Want to Protect Our Water?

Earn a degree that prepares you to solve environmental challenges.

With your degree from UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences, you’ll be ready to make a splash in one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy.

Located on the shore of the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world, our research center in Milwaukee’s culturally rich Harbor District offers you a unique opportunity to study complex freshwater systems and the challenges our communities face. Lake Michigan is an extension of our classrooms and labs, allowing us to link science to action.

From the start, you’ll do more than get your feet wet. You will 

  • Gain real-world skills through research opportunities, internships and field placements around the Great Lakes, local beaches and urban waterways
  • Learn from expert faculty who are solving water challenges
  • Train on the region’s top research fleet and in state-of-the-art labs
  • Build a network of professionals as passionate about protecting water as you are

Whether in the classroom, lab or water, at the School of Freshwater Sciences, you’ll learn skills to ensure safe drinking water, protect our lakes and beaches, advance sustainable fisheries, address water-related climate issues and more. 

Are you ready to get your hands dirty and your feet wet? Check out our academic programs and let’s start a conversation.

Interested in Our Research?

Our faculty are studying everything from aquaculture to contaminants to ecosystem health. Check out the impact of our freshwater research. We are also home to the Great Lakes Genomics CenterCenter for Water Policy and Water Technology Accelerator. 


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