Department of Coastal Sciences

The Department of Coastal Sciences (COA) is a research and graduate education department offering programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. As a research-intensive unit, COA's graduate program offers excellent opportunities for students to immerse themselves in applied as well as basic research. Graduates are equipped to help the state of Mississippi and the nation better protect, manage, and enhance our marine resources. Investigator- and institutionally-initiated research programs support graduate and postdoctoral students in investigations related to aquaculture, aquatic toxicology, biodiversity, ecology, fisheries, and  pathobiology.

Currently, nearly 50 resident graduate students are working toward graduate degrees under the direction of the 11 COA faculty. Active faculty research programs provide students with opportunities to interact in multi-disciplinary research, travel to scientific meetings, and conduct original studies providing COA graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

Information for prospective students

GCRL's R/V Tom McIlwain lies at anchor while Dr. James Wetzel’s SFP Marine Biology class collects specimens at Horn Island, off the coast of Mississippi. Photo by Chris Snyder.