Mar 05, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Coastal Sciences Graduate Certificate

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Program Overview:

The certificate in Coastal Sciences is offered jointly by the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, which also offers a certificate in Coastal Engineering.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for GC Coastal Sciences


Understand advanced theoretical and applied concepts in the coastal sciences. 


Remember facts related to coastal science and be able to define and list key components of coastal geomorphology. 


Analyze and be able to differentiate and compare and contrast different models and ideas. 


Create a research project that evaluates a coastal system and the associated processes and how changes to this system and/or processes can be handled through information and policy making. 


In addition to meeting the minimum standards for admission to the Graduate School, applicants to the program must

Hold a degree in a related field (engineering or sciences).


  1. 12 graduate credit hours earned in: Coastal Processes, Sediment Transport and Dredging, Coastal Geomorphology, and Coastal Restoration and Management.
  2. The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of the four courses must be a minimum of a B average (3 .0) to earn the certificate.
  3. All courses will be offered in a dual format (classroom + online over the internet). This will provide opportunity for practicing engineers to take advantage of the certificate program.
  4. Certificate courses can be taken by practicing engineers with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Sciences, or related fields. Students may apply credit earned in these courses towards their M.S. program if they are offered admission to the program and the coursework is completed within the time limit for Master’s degrees.

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