Courses, Lab and Field Experiences for UW Students

The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin network offers a variety of courses and lab and field experiences that will help you broaden your skills, perspectives and professional networks. 

A number of water-related courses are available to undergraduates students at any UW System institution. Courses may be in-person, hybrid or fully online. Work with your advisor to determine how a Collaborative course may fit into our academic degree plan and what you will need to do to enroll and transfer credits.

You can also enhance your skills by participating in lab and field experiences in rural and urban settings at UW System campuses throughout the state, including on the Mississippi River, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and many rivers, streams and wetland areas.

Check out our current offerings below:

Water-Related Courses
Field and Lab Experiences


Water-Related Courses

Spring 2023

Current Ag-Water Nexus Issues in Wisconsin (title in Canvas)
Institutions: UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout
Fully online and asynchronous

This three-credit course will use different forms of agriculture in the context of variable geomorphology, climatology and hydrology to provide students with a greater understanding of the interconnected processes relevant to agriculture and water management (both quantity and quality) across Wisconsin. Students will be introduced to the nexus of agriculture and water broadly through examples and case studies in Wisconsin. The topics covered will leverage ongoing ag-water quality monitoring and research projects and will engage students with agricultural and water resource management practices used to mitigate the impacts of agriculture on water quality and quantity.

Course Numbers by Campus:
UW-Green Bay: Class: Env Sci 483-0800, Class Number: 3345
UW-Madison: Class: BSE 375 LEC 001, Class Number: 77191
UW-Platteville: Class: SCSCI 3380-03A, Class Number: 1131
UW-River Falls: Class: ESM 389-90, Class Number: 2957
UW-Stevens Point: Class: WATR  350-01, Class Number: 42179
UW-Stout: TBD

Ag-Water Nexus in Wisconsin: Field Experience (title in Canvas)
Institutions: UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout
April 14-16, 2023, In-person, multi-day field experience

As part of the UW System Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, a cross-campus colleague network of instructors from UW-Green Bay, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-Stout and UW-River Falls will pilot a three-day field trip course (April 14-16, 2023) built around geophysical variations in southwest Wisconsin agriculture. This course uses different forms of agriculture, variations in physiography and differences in water resource systems to provide students with a greater understanding of the relation between agriculture and water. Students and faculty will explore the nexus of agriculture and water broadly through examples and case studies of the water/agriculture connection in Southwest Wisconsin. The field course stops will leverage ongoing ag-water quality monitoring and research projects and will engage students with agricultural and resource management professionals and producers working to mitigate the impacts of agriculture on water quality/quantity in southwest Wisconsin.

Course Numbers by Campus:
UW-Green Bay: Class: Env Sci 483-0001, Class Number: 3374
UW-Madison: Class: BSE 375 LEC 002, Class Number: 77192
UW-Platteville: Class: SCSCI 3380-03C, Class Number: 3783
UW-River Falls: Class: ESM 389-02, Class Number: 2958
UW-Stevens Point: Class: WATR  350-02, Class Number: 42310
UW-Stout: TBD


Summer 2023

Limnology: Conservation of Aquatic Resources (Course Zoology 315)
Institution: Hosted in-person and virtually by UW-Madison, Open to Students at Any Campus
July 17-Aug. 13, 2023

Limnology: Conservation of Aquatic Resources (ZOO 315) will be offered as a 2023 summer course in the Department of Integrative Biology at UW-Madison as part of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin. The course focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics and processes of freshwater ecosystems, as well as environmental issues and rehabilitation of lakes. The summer course also includes multiple field trips on Lake Mendota, one of Wisconsin’s most famous lakes! Students can take the course completely in-person OR mostly virtual.

The summer course is scheduled for July 17-August 13, Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Please email Dr. Rob Mooney (rjmooney@wisc.edu) for details about the virtual option.

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Lab and Field Experiences

Summer 2023

Environmental Field Sampling & Analysis (Course EGRT 374/574)
Institution: Hosted by UW Oshkosh in Door County and Land O’Lakes, Open to Students at Any Campus
June 12-23, 2023

Students enrolled in this two-week, three-credit field experience will spend one week at the Lowenwood campus (former Conserve School) in Land O’Lakes and one week at Crossroads at Big Creek in Door County. They will learn how to sample for various contaminants; how to take, preserve, transport and analyze field samples; and how to interpret and present analytical results in light of current regulations. Open to UW Oshkosh and non-UW Oshkosh students.

For more information about the course, syllabus, field locations, costs or how to enroll as a non-UW Oshkosh student, contact: Dr. Greg Kleinheinz, kleinhei@uwosh.edu, 920-424-1100 or Dr. Marcel Dijkstra, dijkstrm@uwosh.edu, 920-424-7106.

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