The overall research model for the School is to focus on the coastal environments and processes where land, ocean, atmosphere and society interact. That touches on a wide range of sub-disciplines, basic and applied research, science and policy.
The main research arm of the School is the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies. Through its research activities the Center actively partners with federal and state agencies, local communities and the private sector to infuse the best available science into natural resource management benefiting the public. By providing direct opportunity to participate in real-world studies, access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and applications and diverse professionals within the Center and partnering agencies and universities, the Center greatly advances the training and professional and academic development of Coastal Carolina University students in the area of marine and wetland sciences, management and policy.