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Department of Geosciences

Discovering and disseminating knowledge of

Earth’s processes and properties

Welcome to this information source for the Boise State Department of Geosciences. I encourage you explore these pages to learn about our discipline and our community of scholars …(read more).

-Jim McNamara, Professor and Chair

Our Discipline

We study the geology, geophysics, and surface dynamics of Earth using a platform of analytical facilities, computational resources, experimental sites, and measurement systems.

Geology: The physical and chemical properties of rocks that make up the solid earth and the processes responsible for their origin and evolution.

Geophysics: The integration of geology, mathematics, and physics to understand the Earth’s properties.

Surface Dynamics: The hydrological, geomorphological, and ecological processes responsible for shaping Earth’s surface and maintaining Earth’s ecosystems.

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