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Coastal Environmental Science

With a degree in Coastal Environmental Science, you'll understand both terrestrial and marine environmental processes. That knowledge will help you grasp complex issues in coastal habitats. 

What You’ll Study

You'll begin by establishing a strong foundation in math, biology, chemistry, and physics. Then, you'll take courses from a wide variety of environmental disciplines:

  • Ecology
  • Marine biology
  • Oceanography
  • Science communication
  • Coastal processes
  • Science methodology

Finally, you'll undertake and complete authentic scientific research during a capstone research course usually taken during your senior year.

Practical Experience

From day one, you're encouraged to get hands-on experience in both field and lab studies.

You'll assist professors in research projects that lead to scientific presentations and publications. Our faculty involve you in every step of the process. This undergraduate research experience will set you apart from students at other institutions. It will also provide you with marketable skills after graduation.

Students conduct research on beach sand dune

The Living Lab

with Prof. Barbara Blonder

Director of Undergraduate Research

What's Next?

Our faculty are dedicated to your success in the classroom. Outside the classroom, you'll collaborate with faculty on undergraduate research projects. The combination of classroom and research experience will propel you onto the next chapter in your life.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER  |  STUDY ABROAD  |  WHAT CAN I DO WITH A COASTAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MAJOR?

I’ve had a love for turtles ever since I was little, but my first experience with Diamondback Terrapins brought the realization of what I want to do with my life. Chrissy Sevret, Coastal Environmental Science, 2016
Student Chrissy Sevret holds small turtle
I’ve had a love for turtles ever since I was little, but my first experience with Diamondback Terrapins brought the realization of what I want to do with my life. Chrissy Sevret, Coastal Environmental Science, 2016

Program Details

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Advising

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Minor Requirements

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Minor Checklist

Review the Coastal Environmental Science Minor checklist to see what is needed to complete this program in 4 years.