Message from the Chair
WELCOME to Coastal Carolina University's Marine Science Department. We are the largest undergraduate marine science program on the East Coast and one of the lead departments in CCU's Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies graduate program. With our ideal location near the coast and collection of research-active faculty committed to undergraduate teaching, our strength is in providing individual attention and hands-on opportunities for students.
Marine science is an interdisciplinary field that employs aspects of biology, chemistry, geology, and physical oceanography/atmospheric science toward the study of the ocean environment. Lecture, laboratory, and field experiences are integrated to provide an outstanding and well-rounded academic program. Within marine science, you may choose to concentrate your studies in one of the following areas: Marine Biology, Coastal Geology, Marine Chemistry, Atmosphere/Ocean Dynamics or Marine Analytical Technology.
You are encouraged to get involved with research or internship experiences, which can help you get into graduate school, get a job, or make contacts in the field. Each year, approximately 50 students work individually with faculty to complete semester-long independent research projects for credit. More than half of these present their findings at state, regional, national, and international scientific conferences - activities usually associated with graduate students. Another dozen or more take advantage of off-campus internships locally and around the country. Additionally, well over 100 students participate in faculty research outside of the classroom each year.
Two major national reports, the Pew Oceans Commission and U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, have documented the critical importance of marine science to our national health and well-being and called for increased efforts in marine science education, research, and funding. This is truly an exciting and dynamic time. Please take a few moments to check our web pages for additional information and we hope to hear from you.
Jane L. Guentzel
Chair, Department of Marine Science