Are you interested in the ecology, health implications, economics and politics of freshwater? Ready to be part of the next generation of water scientists and policymakers?
Then consider the possibilities of an interdisciplinary research-based program to prepare you for careers in research and industry, or a doctoral degree. Thesis track students work closely with faculty and scientists to conduct original research, develop new technologies, inform water policy, and advance our understandings of complex freshwater systems and issues.
Minimum degree requirement is 30 graduate credits.
Required core courses – 6 credits
—Aquatic Ecosystem Dynamics (FRSHWTR 502)
—Freshwater Analysis (FRSHWTR 504)
Pick one of the following – 3 credits
—Environmental Health of Freshwater Ecosystems (FRSHWTR 506)
—Aquatic Technologies (FRSHWTR 508)
—Economics, Policy and Management of Water (FRSHWTR 510)
Elective courses – 9-12 credits
—To be selected in consultation with the student’s major professor.
Seminars and Practica – 6 credits
—2 each Seminar in Freshwater Sciences (FRSHWTR 901)
—2 each Freshwater Sciences Practicum (FRSHWTR 512)
–up to 6 credits
View complete list of Freshwater Courses.
See all Freshwater Program requirements.
- At least one semester of any three of the following topical areas: chemistry, biological sciences, physics, and calculus.
- One additional semester of chemistry, biological sciences, or physics.
Students lacking prerequisites are often unable to complete courses in the recommended sequence and find it difficult to complete the required courses for graduation within the normal time frame of study.
Thesis students are typically funded through faculty research projects.
We strongly recommend you reach out to faculty members whose interests align with your own to discuss potential research and funding opportunities. The School of Freshwater Sciences also offers competitive assistantships and scholarships. For more information about other financial aid options, please visit UWM Financial Aid.
Join the Student Water Council, volunteer in the community, help at school events, and participate in conferences and symposiums to enhance your skills and experience and grow your academic and professional networks.
Graduates from the Thesis track work in research, with government agencies, private companies, nonprofits, and advance their education by entering PhD programs. Along with guidance from your faculty advisor, explore resources from the UWM Career Development Center.
Recent graduates work at US Geological Survey, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, City of Racine Health Department, and Milwaukee Riverkeeper.
- List of Alumni Careers