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This is a one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary degree from WMU's College of Arts and Sciences. Graduates will learn core themes in the areas of environmental studies, economics, science, policy, experiential learning, etc. Students will work on meaningful research alongside world class scientists. The business courses in the program come from Haworth College of Business, a well-known, AACSB-accredited business school. Everything about this degree is...different.
Quite simply, because place matters. The Great Lakes contain 20% of the world’s surface freshwater. It's one of our most critical natural resources and the fact so much of it touches Michigan is a big deal. Plus, northern Michigan has a many lakes, wetlands, streams, and rivers that help make WMU-Traverse City the perfect place to study freshwater.
The program is ideal for students graduating from a community college with an associate degree in Environmental or Freshwater Studies. However, students currently in business, science or humanities programs may be interested in pursuing this degree. The career paths are many, so this degree will be right for people with many varying interests.
A 2015 report on Michigan's freshwater past and future - Michigan Blue Economy - found that 1 in 5 Michigan jobs is now water-related.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the degree, there are a number of career paths that our graduates are ready for. From freshwater quality analysts and sustainability coordinators to environmental consultants and freshwater/aquatic biologists. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators start here, too.