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

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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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Department News

Dr. Jen Pierce On PBS: Outdoor Idaho, State of Change
Glaciology and Science Communication interview with Ellyn Enderlin
Boise State Geosciences Alumni- Danny Tappa Quoted in The Idaho Press
Idaho National Laboratory accepting internship and graduate fellowship applications

Upcoming Seminars

Keehoon Kim - Geophysicist at Atmosphere, Earth, and Energy Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Alex Witsil-Thesis Defense

Kendra E. Murray, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Idaho State University

Jonathan Yelton- Thesis Defense

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