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Coastal Sciences - Master's and Doctorate

Availability: Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Hattiesburg Options*

Why Study Coastal Sciences?

Coastal Sciences (COA) is an academic department offering MS and PhD programs. As a research-intensive unit, COA's graduate program offers excellent opportunities for students to immerse themselves in applied research. Graduates are equipped to help better protect, manage, and enhance coastal and marine resources. Current research programs support graduate and postdoctoral students in investigations related to aquaculture, aquatic health sciences, coastal ecology and ecosystem processes and fisheries and fisheries oceanography.

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4Emphasis Areas
45 Research Vessels

What Will I Learn?

  • Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding of Coastal Sciences.
  • Specialized research skills.
  • Scientific presentation skills to effectively communicate scientific research.
  • Scientific publication skills.
  • Knowledge, field and laboratory skills necessary for jobs in marine-related fields.

Conduct Research Under Nationally and Internationally Recognized Faculty

Coastal Sciences consists of talented faculty covering a wide range of disciplines in core marine research areas. As authors of hundreds of scientific publications, members of regional, national and international councils and advisory panels, graduate students benefit from numerous scientific and research experiences. Active faculty research programs provide students with opportunities to engage in multidisciplinary research and conduct original studies, providing COA graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

Availability

Degree Plan Availability
Coastal Sciences (Aquaculture) PHDGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Aquatic Health Sciences) PHDGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Processes) PHDGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Fisheries and Fisheries Oceanography) PHDGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences PhDGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Aquaculture) MSGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Aquatic Health Sciences) MSGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Processes) MSGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Fisheries and Fisheries Oceanography) MSGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences MSGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Science Education (Coastal Sciences) PhDHattiesburg
Science Education (Coastal Sciences) MSHattiesburg
  • Academic Faculty
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Project Manager
  • Coastal Resource Manager
  • Laboratory Coordinator
  • Virginia Fleer, 2017, 
    Adjunct Biology Faculty, Texas A&M-San Antonio and Palo Alto College
  • Allison Walker, 2012, 
    Associate Professor, Acadia University
  • Bryan Hedgpeth, 2013, 
    Research Scientist, ExxonMobile Biomedical Sciences
  • Idrissa Boube, 2011, 
    Environmental Scientist, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Michael Lowe, 2013, 
    Fish Biologist, US Geological Survey
  • Christa Woodley, 2001,
    Senior Researcher, US Army Corps of Engineers