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The unique location of BYU-Idaho offers an exceptional opportunity to study geology in the midst of some of the finest geologic settings in the world, with examples of essentially all major geology settings in close proximity. We are the closest major academic institution to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Local and regional field trips to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Snake River Plain volcanic and hydrologic features, Hebgen Lake and Borah Peak earthquake localities, the Grand Canyon, and many other locations throughout the western United States provide for more effective learning, enhance student understanding of geologic processes, and better prepare students for graduate school and their future professions.
The Department of Geology supports the mission of Brigham Young University - Idaho. The specific mission of the Geology Department is to endow students with the abilities to:
1. Understand geology.
2. Demonstrate competence in scientific inquiry, writing, and oral presentation.
3. Be employable in geology-related fields, or able to further their education in graduate programs.
4. Demonstrate competence in relevant field methods, computer applications, and laboratory methods.
5. Critically discuss issues related to geology that impact society and planet Earth.
6. Critically discuss the relationship between science and religion.