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Department of Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University creates and disseminates knowledge about Earth’s processes and properties for students, scientists, and the public to help create a scientifically informed community. We provide high quality educational opportunities for students seeking PhD, MS, and BS degrees in core strength areas within Geosciences, and bring earth science principles to the foundational education mission of the university. In all programs, we enable students to discover and develop relevant knowledge and skillsets so that they can achieve their professional goals and pursue solutions to resource and environmental challenges facing the state, nation, and world. We welcome motivated individuals who are passionate about science, value diversity and tolerance, and believe in wise stewardship of our planet through critical thinking and dialogue.

  • Faculty Award winners
    Outstanding Graduates, Past and Future

  • Student and NASA Robot Grover in Greenland
    Research at the Ends of the Earth

  • Snow scientists in the Alps
    Snow Science Study in Alps, Austria

  • Students and faculty with locals in Benin
    Geoscientists Without Borders: Boise State & Benin

  • NASA Robot Grover
    NASA Grover Addresses Greenland’s Massive Ice Sheet Questions

  • Students at graduation
    MS Hydrologic Sciences Graduates (Spring 2012)

  • Researchers at mountain watershed
    Research at Dry Creek Experimental Watershed

  • Environmental Research Building
    Environmental Research Building: Department’s New facilities

  • Students in the field
    The World is Our Laboratory

  • Geophysical Methods in Benin
    Benin: Geophysical Methods to Resolve Groundwater Problems

  • Students participating in experiment

  • Students at field camp

A Message from the Chair 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 from the department chair).Jim McNamara, Professor and Chair


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


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.

Geoscience Field Camp 2018