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Freshwater Studies

NMC’s Freshwater Studies program, offered through the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, is the first associate degree in Freshwater Studies in the U.S. This science-based program has an interdisciplinary approach, and students can earn an Associate in Science and Arts Degree or an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Freshwater Studies.

Reflecting rapidly emerging career paths, students have a choice of five general streams:

Areas of Emphasis

  • History and management overview of the Great Lakes and other freshwater bodies around the world
  • Water Policy and Sustainability
  • Oceanography
  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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Create Your Career In Water

NMC offers multiple pathways to complete an ASA or AAS in Freshwater Studies. Inquire about our 1 + 1 hybrid Freshwater Studies Program. Complete your first year online and join us on campus for a second year of coursework by the Grand Traverse Bay.

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For more information, contact one of our advisors:

  • Cathy Jarvi , Freshwater Studies Program Advisor, cjarvi@nmc.edu, (231) 995-3333
  • Constanza Hazelwood PhD, Freshwater Studies Program Coordinator, chazelwood@nmc.edu, (231) 995-1722

Grand Traverse Bay

Find Your Water Career

  • Water Advocacy
  • Sustainable Water ManagementWater Infrastructure
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Scientific Research
  • Water Policy
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Management

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