December 17, 2021

Winter Break

Have a great winter break and a wonderful Holiday season with family and friends.  

Our office will be closed for the Holidays, 22 December to  2 January.

If you need assistance please leave an email to or call 801-626-7139 and leave us a detailed message with name, telephone number, and your W#.


Honors Classes

Do you learn better in small, discussion-based classes?

Degree and Program Information
If so, the Honors Program offers multiple classes in a range of formats, from Virtual to Face-to-Face, that might work with your learning style. Honors classes are usually capped at 15 or 16 students. They're about thinking outside the box, on numerous unusual topics that you won't find anywhere else on campus. Spring semester includes classes on The Meaning of Life, Food and Water for a Hungry World, Podcasting, Nuclear War, Children's Literature, and more. Many Honors classes count towards general education credit. The Honors Program is for intellectually curious, academically adventurous students-- it's about your attitude to learning more than it's about your GPA.

For a full list of spring semester Honors Program classes, visit our website.

We are also open Saturday, Jan. 8!

We are open Saturday, Jan. 8!
Tips for New Students | Campus-wide Events

We are proud to be open the Saturday before the semester begins to help students who may not be able to get to campus during the week have an opportunity to get all the things done that they need to get done at the beginning of school.

  • Saturday, Jan. 8
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Free parking!
Check back for a list of services and programs available that day.

Send us your your photos

Do you have any pictures you'd like featured in our "Photo of the Week"?  Send us any pictures you have of your outdoor activities, fieldtrips, research projects, or even your vacation in a National Park.  Thanks for sharing!!  (Tracy Hall in the rain.  Photo courtesy of Anna Cich).

End of Semester Information

Important End of Semester Information

As fall semester ends, we want to remind you of a few important dates:
  • Dec. 21: Grades due
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 2: Campus closed
  • Jan. 8: Saturday hours (Saturday hours before the spring semester).
  • Jan. 10: First day of spring semester
  • Jan. 13: Promoting Student Success Series featuring Tia Brown McNair


Applications are now available for the Hulet Round River Scholarship.  The scholarship provides support for a WSU student to participate in one of Round River Conservation Studies' summer or semester-long courses.  Participants earn 9 academic credits for summer programs and 15 academic credits for semester-long programs.

More information about Round River and courses available at:

Qualified applicants who are not awarded the Hulet Scholarship may still qualify for scholarship directly from Round River.

Applications are available from Megan Nelson  Questions about the program should be directed to John Mull in the Department of Zoology.

Application deadline is Friday, January 7th, by 5:00 p.m.

Connect with Us for Advising

As the Fall Semester comes to an end, we are available to help you make sure that you are on track to meet your goals next semester.  Please see us to help you come up with a course schedule.  If you haven't talked with your advisor yet this year, then email your advisor to get an appointment set up to make sure that you are on the right track for your future graduation.

We want to help save you time, effort & money -- come see us!

All New EES Majors: Dr. Marek Matyjasik
All Graduating Seniors (Fall 2021/Spring 2022): Dr. Marek Matyjasik
Geology: Dr. Adolph Yonkee (Geology co-advisor Dr. Liz Balgord is on sabbatical for the 2021 - 2022 year)
Applied Environmental Geosciences: Dr. Marek Matyjasik 
Earth Science Teaching: Dr. Dave Matty and Dr. Caitlin Tems
Geospatial Minor or Certificate: Dr. Michael Hernandez and Dr. Ryan Frazier
Environmental Science Program*: Dr. Carie Frantz and Dr. Chris Hoagstrom (Zoology)

*Note: The Environmental Science Program is multidisciplinary degree in the College of Science, and is not a degree within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

Mineral of the Week - Tourmaline

Tourmaline is actually not just one mineral, but a whole group of minerals that all share similar properties. Tourmaline comes in a range of bright colors and may show color zoning where the same individual crystal will have multiple zones of color. This mineral is prized as a gemstone. To learn more about this mineral, please click here


Photo of the Week:

The Ogden River as it flows past Rainbow Gardens.  Photo submitted by Sara Summers.

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Have a great weekend!

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences faculty & staff

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