Marine and Coastal Management

Marine and Coastal Management (GEOG)

coastDevelopment 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. In order to take full advantage of coursework required in the physical sciences, Marine and Coastal Management students will complete MATH 140. 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 mentor (see contact information below). 
  2. Meet with Dr. Amanda Hoffman-Hall (2181M LEF) to have your advising block removed.  Begin this process at least 2 weeks early to be sure you can register on time!  

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!