With an associate's degree in Freshwater Studies, graduates can continue in a bachelor's degree program or enter directly into industry jobs. More »
Freshwater Studies combines unique courses and field experiences leading toward multiple career pathways in water resources. More »
Great Lakes Water Studies Institute
Located at the Great Lakes Campus on Grand Traverse Bay, the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute (GLWSI) at Northwestern Michigan College is strategically positioned to engage individuals and organizations, both locally and globally, in advancing skills, knowledge and understanding of the world’s dynamic water resources.
What We Offer
- The first associate's degree in Freshwater Studies in the U.S. »
- An associate's degree with a Marine Technology major »
- A new bachelor's degree with a Marine Technology major »
- Multiple career pathways including bachelor's degree programs
- Innovative education, internships and research opportunities
- Collaboration with industry, government, universities and community
- Unique assets: R/V Northwestern, ROV, hydrographic sonar, water research laboratory
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.
For more information, contact one of our advisors:
- Cathy Jarvi , Freshwater Studies Program Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org, (231) 995-3333
- Constanza Hazelwood PhD, Freshwater Studies Program Coordinator, email@example.com, (231) 995-1722
Transition seamlessly from ASA to BS
NMC has collaborated with Western Michigan University to offer a BS in Freshwater Science and Sustainability degree in Traverse City. Program highlights:
- Interdisciplinary degree with numerous career paths
- Integrated curriculum, scheduling and advising
- Financial aid agreement allowing for combined courses counting toward aid
- All coursework offered in Traverse City
Find out more: Freshwater Science & Sustainability Bachelor's Degree »
West Bay Monitoring buoy
The Great Lakes Water Studies Institute has placed a solar-powered monitoring buoy in West Bay that provides seasonal, real-time data on wind speed and direction, air and water temperature, wave height and other information, including video of the bay. The buoy was removed for winter in November 2016 and will be dropped in again in April 2017.
The buoy is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Data Buoy Center, which designs, develops, operates and maintains a global network of data collecting buoys and coastal stations.
News & Events
May 21–27, 2017
Space still Available - Accepting applications through early May
Undergraduate students, please join us for a week-long, hands-on experience using marine technologies. Participants will log time on research vessels, collect data using ROVs, sonar, sensors and buoys and learn about the multiple applications of these technologies.
July 24–27, 2017
High school students, please join us for a three-day, hands-on experience using marine technologies. This is an exciting opportunity for students with little to no experience to log time on research vessels, collect data using ROVs, sonar, sensors and buoys and learn about the multiple applications of these technologies.
Areas Of Emphasis
- Marine vehicles and instrumentation
- Marine data processing and management
- Marine acoustics and sonar platforms
- Project planning and management
- Marine mapping and hydrography
- Marine construction
- Marine exploration
- Marine science and research
- Environmental monitoring
Contact Heather Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (231) 995-1300.
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