With a degree in freshwater sciences or atmospheric sciences, students can turn their passion for the environment into a fulfilling career. The School of Freshwater Sciences offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in freshwater and atmospheric sciences. These programs offer an interdisciplinary approach to training the next generation of scientists armed with the knowledge, skills, and experience to anticipate and address the environmental issues of the future.

Areas of study include:

  • Freshwater Policy and Economics
  • Freshwater System Dynamics
  • Human and Ecosystem Health
  • Weather and Climate

Undergraduate degree programs combine foundational coursework with multiple hands-on experiences to prepare students for the job market. Graduate degree programs offer extensive research and internship opportunities with faculty mentorship. Freshwater Sciences students have access to state-of-the-art labs and equipment, a genomics center, and research vessels that provide opportunities to develop skills in the latest scientific techniques. Atmospheric Sciences students meet all the requirements to be employed by the National Weather Service or another federal agency as a meteorologist.

Atmospheric Sciences Courses

Freshwater Sciences Courses

NameRankDegreeSchoolGraduate FacultyEmeritus Faculty
Carmen Aguilar Associate Scientist PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee No No
Fred Binkowski Senior Scientist PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee No Yes
Harvey Bootsma Associate Professor PhD University of Manitoba Yes No
Tracy Boyer Professor PhD University of Minnesota Yes No
Arthur Brooks Professor PhD Johns Hopkins University No Yes
Michael Carvan Shaw Professor PhD Texas A&M University Yes No
Russell Cuhel Senior Scientist PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution No No
Dong-Fang Deng Professor PhD University of California-Davis Yes No
A. Clark Evans Professor, Atmospheric Science Program Coordinator PhD Florida State University Yes No
Tim Grundl Professor PhD Colorado School of Mines No Yes
Laodong Guo Professor PhD Texas A&M University Yes No
John Janssen Professor PhD Michigan State University Yes No
Jonathan Kahl Professor PhD University of Michigan Yes No
Jerry Kaster Associate Professor PhD University of Colorado No Yes
Rebecca Klaper Interim Dean, Professor PhD University of Georgia Yes No
J. Val Klump Professor PhD University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill No Yes
Sergey Kravtsov Professor PhD Florida State University Yes No
James Lubner Professor PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee No Yes
Sandra McLellan Professor PhD University of Cincinnati Medical Center Yes No
Ryan Newton Assistant Professor PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison Yes No
James Price Assistant Professor PhD The University of New Mexico Yes No
Paul Roebber Distinguished Professor PhD McGill University Yes No
Melissa Scanlan Professor, Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair and Director, Center for Water Policy JD University of California, Berkeley Yes No
Xinyi Shen Assistant Professor PhD Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS, Peking University Yes No
Osvaldo Jhonatan Sepulveda Villet Assistant Professor PhD University of Toledo Yes No
James Waples Associate Professor PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Yes No