College of Coastal Georgia

Introduction


Located on the southeast Atlantic coast in Brunswick, midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida, the College of Coastal Georgia is an undergraduate college in the University System of Georgia. The College provides an affordable and interactive education in the natural beauty and abundant sunshine of Georgia’s Golden Isles, an area noted for world-class golf courses and resorts as well as amazing diversity of maritime habitats, wildlife and sea creatures.

Students discover opportunities at all levels: in leadership roles across all aspects of campus life; in community engagement through service-learning, hands-on application of classroom material, a spirit of volunteerism and a commitment to making positive changes; in honors programs, internships, fellowships, and scholarships that foster natural curiosity; and in on-campus employment opportunities and scholarships that not only promote college affordability, but also encourage academic, athletic, and activity program participation.

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The College’s Office of Recreation and Wellness supports student activities which capitalize on the College’s proximity to two great beaches with quick rides over the causeway to either St. Simons Island or Jekyll Island. Passes to Jekyll Island are issued to fulltime students, providing access to all of the amenities of the state’s seaside playground. Off-campus adventure excursions to St. Simons Island include stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Students can take to the water as well as hike the beaches and trails of our regional ecosystems for field-directed learning in a coastal environment that is a living laboratory and one of the first designated, protected wetlands in the nation.

The College offers baccalaureate degrees in American Studies, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Health Informatics, Mathematics, Nursing (BSN), Psychology, Public Affairs and recently added a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Through an active program of internships and service-learning, students team with community partners such as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Jekyll Island Authority and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the Southeast Georgia Health System, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for exciting experiences in real-world application of coursework in the community. Students across all disciplines have meaningful opportunities to collaborate with faculty, co-authoring and co-presenting substantive research and reports.

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Faculty relish and support student interaction, serving as mentors, advisers, and even interveners on behalf of students beyond the hours of classroom preparation and teaching. Students are known by name, not only by classmates, but by faculty and staff. The vision of the College is to be a college of choice for students within Georgia and beyond, providing an accessible and affordable education. Advocating excellence in scholarship and community engagement, the College promotes student leadership, academic progression and timely graduation through student-centered programs that offer a rich and diverse student experience.

Noted for a beautiful campus, all but one building of the College has either been built or fully renovated within the past six years and construction has begun on a second suite-based residence hall. Since joining the Southern States Athletic Conference in 2011, the Mariners have made their mark on the sports scene, winning the NAIA men’s national golf championship in 2014. Coastal Georgia’s athletics program currently supports eight competitive sports teams: three men’s teams (basketball, golf, and tennis) and five women’s teams (basketball, golf, tennis, softball, and volleyball). The golf, tennis, and volleyball teams are nationally ranked.

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This is a campus that can be accurately described as a caring community of involved, interactive students, faculty and staff. Students may come to Coastal Georgia for one reason, but they stay for many.

Mission Statement

As a state college of the University System of Georgia, the College of Coastal Georgia will be a college of choice for residents of Georgia and beyond by providing an accessible and affordable quality education. Advocating excellence in scholarship and community engagement, the College promotes student progression and timely graduation through student–centered programs that offer a rich and diverse student experience. Students are prepared for meaningful careers, advanced study, lifelong learning, and participation in a global and technological society. The institution will provide associate and baccalaureate degrees that support the intellectual, economic and cultural needs of the community and region.

Vision

The College of Coastal Georgia will be a college of choice for students within Georgia and beyond, providing an outstanding education for tomorrow's leaders and citizens through service learning, global awareness and engaged entrepreneurship.

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Values

The College of Coastal Georgia’s core values frame the mission and vision, and guide the institution through changing times and priority setting:

Quality Education:
Commitment to providing high-quality, innovative, and flexible educational opportunities and services in an accessible student-centered environment, creating a climate of discovery that values and embraces both inquiry and creativity; expect students to take active responsibility for their education; foster close student-teacher bonds; offer ongoing assessment of academic programs; integrate all programs that promote student access and success.

Experiential Learning:
Integrate meaningful experiential and holistic community service on campus and in the broader community with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, fostering an attitude of generosity in service, teaching civic responsibility and strengthening communities.

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Global Awareness:
Commitment to providing value-added education by promoting cross-cultural understanding, fostering respect and appreciation among and between students, faculty and staff, and cultivating collaborative relationships with international programs and global communities.

Leadership:
Advocate leadership roles that uphold professionalism, responsibility and motivation through enhanced skills in organizing, planning, problem-solving, and communicating to prepare students to meet tomorrow’s workforce and the region’s evolving development needs.

Entrepreneurship:
Infuse exploration and innovation across the educational process while anchoring these entrepreneurial strategies in social and community purposes.

