Department of Coastal Studies
The Integrated Coastal Sciences, Ph.D. program is a research-intensive doctoral degree program at ECU that educates students to resolve complex problems facing coastal systems, using multidisciplinary solutions that integrate across both natural, and health and social science disciplines.
The program provides a unique, integrated, multidisciplinary approach to coastal studies that emphasizes students obtaining expertise through coursework as well as hands-on research. Students receive state-of-the-art training in the acquisition, interpretation, and synthesis of scientific information on coastal environments and populations. Instructors and mentors foster the pursuit of individual interest in the context of a structured, but flexible, program of classroom instruction, field research, work experience, and a doctoral dissertation. Upon completion of their dissertation research, students will be well-poised to solve the wicked coastal problems of the future, with careers in government agencies, private firms, nonprofit organizations, and academic research and educational programs.
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