Turn Science Into Action

Join us in tackling the world’s water and climate challenges

Passionate about making a difference for the environment?

Learn how to use science to address complex ecosystem and climate issues at the nation’s only school of freshwater sciences.

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, our school offers a unique opportunity to study complex freshwater ecosystems and resources, weather patterns and climate change. You’ll learn how to apply science toward policy to address the environmental challenges our communities face. 

The School of Freshwater Sciences offers bachelor’s, master’s, accelerated master’s and doctoral degree programs in freshwater sciences and atmospheric science. Discover your path to making a difference. 

John Janssen and student Antoni Haupt with boating equipment
Why Should You Choose a Freshwater Degree from a University in a Water-Centric City?

Spotlight Stories

  • Atmospheric Science Alumnus Lands Prestigious NCAR Fellowship
    UW-Milwaukee alumnus Austin Harris has wanted to be a meteorologist since age 8. Originally from Oklahoma City, his doctoral and postdoctoral work with UWM’s Atmospheric Science Distinguished Professor Paul Roebber helped him land a prestigious ASP Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. What interested you in studying atmospheric science? Though … Read more
  • What’s the Neeskay Up To?
    The R/V Neeksay is the only year-round research vessel on the Great Lakes, and it’s been a busy season far with 60 expeditions so far. The first expedition took place January 18, with the Cuhel/Aguilar labs collecting samples for their ongoing project that monitors the rivers, harbor and near Milwaukee offshore. They also led a … Read more
  • Graduate Students Evaluate Feasibility and Impact of a Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Project
    As states and municipalities develop long-term, cost-effective and fuel-efficient energy plans, many are evaluating renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower. Wind has become the most prominent, generating more than 10 percent of energy in the U.S. Offshore wind projects on the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico are expanding, … Read more

Interested in Hands-On Research?

Our scientists study everything from aquaculture to emerging contaminants, from ecosystem health to weather forecasting and climate change projections. The school’s unique location lets you explore a variety of water systems, including the Great Lakes and a confluence of three urban rivers. Plus our Atmospheric Science program is a leader in weather and climate research.

With access to state-of-the-art labs and equipment, a genomics center and research vessels, you will have opportunities to develop skills in the latest scientific techniques.

Learn more about the current opportunities for students to get involved in research.