Freshwater Science And Sustainability

Program details

Credits required: 92

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Kalamazoo Hybrid
Traverse City Hybrid

Industry highlights

Young adults with a bachelor’s degree earn 50 percent more than those with just a high school diploma.National Center for Education Statistics

Bachelor of science (BS)

Make a difference with a different kind of degree

This is a one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary degree from WMU's College of Arts and Sciences. Graduates will learn core themes in the areas of environmental studies, economics, science, policy, experiential learning, etc. Students will work on meaningful research alongside world class scientists. The business courses in the program come from Haworth College of Business, a well-known, AACSB-accredited business school. Everything about this degree is...different.

Why freshwater at Western Michigan University?

Quite simply, because place matters. The Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater. It's one of our most critical natural resources and the fact so much of it touches Michigan is a big deal. Plus, northern Michigan has a many lakes, wetlands, streams, and rivers that help make WMU-Traverse City the perfect place to study freshwater.

Who should apply?

The program is ideal for students graduating from a community college with an associate degree in Environmental or Freshwater Studies. However, students currently in business, science or humanities programs may be interested in pursuing this degree. The career paths are many, so this degree will be right for people with many varying interests.

Career opportunities

A 2015 report on Michigan's freshwater past and future,Michigan Blue Economy, found that 1 in 5 Michigan jobs is now water-related.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the degree, there are a number of career paths that our graduates are ready for. From freshwater quality analysts and sustainability coordinators to environmental consultants and freshwater/aquatic biologists. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators start here, too.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.