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Sustainability Sciences

Availability: Gulf Park Options

Why Sustainability Sciences?

The Sustainability Sciences (Coastal System Dynamics) Bachelor of Science program is a multi-disciplinary science degree aimed at addressing resilience and sustainability of coastal zones as a combination of human and ecological systems. The degree is built from ecology, geography, statistics and mathematics, field methods, and electives courses in resources, human wellbeing, and environment and society.

What Will I Learn?

Leveraging USM’s coastal location, expertise, and community partnerships, students will learn about the physical aspects of sustainability with a holistic inclusion of the human element as a well-rounded multi-disciplinary scientist. Coastal System Dynamics (CSD) majors will also earn a certificate or minor in a field of their choice. Students in CSD will complete a capstone practicum that shows applied research in coastal system dynamics, as, for example, on the barrier islands, port interactions, beach erosion, urban planning, infrastructure, fishing, aquaculture, hurricane preparedness, and the like.

School of Coastal Resilience Faculty

School of Coastal Resilience is home to over thirty research and teaching faculty in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, and humanities. Our research and teaching interests encompass coastal processes, ecology, and geography; environmental history, literature, film, policy, and ethics; environmental protection and social justice; sustainability studies and education; in short, all matters that impact human well-being and ecosystem vitality in coastal regions.



Degree Plan Availability
Sustainability Sciences (Coastal System Dynamics) BSGulf Park

Contact Us

School of Coastal Resilience

Physical Address

730 East Beach Blvd
Long Beach, MS 39560

Gulf Park Campus

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  • Environmental Compliance Specialist
  • Sustainability Program Coordinator
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Geoscientist
  • Urban Planner/ GIS
  • Natural Resource Manager

How Do I Get Started?