Academic Programs

The Department of Geosciences offers a suite of STEM-centered programs for students who want to develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, technical communication, and data analysis techniques by studying Earth’s processes and properties.  Graduates of each program can take new knowledge bases and skill sets to professional careers in natural resources or environmental sciences, advanced studies in graduate school, or any future where scientific thinking is used.

Our students not only learn current concepts and practices in Earth Science, but have opportunities to generate new knowledge by working alongside accomplished faculty researchers. Research experiences, internships, and experiential learning are integral components of the learning experiences that we offer.

Degrees, minors, and certificates can be earned through programs in Geology, Hydrologic and Climate, Geophysics, Geoscience Education, and Geography and Geographic Information Systems.

Geology

Geology

Hydrologic and Climate

Hydrologic and Climate

Geophysics

Geophysics

Geoscience Education

Geoscience Education

Geography and GIS

Geography and GIS

How to Apply

How to Apply

Degrees, Minors, and Certificates

Undergraduate Major and MinorsProgram Outcome
B.S. in GeosciencesPrepare students for a broad variety of careers in quantitative geoscience or for graduate school in many scientific and engineering disciplines. The four degree track options are geology, geophysics, hydrology, and secondary education.
Minor in Climate StudiesHelp students understand past, present, current, and future changes in climate and the effects of climate change on Earth's atmospheric, hydrologic and ecologic systems.
Minor in GeologyAcquire advanced knowledge of geology and earth system science in addition to their major area of study area
Minor in GeophysicsAcquire advanced knowledge of geophysics and earth system science in addition to their major area of study area
Minor in HydrologyAcquire advanced knowledge of hydrology and earth system science in addition to their major area of study area
Minor in Geospatial Information AnalysisEquip students to apply geospatial technologies towards solving problems with spatial elements.
Graduate DegreesProgram CoordinatorDegree Requirements and Learning OutcomesProgram Learning Outcomes
Master of Science (M.S.) in GeoscienceDr. Brittany Brand
brittanybrand@boisestate.edu
(208) 426-4154
Master of Science in Geoscience Requirements
Master of Science (M.S.) in GeophysicsDr. Dylan Mikesell
dylanmikesell@boisestate.edu
(208) 426-1404
Master of Science in Geophysics Requirements
Master of Science (M.S.) in Hydrologic SciencesDr. Alejandro Flores
lejoflores@boisestate.edu
(208) 426-2903
Master of Science in Hydrologic Sciences Requirements
Master of Earth Science (M.E.Sci.)Dr. James McNamara
jmcnamar@boisestate.edu
(208) 426-1354
Master of Earth Science Requirements
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in GeosciencesDr. Brittany Brand or Dr. Alejandro FloresDoctorate in Geosciences Requirements
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in GeophysicsDr. Dylan Mikesell
dylanmikesell@boisestate.edu
(208) 426-1404
Doctorate in Geophysics Requirements
ProgramCoordinator
Geographic Information Systems Graduate CertificateEd DeYoung
Earth Science Teaching Endorsement MinorKaren Viskupic
Geography Teaching EndorsementKaren Viskupic
Natural Science Teaching EndorsementKaren Viskupic
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