Feb 06, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23

Freshwater Science and Sustainability Major (FSSJ)

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The Freshwater Science and Sustainability major will prepare students to address complex regional, national, and global challenges related to the sustainability of freshwater resources. The Freshwater program of study is interdisciplinary and integrative, providing students with the knowledge, training, and skills to: 1) understand and research freshwater ecosystems, including biology, chemistry, hydrology, and limnology, along with the scientific dimensions of freshwater resource management; and 2) situate freshwater science within the larger environmental, socio-economic, and cultural dimensions of sustainable management and problem-solving in freshwater systems. Because of the rigorous interdisciplinary nature of the Freshwater program, and the large number of credit hours required for the degree, the program does not require a minor. This major requires 77-79 hours.

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, students should work closely with program advisors and meet with them regularly. Additionally, this program offers a number of courses in hybrid or online formats. These may include significant fieldwork components required to successfully complete the course. Summer coursework may also be required to complete the program. Please consult with a program advisor to review the schedule of courses.

Required Courses

Introductory Courses (12 hours)

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

Elective Courses (18 hours)

Chosen from a preferred course list in consultation with and approval by the CAS advising office.

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