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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

How scientists are trying to help save people from avalanches and manage the effects of climate change from space
Brittany Brand selected for Green Communities Leadership institute
Check out these papers that were published by our Geoscience Graduate Students!
William Rudisill, Boise State University is featured on ASR (Atmospheric System Research) NEWS
Canal, dam and river: A day in the life of hydrologist Kendra Kaiser
Will Rudisill awarded a DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research fellowship in the Atmospheric Science Research Program

Upcoming Seminars

Lyman Persico Seminar

Melisa Diaz Seminar

Katie Murenbeeld Dissertation Final

Allyson Randall Thesis Proposal

Aaron Marshall Dissertation Final

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