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Coastal Studies Program

  • Concentration
  • Minor

About this Program

The Coastal Studies program can be taken as a concentration within the Environmental Science and Policy Major, or it can act as a stand alone minor for students of any major. The program is travel-based and designed to provide students with both textbook and first-hand knowledge of environmental challenges currently facing coastal regions. As a member of a close-knit, motivated community, you'll gain an understanding and appreciation for watershed science and the complexities of coastal environments. We explore the biological, ecological, historical and cultural influences on field locations that we visit.

Program Overview

Our semester-long, travel-based, experiential learning program is offered each fall semester and provides a solid academic framework for the study of environmental science. You'll be engaged in four closely interrelated courses that will go far beyond traditional classroom and lab settings. You'll apply your newly acquired knowledge to real world environmental problems that we find facing communities and natural systems along the Atlantic coast and Chesapeake Bay. 

During our travels to field stations, you will be able to take advantage of co-curricular activities like seminars offered at the laboratories we visit, extended field experiences in natural areas, and day-trips to sites of unique ecological, historical and cultural interest. We will invite you to attend a professional scientific meeting and hear the latest research in your area of interest from scientists and students from other colleges and universities. 

You will become involved in an interdisciplinary research practicum, an open-ended inquiry into environmental issues in the Chesapeake Bay, region which weaves together scientific, historical and cultural threads to act as a unifying element for a semester-long experience.

Join us in the fall! 

Apply to be a coastal student today! Application are due April 23. 
Scroll down for Registration Forms. 

Click here to go to an interactive map of where we will be traveling during the fall semester.

Degrees Offered

  • Concentration
  • Minor

Program Social Media

Registration Forms

The application to the Coastal Studies Program is due on April 23 via email to Dr. Drew Ferrier (dferrier@hood.edu).

CLICK HERE to download an application form. 

If you are a student enrolled in a partner institution, before completing the registration forms for the Coastal Studies Program and registering for classes at Hood College, you will need to register with Hood College as a Non-Degree seeking student. 

Click here to complete your Non-Degree registration. 

If you have questions about registering as a student from outside of Hood College, please contact Drew Ferrier at dferrier@hood.edu.

Once your application has been approved, please complete this Agreement and Waiver form. Email your completed form to Dr. Drew Ferrier (dferrier@hood.edu). This form is due at the time you are registering for fall classes. 

CLICK HERE to download the Agreement and Waiver form

Once your application has been approved, please complete this Medical Form. Email your completed form to Dr. Drew Ferrier (dferrier@hood.edu). This form is due at the time you are registering for fall classes. 

CLICK HERE to download the Medical form for STUDENTS to complete.

CLICK HERE to download the Medical form for your PHYSICIAN to complete.


Please complete the registration card and have the appropriate signatures obtained. Once you have completed this registration card you must email a copy to Dr. Drew Ferrier (dferrier@hood.edu) or provide a paper copy of the completed form to the Biology Department Administrative Assistant, Emma Barr in Hodson room 134. This registration card is due via email to Dr. Ferrier by April 23. 

CLICK HERE to download and print your registration card. 

Group Hike

Hiking in New Germany State Park

During our first trip we spend some time hiking around the Western Maryland. Some of the highlights of this first trip are visiting the headwaters of the Potomac, sampling Savage River and staying in beautiful cabins. 

Boat trip

VIMS Field Trip

During our trip to the tidewaters of Virginia we visit some very special places accessible only by boat. We spend time walking on beaches, visiting barrier islands and sampling ocean water for research projects back in the lab. 

Coastal Studies Semester Field Trips and Excursions

This map allows you to explore where our base of operations are during the Coastal Studies Semester and take a look at some of the field trip locations. We try to hit as many of the field trip sites as possible. There are so many trips and so little time! 

Program Contact

Drew Ferrier

Director of the Coastal Studies Program

301 696 3660
Katie Huy

Katie Huy

Academic Program Coordinator, Coastal Studies minor & Sustainability major

301 696 3318

Susan Simonson

Project Manager & Instructor


Meet the Director

Drew Ferrier is a broadly trained aquatic biologist who works with students to investigate the organisms and processes found in oceans, estuaries, lakes and rivers.

All Faculty
Drew Ferrier

Drew Ferrier

  • Professor of Biology
  • Director of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies

Coastal Semester News

Katelyn on a Coastal Studies trip to Swallow Falls in Western Maryland

Katelyn Valla Soars Onward from The Center for Coastal and Watersheds Studies Coop!

In Katelyn's words, "Key to My Success was the Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies..". Undergraduate Student

This Hood Story is written first hand by Katelyn Valla. She has shared her personal account of working with The Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies. It is the pleasure of CCWS to highlight Katie's accomplishments! Please take a moment to connect with CCWS as we celebrate all Katie has learned and shared with our Hood community and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

  • Experiential Learning
  • Natural Sciences