Semester by the Sea: Marine Sciences - Courses

During either semester, students can also enroll in courses at the main campus. 

Shuttle bus service is provided.  If selecting this option, students must check their schedule carefully and allow adequate travel time.


Fall Courses

The program consists of three core courses:

  1. Long Island Marine Habitats (MAR-S 303, 4 credits): A field course emphasizing the flora, fauna, and marine ecosystems of Eastern Long Island. 
  2. Maritime Traditions of New England (MAR-S 356, 3 credits): A DEC K humanities course emphasizing the evolution of maritime culture and traditions in New York and New England. 
  3. Coastal Culture Experience (MAR-S 355, 2 credits):  A course which complements the Maritime Traditions course by offering students extended trips across southern New York to locations which have shaped maritime culture in the region.

Students in the program can select two elective courses from the normal offerings at SBS:


Spring Courses

  • Marine Conservation (MAR-S 315, 3 credits): The fundamental concepts of Conservation Biology, a new synthetic field that incorporates principles of ecology, biogeography, population genetics, systematics, evolutionary biology, environmental sciences, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy toward the conservation of biological diversity.
  • Biological Oceanography (MAR-S 349, 4 credits): An examination of the processes which produce and maintain the abundances, composition, and temporal variations of organisms in the ocean.
  • Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Rehabilitation (MAR-S 375, 3 credits): An intensive hands-on course designed to introduce students to the topics of marine mammal and sea turtle biology as they relate to rehabilitation and research.
  • Topics in Marine Environmental Sciences: Aquaculture (MAR-S 395a, 3 credits): This lab based course is designed to teach the fundamentals of aquaculture.
  • Topics in Marine Environmental Sciences: Bioacoustics (MAR-S 395b, 3 credits): Like humans, marine organisms use sound for a variety of purposes ranging from mate selection to predator and prey detection.
  • Ocean Chemistry (MAR-S 351, 3 credits): Chemical principles applied to the study of the oceans. How chemical tracers are used to determine the geological, physical, and biological characteristics of present and past oceans.
  • Environmental History in Global Perspective (HIS-S 302-H, 3 credits): An exploration of human-caused transformations in natural environments and in ideas about nature from prehistory to the present.
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (CWL 202-D, 3 credits): Creative writing workshop in multiple genres, from fiction to poetry to scriptwriting, intended to introduce students to the basic tools and terminology of the fine art of creative writing.