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. 

Spotlight Stories

  • UWM Students Examine the Possibility of a Net Zero Water Sector
    Is achieving net zero emissions in the water sector possible? That’s the question UW-Milwaukee students hoped to answer during the School of Freshwater Sciences spring “Freshwater Practicum” graduate-level course. The course simulates working in a water consulting firm and connects students to a public sector client to research real-world water challenges and offer recommendations. “Alongside …
  • UWM School of Freshwater Sciences Offers Rewarding Learning Experience
    "There's a lot of opportunities for hands-on work here. A lot of the professors are really passionate about what they do, and they really want to teach the next generation". Charlie, a freshwater program student, shares about his research and experiences at the School of Freshwater Sciences.
  • Dive into the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences
    Students share their firsthand experiences with hands-on research opportunities, the close relationships they've built with faculty, and how the school prepares them for impactful careers.

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.