lab-based learning and participate in active research that takes advantage of campus resources and Cedar City’s unrivaled access to the landscapes, geology, and cultures of southern Utah.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

The environmental science degree program focuses on providing students a strong foundation in the physical sciences (e.g., geology, chemistry, biology), while exposing them to knowledge and skills from the social sciences (e.g., economics, business, sociology).


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Environmental Studies

The environmental studies degree program focuses on the human and social aspects of environmental issues, while also providing students a strong foundation in the physical sciences. 


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Geospatial Science

Our GIS courses and laboratory serve many departments, degrees, and affiliated entities across the SUU campus and surrounding communities. The GIS courses and laboratory teach spatial technologies through hands-on experience. 


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The bachelors degree in Geology program at SUU is well known for its location in one of the most geologically spectacular settings in the country. The program stresses field-based experiences and undergraduate research opportunities while students earn their geology degree in this stunning setting. Students may choose between a BS in Geology or a BA in Geosciences.

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