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Bachelor of Science in Biology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Brunswick

The Department of Natural Sciences (DNS) offers a baccalaureate degree in biological science that prepares students for careers as professional biologists in a wide variety of fields. Our program offers three tracks of study: Coastal Ecology, Teacher Education at the Secondary level or a Pre-Professional pathway, for students who plan to go into medicine, veterinary medicine, bio-medical science, dentistry, pharmacy or physical therapy. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Biology The Department of Natural Sciences (DNS) offers a baccalaureate degree in biological science that prepares students for careers as professional biologists in a wide variety of fields. Our program offers three tracks of study: Coastal Ecology, Teacher Education at the Secondary level or a Pre-Professional pathway, for students who plan to go into medicine, veterinary medicine, bio-medical science, dentistry, pharmacy or physical therapy. Students will be immersed in interactive classroom and laboratory experiences as well as field experiences relating to their chosen track. The innovative and rigorous curriculum will prepare students for graduate studies in a chosen bio-medical science profession, or career opportunities such as secondary school science education, natural resource management, and ecological research. Our Mission Statement The mission of the Department of Natural Sciences at the College of Coastal Georgia is to foster the knowledge and ability to explore the complex and diverse natural world at all levels of organization and to promote the intellectual growth of the liberal arts student within the framework of the scientific perspective. Specific goals include: Encouraging active learning through laboratory experiments and outdoor field experiences that utilize and instill an appreciation for the unique coastal environmental resources Providing opportunities to participate in scientific research, internships, and service within the local community Developing critical thinking skills that facilitate independent thought and creative expression Preparing students for careers in the natural sciences and for admission to graduate programs and professional schools. Why Biology at Coastal Georgia? The College’s coastal locale provides the ideal natural setting for field-directed learning in coastal ecology and marine science. The biology program’s affiliation with University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (MAREX), and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, provides exceptional undergraduate research and field experiences for coastal ecology students. The pre-professional track provides excellent experiences to prepare students for graduate school, including the various examinations required in thier chosen specialty. The experience, diversity, and qualifications of the CCGA Natural Science and Mathematics faculty provide students with the academic rigor and skills to succeed in their chosen area of study. In addition to the local natural resources, students at CCGA benefit from an intimate campus with smaller class sizes. Our faculty are educators with a passion for their chosen fields. They are willing to offer one-on-one assistance to anyone seeking it. Our faculty come from diverse academic backgrounds and have developed classroom techniques ranging from classical instruction to incorporating modern technology. Many of our faculty also perform research and are willing to serve as research advisors to students who want to explore their own research interests. At CCGA, we also have various special-interest clubs centering around the sciences. The DNS-based clubs include biology club, environmental club, astronomy club, and geology club. These organizations offer the student body an opportunity to meet with other students who share a passion for particular subjects. Clubs are open to all students. CCGA offers a rich campus community, academically rigorous programs, and well-educated faculty ready to serve our students. Plan a visit to CCGA today to see if our biology program is right for you! Coastal Ecology The Coastal Ecology concentration prepares students who plan to pursue careers in ecology, conservation biology, marine biology, organismal biology, forestry, wildlife, or natural resource management. Pre-Professional The Pre-Professional concentration prepares students who plan to pursue careers in microbiology, cellular and molecular biology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary medicine, bio-medical science, dentistry, pharmacy or physical therapy. This concentration prepares students for professional and graduate school programs. Secondary Education The Secondary Education concentration prepares future secondary biology teachers for the region and state. Highly-qualified science and mathematics teachers are known to be critically important to increase the number of high school graduates who pursue advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This concentration aligns with the curriculum guidelines of the Next Generation Science Standards; NCATE/NGSS Program Standards (2003). Biochemistry The Biochemistry concentration provides students with a quantitatively focused curriculum that bridges their interests in Biology and Chemistry and prepares them for entry into variety of professional programs in the medical field as well as graduate studies in Biochemistry. [-]

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Brunswick

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice focuses on the study of the criminal justice system and its component parts, as well as the causes and consequences of crime. [+]

