KAYSVILLE — The Utah State University Kaysville campus is nestled in a setting that blends nature with learning.
The campus is on the grounds of the USU Botanical Center near Barton Ponds, visible from I-15.
For hundreds of students, it provides a learning lifeline: to the USU main campus in Logan, for online learning, and also for some hands-on classes originating at the small campus.
“We have programs delivered one of three ways,” said Gayle Mahler, Assistant Director of USU-Kaysville. “Most of the plant science and horticulture classes have most of the instructors come here from Logan to teach.”
The same holds true for master’s courses in the School of Education’s Counseling and Psychology.
Other ways are via interactive video broadcasts, which connect students not only in Kaysville with the Logan campus, but from about a dozen other sites across the state, she said.
Other courses are available online. For example, a Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education degree is taught entirely online.
“We’ve been in this building for three years,” Mahler said. “This is a wonderful place to have an office and to have classes. Before moving here we were in the basement of a residence hall at Weber State. We rented classrooms in three different counties.”
The new campus brings together between 350 and 500 students. Enrollment for the summer session will begin May 5. Courses are offered in a 14-week block or two seven-week sections, she said.
“One thing USU is looking at is, how can we be more responsive to people who can’t fit their schedule into the traditional college semester,” Mahler said.
In Kaysville, most of the courses are offered in the evenings, although a few are taught during the day.
Some students mix their learning experience with online and long-distance learning, she said.
Counselors are available to assist undergraduate and graduate students. There is also an adviser on Hill AFB Tuesday afternoons, 1:30-4 p.m.
“It’s really nice being in Davis County,” she said. “A lot of people here went to USU, they have a lot of respect for the university.”
Mahler emphasized that USU is not trying to compete directly with other schools. For example, undergraduate programs in electrical and computer engineering are offered by WSU while master’s are available from USU.
For more information, call 801-499-5120 or visit kaysville.usu.edu.