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About Our Water Science Program

Deep Dives

You’ll explore a variety of concepts to become a more confident scientist.

Just like there’s plenty of fish in the sea, there are plenty of fields involved in water science. Embark on a journey through the depths of chemistry, biology, geology, environmental science and more, immersing yourself in disciplines that will expand your horizons and ignite your passion for discovery. At the end of the program, you’ll become a well-rounded scientist with a focus in water.

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Opportunities Abound

Develop your skills, boost your resume and contribute positive change to your community as an undergraduate. Our professors, partnerships and locations help facilitate opportunities for you to put your skills to the test.

Two students gather water samples


Both our students and our professors are working on vital research projects to help analyze problems and implement solutions that will help our local region—and beyond—thrive.

Make Discoveries

Student participates in well digging


Your first job is the hardest to get. Internships can pave the path. Get your foot in the door and improve job prospects when you graduate.

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Ariel view of Fox River


Like water scientists, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERR) seeks to protect and study estuaries and their coastal wetlands. As the largest freshwater estuary in the world, Green Bay is currently working to become part of the NERR. With this designation, we'll support more research, education, stewardship and training.

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Students work in fisheries

Freshwater Collaborative

Through our partnership with Freshwater Collaborative, we can provide more hands-on experiences, internships and research opportunities. Here, you can rethink and revolutionize our world's most important resource. 

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Choose Your Emphasis

We offer two emphases in the program that allows you to choose the path that's best for you.


Earn your bachelor's degree and become qualified to analyze, research and take action to address water quality.

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In partnership with our graduate environmental science and policy program, the accelerated water science emphasis gives you the chance to earn up to 12 graduate credits while working toward the water science bachelor's degree.

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It Pairs Well

Because your coursework represents a wide array of fields, double majoring or adding a minor just makes sense.

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Here for You

The Learning Center is your place to find tutoring, academic success coaching and more to help encourage your learning while at UW-Green Bay.

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College isn't just about earning a degree—it’s also about making connections and finding like-minded individuals.

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Tyler Kunze

Experience as a Phoenix

"The most significant reason why I pursued my master’s degree was because of experiences I gained conducting my undergraduate research on groundwater stable isotopes with Dr. Luczaj. That experience gave me a taste of what my own project would be like and I wanted to take on a larger project. This led me to apply and get accepted into the School of Freshwater Sciences at UW-Milwaukee."

Tyler Kunze '21
Double Major in Water Science & Environmental Science
Conservationist | Door County

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Erin Berns-Herrbolt

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Associate Professor Erin Berns-Herrbolt is a recognized expert at environmental engineering and keeping future water scientists dreams afloat.

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