NOTICE - Due to COVID-19 concerns, many Western Michigan University department offices will be open limited hours and days during the summer sessions. 

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences is open virtually, Monday to Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.

Departmental offices are open for in-person appointments Monday to Thursday from 9 am - 4 pm on the following schedule during Summer I (5/10 - 6/30). Please call to schedule an appointment.

  • Mondays - Kathy Wright (Geological and Environmental Sciences), Rood Hall 1183, 269-387-5486
  • Tuesdays - Liz Roe (Statistics), Everett Tower 3303, 269-387-1421
  • Wednesdays - Lori Krum (Physics), Everett Tower 1122, 269-387-4941
  • Thursdays - Sue Simons (Mathematics), Everett Tower 3318, 269-387-4513

The physical address of Rood Hall is 2235 Wilbur Ave. In case of an emergency please dial 911.


  • Congratulations to our seven doctoral students, three masters students, and 19 undergraduates who have graduated over the past academic year! We wish you the best in your careers and personal lives, and welcome you to our ranks of alumni. Go Broncos!  
  • Congratulations to PhD student Mohammed Hashim and MS student Austen York, winners of the 2021 All-University Graduate Research and Creative Activities Award. They are among only 10 winners of WMU's highest recognition of graduate student research. 
  • Congratulations to doctoral student Mohammed Hashim for receiving a highly competitive Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship. Mohammed has been awarded $30,000 to fund his research using drill cores from the Great Bahama Bank to investigate post-depositional processes that convert carbonate sediments into limestone. He is one of only seven students to receive this prestigious national award. 
  • The department has suspended the GRE requirement for admission to our MS and PhD programs for students applying for entry between Spring 2021 and Fall 2022. For more information, please see information about our Graduate Programs or contact Dr. Peter Voice, Director of Graduate Studies. 
  • Our department is excited to announce a new major in Environmental Geology open to students as of Fall 2020. For more information please see the program description or contact the departmental undergraduate advisor, Dr. Michelle Kominz.


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