Marine Science

Welcome to Marine Science

The Department of Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University supports both undergraduate and graduate programs in marine science. The two undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in Marine Science and Marine Coastal Environmental Science are complemented by the two graduate programs: the M.S. in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies and the Ph.D. in Marine Science: Coastal and Marine Systems Science. The strength of our degrees flows from the unique experiences offered by our research-active faculty who are committed to teaching and providing individual attention, making for superior experiential opportunities and professional training. Our coastal location offers easy access to a wide range of estuarine, nearshore, and oceanic environments, providing a wide range of habitats, and enabling a focus on field activities.

Marine Science at CCU

Our programs integrate aspects of marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, and physical oceanography/atmospheric science to study estuarine and oceanic environments. We combine lecture, laboratory, and field experiences to provide an outstanding and well-rounded education. 

Our graduates are prepared to advocate for marine issues and partake in the global conversation.

We invite you to take a few moments to explore our web pages for additional information about our Department and the opportunities that we provide for our students.

Please email if you will be visiting campus and want to register for a Marine Science program information session.

Learn more about marine science academic programs »

Marine Science Related Links

Click on one or more of the related links below for information on Marine Science centers, boat operations, and more.

Marine Science Contact Information

Juliana M. Harding, Ph.D.

Phone: 843-349-2983
Douglas Hall 226
Department Chair

Diane Fribance, Ph.D.

Phone: 843-349-5072
Douglas Hall 102G
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Programs

Zhixiong Shen, Ph.D.

Phone: 843-349-6593
Douglas Hall 102B
Associate Chair, Graduate Programs

Marine Science in Action

Ph.D. Student Research Buoy Deployment
Maymester in Oban, UK (Scotland)
Shark Research Cruise on Winyah Bay
Smart Reef Deployment Charleston