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Winter 2015 in Jamaica

About the Program

This program familiarizes students with the organisms (invertebrates, fishes and algae) and habitats (coral reefs, sea grass meadows and mangrove forests) within tropical marine coral reef ecosystems. The course consists of formal lectures, demonstrations and instructor-led field trips and involves snorkeling, SCUBA diving, reef walking and underwater photography. Students will develop individual research projects requiring field observations and collecting data and will write a research proposal and final research papers.

Course of Study

All participants must register for the following course:

  • MAR 388 Tropical Marine Ecology - 4 credits 

For students following the Diversified Education Curriculum (DEC): This program does not currently fulfill any DEC requirements.
For students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC): This program fulfills GLO, STEM+, EXP+ and ESI.


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Course Information



Language of Instruction


Language Proficiency


Program Type

Group experience led by SBU faculty

Program Dates

January 8 - 23, 2015

Living Arrangements

Residence hall-style accommodation



2.0 or higher

Other Requirements
Application Deadline

October 1

Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

Program Cost

Application Fee


Tuition Rate

$257 per credit for NY residents


$816 per credit for non-residents

Program Fee

$2,850: Includes room, three meals per day, group excursions, and International Health Insurance

Administrative Fee

$200 (non-refundable)

International Health Insurance

Included in the Program Fee

Other Fees

$800 approximately; Includes estimated personal expenses, books, and passport

Travel Costs

Estimated Airfare: $800.  All student participants will travel together to the study abroad site.  Students who do not abide by this policy may be dismissed from the program.

Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.

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Contact Information

Jen Green
Study Abroad Advisor
International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3397
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Fax: (631) 632-1396
Bradley J. Peterson, Ph.D.
Program Director
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University
Marine Research Center-Stony Brook Southampton
Stony Brook, N.Y. Southampton, NY 11978
Tel: (631) 632-5044
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