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Message from the Dean

Dean Scott Snyder

Welcome to Idaho State University’s College of Science and Engineering - the Gem State’s only all-encompassing STEM college. 

In a STEM career, you are at the forefront of solving the world’s most pressing challenges, and the number of STEM jobs is projected to grow by just over 10 percent by 2030. Not only are STEM fields rewarding, they are also well-compensated with a median annual salary of more than $95,000. 

As a College, we pride ourselves on encouraging all students to engage in research starting as undergraduates. As a result, Bengals are leading the way in developing polymers that detect metals in wastewater, engineering robotic arms that can be mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles, uncovering treatments for deadly parasites, and much more.

Our facilities are second to none, and we are one of only 25 universities across the country that is home to an on-campus nuclear reactor. 

Meanwhile, geology students wrap up their studies by spending five weeks at our nationally-renowned Lost River Field Station near Mackay, Idaho, and our civil and environmental engineering students help to develop training for first responders at our Disaster Response Complex. 

In addition to getting a world-class education, our students have the opportunity to explore the world outside of class. Pocatello is also located in the middle of an outdoor-lover’s paradise! Just minutes away are world-class hiking and biking trails, rock climbing in town at Ross Park, and a short jaunt down I-15 is Pebble Creek Ski Area. In addition, day trips to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole and Idaho’s Central Mountains are always possible. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! Our faculty and staff are happy to answer your questions about life at Idaho State University. We can be reached at (208) 282-3099 or You can also follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.  

I look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Scott D. Snyder, Dean

Idaho State University College of Science and Engineering

Biology students looking at a skull

Our Mission

The College of Science and Engineering provides students with a comprehensive education to prepare for careers in mathematics, science, engineering, and related fields such as education and the health professions. This is accomplished not only through classroom training but especially through laboratory-, project-, and field-based instruction. Scholarly research is integral to our mission as a means of teaching students to be original and critical thinkers, as well as improving our world through discovery and invention.

Degree Programs for Students

The College includes seven Departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Computer Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics & Nuclear Engineering & Electrical and Computer Engineering. Each department offers a range of degrees pertinent to its discipline, including the undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees as well as the graduate Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctorate (D.A., Ph.D) degrees. The individual strengths of these departments and degrees coalesce to create a college that leads in innovation, growth and, most importantly, student success.

Research and Development

The College of Science and Engineering is proud of its research legacy. From genetics to planetary exploration, from material science to nuclear reactors, faculty-led research teams are making new discoveries that improve our lifestyles and strengthen our economy. Our research takes place in dozens of laboratories, uses powerful computing resources, and spreads across an unparalleled field setting in the northern Rocky Mountains. We attract more than $8M annually in research funding and frequently partner with business and industry to help solve problems of local and regional concern. Graduate students are a vital part of our research endeavors and hundreds of undergraduate students also take the opportunity to start their research careers.