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Undergraduate Degrees in Geosciences

The ISU Department of Geosciences is an active community of scholars consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, support and research staff, and professors.

The goals are to train students for professional positions or further study in all aspects of the geosciences. Most courses include field trips, labs and hands-on experience.

The ISU Geology summer field camp based at the Lost River Field Station north of Mackay, Idaho, is nationally recognized and attended by students from universities nationwide.

Our Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Graduates can apply scientific problem solving skills, including the collection, evaluation, analysis and interpretation of data from field, laboratory or numerical sources.
  • Graduates can communicate scientific topics accurately and intelligibly to professional and informal audiences using written, verbal or visual means.
  • Graduates can work as both self-directed, responsible individuals and as ethical collaborators within diverse teams.
  • Graduates are not only familiar with the materials and processes that define and shape the surface and interior of the Earth but also understand their temporal, regional, and societal context.
  • Graduates can plan and conduct a successful geoscience field investigation.
  • Graduates are comfortable and proficient with current geospatial technology and tools. 
Geology undergraduate advisor Kendra Murray.
Earth & Environmental Systems undergraduate advisor Glenn Thackray.
Geotechnology program coordinator Carrie Bottenberg