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice focuses on the study of the criminal justice system and its component parts, as well as the causes and consequences of crime. The degree program stresses an integrated view of the criminal justice system, highlighting relationships between system components. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation core of knowledge of the criminal justice system that will prepare students for careers in the law enforcement fields of policing and criminal investigations, as well as security, corrections, probation, and parole. Concentrations Public Management concentration focuses primarily on the management of public sector organizations. For criminal justice students, the goal of this concentration is to develop skills required by individuals who manage criminal justice and security organizations and those who develop and evaluate policies. The public management concentration provides marketable management and leadership competencies that can be directly applied in the workplace, while instilling essential values to ensure students thrive upon graduation in their careers as public servants. Homeland Security concentration provides a unique opportunity for students interested in focusing their studies on the vast areas included in the complex arena of homeland security. The focus of this concentration is to provide a comprehensive study of complex areas facing our nation such as immigration policy, border security, customs enforcement, cybercrime, and the evaluation of public policies in these areas. Information Assurance and Cyber Defense concentration allows students to master essential skills in understanding network defense, database management systems, cybercrime, cybersecurity, and security design and cryptography. Upon Graduation Program graduates can expect to be well prepared for entry level jobs in any number of areas within the vast field of criminal justice including criminal investigator, police officer, customs officer, probation and parole officer, border patrol agent, federal air marshal, transportation security screener, private sector security professional, and many others. Additionally, program graduates will have achieved a solid foundation for future success in graduate school or furtherance of their careers. [-]

Bachelor of Science in Education

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Brunswick

The Bachelor of Science in Education with a dual major in early childhood and special education meets standards established by the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Teacher candidates successfully completing this program will be certified in early childhood and special education, grades K-5. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Education Blending traditional and non-traditional approaches to teacher preparation with a focus on content knowledge expertise, effective teaching strategies and classroom management, graduates will enter the teaching profession poised to meet the challenges of current and future classrooms. Teacher candidates complete professional education coursework, content coursework in mathematics, science and reading as well as structured, supervised field experiences in the schools. The Bachelor of Science in Education with a dual major in early childhood and special education meets standards established by the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Teacher candidates successfully completing this program will be certified in early childhood and special education, grades K-5. Core Curriculum The early childhood/special education program requires completion of 124-126 credit hours of which 60 are to complete the Core Curriculum Areas A through F. The following Area F courses are prerequisites for this program: EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, EDUC 2130, ISCI 2001, ISCI 2002, and MATH 2008. Students are strongly recommended to work regularly with an education advisor on completion of the CORE curriculum. Admission to the Teacher Education Program Prior to enrolling in the semester that begins the teacher candidates professional education sequence of course work, students are required to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Applications for admission to the Teacher Education Program are due on or before February 1 prior to the Junior Year, Fall Semester. Admission is competitive in nature and successful prospective teacher candidates must meet the following minimum criteria: a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all coursework. successful completion of the GACE Program Admission Assessment or an exemption based upon satisfactory scores on the SAT or ACT* completion of the GACE Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (Program Entry [350]) a grade of C or better in all Area F courses completion of Areas A-G in the core curriculum submission of three Teacher Candidate Disposition Evaluations (at least one from an EDUC professor) proof of insurance for tort a successful criminal background check (conducted by the GaPSC) GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application Students may be exempt from GACE if they: Score 1000 or higher on the SAT (verbal, math) Score 43 or higher on the ACT (English, math) Passed the CBEST, CLAST, or FTCE (California/Oregon/Florida) Passed the Praxis I prior to 3/6/2007 Continuation in the Teacher Education Program Once admitted to the Teacher Education Program, teacher candidates must earn a minimum 2.75 GPA or higher each semester and earn a C or better in all professional education coursework. Periodic monitoring by the program faculty with regard to teacher candidate progress on their knowledge, skills, and dispositions is conducted to ensure that teacher candidates meet high standards. Completion of professional education course work includes lecture courses, practicum courses where teacher candidate’s work with children in public schools under the supervision of a certified teacher and a college supervisor, seminar courses that provide overview information about upcoming course work, and professional development seminars that provide supplemental knowledge and skills beyond lecture courses. Graduation Requirements For graduation, all teacher candidates are required to take the edTPA, to successfully complete the Capstone Integrated Internship, and to pass the GACE content tests required for certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Professional Education Curriculum The professional education course of study is comprised of 64 credit hours with courses in mathematics, early childhood, special education, reading, physical activity and health, and music and art. In the professional education courses listed below the following guide provides the basis for content: ECED - course content focuses primarily on early childhood; ECSP - course content focuses on a combination of early childhood and special education; SPED - course content focuses primarily on special education; and RDNG - course content focuses primarily on literacy and reading education. In the last two years of study all teacher candidates complete the same course sequence and field experiences as a cohort. [-]

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA Brunswick

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed for students who want to make a difference in the lives of others or prepare for careers emphasizing basic or applied research. [+]

