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Department of Natural Sciences


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"Classes are fantastic and look great on your transcript, but application of techniques is what will set you apart and get you hired."

Daphne Pariser, ’14
Psychology/Environmental Science

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Coastal Environmental ScienceMajor
Environmental ScienceMinor


In the coming decades, the global population will face continuing and increasing environmental challenges with a significant proportion occurring in coastal ecosystems. The Coastal Environmental Science degree program at Flagler College provides students with a rigorous, interdisciplinary academic foundation in the chemical, physical, geological, and biological aspects of environmental science. The proximity of Flagler College to the surrounding natural coastal and marine environment and provides us with outdoor classrooms or “living laboratories” and makes Flagler College an ideal location for undergraduate coastal research. 

Most importantly, the combined experience garnered through the Coastal Environmental Science major will serve as a springboard for students as they move on into a diverse array of career paths, such as environmental education, natural resource management, project management and planning, environmental consulting, and scientific research, or in combination with other majors students would be well-suited to work in sustainable business or environmental law.

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Undergraduate Research

Faculty Mentored

Students will have the opportunity to participate in research through class, our senior Capstone, and through Independent Studies working with science faculty (check out faculty profiles to find out what they are working on!). Through their participation in research, students will develop practical, applicable skills and problem-solving techniques. In their coursework and research, students will also practice communicating science across disciplines and to a variety of audiences, an essential skill in an era when communicating environmental science issues to the general public is of utmost importance. The Capstone class culminates in a research symposium which simulates a conference at which students will share their research projects. These symposia are open to the public and our community partners. The pictures above show our current and former students working on various research projects in and around Flagler College.

Study Abroad

Students majoring in Coastal Environmental Science have been able to participate in study abroad programs led by our faculty. Students generally register for Marine Biology (3 cr.), Marine Biology field work (1 cr.), and Field Methods (4 cr.). Some class work is required to prepare students to develop research projects and identify fish and coral species they will encounter.

In 2013, Professors Seron, Blonder, Brown, and Veenstra from the Department of Natural Sciences and 13 students spent a week aboard a ship in the Great Exumas in the Bahamas. This upcoming summer (2014), Professors Seron and Blonder will be traveling to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo (BAMZ) for our study abroad trip.

Picture of Aqua Cat Boat that students stayed on during study abroad trip.



Coastal Environmental ScienceMajor
Environmental ScienceMinor