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The number of options available to you in Fisheries and Water Resources: fisheries, hydrology and water resources.
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Paul McGinley is an associate professor and University of Wisconsin-Extension water quality specialist whose focus is on understanding and improving the water quality in lakes, streams and drinking water.

​Join Fisheries and Water Resources at UW-Stevens Point to manage waterways, preserve aquatic life  

The Fisheries and Water Resources discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point helps students turn their passions for the outdoors, science and technology into careers. If you’re interested in ensuring fish, aquatic habitats and our water resources systems remain healthy for the benefit of all, our majors are for you. 

As a Fisheries and Water Resources student you will study and learn to manage:  

  • fish, other aquatic wildlife and the habitats and people who influence them;
  • streams, lakes, groundwater and their watersheds; and
  • water quality for aquatic ecosystems and humans.  

Major options in fisheries, hydrology, water resources

The major options in the Fisheries and Water Resources disciplines are: 
  • the fisheries and aquatic sciences option, which includes the survey and management of fisheries resources;
  • the hydrology option, which addresses the movement of water and the roles land plays in controlling water quantity and quality; and
  • the water resources option, which develops an individualized program in the physical, chemical or biological aspects of water resources management.    
Our faculty teach about 350 students and are experts in fisheries, hydrology, groundwater, geology, lakes and streams, water chemistry, water treatment and aquatic toxicology. 

Hands-on learning in the classroom and in the field 

Most Fisheries and Water Resources students took biology, chemistry, math and communication in high school. A typical student’s first two years at UW-Stevens Point include courses and field experiences integrating forestry, wildlife, soils and human dimensions in addition to water. Upper-level courses feature specialized study in biological, physical and chemical aspects of fisheries and water resources.  
Many students in our disciplines find on-campus employment through the Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Unit, Fisheries Analysis Center, Fish Propagation Science Center, Aquatic Biomonitoring Laboratory​ and the Water and Environmental Analysis Laboratory, and some summer internships are available with private firms and state and federal agencies.
After graduation, Fisheries and Water Resources students find jobs in water related occupations in lake and river management, fish biology, stormwater, groundwater hydrology, water treatment, environmental consulting and environmental analysis and can become certified fisheries professionals, hydrologists and wetland scientists.