Bachelor of Science in Psychology OUR GENERAL CONCENTRATION WILL BE OFFERED AT CAMDEN CENTER! Our General Concentration emphasis on basic and applied research and preparation for continued education at the graduate level is now more convenient to Camden County residents than ever before! Advancements in distance-learning technology are enabling us for the first time to offer the full complement of courses in the General Concentration at Camden Center. Courses will be available completely on-site, completely on-line, live-streamed in real time between the Brunswick campus and Camden Center, and in the "hybrid" (combination of on-site and on-line) format. This fall Dr. Drew will be teaching Psychology of Adjustment at Camden Center, Dr. Culley will be live-streaming Community Psychology between the Brunswick campus and Camden Center, and Dr. Pope is excited to be teaching his Personality Theories course (also live-streamed between Brunswick and Camden Center). OUR HUMAN SERVICES CONCENTRATION IS NOW OFFERED COMPLETELY ON-LINE! Beginning this fall, it will be possible to complete a CCGA Psychology degree completely on-line. Our Human Services concentration has been redesigned to be more convenient than ever! New course offerings include an on-line Research Methods course specifically for Human Services majors, as well as a new Behavior Analysis course to open up even more career possibilities! We're also offering an elective Psychology Internship for the first time ever! Program Overview The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed for students who want to make a difference in the lives of others or prepare for careers emphasizing basic or applied research. Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Contemporary psychology is an interdisciplinary field with many pathways to careers that range from service to improve the well-being of individuals and the social health of communities to academic research and teaching. The Psychology Program at CCGA offers career paths for service-minded individuals interested in improving lives and communities, and academic-minded individuals inclined toward basic or applied research. Psychology Program Mission The CCGA BS in Psychology program will prepare students for service and/or academic careers with a rigorous program of study in the science of psychology, including the theory, research, and quantitative methods of both basic and applied psychology. The Psychology Program Offers Three Concentrations Psychology of Human Services, an emerging field at the intersection of psychology, health, and business Organizational and Community Leadership, an applied field, based in organizational and community psychology and business General Psychology, a traditional baccalaureate program of study in preparation for graduate work Why Psychology at Coastal Georgia? A Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the SACS-accredited College of Coastal Georgia will position you to fulfill your dreams. Our psychology students learn with outstanding faculty who are respected scholars, experienced instructors and are committed to student success. Our distinctive program consists of an innovative curriculum and encourages students to integrate their own interests with course work and community service. The program culminates in a capstone project that serves as a springboard into the workforce or graduate study. [-]

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Bachelor of Arts in American Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Brunswick

The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in American Studies prepares students for careers where strong analytical and communication skills are valued alongside creativity and global awareness. American Studies majors critically examine American life in a curriculum that emphasizes innovative service-learning, historical knowledge and contemporary theoretical approaches to engage actively with the community and region. As the world grows increasingly interdependent, American Studies programs foster a deep historical, cultural and sociological understanding of the position of the United States in a global culture and economy. [+]

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in American Studies prepares students for careers where strong analytical and communication skills are valued alongside creativity and global awareness. American Studies majors critically examine American life in a curriculum that emphasizes innovative service-learning, historical knowledge and contemporary theoretical approaches to engage actively with the community and region. As the world grows increasingly interdependent, American Studies programs foster a deep historical, cultural and sociological understanding of the position of the United States in a global culture and economy. American Studies graduates thrive in fields such as Journalism, Mass Communication, Marketing, Education, Technical Writing, Conservation Management, and Environmental Management. The American Studies program also prepares students for graduate programs, including those in the arts, humanities, social sciences, law, business, public policy, and education. Environmental and Regional Studies Concentrations: The Environmental and Regional Studies Track examines the interactions between humans and the natural world with an emphasis on the southeastern coastal area of the United States. Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines these relationships from a variety of vantage points. Historical perspectives, social science and public policy approaches, and scientific analyses are all utilized to understand these complex human-nature relationships. Cultural Studies and Communication Track: The Cultural Studies and Communication Concentration in the American Studies program will provide students with the skills and competencies to succeed in a variety of fields where strong communication and interpretive skills are required. Drawing on the humanities and the social sciences, CSC majors will learn to analyze, interpret, and create texts and other forms of communication that allow organizations to thrive in a global marketplace. History and Political Science: The History and Political Science Track examines historical perspectives (both national and regional), along with political and public policy approaches, to shape a nuanced understanding of America, and its identity in a domestic and global context. [-]

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Bachelor of Business Administration

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Brunswick

The Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in business competencies while stressing application in real-world work environments. The BBA degree combines foundational general education courses, a strong focus on business fundamentals and then an examination of an area of concentration. In addition, students are required to complete an internship during their senior year. [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration The Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in business competencies while stressing application in real-world work environments. The BBA degree combines foundational general education courses, a strong focus on business fundamentals and then an examination of an area of concentration. In addition, students are required to complete an internship during their senior year. While students earning the BBA degree receive a major in general business, the following areas of concentrations are available: Accounting Economics Finance General Business Health Care Administration Hospitality, Tourism, and Resort Management Leadership Marketing [-]

Contact

College of Coastal Georgia

Address College Drive 1
31520 Brunswick, United States
Website http://ccga.edu/
Phone +1 912-279-5700