The location of the University of Idaho makes it an optimal choice for the study of geological sciences. The Western states offer a rich and diverse terrain and climate, with access to both the environment of this region and the nearby Rocky Mountains. This diversity gives you plenty of opportunities to explore and study the geological processes of the Earth, the effect of erosion and deposition, and the formation of rocks and minerals and their uses.
The Department of Geological Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Geology that will prepare you to teach geology or to work as a geologist, an environmental scientist, a park ranger, a soil engineer or more, or to pursue an advanced degree in the earth sciences.
Since the University of Idaho offers nearly 60 undergraduate geology courses, you’ll have the flexibility to customize your own course work to fit your specific geoscience interests. You have the option of choosing emphasis areas in:
- General geology
- Environmental geology
- Resource exploration
- Structural geology and tectonics
- Earth science education
Through traditional course work, labs and field trips, you’ll discover techniques and technologies for analyzing the composition of the Earth, minerals, rocks and water. You’ll also be exposed to methods for locating, preserving and protecting our natural resources such as groundwater, metals and petroleum. Additionally, group projects and research assistant opportunities will allow you to gain real-world experience.