Marine and Coastal Management

Marine and Coastal Management  

marineDevelopment of coastal land, some of the most expensive land available, must increasingly account for environmental effects, the likelihood of storm damage, and the increasingly complex evolution of legal concepts in the face of rapidly changing science.  From assessing the impact of one-quarter of the world’s population on the coastal ocean to wise stewardship of fishery and other commercial resources, the career potential for undergraduates trained in ocean and coastal science is large. To prepare for this, students will learn the basic principles of oceanography and littoral processes, and their relationship to meteorological conditions and forcing; learn about factors influencing biological productivity in the coastal zone; utilize geospatial analysis and data assimilation to become familiar with computer modeling; and gain a background in environmental policy as it relates to marine and coastal management and land use.  Additionally, students should consider completing a marine-oriented study abroad program.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - Marine and Coastal Management (pdf.) 

 Advising & Registration

Advising in GEOG is a two-step process.  

  1. Complete your Faculty Mentor sheet and meet with your assigned faculty advisor (contact information below). He/She will be available to you to discuss professional development and career interests, and can answer questions about the field of Marine and Coastal Management: coursework you might take, academic opportunities to explore, career directions to consider. You should also consult with him/her if you are looking for an internship or independent study. You will be required to meet with your faculty mentor each semester PRIOR to having your mandatory advising block lifted by Dr. Hoffman-Hall
  2. Meet with Dr. Amanda Hoffman-Hall (2181M LEF; to have your advising block removed. She will work with you during scheduling and registration.  She will make sure you stay on track to complete your ENSP major requirements. You’ll need to meet with Dr. Hoffman-Hall each semester before you will be able to register for courses so he can remove your mandatory advising block.  She can help with questions about administrative issues such as registration and general university policies and resources.  Begin this process at least 2 weeks early to be sure you can register on time. 

Dr. Amanda Hoffman-Hall
1149B LeFrak Hall 


Email: ahall2 [at]

Marine and Coastal Management faculty advisors:


Dr. Keith Yearwood (
2181H Lefrak Hall
(301) 405-4053 

For appointments:  Take advantage of Dr. Yearwood's walk-in hours (Mondays and Wednesdays from 11-12pm).  If you cannot make his office hours, e-mail Dr. Yearwood and use "ENSP Advising" in your subject line.  Include 2-3 different days/times to meet, so he can e-mail back to confirm one of them


Dr. Sinead Farrell (

1157 LeFrak Hall

For appointments:  Please e-mail Dr. Farrell and suggest 2-3 different days/times that work for you, so she can e-mail back to confirm one of them.  Be sure to come prepared!  Thanks!