Academic Programs

From expanding wind energy educational programs, to building solar homes, to sustainability education for businesses, UW-Milwaukee has a broad range of educational opportunities within the realm of sustainability.

Click here for a complete listing of sustainability in the curriculum courses. 

Schools and Programs

Conservation and Environmental Science

This interdisciplinary BA or BS degree option offers an emphasis in Land Resources, Water Resources, Environmental Analysis, or Biological Resources.


Center for Sustainability Education

Through the School of Continuing Education, courses are offered about building a business case for going green, as well as energy efficiency and sustainable living for homeowners.


School of Architecture and Urban Planning

With various coursework in green design and environmental policy, SARUP offers many opportunities to explore sustainable planning and building. Recently added is the Transcript-Designated Concentration in Ecological Design under the Department of Architecture. In October of 2009, UWM competed in the Solar Decathlon on the Washington D.C. mall with their entrance of the “Meltwater” home.


College of Engineering & Applied Science

CEAS is a growing leader in green jobs and regional growth in renewable energy. Wind energy and solar technology are growing programs at UWM. The 72 panel solar system on Bolton Hall is testimony to this research.


Great Lakes Water Institute

The Great Lakes WATER Institute is the largest academic freshwater research facility on the Great Lakes.


School of Freshwater Sciences

The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) is the only graduate school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater. SFS offers graduate degrees as well as undergraduate research and learning opportunities in freshwater sciences.


Center for International Education

The Center for International Education offers The Program on Sustainability and Peacebuilding (PSP), dedicated to furthering the theory and practice of using systemic approaches to peacebuilding to achieve sustainable human security. The center has also offered sustainable development programs including study abroad projects in Romania, Vancouver, and Germany, and will soon include an undergraduate Global Studies track in Global Sustainability.