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Coastal Engineering Student installs and tests LiDAR technology used to measure waves and coastal change during storm impact.

Coastal Engineering, B.S.

Address Coastal Challenges From Population Growth to Rising Sea Levels
  • 1st

    University in the U.S. to Offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Coastal Engineering

As a coastal engineer, your job could include:

Contributing to estuarine, aquatic and/or wetlands restoration, beach nourishment, and erosion solutions.

Dredging and dredged material management, port and harbor design.

Green and gray infrastructure, nature-based projects, docks, marinas, and piers..

Stormwater management, water quality issues and ecology, wetland delineation/mitigation design, wave runup/overtopping analysis.

Hydrographic surveying, assessing transportation systems, environmental analysis or advocacy, or pursuing graduate studies.

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Learn To

Study engineering statics, mechanics of solids, fluid mechanics, and water resource engineering

Dive in to learn about coastal wave mechanics, computational modeling, coastal structures, and laboratory and field data collection

Dig into dredging and beach renourishment practices

Top it off with a semester-long capstone design course tackling real-world engineering challenges

Coastal Engineering Program Overview

UNCW Coastal Engineering Wave Flume Installation

UNCW students and faculty in the undergraduate Coastal Engineering program now have new ways to study the power of ocean waves using a state-of-the-art wave flume installed right next to their classrooms. Spanning nearly 80 feet long and 5 feet wide, the glass and steel tank, which can be seen off the main lobby of the department’s newly constructed building, holds 9,500 gallons of water and is just as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful.

Opportunity awaits you at UNCW

Are You an International Student?

This is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security STEM designated program that allows eligible F1 international students to apply for a 24-month optional practical training extension.