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Water Science at Northland College, Ashland, WI

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!


From the Northland College website, 2023: “Ecosystems from the ground up. The water science major gives you all the skills and knowledge you need to understand the chemistry, biology, and movement of water in the environment. You’ll also gain a deep appreciation for how we are connected to each other and the Earth through water. You’ll study geologic, hydrologic, and atmospheric processes and learn how people are influenced by and have an impact on water quality.



“Courses focus on the science of the occurrence, circulation, and distribution of surface water, ground water, lakes, oceans, and atmospheric water. You’ll graduate with an understanding of the importance of water resources to all ecosystems, and be ready for graduate school or a career in the field.


“Water Chemistry Emphasis:

Focus specifically on water quality in the environment. In this emphasis you’ll take the core water science course plus chemistry courses that give you the field and laboratory techniques used to study the details of water quality, a critical factor in environmental health. Graduates have gone on to work in field and laboratory jobs protecting water quality.


“Water Resources Emphasis:

Focus on human interaction with water in the environment and managing water resources. You’ll take courses in earth resources, geographic information systems, biology and resource policy in preparation for graduate school and careers as water resource specialists. Water resource problems pose some of the most challenging issues in the future of society and Northland water science graduates are doing their part to protect water resources for future generations. Graduates have gone on to work in field and laboratory jobs managing water resources.“


Northland College is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):



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