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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

Major Requirements

Environmental Science Courses
26 Credit Hours
MAT
201
Calculus I
MAT
223
Statistics
NAS
107
Environmental Science
NAS
111
Introduction to Biological Science
NAS
151
Environmental Chemistry I
NAS
203
Marine Biology
NAS
214
Principles of Ecology
NAS
215
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
NAS
225
Science Communication
NAS
236
Environmental Physics
NAS
245
Introductory Oceanography
NAS
248
Aquatic Chemistry
NAS
331
Evolutionary Biology
NAS
352
Global Climate Change
NAS
355
Coastal Processes
NAS
440
Coastal Field Research Capstone
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Methods Course (Choose one)
3 Credit Hours
NAS
300
Science Methods
NAS
310
Field Methods
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Technology Course (choose one)
3 Credit Hours
CIS
206
Data Management for Business
CIS
351
Introduction to Data Analytics for Sciences
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Minor Requirements

Required Courses
9 Credit Hours
NAS
107
Environmental Science
NAS
111
Introduction to Biological Science
or NAS
104
Life Science (for EDUCATION MAJORS ONLY)
or NAS
410
Coastal Field Research Capstone
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Elective Courses
6+ Credit Hours
NAS
105
Earth Science
NAS
109
Environmental Factors in the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
NAS
151
Environmental Chemistry I
NAS
203
Marine Biology
NAS
205
Physical Anthropology
NAS
211
Introduction to Biotechnology
NAS
214
Principles of Ecology
NAS
225
Science Communication
NAS
236
Environmental Physics
NAS
240
Selected Topics
NAS
243
Physical Geography
NAS
245
Introductory Oceanography
NAS
248
Aquatic Chemistry
NAS
300
Science Methods
NAS
310
Field Methods
NAS
331
Evolutionary Biology
NAS
340
Selected Topics
NAS
352
Global Climate Change
NAS
355
Coastal Processes
NAS
391
Independent Study
NAS
392
Independent Study
NAS
491
Independent Study
NAS
492
Independent Study
NAS
215
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
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