The Coastal Environmental Science major at Flagler College provides students with a strong knowledge base for understanding diverse environmental issues as well as the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research that is focused on coastal issues. Students pursuing this major are therefore required to leave the classroom behind and immerse themselves in "living laboratories" located all around the St. Augustine area. The Coastal Environmental Science major was designed from the 100-level courses to the senior capstone courses to have a firm grounding in undergraduate research. Flagler College can offer this innovative student opportunity due to its unique coastal position in Northeast Florida of being surrounded by a wealth of coastal and marine ecosystems. This proximity allows the Coastal Environmental Science major to take full advantage of its location as an ideal setting to offer undergraduate coastal research opportunities that are usually reserved for graduate studies. Every student in this program is given the opportunity to conduct authentic scientific research by designing, collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting their coastal research findings to the Flagler College and larger local community. The Coastal Environmental Science major therefore prepares students for science research careers as well as careers related to sustainable business, environmental law, project management and planning, environmental consulting, education, communication, and service to the community.
The major requires a total of 57 credit hours from the following five categories: Natural World, Diversity of Life, Environmental Issues, Scientific Communication, and Coastal Field Research.
Students currently at Flagler College who wish to change their major to Coastal Environmental Science (CES), must first complete the following general education courses with a grade of C or above:
- MAT 135 or MAT 161 or MAT 201
- MAT 223 - Statistics
- One CES majors course (NAS 107 or NAS 111 or NAS 151 or NAS 245 )