About the Freshwater Sciences Major

The freshwater sciences aim to improve quality of life through freshwater sustainability.

Innovative partnership with UWM

Our innovative 3 + 2 partnership with UWM gives you a strong foundation and allows you to finish your advanced degree faster.

Carroll University partners with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences to offer an innovative, integrated 3+2 bachelor's and master's degree program that leads to your advanced degree in as little as five years. You’ll spend three years at Carroll, completing your Bachelor of Science degree in either Environmental Science or Biology. You’ll transfer to UWM your final two years, earning your Master of Science in Freshwater Science.

You’ll benefit from an education that offers you the best of both worlds – a premier, private school focusing on small class sizes and personal attention and a large, nationally-recognized research institution. You’ll study in a variety of natural habitats—from Carroll’s Greene Field Station and Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center, offering 75 acres of rare wetlands in the glaciated landscape of the southern Kettle Moraine—to Milwaukee’s Lake Michigan, the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world.

Start at Carroll

Choose from Carroll's Environmental Science LINK program, which integrates the Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Ecology with opportunities to customize the curriculum to your interests; or the Biology LINK program, where you’ll focus on living systems, animals, plants, microbes and human life.

Undergraduate program highlights:

Finish at UWM

UWM is the only graduate school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater, preparing future scientists and professionals with the skills needed to address the critical challenges facing the world's freshwater resources. The UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences is located in Milwaukee's harbor district on the shores of Lake Michigan, the ideal location to study water. The facilities are equipped with an Aquatic Robotics Lab, Analytical Core Facility, DNA Sequencing Lab, Fish Research Labs and more.

Choose from the M.S. in Freshwater Science: Thesis Track, which focuses on completing original research and prepares you for advancement toward a Ph.D, or the Professional Science Track, a program that develops marketable skills for working with agency, industry and non-profit partners in a wide range of careers.

Master’s program Highlights

Partnerships and internship opportunities open doors for students to work with leaders in aquatic industries, agencies and non-profit companies.