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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

COVID 19 Building Guidelines and Testing

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Spring Semester Return to Campus COVID Testing

The university is requiring residence hall students as well as faculty and staff who plan to work on campus spring semester to be tested for COVID after winter break. The COVID Testing Center will close December 22 and reopen January 4 for spring semester testing. General testing requirements are outlined below:

Residence hall students, faculty and staff, and Rec Center patrons who are on campus between December 24 and January 3 and planning to return to campus on January 4 or 5 should be tested on either day and again on January 12 or 13.

Residence hall students, faculty and staff, and Rec Center patrons who return to campus on or after January 6 need only test once within 72 hours of their return to campus.

  • Asymptomatic individuals who are awaiting test results may go about their normal campus activities while observing public health protocols.

  • Residential students traveling out of the area for break are strongly encouraged to get a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to commencing travel back to Boise. PCR test results from a non-university provider should be emailed to Anyone who tests positive prior to traveling should delay travel plans until their isolation period is complete.

  • Individuals who have had a positive PCR test within the last 90 days will not need to be re-tested.

  • All other students may elect to be tested, but are not required to test unless they develop COVID symptoms.

  • There are no copays associated with testing at the Boise State COVID Testing Center for any member of the campus community.

For additional information and to register for a testing appointment, please visit the COVID testing center page.

COVID Testing Center
2100 W University Dr
Boise, ID 83706
Campus School, Room 109

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. by appointment only.

Results emailed 1-3 days from

University Public Health COVID Testing Center

Operating days and hours are subject to change. The COVID Testing Center is not open on days of university closure.

If you are feeling unwell and unable to go about your normal campus activities, do not report to the testing center. Contact University Health Services or your primary healthcare provider for guidance. If you are experiencing emergency symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility.

To report COVID symptoms, exposures, or a positive case, contact the university Public Health office at (208) 426-2968 or and a team member will discuss next steps with you.


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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.

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