Boyer named undergrad coordinator for new Bachelor of Science program

School of Freshwater Sciences professor Tracy Boyer will take on the role of undergraduate coordinator for the new Bachelor of Science in Freshwater Sciences program.

Boyer, an environmental economist, will serve as faculty liaison for the program, advising prospective and enrolled undergraduate students. She will also work with faculty and staff in support of the new curriculum, both within the school and in a university-wide committee.

Tim Grundl, associate dean of academics for the school, says Boyer is the perfect person for the new position.

“Tracy has over 15 years of experience in undergraduate advising and curriculum development, and 20 years of undergraduate teaching experience in applied economics and environmental sciences,” Grundl says. “She brings experience and enthusiasm for engaging students in interdisciplinary problems and imagining their future in freshwater science and policy.”

Boyer, who is known for her energized classroom style and dedication to her students, is excited about the undergraduate program, particularly its flexibility. While all students who enroll will take core classes in the freshwater field, each undergraduate will choose a track, aquatic sciences or water policy, to focus on their area of greatest interest.

The Bachelor of Science program also features extensive opportunities for hands-on learning in lab and field, which has been a hallmark of the school’s graduate programs. The chance to develop real-world skills is an important part of preparing students for success.

“The undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Freshwater Sciences is designed to train students in a rigorous and comprehensive interdisciplinary program combining science, technology and policy,” Boyer says. “This program will create a cadre of scientists and policy analysts ready to address freshwater issues not only in the Great Lakes but the entire country and beyond.”

Boyer adds: “While rigorous, the program also gives students flexibility to tailor their interests to their future goals, whether that is working in industry, a non-governmental organization, a state or federal agency, or going on to pursue additional graduate education.”

The Bachelor of Science in Freshwater Sciences, the school’s first undergraduate degree program, is now accepting students for Fall 2021. Students who apply by October 31, 2020, will have their application fee waived. For more information or to apply, visit the program’s page.