The University of Utah's new emphasis on earth science has prompted the College of Mines and Mineral Industries to change its name to College of Mines and Earth Sciences.

The change more accurately reflects the college's current teaching and research makeup, university officials said.Gov. Norm Bangerter has signed legislation authorizing the name change, effective April 25.

Milton E. Wadsworth, dean of the college, said the college has 22 faculty in geology, geophysics and meteorology.