The study of water is highly interdisciplinary, and involves biological, physical, chemical, social, political, and economic dimensions. There are literally dozens of individual undergraduate and graduate level courses offered by a wide range of departments and colleges at UW-Madison that address aspects of water resources and marine and freshwater ecosystems.
UW-Madison has an exceptional number and diversity of water-related faculty and staff. This diversity greatly facilitates interdisciplinary research and learning. Graduate students interested in water-related research can earn degrees through their adviser's department or a campus-wide degree program.
Coursework is tailored to a student's research and career goals, but degree programs vary in their specific requirements. Students access the wealth of expertise on campus because graduate committees include faculty from multiple departments. Because the student-advisor relationship is so important, we advise that you identify prospective faculty advisers based on their interests, and contact prospective advisers prior to submitting your application for graduate studies.
There are four graduate degree programs at UW-Madison that offer MS and PhD degrees that strongly emphasize water and water-related topics: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry and Technology, Freshwater and Marine Sciences and Water Resources Management. In addition to the above, there are at least 30 other departments and degree programs in which students and faculty work to some degree on water and water-related topics. Below we provide some additional information and links to graduate degree opportunities in water-related studies at UW-Madison.
Wisconsin Ecology, an umbrella organization for ecologists at UW-Madison provides some additional useful and relevant information: