Coastal lands and resources are under increasing pressure due to a variety of environmental and societal issues. Sea level rise, urbanization, energy production, tropical storms, and habitat loss are just some of the pressing issues facing coastal areas. There is an increasing need for professionals trained to manage natural resources in these areas. Through coursework in the Coastal Zone Management minor, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the coastal environment and how management and policy are applied to natural resources. To complete this minor, students will be required to attend Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory (DISL) for one summer.
Download a curriculum model for this minor.
Some professional positions that graduates may pursue during their careers include:
- Regulatory specialist
- Environmental protection specialist
- Coastal management project manager
- Educational program manager
- Risk assessor
- Coastal zone manager
- Coastal planning project manager