With a degree in freshwater sciences or atmospheric science, you can turn your passion for the environment into a fulfilling career.

Our undergraduate degree programs combine foundational coursework with multiple hands-on experiences to help you launch your career. Our graduate degree programs offer extensive research and internship opportunities to advance your expertise.

As a freshwater sciences student, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art labs and equipment, a genomics center and research vessels that provide opportunities to develop skills in the latest scientific techniques. As an atmospheric science student, you’ll meet all the requirements to be employed by the National Weather Service or another federal agency as a meteorologist.

Our undergraduate program builds upon decades of freshwater research and a renowned graduate school. You’ll establish a strong scientific foundation in the classroom and gain hands-on experience in our labs and in the field.
Freshwater Undergraduate Students
The School of Freshwater Sciences is the nation’s only school dedicated solely to the study of freshwater sciences. As a graduate student, you’ll work side by side with some of the country’s leading freshwater researchers.
Freshwater Graduate Students
Students majoring in Atmospheric Science obtain a solid foundation in math, physics and chemistry, and have opportunities to conduct research and get involved in the Innovative Weather program. You’ll gain knowledge of climate change and the consequences of weather and climate to society.
Atmospheric Science Undergraduate Students
Graduate students engage in a range of atmospheric research, with specializations that include climate variability, numerical modeling, atmospheric dynamics, mesoscale and synoptic meteorology, air-pollution meteorology and data analytics. 
Atmospheric Science Graduate Students

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Our students learn, research and discover in state-of-the-art labs and on the region’s top research fleet, right on the shore of Lake Michigan.

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