Jackson State University is the Coastal Hazards Center Education Lead (CHC-E) provides education programs, thus far developing 39 new courses and seven new concentrations that bring coastal hazards expertise into the study of a broad spectrum of relevant disciplines. The Center’s multidisciplinary teams of university-based educators and researchers develop curricula that promote holistic, creative, and resilient solutions to the challenges of natural hazards in the nation’s coastal zone. Examples include:

    • Coastal engineering concentrations within undergraduate and graduate civil engineering degree programs at Jackson State University. The concentrations apply engineering expertise to natural disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis, and their effects and consequences.
    • Geographic information systems and homeland security concentration within Alcorn State University’s applied science undergraduate degree program.
    • Emergency and public safety management courses at Alcorn State University, Jackson State University and the University of Houston.
    • Disaster science and management courses for peer-to- peer or distance education at Louisiana State University.


CHC education programs incorporate research, scholarships and internships geared toward developing graduates with specialized expertise in coastal hazards and natural disasters.