Coastal & Marine Sciences

Student measuring a turtle


UNCW’s coastal and marine sciences offer a multitude of opportunities for experiential learning through research, internships and service projects that reach far beyond the classroom. As undergraduates, students are challenged to understand the dynamic ocean environment and to take on contemporary problems and policy questions affecting coastal communities and the oceans.

Students may choose among undergraduate options in the sciences, business, education and public and international affairs, as well as interdisciplinary tracks. UNCW offers a Ph.D. in marine biology and Master of Science degrees in marine biology, marine science and coastal and ocean policy, in addition to options in traditional disciplines.