ABOUT FRESHWATER SCIENCE PROGRAM
Freshwater Sciences is an interdisciplinary degree focused on understanding freshwater ecosystems (rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries) and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats (wetlands, bogs, fens, riparian forests, and grasslands). Students pursuing this degree explore the freshwater systems through a variety of sciences and also learn about regulation of water. With this degree students may become an environmental consultant, find a job in environmental, water quality, or stormwater management, or become a water quality or field technician. The degree also prepares students to continue graduate students in environmental engineering or environmental law.
The Freshwater Sciences program is an interdisciplinary program in which students take courses in biology, chemistry, geology, and science. Additionally courses in environmental management and geography may be taken as electives for the major. Required courses include introductory biology and chemistry, stream ecology, limnology, environmental chemistry, physical geology, water regulation, and a course designed to inform students on the varying professions in freshwater sciences. The program additionally requires students to participate in a culminating internship experience which will provide the student with real-world experience.
For more information about degree requirements, visit the NSU catalog.