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Welcome to the Department of Geosciences!

We hope that you take the time to browse our web site and see the dynamic and exciting work being done by our faculty, staff, and students. The Department of Geosciences is a community of over 20 faculty and research staff who engage with over 150 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students, and is home to two doctoral programs, four masters programs, and three undergraduate degree programs.  The Department’s goal is to integrate our global laboratory into our curriculum and to engage our students in a rich and productive educational experience.  Undergraduate engagement in research is more the rule than the exception!

Our research seeks not only to advance understanding of the surface, near surface, and deep Earth environments, but also to produce science that addresses societally relevant problems such as climate change, human-environment interactions, alternative energy sources, and basic materials. Our students learn to approach research problems with creativity and critical thinking.  We especially welcome prospective students who may be interested in joining our community, and we urge you to contact directly those faculty whose work is of most interest to you, as well as visit pages where you’ll find more information about Undergraduate Degrees and Graduate Degrees.

News & Announcements

  • Boise State geoscientists working in the shadow of Villarrica Boise State Geosciences faculty – Jeffrey Johnson and Brittany Brand – are doing research and leading a class (supported by Johnson’s NSF CAREER grant) around and on Volcan Villarrica in Chile.  Jeff, who is in Pucón, Chile on a Fulbright fellowship, had placed infrasound sensors around the volcano that recorded the sound of the eruption.  ...
  • Geophysics doctoral student publishes in GRL Congratulations to Scott Havens for a recent publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.  His article – “Calculating the Velocity of a Fast Moving Snow Avalanche Using an Infrasound Array” – is one of only a few snow avalanche studies published by GRL.  His co-authors on the paper are Boise State faculty HP Marshall (Scott’s ...

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