Hundreds of square miles of coastal habitat are threatened by climate change and sea-level rise, such as salt intrusion in the pond pine forests of Alligator River. Image: US Fish and Wildlife Service Digital Library.
Hurricanes and coastal storms reflect our maritime environment and cultural history: OURAGAN, a ship laboring in a hurricane. In: "Les Meteores", Margolle et Zurcher, 3rd Edition, 1869, p. 40. (Source: NOAA National Weather Service Collection.)
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stands as a testament to coastal cultural heritage and survival against the challenges of savage seas, stinging salt spray, and shifting sands. Source: NOAA America's Shorelines Collection.
Fisheries and seagrass are profoundly important resources in our coastal economy and cultural heritage. Image source: NOAA Restoration Center Photo Library.
Hurricane Irene reopened New Inlet on the Outer Banks. Living with a dynamic coast, storms, and coastal hazards requires knowledge, resilience, and adaptability. Image: New Inlet, FEMA Photo Library.
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Dr. Paul Gares, Director
COAS Interdisciplinary Minor
Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
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Overview | Coastal and Marine Interdisciplinary Studies
ECU’s Coastal and Marine Studies Interdisciplinary Minor prepares students with a broad understanding of coastal and marine resources, science, and management in order to understand policy dilemmas and critically assess solutions. Students are prepared to apply their COAS knowledge to augment competency and skills gained in a major field of study. The minor is open to both science and non-science majors, offers a core knowledge of oceanography and coastal-marine resources, and provides avenues for specialization and field or laboratory experience.
Students may be interested in the COAS Minor if they are curious about: