Course Description and Credit Information

The Coastal Ecology course explores the biotic and abiotic factors that affect coastal communities. This course explores the main coastal habitat types in depth with physical factors, tropic levels, and the flora and fauna that inhabit these ecosystems. Human influences and effects are discussed for each habitat type and the overall health of coastal environments, as well as their long term conservation and protection


Learning Objectives:

1. Comprehend Physical factors of coastal habitats, including topics such as:
– Tides, how they work and what drives them.
– Geologic processes that create estuaries, marshes, beaches, and rocky

2. Comprehend Estuaries, where fresh and salt water mix, including topics such as:
– Major types of estuaries
 – Stratified water columns and effects on biodiversity

3. Learn about Coastal Shore communities, including topics such as:
– Salt Marshes
– Mangroves
– Sandy Beaches
 – Rocky Shores


General Course Information







Pre-recorded webinar


Jennifer McCarthy Tyrrell, B.S. in Biology and Marine Science, Masters in Environmental Studies


Course Approvals


LA CES Approved


States: AK, AL, AR, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NE, NH, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY


North Carolina


New York 
 ***Each licensee is responsible for determining if this course meets the state requirements


New Jersey




GA, MN, and SD
**There is no process to get courses pre-approved in your state, but there should be no issues getting this course approved.
 If not approved, we will exchange it for another course or provide a full refund.

**See explanation


Canada Provinces and Territories

British Columbia

Yes, per reciprocity with LA CES


Yes, per reciprocity with LA CES

Course curriculum

    1. Watch the Video

    1. Take the Quiz

    1. Take the Survey

About this course

  • $32.95
  • 3 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content