Minor in Coastal Environmental Studies

The Coastal Environmental Studies minor, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to assess and address coastal environmental problems. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from physical sciences, natural sciences, and physical geography, combined with an understanding of environmental ethics, environmental policy, and environmental law.  The minor helps to prepare students for entry-level employment in the public, private, or non-profit sectors concerned with assessment, abatement, or regulation of a wide range of coastal environmental problems. It is a complimentary minor for students interested in environmental science, marine science, geoscience, environmental planning and related fields.


  • No more than two courses that are used to satisfy your major can be applied to this minor.
  • No more than one three-credit course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option.
  • All upper-division courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.
  • Completion of the minor requires 22 to 23 credits.

Required two introductory courses (6-7 credits):

MAT125-C or 131-C Calculus (3-4 credits) and

SBC 113 - Physical Geography (3credits) or

GEO102 – The Earth (3 credits)

Required three advanced courses (10 credits):

ENV 316 Coastal Zone Management (3 credits)

GSS 313 GIS Design and Applications I Lecture (3 credits)

GSS 314 GIS Design and Application Lab ( 1 credit)

MAR 333-H Coastal Oceanography (3 credits)

Required two advanced elective courses from (minimum 6 credits):

BIO 351-H Ecology (3 credits)

EHI 310 Restoration Ecology (3 credits)

ENV 304-H Global Environmental Change (3 credits)

ENV 310 -H  Sustainability and Renewable Energy in Costa Rica (4 credits)

ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science (3 credits)

ENV 317 Coastal Pond Algal Ecology (3 credits)

ENV 487 Research in Environmental Science (1-3 credits may be applied to the minor)

GSS 325 GIS Design and Applications II (3 credits)

MAR 303 Long Island Marine Habitats (4 credits)

MAR 304-E Waves, Tides, and Beaches (3 credits)

MAR 336 Marine Pollution (3 credits)

SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics (3 credits) or SBC 307-K(4) Environmental History of North America (3 credits)

Declaration of the Minor
To progress efficiently through the minor students should declare the minor in Coastal Environmental Studies no later than the middle of their sophomore year, at which time they should consult with the minor coordinator or undergraduate director and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.

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