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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Freshwater Science and Sustainability (92 hours)

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The freshwater science and sustainability major is an interdisciplinary and integrative program that provides students with the scientific knowledge and skills to: 1) understand and research freshwater ecosystems, including biology, chemistry, hydrology, limnology, resource management and flow processes, and 2) integrate scientific research with the environmental, social and economic issues of sustainable management. The program fosters an understanding of both the core principles within and the intersections between three pillars of sustainability, environmental, social and economic systems, with a particular emphasis on freshwater sciences. The degree will prepare students to address the complex regional, national, and global challenges related to the sustainability of freshwater resources. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program and the large number of credit hours required, this program does not require students to have a minor. Several courses (totaling 29 credits) required for the major also satisfy general education requirements.

Academic Standards

Students in this program must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses counted toward their major.


Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, it is very important that students work regularly with program advisors. Additionally, this program contains a number of courses that will be offered in hybrid or online formats, and that include significant fieldwork components. Please consult with a program advisor and review the schedule of courses closely when selecting your classes.

Bacalaureate-Level Writing Requirement

Students who have chosen the freshwater science and sustainability major will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement by completing the following course:

Required Courses

Introductory Courses

(Transfer student should consult the relevant transfer guides and with a program advisor to discuss specific course equivalencies. The specific course equivalencies for students entering the program from NMC are detailed in supporting materials.)

Sustainability Core

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