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

  • 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.
  • Dive into Hands-On Learning
    Freshwater science students and an alumnus share how the hands-on coursework prepares undergraduates for the workforce.
  • 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

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.