Thunderstorms, Tornadoes and Hurricanes, ATM SCI 190-201
May 5 – August 24, 3 credits

Instructor: Jon Kahl

Course description: The study of basic processes that lead to dry and moist convection. Characteristic atmospheric structure and cloud microphysical processes that produce thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course format: This course is delivered fully online, and will not have a designated virtual meeting time; computer & internet access required.

Enrolling: Students interested in this course can enroll via PAWS. Students not enrolled at UW-Milwaukee must enroll as a guest student first.


Human Interactions with Lake Michigan Coastal Ecosystems, FRSHWTR 190-001
May 28 – June 24, 3 credits

Instructors: John Janssen, Christopher Houghton, Liz Sutton, Julie Kinzelman

Course description: A summer field course along Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coast to become familiar with Great Lakes ecosystem complexity by comparing natural areas against human impacted harbors. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course format: This is a blended course with both online and in-person portions: computer & internet access required.

  • May 28-May 31: Online Asynchronous pre-reading and a synchronous informational meeting to review daily schedules, transportation and lodging plans, and expectations of the in-person portion.
  • June 3-June 14: In-person Students will meet at UW-Green Bay on June 3. The class will travel together by van from UW-Green Bay to the other locations moving from Green Bay along the Lake Michigan Coast to Kenosha (lodging at UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee, & UW-Parkside). There will be no formal class the weekend of June 8-9. Students can either be picked up in Kenosha on June 14 or driven back to UW-Green Bay to retrieve their vehicles.
  • June 17-June 22: Online Asynchronous work on final project.

Lodging: Dormitory lodging will be arranged for all students depending on the location of field activities.

Meals: All meals will be provided.

Enrolling: Students interested in this course must apply by March 31 and will be notified of their permission to enroll by April 15. Spaces are limited. Students not enrolled at UW-Milwaukee must enroll as a guest student upon acceptance to the course.

CEUs: Individuals interested in this course for 15 CEUs must apply by March 31 and will be notified of their permission to enroll by April 15. Spaces are limited. CEU students must enroll as a guest student upon acceptance to the course and register with the “credit/no-credit” grading option. 15 CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.


Water Pollution Field Lab and Methods, FRSHWTR 190-002
May 28 – June 24, 3 credits

Instructors: Michael Carvan, Elisabeth Harrahy, Tisha King-Heiden

Course description: This collaborative course will introduce students to laboratory and field methods used to assess the environmental and health effects of water pollution. Prerequisites: Bio Sci 150 (or equivalent), Chem 102 (or equivalent), Frshwtr 190 “Environmental Effect of Water Pollution”, or consent of instructor are prerequisites of this course.

Course format: This is a blended course with both online and in-person portions; computer & internet access required.

  • May 28-May 31: Online Asynchronous pre-reading and a synchronous informational meeting to review daily schedules, transportation and lodging plans, and expectations of the in-person portion.
  • June 3-June 14: In-person Students will travel on their own to UW-Milwaukee. Classes will be held at the School of Freshwater Sciences.
  • June 17-June 22: Online Asynchronous work on final project

Lodging: Dormitory lodging will be arranged for all students depending on need.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Students are responsible for their own dinners and snacks.

Enrolling: Students interested in this course must apply by March 31 and will be notified of their permission to enroll by April 15. Spaces are limited. Students not enrolled at UW-Milwaukee must enroll as a guest student upon acceptance to the course.



Fish Culture Techniques and Practices, FRSHWTR 650-001
June 24 – July 20: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm, 3 credits

Instructor: Dong Fang Deng

Course description: An introduction to fish culture techniques with a focus on model fish (zebrafish) and aquaculture fish for food or conservation (Lake sturgeon, yellow perch, and walleye). Prerequisites: Bio Sci 150 (or equivalent), Chem 102 (or equivalent), graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

Course format: This is an in-person course. Each class will include one-hour lectures and three-hour laboratory exercises.

Enrolling: Students interested in this course can enroll via PAWS. Students not enrolled at UW-Milwaukee must enroll as a guest student first.


Summer in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
May 27 – July 15, 9 credits

Instructors: Val Klump, Tim Grundl, Jerry Kaster, Marissa Jablonski

Course description: The School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee through the support of the National Science Foundation’s International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program provides an opportunity open to both undergraduate and graduate students to enroll in a field research experience in the Southern Yucatán Peninsula at the Laguna Bacalar International Research Station on the campus of CREN Normal College in Bacalar, Mexico.

Mexico’s second largest natural lake, Laguna Bacalar is one of the most unique freshwater lakes on Earth. It is part of an important ecological corridor ranging from tropical forest to the Caribbean Sea. The Laguna has the world’s largest freshwater, living Stromatolites (oldest known life forms at 3.5 Ga that put oxygen in the atmosphere), extensive freshwater mangroves, cenotes, and a unique hydrology.

Program Options and Requirements

This program offers two options. Participation, preparation, conduct of research and reporting results are the same for both options.  

Option 1 is a no-credit option with no tuition required.

Option 2 is for students seeking undergraduate or graduate credit consists of up to 9-credits of courses including a 3-credit independent study and 6-credits of field research study in Mexico. Students are responsible for tuition costs at UWM. See specific course requirements.

Week 1 will be at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, weeks 2-8 will be on site in Mexico at the Bacalar International Field Research Station. 

International airfare, in-Mexico transportation, lodging and modest research expenses are paid for through the NSF IRES grant. Other expenses including cultural excursions, meals, health and travel insurance, academic costs including tuition and fees if taking for credit are the student’s responsibility.

Enrolling: Students interested in this course must apply by February 10. Spaces are limited. Students not enrolled at UW-Milwaukee must enroll as a guest student upon acceptance to the course.