2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

College of Science

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Office: 220 James Talmage Building
Mailing Address: 1430 East Presidents Circle, Rm. 220 Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0140
Phone: 801-581-6958
Fax: 801-585-3169
Website: www.science.utah.edu

Dean: Henry S. White, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: Janis Louie, Ph.D.


School of Biological Sciences 
Physics & Astronomy  

Centers & Institutes

Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
Center for the Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions
Center for Biophysical Modeling and Simulation
Center for Cell and Genome Science
Center for Science and Mathematics Education
The Institute for Combustion and Energy Sciences


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Statistics (M.Stat.)
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The College of Science pursues a variety of related educational activities. It provides systematic programs for those who wish to follow careers as professional scientists. It presents courses of instruction for students not specializing in science but who plan careers that require a science background. The college provides general instruction for those studying science as part of a broad and rounded education. Those who major in departments of the college are encouraged to develop breadth in science disciplines but also in areas outside the sciences.


Computational Science and Engineering Program

Please see the Computational Science and Engineering M.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Our mission is to expose future scientists and engineers to the simulation scientific method of problem identification, modeling, simulation and evaluation. Exposure will be gained through a combination of graduate course work, which spans the simulation science pipeline and individual student involvement in computational engineering and science research efforts.

Website: www.ces.utah.edu

Genome Science

Please see the Genome Science Certificate listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

The goal of the Genome Sciences (GS) Program is to train the next generation of investigators to integrate genomics with biological and clinical research. Genome sciences merges functional genomics and translational biology to investigate biological systems at all levels of complexity. The GS Program combines faculty from multiple departments to provide important opportunities for applied research and learning at the interface of computation and biology. Any student or postdoctoral fellow can participate in the GS Program and, if the curriculum is successfully completed, can obtain a certificate in Genome Sciences.

Website: healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/research/training-opportunities/genome-sciences

Undergraduate Program

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the college are the same as those for the University. After admission and orientation, each student needs to declare a major as soon as possible by visiting a departmental advisor. The departmental undergraduate advisors help students plan both academic course work and careers.

The level at which entering students begin course work is determined by their past academic records and standardized test results. Mathematics is used in all scientific disciplines, and students intending to major within the college should study as much mathematics in high school as feasible. All departments in the college require calculus as part of their program. Students majoring within the college may not count remedial courses offered through Academic Outreach and Continuing Education, or through the Mathematics Department, toward the mathematics requirements of their major department.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for a B.S. or B.A. degree in a major in the College of Science must satisfy the graduation requirements of the University and complete at least 122 semester credit hours of approved course work including:

  1. The University’s general education, American institutions, statistical reasoning, and writing, and international requirements.
  2. At least 40 semester credit hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.
  3. Major requirements specified by one of the departments of the College of Science, typically consisting of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in the major department and a minimum of 14 hours in allied fields.

The candidate must have a GPA of not less than 2.0 in all University graded course work. Candidates for the B.A. degree must have fourth-semester proficiency in a foreign language. The mathematics courses taken by students in the college as part of their major programs can normally be used to satisfy the mathematics requirement for the B.S. degree.

Each of the four departments has an advisor for undergraduate students. Students should visit their departmental undergraduate advisor to formally declare their majors and then at least yearly for academic and career planning.


The dean’s office administers several scholarships to students with majors in the departments of the College of Science. Additionally, the four departments of the College administer departmental scholarships. Students are encouraged to inquire about scholarship opportunities at the dean’s office, the departmental office for their major, and the University of Utah Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (See website at www.sa.utah.edu/finance/FA/contactUs.htm).

Preparation for Professional Schools

The College of Science offers many courses commonly required for admission to professional schools. Undergraduate students planning to enter professional studies are advised to complete science courses required by the relevant professional school. See School of Medicine, College of Engineering, and College of Law elsewhere in this section of the catalog.

Graduate Program

To create, develop, apply, and disseminate new science; to educate the next generation of scientists; to provide a strong education in science for students of other disciplines and future teachers; to promote public understanding of science, and to become one of the finest integrated science programs in the western United States.

Professional Master’s Program in Science and Technology (MST)

The Professional Master of Science and Technology (MST) program is designed to develop future leaders and decision-makers in science and technology by providing an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary educational experience. For further information, please see www.utah.edu/pmst/

M.S. Degree Program for Secondary School Teachers of Science or Mathematics (MSSST)

The College of Science offers a special M.S. option for secondary school teachers of science or mathematics. The program is for career teachers with a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of teaching experience. It allows a science or mathematics teacher to acquire an M.S. degree in a science and/or mathematics discipline specifically designed for teaching at the secondary school level. A special feature of the option is that a teacher may qualify for admission even with prior formal training limited to elementary college courses in science. Under the guidance of a college committee, the candidate’s knowledge of science or mathematics is advanced as far as practicable within the limits of a 30 to 33 semester credit-hour program. Part of the work may include special seminar courses relating the subject matter studied to classroom teaching. A master’s project with written report or thesis is required for the degree. Inquiries regarding the program should be directed to the Office of the Dean, College of Science.

Program and Course Offerings



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