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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Interdisciplinary Programs


Coastal and Marine Studies


The coastal and marine studies minor requires a minimum of 24 s.h. and is designed to provide students with an overview of coastal and marine resources. Considerable attention is devoted to the biological, physical, social, and historical aspects of coastal and marine resources. Whenever possible, information from North Carolina and other US coastal and marine environments is used to illustrate or emphasize important concepts. A maximum of 6 s.h. may be used to satisfy foundations curriculum requirements and requirements for the coastal and marine studies minor. A course may not count toward the student’s major and the coastal and marine studies minor.

  1. Core - 10 s.h.
    COAS 2025. Survey of Coastal and Marine Resources (3) (F) (P: Basic science course in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS)
    COAS 4025. Society and the Sea Seminar (3) (S) (P: COAS 2025)
    GEOL 1550. Oceanography (4) (S) (FC:SC)
  2. Electives (Choose at least 3 s.h. from 3 of the 4 areas below in consultation with the director) - 14 s.h.
    (COAS 5001, 5002 and other courses may be counted toward the minor; however, the director must approve the course substitution.)
    Biological Science:
    BIOL 1010. Diversity of Coastal North Carolina (3) (F,S)
    BIOL 1060. Environmental Biology (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    BIOL 2250, 2251. Ecology and Laboratory (3,1) (F,S,SS) (P: BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201; C for BIOL 2251: BIOL 2250)
    BIOL 3230, 3231. Field Botany (4,0) (F,S,SS) (P: BIOL 1050, 1051 or 1100, 1101)
    BIOL 3240, 3241. Field Zoology (4,0) (F) (P: BIOL 1060 or 2250)
    BIOL 3400, 3401. Biological Field Studies of the Coastal Plain (3,0) (P: BIOL 1100, 1200 or 2 from: GEOL 1500, 1550, 1600 and 1700)
    BIOL 3660. Introduction to Marine Biology (3) (F,S,SS) (P/C: BIOL 2250, 2251)
    BIOL 5680. Current Topics in Coastal Biology (3) (P: Consent of instructor)
    BIOL 5270. Marine Community Ecology (3) (P: BIOL 2250, 2251; or consent of instructor)
    BIOL 5750, 5751. Introduction to Regional Field Ecology (2,0) (5750: WI)
    Maritime History:
    HIST 5505. Maritime History of the Western World to 1415 (3)
    HIST 5515. Maritime History of the Western World from 1415-1815 (3)
    HIST 5520. Maritime History of the Western World Since 1815 (3)
    HIST 5530. Field School in Maritime History and Underwater Research (2) (P: Consent of instructor)
    HIST 5920, 5921. Techniques of Museum and Historic Site Development (3,0)
    Physical Science:
    GEOG 3220. Soil Properties, Surveys, and Applications (3) (F) (P: GEOG 2250)
    GEOG 4210. Fluvial and Hydrological Processes (P: GEOG 2200, 2250; or consent of instructor)
    GEOG 4220. Coastal Geography (3) (WI) (S) (P: GEOG 2200, 2250; or consent of instructor)
    GEOG 4230. Land Form Analysis (3) (F) (P: GEOG 2200, 2250; or consent of instructor)
    GEOG 4540. Coastal Storms (3) (S) (P: GEOG 2200, 2250)
    GEOL 1500. Dynamic Earth (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    GEOL 1501. Dynamic Earth Laboratory (1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    GEOL 1700. Environmental Geology (4) (F,S) (FC:SC)
    GEOL 5300. Geology of Coastal Processes and Environments (3) (P: GEOL 1550, 4010, 4011; or consent of instructor)
    GEOL 5350. Marine Geology (3) (P: GEOL 1550, 4010, 4011; or consent of instructor)
    PHYS 1050. Physics and the Environment (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    Social Science:
    ANTH 2005. Environmental Anthropology (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 3004. Cultures of the South Pacific (3) (EY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3016. Cultures of the Caribbean (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 4260. Cultural Ecology (3) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 5065. Maritime Anthropology (3) (P: ANTH 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ECON 3855. Environmental Economics (3) (P: ECON 2133)
    GEOG 4335. Geography of Tourism (3)
    GEOG 4440. Coastal Applications of GIS (3) (F.S)
    (P: GEOG 2250, 3410; or consent of instructor)
    PLAN 4015. Emergency Management Planning (3)
    PLAN 5025. Coastal Area Planning and Management (3) (P: Consent of instructor)
    POLS 3256. The Politics of Energy and Environment (3) (F)
    POLS 3257. International Environmental Policy (3)
    SOCI 3410. Introduction to Maritime Sociology (3) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 2110)