B.Sc. On Campus

Coastal Engineering

University of North Carolina Wilmington

48 months
18508 USD/year
18508 USD/year
4444 USD/year
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The Coastal Engineering program at University of North Carolina Wilmington teaches students to address issues affecting coastal communities around the world through the application of geological and physical oceanography, coastal management curriculum, applied physics, and civil and ocean engineering fundamentals.


UNCW is an internationally recognized leader in coastal and marine science education and research, and the first university in the U.S. to offer a Bachelor of Science degree focused on coastal engineering.

The program leverages the university's expertise in earth and ocean sciences, physical oceanography and environmental science, as well as the regional and geographic distinctiveness of coastal North Carolina.

The Coastal Engineering program at University of North Carolina Wilmington focuses on foundational courses and specialized coursework in coastal engineering and marine sciences. Students have the opportunity to experience extensive field research in the area's waterways and coastal habitats under the direction of faculty scholars and access to state-of-the-art facilities, including the UNCW Center for Marine Science (CMS).


  • Physics: Our faculty is engaged in cutting-edge physics research ranging from elementary particle physics to theoretical high energy physics.
  • Physical Oceanography: Our faculty leads research in areas ranging from physical oceanography and cryospheric science to human-coastal interactions.

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • General Chemistry 
  • College Writing and Reading 
  • Calculus/Analytic Geometry 
  • Physical Activity and Wellness
  • Dredging and Beach Nourishment
  • Coastal Wave Mechanics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

National First year

  • Spring First-Year Deadline - October 15
  • Fall Early Action (Non-Binding)- November 1
  • Fall Regular Decision - February 1


124 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Non-refundable $80 application fee
  • Essay & Short Answer
  • Official Transcript
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a U.S. 4.0 scale to be considered for admission 
  • Transcripts from U.S. high schools or American schools outside the U.S. must be official, listing both courses and grades.
  • Transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be original or certified true copies, with original signatures on all transcripts and English translations. A certified true copy is one that bears an original signature of the registrar or other designated school official, an original impression of the institution's seal, or signature/seal of the examining board.
  • Foreign transcripts may be sent directly from a certified translation service or from secondary school. Any transcripts delivered by the applicant will not be considered official unless they are sealed. Records should list subjects studied each year and the mark or grade or proficiency earned in each.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18508 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9254 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    18508 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9254 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    4444 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2222 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Wilmington

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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