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Department of Geosciences

We create and disseminate knowledge about Earth processes and properties

We believe that the creative integration of research with education will promote excellence in both

Exploring Earth and its Environments to create a scientifically informed community


Students can earn Degrees, Minors, and Certificates in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrology, Geoscience Education, and Geographic Information Systems. In all programs we enable students to discover and develop knowledge and skills they can use to achieve their professional goals and pursue solutions to resource and environmental challenges facing the state, nation, and world.


Students have excellent opportunities to engage with our scientists in research addressing fundamental Earth Science issues of international importance and local relevance. We generate new knowledge on the processes and properties of our planet and its connections to other sciences and society using observations, instrumentation and computations.


We are committed to the idea that a fundamental role of the university in society is to help create a scientifically informed community. Our faculty and students actively engage with the community to provide opportunities for people to learn more about the planet on which they live.

Department News

BSU Geosciences outreach highlighted in Boise Parks and Recreation's 2023 Out-of-School Annual Report!
Professor Matt Kohn's article published in "The Conversation"
Amy Johnson makes the Top 10 Scholars
And the Winner of the T-Shirt Design Contest with GeoClub is.....
360topia's Vision: Mitigating Fuego Volcano Risks Through 3D Innovation
Check out these photos from the Engineering and Science Festival, a successful Geosciences outreach event!!

Upcoming Seminars

Mallory Picl Thesis Proposal

Mike Wood Seminar

Jamie Turner Thesis Proposal

Nathaniel Ashmead Thesis Defense

Sabrina Akther Thesis Proposal

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