Master’s of Science in Coastal Resilience

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This Master's program is part of the Trans-Atlantic Alliance, a unique and exciting partnership, with two universities – one in Liverpool, England, and one in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.. Both universities collaborate within several academic areas, including business, public health, computer science, creative writing, and environment, geography and marine sciences.

Program Overiew

Students in the Coastal Resilience program

Program Overview

The MS in Coastal Resilience offered jointly by SCSU and LJMU (Liverpool John Moores University), provides a scientific basis for decision making and planning for resilience in coastal zones.

The program is delivered as a one year MS program via a cohort model. Students will be spending one semester in residence at SCSU, one semester in residence at LJMU and the summer in a location based on the research project to be undertaken by the student. Students will also take part in an intensive winter session field experience, which may be taught abroad.

 

The program is composed of 45 credits (US system) of prescribed coursework including a competed Master’s thesis as capstone experience.

 

The program is a response to business, non-profit, and governmental organizations’ increasing need for employees equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills training to find practical and sustainable solutions to coastal problems arising from climate change, development and population in the coastal zone.

Employment prospects for graduates with these skills will continue to increase in the US and abroad. Additionally, students in the program will gain proficiency in the theory and application of Geographic Information Systems & Technology (GIS&T).

Drone LabWhile the focus of the program is on coastal resilience, the core methodology courses (CRM 500, CRM 505, CRM 506) are not context specific and thus the skills acquired will be transferable. Proficiency in Research Methods (CRM 500) in conjunction with proficiency in GIS&T Technology will allow students to compete for employment in this growing field.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates “employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists.”

The skill-set to be developed in the program—though focused on coastal issues—is fully transferable to other contexts. Through a solid grounding in scientific inquiry, and associated project-based learning, students will have the chance to put academic theory inquiry into practice and develop project development, management, and evaluation skills that are transferable to a multitude of contexts.

In addition, a significant portion of the program is devoted to skill development in the areas of data collection, data management, data visualization and data analysis primarily in a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) context that is transferable to a multitude of contexts and industries (emergency management, health services, FIRE, etc.).

The program is composed of 45 credits (US system) of prescribed coursework including a competed Master’s thesis as capstone experience.

 

Curriculum

The MSc in Coastal Resilience, jointly delivered by LJMU and SCSU, integrates the study of science, policy, economics, sustainability, planning and management for a holistic consideration of coastal resilience in the face of considerable environmental change and challenge.

It provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills training to find practical and sustainable solutions to coastal problems arising from climate change, development and population in the coastal zone.

It also provides a scientific basis for decision making and planning for resilience in the coastal zone.

Program Sequence - 45 Credits 

Fall Semester at Southern Connecticut State University

  • CRM 500—Research Methods 1—2 credits
  • CRM 501—Coastal Systems I: Biophysical/Environmental Aspects —3 credits
  • CRM 502—Coastal Systems II: Sociocultural Aspects—3 credits
  • CRM 505—GIS I—4 credits
  • CRM 590—Coastal Issues Seminar—1.5 credits

Winter Session TBD

  • CRM 550—Field Experience—3 credits

Spring Semester at SCSU

  • CRM 510—Research Methods 2—2 credits
  • CRM 503— Coastal Hazards and Pollution—3 credits
  • CRM 504—Coastal Policy and Planning—3 credits
  • CRM 506—GIS II—4 credits
  • CRM 590—Coastal Issues Seminar—1.5 credits

Summer Session TBD

  • CRM 594—Thesis Research I—3 credits
  • CRM 595—Thesis Research II—3 Credits
  • CRM 601—Directed Study: Biophysical Aspects—3 credits
  • CRM 602—Directed Study: Sociocultural Aspects—3 credits
  • CRM 603—Directed Study: Sustainability Transitions—3 credits

“Employment of geographers is expected to grow 35 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be fastest in the professional, scientific, and technical services industry.”

(Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-2013 Edition).

 

“Because the uses for geospatial technology are so widespread and diverse, the market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection of the market expanding at the rate of 100 percent each year.”

(US Department of Labor, High Growth Industry Profile – Geospatial Technology).

Facilities

Facilities 

The program takes full advantage of the deep existing relationships between faculty at SCSU and LJMU and the departmental facilities at both institutions.

In addition, it will make use of the interdisciplinary facilities at SCSU such as the Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies (especially for its laboratory space) and the Center for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Education.

The field research component of the program will be supported by making use of established local (in the US and the UK) and additional international field research sites (e.g., Bermuda, the Skalanes field research center in Eastern Iceland http://skalanes.com/field- centreresearch/ and the Sustainability Institute at Lynedoch Ecovillage in South Africa http://www.sustainabilityinstitute.net/).

Faculty Profiles

C. Patrick Heidkamp, Ph.D.

C. Patrick Heidkamp, Ph.D.

James Tait, Ph.D.

James Tait, Ph.D.

Matthew Miller, Ph.D.

Matthew Miller, Ph.D.

Scott Michael Graves, Ph.D.

Scott Michael Graves, Ph.D.

Stephen Axon, Ph.D.

Stephen Axon, Ph.D.

Vincent Breslin, Ph.D.

Vincent Breslin, Ph.D.

Program Contact Information

Dr. C. Patrick Heidkamp
Chair, Department of the Environment, Geography & Marine Sciences

Southern Connecticut State University

heidkampc1@southernct.edu

203-392-5919

patrickheidkamp.com

 

Dr. Jason Kirby
Subject Head for Geography and Environmental Sciences

Liverpool John Moores University

J.R.Kirby@ljmu.ac.uk

0151 231 2410