Students working toward a Ph.D. degree with a major in another department may elect to minor in freshwater and marine sciences. A minor program of at least 12 credits, developed individually for each student, should strike a reasonable balance of physical and biological courses and include at least one semester of the limnology and marine sciences seminar. The proposed minor must be approved by the limnology and marine sciences graduate committee.

Applicants to the program typically have at least one year of college-level biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus. In addition, applicants should highlight their substantive experiences and career goals in freshwater and marine sciences. Prospective students make direct contact with potential faculty advisors. Admission depends upon finding a match between the skills and interests of the applicant and the needs of a suitable faculty mentor.

Faculty: Stanley (chair) (Zoology), Bahr (Geoscience), Block (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Cardiff (Geoscience), Carpenter (Zoology), Desai (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences), Fratta (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Ginder-Vogel (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Goldberg (Pathobiological Sciences), Graham (Botany), Gratton (Entomology), Hotchkiss (Botany), Hurley (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Krysan (Horticulture), Kucharik (Agronomy), Lee (Zoology), Liu (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences), Loheide (Civil and Environmental Engineering), McIntyre (Zoology), McKinley (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences), McMahon (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Noguera (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Potter (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Remucal (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Vander Zanden (Zoology), Wu (Civil and Environmental Engineering)