The ISU Department of Geology is an active community of scholars consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, support and research staff, and professors. Objectives of the department are to train students for professional positions or further study in all aspects of the geosciences. Most courses include field trips and hands-on experience. The ISU Geology summer field camp in Copper Basin, central Idaho, is nationally recognized and attended by students from universities nationwide. Numerous evening classes are offered for the general public.
The ISU Geology Department offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Degrees, a Master's Degree in Geology and a Master of Natural Science Degree for teachers who desire more training in up-to-date science methods. Cooperative agreements with the Geology Departments at Boise State University and the University of Idaho facilitate transfer of undergraduate credits and degrees between the three schools. ISU has a cooperative Master's Degree programs in Geology and Applied Geophysics with Boise State University, and in Hydrogeology with the University of Idaho.