Idaho State University

College of Science and Engineering



Box 8020

Stop 8059

Pocatello, ID 83209

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.;M.N.S;M.S. with environmental geosciences certificate

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Geoscience program at Idaho State University has approximately 35 graduate students. Most come from colleges and universities from across the country, with a few from Idaho and a few from overseas. Some students enroll immediately after completing their undergraduate degree while others worked for several years before returning to school. This variety of backgrounds increases the diversity and expertise of the department and adds an important dimension to our program. Graduate students typically complete their MS degree in 4-5 semesters. Coursework and RA or TA duties occupy their time during the first year, while thesis research is progressively more emphasized during the second year. As time permits, students pursue the numerous outdoor recreation opportunities which abound in the Pocatello region. After graduation, all students in recent years have obtained positions in the Geosciences, generally within 2-6 weeks of completing their degree. Many obtain employment with environmental consulting firms or government agencies responsible for environmental stewardship. A few students pursue careers with mining and petroleum companies, some find teaching positions, and about 15% of our students go on to Ph.D. programs. Graduate Degrees Offered For more in-depth and current information on any of the following degrees please see the most current graduate catalog. Master of Science in Geology Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and Applied Science Master of Science in Geology with Emphasis in Environmental Geoscience> Master of Science in Geographic Information Science - Geotechnology Program> Master of Natural Science for Earth Science Teachers> Post-Baccalaureate GeoTechnology Certificate>


Idaho State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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