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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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  • Free pre-break testing November 13 – November 23:
  • Required testing for returning to the building after Thanksgiving break (can enter the building while awaiting test results if asymptomatic):
    • Monday, November 30 – Wednesday December 2: testing available, must re-test during the second testing period Dec. 7th-9th
    • Monday, December 7 – Wednesday, December 9: testing available for individuals returning to campus Dec. 7th or after
    • Thursday, December 10 – Friday, December 18: Voluntary testing for winter break
    • While pre-testing is optional, all members of the campus community returning to campus for spring term will be required to test before returning to campus. Please watch the COVID Testing Center website for more information.

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.


Building leaders through...


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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Department News

A key to slowing climate change may lie in Idaho soils
Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute recognized as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador of Excellence
Jen Pierce received NSF Grant to study Dryland Ecosystems
Hang Chen was awarded the Apache Scholarship from SEG
Geophysics faculty Enderlin & Mikesell receive NSF award to study glacier surging
Lejo Flores to collaborate on large-scale atmospheric measurement project

Upcoming Seminars

Elizabeth Padian Thesis Proposal

William Rudisill Dissertaiton Proposal

Somaye Asghari Dissertation Proposal

Dina Abdelmoneim Thesis Proposal

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