Boise State University - Department of Geosciences

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We are a vibrant community of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a variety of educational goals in the geosciences. Our students go on to successful futures in industry, consulting, government and graduate school. Our undergraduate program options include degrees in B.S. in Geology, B.S. in Geophysics, B.S. in Earth Science Education, Secondary Education, and a Minor in Geospatial Information Analysis. We offer four graduate degrees including a Master of Science (M.S.) in Geology, Master of Science (M.S.) in Geophysics, Master of Science (M.S.) in Earth Science, Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Geophysics.

The curriculum leading to the B.S. degree in Geosciences is designed for students who plan a career in geology or hydrology or who plan to attend graduate school. The curriculum leading to the B.S. degree in Earth Science education is designed to prepare students to teach earth science in secondary schools and to meet the teacher certification requirements of the State of Idaho. The curriculum leading to the B.S. degree in Geophysics prepares students for a broad variety of careers in quantitative geoscience or for graduate school in many scientific and engineering disciplines. A geophysics major receives a thorough preparation in geophysics, an introductory background in chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, and physics, and more focused study in one of five elective areas: applied mathematics, geology, geotechnical engineering, hydrogeology, or physics. In addition to the courses formally offered in all degree programs, students are encouraged to earn credit for independent study, internship, undergraduate or graduate thesis, and for participation in departmental research projects. Nondegree course offerings in geography meet the 15 credit requirement under the 30-15-15 Social Studies, Secondary Education Emphasis Degree Programs offered in the departments of Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Source: Department Website June 2010

Additional Info

  • Department Name: Department of Geosciences
  • Disciplines and Research Areas: Geology, Geochemistry, Geomorphology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Structure and Tectonics, Petrology, Seismology, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
  • Degrees: BS, MS, PhD
  • State: Idaho
  • City: Boise
  • Phone: (208) 426-1631