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ENSP 370 Coastal Studies Practicum

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ENSP 212 and ESHN 210 or permission of instructor. (First semester/2 credits) 

The origins and answers to coastal environmental problems are found by studying the interplay among science, technology, society and culture of the region. Working as a team, students will work collaboratively to define a coastal issue facing mid-Atlantic communities. Past topics include the sources and impact of untreated sewage effluent, the effects of marine debris on public beaches and the importance of abandoned fishing gear. They will design a multidisciplinary study that addresses that issue from several perspectives. Working in teams, students will collect information, synthesize the material and provide their results and interpretations in both a written report and oral presentation. This course is offered as part of the Coastal Studies Semester.