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Semester by the Sea: Courses

FALL SEMESTER

For Fall 2017 schedule overview, click here

Students participate in three core* courses:

Long Island Marine Habitats (MAR 303, 4 credits)  SBC: STEM+  SPK
A field intensive course emphasizing the marine organisms and ecosystems of Eastern Long Island.

Coastal Culture Experience (MAR 355, 2 credits)  SBC: ESI, EXP+     SPK
A course which complements the Maritime Traditions course by taking students on extended trips to locations in Long Island and New England which have shaped maritime culture in the region.

Maritime Traditions of New England (MAR 356, 3 credits)  SBC: SBS, USA    WRTD
A humanities course in which students explore the development of maritime culture and traditions in New York and New England.

Students also select at least two electives from the following courses:

Experimental Marine Biology (MAR 305, 3 credits)  SBC: STEM+
Students design and conduct experiments in the laboratory and at local field sites, collect and analyze data, and use scientific literature to interpret and present results in papers and oral presentations.

Chemical Oceanography (MAR 351, 3 credits)  SBC: STEM+ 
Teleconferenced (offered concurrently at both main and Southampton campuses)
An exploration of chemical principles applied to the study of the oceans. Students learn 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.

Physical Oceanography (MAR 352, 3 credits)  SBC: STEM+
This course introduces students to the physics of the marine environment and the tools (physical, mathematical, scientific) to study these waters.  Environments ranging from pelagic to estuarine will be examined during trips aboard research vessels.

Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles (MAR 376; 3 credits)
Led by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society's NYS Sea Turtle Stranding Coordinator/Necropsy Program Coordinator, students will explore the biology, ecology, and conservation of sea turtles and likely participate in additional learning opportunities, such as necropsies.

Ichthyology (MAR 380, 3 credits)     SBC: ESI     WRTD & SPK
Students explore the diversity of fishes and the physiological, anatomical, ecological, and behavioral adaptations that allow them to populate a wide range of niches and environments. Field and laboratory work provide students with practical experience in collecting, identifying, and studying fish.

Research in Marine Sciences  (MAR 487, 1-3 credits)  SBC: EXP+
There are many opportunities to gain valuable research experience while at the Southampton campus.  Students can explore their own interests while contributing to ongoing projects in coastal marine ecology.  Click on the course link to learn more about this option. 

Internship (MAR 488, 1-3 credits)  SBC: EXP+
Students often participate in volunteer or paid internships at businesses, governmental agencies, or advocacy groups and other non-governmental organizations near the Southampton campus.  Click on the course link above for descriptions of internship options, or suggest your own!

SPRING SEMESTER

For Spring 2018 schedule overview, click here.

Students create their schedule from the following courses:

Marine Conservation (MAR 315, 3 credits)  SBC: ESI, STAS     SPK
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.

Marine Pollution (MAR 336, 3 credits)  NEW FOR SPRING 2018
A review of the sources, transport, and fate of toxic and non-toxic contaminants in the ocean.  The interactions of biological, chemical, and physical processes that control the cycling and toxicity of contaminants are considered. Contaminants include metals, oil, halogenated hydrocarbons, radioactive wastes, excess nutrients, plastics, and solid wastes.

Biological Oceanography (MAR 349, 4 credits)
An examination of the processes which produce and maintain the abundances, composition, and temporal variations of organisms in the ocean.

Marine Mammals (MAR 370, 3 credits)
An exploration of the biology of the major groups of marine mammals, including cetaceans, pinnipeds, and sirenians. Topics include evolutionary history and adaptation, thermoregulation, locomotion and foraging, diving physiology and behavior, communication and sensory systems, social behavior, reproduction, energetics, distribution patterns, exploitation, and conservation.

Unsinkable Technologies (MAR 357, 3 credits)   SBC: STAS     WRT
An examination of the historical impact of selected technologies on the maritime world. Students investigate topics such as how the problem of longitude was solved to the technology of the “unsinkable” Titanic and the science behind the discovery of its grave site.  They will also explore how the fishing industry has been shaped by changes in technology including Loran, GPS and new technologies such as TED (turtle excluder device).

Geography & the Global Environment (SUS 350, 3 credits) NEW FOR SPRING 2018
A study of the historical, geographical, and humanistic foundation for understanding the environment and the environmental issues that confront us today.  The fundamental principle of this course is that environmental dynamics are inseparable from social, cultural, political, and economic processes and relations. By studying these complex relationships between humans and the natural environment over time and through space, students examine how human activity impacts the environment in different geographical regions and periods and how the environment responds.

Research in Marine Sciences(MAR 487, 1-3 credits)  SBC: EXP+
There are many opportunities to gain valuable research experience while at the Southampton campus.  Students can explore their own interests while contributing to ongoing projects in coastal marine ecology.  Click on the course link to learn more about this option. 

Internship (MAR 488, 1-3 credits)  SBC: EXP+
Students often participate in volunteer or paid internships at businesses, governmental agencies, or advocacy groups and other non-governmental organizations near the Southampton campus.  Click on the course link above for descriptions of internship options, or suggest your own!

 

During either semester, SBU students participating in the Semester by the Sea can also enroll in courses at the main campus.  And, SBU students can live at main campus and take Southampton courses.
Limited shuttle bus service between campuses is provided.  If selecting this option, students must check their schedule carefully and allow adequate travel time.  Spring 2018 schedule should be posted in late October.

* Core courses are required for visiting students and highly recommended for current SBU students.