Feb 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Environmental Geology: AS

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Associate of Science | 63 credits minimum

Division of Natural Science
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, SI 345
General Information, (801) 957-4073
Program Information, (801) 957-4150

Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor, SI 209, (801) 957-4858

Associate Professors: Frank Komatar
Instructor: Robert Dastrup, Lauren Parker

Program Description: This program provides a broad base of technical skills for information gathering and analysis as well as strong emphasis in physical geography and geology and an understanding of regional and global cultural aspects of the world. It provides a global awareness, creates a background for job opportunities and applications.

This program meets the needs of vocationally-oriented students with a two-year degree goal and also provides a solid foundation for a four-year degree program.

The program provides students with elective options so that they may take courses that apply to major requirements at the four-year institutions to which they intend to transfer. In selecting applicable electives, students should see the transfer recommendations as well as consult an SLCC academic advisor and the department at the four-year institution to which they intend to transfer. Acceptance into the major program is determined by the receiving institution.

Transfer/Articulation: Requirements at four-year institutions are subject to change; on-going planning is essential. Completing the following requirements prepares students to apply for transfer to a majors program in Geology or Environmental Earth Science at a four-year institution.

Option I is designed for students transferring to the University of Utah, Utah State University, Southern Utah University or Utah Valley University

Option II is designed for students transferring to Weber State University

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Courses listed below may be taken at SLCC according to the program and institution to which students intend to transfer. Students are advised to contact the program advisor at SLCC and at their transfer school.

CHEM 1220 /CHEM 1225 , MATH 1220 , PHYS 2220 /PHYS 2225 .

CHEM 1220 /CHEM 1225 , MATH 1220 , PHYS 2220 /PHYS 2225  and CS 1400

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY - Applied Environmental Geoscience
BIOL 1030 /BIOL 1035 , CHEM 1220 /CHEM 1225 , ENGL 2100 , MATH 1040  and PHYS 2020 /PHYS 2025  or PHYS 2220 /PHYS 2225  

CHEM 1220 /CHEM 1225 , PHYS 2020 /PHYS 2025  or PHYS 2220 /PHYS 2225  

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY - Geology, Professional
CHEM 1220 /CHEM 1225 , MATH 1220  and PHYS 2220 /PHYS 2225  

CHEM 1220 /CHEM 1225 , MATH 1220 , MATH 2040  and PHYS 2220  

Estimated Time to Completion: If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy
8 - Develop the attitudes and skills for lifelong wellness
1. Students will demonstrate the ability to…
  • describe the scientific principles that govern certain geologic processes.
  • distinguish between which resources are renewable and which are not.
  • apply definitions of terms unique and/or relevant to geology.
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to…
  • use scientific principles to predict primary and secondary outcomes of certain geologic processes (e.g. volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, etc.)
  • use scientific knowledge and reasoning to predict possible scenarios how an ever increasing population can cope with a finite and/or decreasing amount of resources.
  • predict potentially negative secondary effects of human activities (dam building, well water pumping, land use, etc.)
  • determine alternative actions to compensate for the extinction of non-renewable resources.
  • apply scientific knowledge to predict potentially negative secondary effects of natural earth processes.
  • use scientific knowledge to predict the threats of an everincreasing population present to the environment.
  • analyze how solutions to geologic problems may involve compromise between parties that have differing sets of values.
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to…
  • compute doubling times and predict future populations at specified times when given various population growth rates.
  • extract various types of information from graphs, charts, and topographic maps.
  • apply flow charts and identification tables to identify various earth materials (e.g. rocks and minerals).
  • use appropriate instruments to make relevant measurements of geologic parameters including but not limited to linear distances, angles, density, strike and dip, bearings, and mineral hardness.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course (3-4 Credits) from the Following

American Institutions (AI) Choose One Course (3 Credits) from the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Life Sciences (LS)  3-4
Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Interdisciplinary (ID)  3
Social Science (SS)  3

Note: Physical Science (PS)  general education component is satisfied through pre-major coursework.

Required Courses: (Select Option I or II)

Advising Notes:

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite courses. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated course may be taken. Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the full program. The semesters in which courses are taught are listed below. Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment.

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