Climate change and sea level rise pose complex problems, requiring sophisticated adaptation and multi- and interdisciplinary collaboration, much like the COAS Minor. Image: US Fish and Wildlife Service Digital Library.
Courses in maritime history, shipwreck archeology anthropology, economics, and sociology are available to COAS Minors, augmenting the natural sciences. (OURAGAN: A Ship laboring in a storm. Source: NOAA National Weather Service Collection.)
Several COAS electives incorporate field trips to the Outer Banks. COAS also advocates an intensive "Summester" at the coast at the Coastal Studies Institute. Source: NOAA America's Shorelines Collection.
Environmental biology, fisheries, and biological oceanography courses complement the coastal and marine resources offerings in COAS. Image source: NOAA Restoration Center Photo Library.
Coastal geology and geomorphology have a strong reputation at ECU, providing opportunities to learn about the dynamic barrier islands and estuarine system in our backyard. Image: New Inlet, FEMA Photo Library.
Connect with Us
Dr. Paul Gares, COAS Director
Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
Brewster Bldg., Office A-224email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel. (252) 328-6624
Coastal and Marine Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
The Minor requires elective credits chosen among anthropology, biology, economics, geography, geological sciences, history, planning, political science, or sociology for a total of 18 credits inclusive of the core classes. These electives should be chosen in consultation with your major advisor and the COAS Director. Courses can include special topics and seminars, study abroad, or field-based experiential courses with prior approval.
Example courses routinely offered include: