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The coastal management minor focuses on the development of skills suitable for students interested in management of coastal and marine resources, as well as those students pursuing careers in environmental consulting and academia. Students minoring in coastal management must learn to interpret critical coastal and marine issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Students will be exposed to coursework focusing on environmental/natural resource management, the biological and physical environment, and human dimensions of coastal management. The Minor in Coastal Management will help students integrate knowledge on an array of different topics, such as land use planning, protected area management, resource economics, environmental law and public policy in the interdisciplinary study of the management of coastal and marine environments.

The Coastal Management Minor is comprised of six classes. Students will be expected to take two core interdisciplinary courses related to the management of coastal and marine resources. Students must also take three electives from two broadly defined categories of study. The minor requires a minimum of one elective from both the Physical and Biological Environment and the Human Dimensions categories. The minor also requires that students take one class from a category of analytic tools. These tools will aid in the evaluation of interdisciplinary coastal and marine issues.

Required Courses

  • ES211 Introduction to Coastal Management
  • One Coastal, Upper-Level Synthesis Class (either ES460 Coastal Hazards: Science and Management, ES461 Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management, or ES 463 Fisheries Governance )
  • One Tools course
  • 3 Electives (one elective from the Biological and Physical Environment category and one from the Human Dimensions category). At least one elective must be 300 level or higher.

Note: Environmental Studies majors and minors may not double count more than two courses.

Biological & Physical Environment Courses
(Must take at least one class)

MS101N Geological Oceanography
MS102N Biological Oceanography
ES270 Environmental Biology
MS311 Marine Mammalogy
ES317 Global Environmental Change
ES372 Estuaries
ES373 Restoration Ecology
MS401 Coastal Geology
BI 371N Conservation Biology

Human Dimensions Courses
(Must take at least one class)

EC201S Introduction to Economics of Environment
ES315S Wildlife Policy
PO325S Environmental Politics and Policy
HI353E Environmental History
EC373 Natural Resource Economics
EC374 Environmental Economics
EC388 Economic Development
ES480 Advanced Policy of Protected Areas
ES481 Advanced Ecotourism Policy/Practice
A second Coastal, Upper-Level Synthesis Class; either ES460 Coastal Hazards: Science and Management or ES461 Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management

Tools Courses
(Must take at least one class from any category below)

Statistics course
PO260M Political Science Research Methods
BE260M Statistical Methods for Sciences
SO160M Statistical Methods
MN260M Statistical Methods for Management & Economics
PS200 & PS201M Statistics and Research Design I & II
MA133M Statistics: An Introduction
ES 460 Econometrics

GIS/Remote Sensing course
ES341N GIS for Environmental Studies
ES342 Introduction to Remote Sensing

Writing course
CO200E Writing the Environment
CO326 Environmental Rhetoric

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