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School of the Coastal Environment

The School of the Coastal Environment unites Coastal Carolina University’s coastal and marine education and research. The school is composed of the Department of Marine Science, the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, and the University’s nautical facilities and boat operations.

The Department of Marine Science offers three academic programs:

  • B.S. degree in marine science
  • M.S. in coastal marine and wetland studies
  • Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science

Undergraduate students can take advantage of the Accelerated Integrated Marine Science Program (AIMS) to transition easily to the graduate program.

The Center for Marine and Wetland Studies provides a wide range of opportunities for students to enhance their professional development well beyond the classroom.

Faculty and staff in the School of the Coastal Environment work together to deliver outstanding undergraduate and graduate education and opportunities for research that impart a deep understanding of coastal and marine systems.

William G. Ambrose Jr., Ph.D.
Professor/Vice Dean, Gupta College of Science
School of the Coastal Environment



Faculty and students at Coastal Carolina University are doing research that might allow for underwater vehicles to operate more efficiently. They are currently building a model of a shark in order to get data on its hydrodynamics. When completed, the model will be tested in the flume in CCU's Environmental Fluids Lab. Watch video (run time 3:44) »