Idaho State University has granted over 160 M. S. Degrees in Geology since the inception of the program in 1965. Recent and ongoing research topics include: Igneous Petrology and Volcanology, Remote Sensing, Structural Geology, Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology (landscape evolution), Environmental Geology and Geochemistry, and Geophysics. There are grants and assistantships to provide funding while at Idaho State Univeristy.
Objectives of the department are to train students for professional positions or further study in all aspects of the geosciences. When finished with their degree, our students quickly find employment in government, private industry, or education.
Classroom and research opportunities in the Department of Geosciences are diverse. We are located in the northern Rocky Mountains, where the Basin and Range province meets the Snake River Plain with a multitude of geologic features nearby. The Cordilleran hingeline, Idaho-Wyoming thrust belt, accreted terranes of western Idaho, and the Idaho batholith are world-class examples of continental evolution. The Snake River Plain-Yellowstone province provides unequaled opportunity for studies in volcanology, stratigraphy, gravity modeling, and structural geology. Moreover, because of land use issues and an arid climate (300+ sunny days per year), projects in aquifer characterization, and wildfire-induced landscape change are numerous.