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Freshwater Studies Degrees

NMC’s Freshwater Studies program, offered through the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute on NMC's Great Lakes Campus, 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 in Freshwater Studies.

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Program Highlights

  • Partnership with LSSU for bachelor degrees in Conservation Biology and Fisheries and Wildlife Management
  • Unique assets: RV Northwestern, Water Quality Analysis Laboratory, water quality sondes
  • Multiple University Center partnerships for additional bachelor's degrees
  • Collaboration with local and regional organizations
  • Partnerships with water-related industries
  • Local and global internships

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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 Constanza Hazelwood PhD, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute Education and Outreach Coordinator, at or (231) 995-1722.

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