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College of Natural Resources Waste Management and Environmental Protection Degree


Have a Positive Impact on the Natural World

From solid or hazardous waste to water pollution, there is a career for you with a degree in Waste Management and Environmental Protection. Our program prepares you to be an innovator in your field through a strong science foundation and beneficial hands-on experiences.

Why study Waste Management and Environmental Protection at UW-Stevens Point?

Manage our natural and human-made resources efficiently with a degree in waste management and environmental protection. Graduates enjoy a 90-100% placement rate each year working at private companies and municipal, county, state, and federal agencies.

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Alumni Map

Where are they now?

UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resource alumni live and work worldwide! Check out our map if you are interested in exploring job or networking opportunities close to home.

If you would like to add your information to our interactive alumni map, please fill out the form below.

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Your degree prepares you to obtain your Wastewater Operator Certification. Waste Management and Environmental Protection graduates find positions at landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and other waste management facilities. Their job titles include: 

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
  • Waste Research Specialist
  • Public Works Director
  • Environmental Consultant
  • County Solid Waste Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Wastewater Superintendent
  • Associate Professional (Engineering)
  • Resource Recovery Managers
  • Hazardous Waste Specialist
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist


Discover your passions, build your resume, and make friends along the way! Whether it is joining a student organization, working at one of our centers, or participating in research at one of our three field stations, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.

  • Read the CNR Reporter, a weekly newsletter with information on upcoming presentations, student organization meeting times, and other important happenings on and around campus.
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Soil and Waste Resources

Navigate Your Major

Major Maps help students map their first day to the first job in their chosen field. While a four-year plan outlines classes to get a degree, Major Maps help students learn how to build career-ready skills and experiences outside the classroom. Each Major Map shows how students can get the most of their UW-Stevens Point journey from enrollment to graduation and beyond. It’s a roadmap to discovering your purpose!


A required internship provides real-world experiences ahead of graduation. Faculty members will work closely with you to find the right experience. Students have interned with organizations and companies, including:

  • Marathon County Solid Waste Department, 
  • Wisconsin Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Prairie du Chien Wastewater Treatment Plant, 
  • Verso Paper,
  • Village of Weston,
  • Marshfield Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • New London Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Milwaukee County Zoo,
  • Waukesha Clean Water Plant,
  • Fond du Lac Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Stevens Point Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Fort Atkinson Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Dunn County Solid Waste and Recycling,
  • Veolia Water,
  • Necedah Public Works,
  • Janesville Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Recycling Connections,
  • Manitowoc County Recycling Center,
  • Brown County Resource Recovery,
  • Sand Creek Consulting,
  • and NEW Water.


The faculty members within the Soil and Waste Resources discipline bring a wide array of knowledge and experience to our indoor and outdoor classrooms at UW-Stevens Point.
Daniel Keymer

Daniel Keymer

  • Associate Professor
  • Soil and Waste Resources
  • College of Natural Resources
Rob Michitsch

Robert Michitsch

  • Professor of Soil and Waste Resources
Jacob Prater

Jacob Prater

  • Associate Professor
  • Soil and Waste Resources
  • Discipline Coordinator
  • College of Natural Resources

Bryant Scharenbroch

  • Associate Professor
  • Soil and Waste Resources
  • College of Natural Resources