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Our undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to address research problems around the world as well as on other planets. Our externally funded research programs involve collaborations with local and international researchers.

Research Areas

The Department of Geological Sciences has research strengths in several areas, including the following:

  • Geodynamics & Structural Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Planetary Geology
  • Hydrogeologic Modeling and Site Characterization
  • Computational Hydrology and Geothermal Systems
  • Stratigraphy, Paleogeography and Paleoclimatology
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Optical Mineralogy, Mineral Dusts and Human Health
  • Geomorphology and Landscape Evolution
  • Tectonic Sedimentology and Basin Analysis


The Department of Geological Science offers laboratories, GPS equipment, rock cutting and crushing machinery, and an Electron Microscopy.

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A list research grants currently held by faculty members in the department.

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A list of research papers recently published by faculty in the department.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Physical Address:
McClure Hall 203

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3022
Moscow, ID 83844-3022

Phone: (208) 885-6192


Web: Geological Sciences