Department of Geological Sciences
The University of Idaho offers a dynamic, 21st century Earth science program to meet the needs of students seeking a career in industry or academics. Study how the Earth and our solar system changes and evolves and produce results that change the world! Whether you are interested in studying mid-ocean ridge dynamics at the bottom of the Atlantic, rain and snow chemistry at the top of the Rockies, ice sheet physics at the edges of Greenland, or weathering on the surface of Mars, our department offers abundant opportunities for students to engage with faculty in research nearby, around and into Earth, and to the edges of our solar system. Our faculty and students integrate quantitative field data collection with cutting-edge laboratory analysis and computer modeling to unravel the Earth's past and understand its future.
An undergraduate experience like no other.
Learn by doing: Engage in active research while you learn how our planet works and how to think critically about the Earth system.
Train for a career in geological and environmental consulting, land use and planning, resource and energy exploration and production, natural hazard mitigation and other professions.