Earn your BS in Freshwater Science and Sustainability
Make a difference with a different kind of degree.
Western Michigan University offers the new Freshwater Sciences & Sustainability bachelor's degree at our location in Traverse City. More than Science. More than Policy. This interdisciplinary degree helps you see the big picture so you can make a big difference.
Where place matters
The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world's surface freshwater. WMU-Traverse City is located at Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes Campus, situated on Grand Traverse Bay. It offers easy access to the Great Lakes and close proximity to Northern Michigan's diverse lakes, streams and wetlands. Traverse City is perfectly suited for studying freshwater science and sustainability.
Freshwater and Sustainability Program Overview
The program is interdisciplinary, integrative and intended to provide you with scientific knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and research freshwater ecosystems, including biology, chemistry, hydrology, limnology, resource management and flow processes
- Integrate scientific research with the environmental, social and economic issues of sustainable management
Meeting Your Needs
Our unique program offers online and in-person learning, which allows you to balance coursework with your job and other commitments.
Students are encouraged to take part in cutting-edge research projects and internships. These hands-on opportunities give you the experience that employers value. This degree also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in the science and sustainability leadership area.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the degree, a number of career paths are available for graduates: freshwater quality analysts, watershed managers, corporate social responsibility coordinators, environmental and resource managers, environmental advocates, aquatic biologists, limnologists and water treatment system operators, just to name a few.
A recognized leader
WMU brings to the table the resources of a leading Carnegie-classified national research institution, including internationally recognized faculty researchers and a broad array of cutting-edge laboratories and research centers devoted to the sciences.
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