Semester by the Sea: Marine Sciences - Courses
During either semester, students can also enroll in courses at the main campus. Shuttle service is provided (CLICK HERE). If selecting this option, students must check their schedule carefully and allow adequate travel time.
- 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. Examples drawn from the marine environment emphasize how the application of conservation principles varies from terrestrial, aquatic, and marine realms. Prerequisite: BIO 351 or 353.
M/W 2:00 pm-3:20 pm
- 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. The roles of biological processes in global cycles and the food chain, beginning with microbes and progressing through fisheries, are also covered. Weekly three-hour laboratory or field sessions present methods used in observational and experimental studies. This course has an associated fee. Please see www.stonybrook.edu/coursefees for more information. Prerequisites: CHE 131 and 132; BIO 201.
T/Th 2:30-5:30 pm
- 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. Students will be exposed to marine mammal and sea turtle ecology, conservation issues, management, and research in the context of wildlife rehabilitation. Through active participation in the rehabilitation activities at the New York State's only marine mammal rescue facility, instructive lectures, writing, reading assignments, quizzes, tests, and research, students will be offered the opportunity to be thoroughly immersed in the field of marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation. This course has an associated fee. Please see www.stonybrook.edu/coursefees for more information. Prerequisite: BIO 201 or permission of instructor.
T/Th 10:00 am-11:30 am
- Topics in Marine Environmental Sciences: Aquaculture (MAR-S 395a, 3 credits): This lab based course is designed to teach the fundamentals of aquaculture. Students will learn basic system setup and design as well as both phytoplankton and zooplankton culturing techniques. They will then go on to witness natural and induced spawning events of various species housed in the laboratory. The course will culminate with students attempting to raise the larvae acquired during those spawning events through metamorphosis. Prerequisite: One upper-division MAR course.
MON 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
- 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, This course will introduce the students to the basic physics of acoustics, principles of underwater sound, use of passive and active acoustics by animals, sound production and reception in marine animals, the effects of anthropogenic activities on the ecological “soundscape,” and the use of acoustics by scientists to study marine organisms. Students will learn how to analyze and process acoustic data. While primarily a lecture-based course, students will conduct several laboratory-style data collection and analysis projects using real data. Prerequisite: One upper-division MAR course.
T/Th 1:00 pm-2:20 pm
- 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. Other topics include physical marine chemistry, nutrient and carbon cycling, organic geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, sediment chemistry and diagenesis, air-sea exchange and controls on carbon dioxide, and estuarine geochemistry. Prerequisite: CHE 132 and one MAR course.
M/W 4:00 pm-5:20 pm
- 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. Examining topics from agriculture and deforestation in classical antiquity to the Columbian encounter, from problems of environmental management in imperial India to the emergence of environmentalism as a global movement today, the course focuses on case studies from several regions, including the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, New England, and South Asia. Prerequisite: U3 or U4 standing; 1 DEC E course.
T/Th 6:30 pm-7:50 pm
- 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. Participants also read contemporary works, give a public reading, and attend Writers Speak, the Wednesday reading series, or an equivalent.
W 5:20-8:10 pm
The program consists of three core courses:
- Long Island Marine Habitats (MAR-S 303, 4 credits): A field course emphasizing the flora, fauna, and marine ecosystems of Eastern Long Island.
- 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.
- 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:
- Marine Mammals (MAR-S 370, 3 credits)
- Physical Oceanography (MAR-S 352, 3 credits)
- Experimental Marine Biology (MAR-S 305, 3 credits)
- Ichthyology (MAR-S 380, 3 credits)