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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

Annual Idaho Water Quality Workshop February 1-2!
James McNamara lauded for research excellence
VIP Showcase, Thursday December 8th!
Keyword in Common Event -- EARTH!
Idaho EPSCoR Newsletter features student geo-admin Amy Johnson with article about Trevor Caughlin's Lab and VIP!
"Mars Mud Volcanism: Insights Provided by Orbital Remote Sensing Datasets" talk Friday, Dec. 2nd!

Upcoming Seminars

Sophia Borgias Seminar

Marina Suarez Seminar

Eric Jankowski Seminar

Elizabeth Padian Thesis Defense

Maggie Holahan Thesis Defense

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