NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Western Michigan University

Program: WMU B.S. in Freshwater science and Sustainability &
NMC A.S.A. in Freshwater Studies

This interdisciplinary integrative program provides students with the scientific knowledge and skills to address the complex regional, national, and global challenges related to the sustainability of freshwater resources. Career paths are available in freshwater quality analysis, watershed management, corporate social responsibility coordinators, environmental advocacy, aquatic biology, limnology, water treatment operation and more.

Designed to articulate with NMC’s Associate in Science and Arts in Freshwater Studies, students can earn an associate degree and then seamlessly transfer to the WMU program, completing both degrees. Strong industry partnerships feature training on state-of-the-art equipment, unique field experiences, coursework at NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute and access to the R/V Northwestern, a 56-foot research vessel. The WMU portion of the BS degree can be completed on WMU's main campus.

  • NMC Advisor: Hans Van Sumeren or GLWSI Office in Traverse City at (231) 995-3333
  • Western Michigan University at WMU Main Campus: Diana Blouin, Asst. Director, College of Arts & Sciences Advising, 2319 Friedmann Hall, WMU, (269) 387-4374

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Basic Requirements

Completion of the BASIC requirements as listed at NMC will fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and satisfy most of the general requirements at WMU listed below. A statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED." WMU requires two additional General Education courses beyond MTA. These courses are included in the link below. If you do not choose to complete the MTA agreement, those courses are also listed on the link below. It is suggested you talk to the WMU advisor about additional requirements you may need to take. See WMU transfer guide for General Education Requirements with and without MTA completed.

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition



Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Humanities list


Natural Science


BIO 115

Cell, Plant and Ecosystem Biology


BIO 116

Genetic, Evolution, Animal Biology


CHM 150

General Chemistry I


ENV 117

Meteorology and Climatology


ENV 131



Social Science


ANT 113

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


ECO 201 or 202

Principles of Macroeconomics or Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 202 preferred)


GEO 108

Geography of U.S. & Canada (This course completes Level III Global Perspective at WMU, required beyond MTA - See WMU advisor for other options at WMU.)


GEO 115

Introduction to GIS (required for Freshwater Studies ASA, not BS)




MTH 131

Probability and Statistics (MTH 111 Pre-Requisite)


Additional Requirements

Required Classes

Academic Area


NMC ASA Freshwater Studies


ENV 140

Watershed Science


WSI 105

Introduction to Freshwater Studies


WSI 230

Water Policy and Sustainability


WSI 290

Freshwater Studies Internship


WMU BS Freshwater Science and Sustainability

World Languages - Met by:

  • Placing into the 2000 or higher level on a proctored language proficiency exam at WMU
  • Completion of two semesters of college level language (see below)


ASL 101, 102

American Sign Language I and II


FRN 101, 102

Elementary French I and II


GRM 101, 102

Elementary German I and II


SPN 101, 102

Elementary Spanish I and II


Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2023