Semester by the Sea

Now accepting students for Fall 2014!

Offered by the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), Semester by the Sea is designed for undergraduate students, or recent graduates, to spend a semester immersed in marine studies while in residence at the Stony Brook Southampton campus. 

The Fall Program uses an experiential learning approach, taking full advantage of the Southampton Marine Science Center, its research vessels, its waterfront marine lab facilities, and the unique campus location on the shores of Shinnecock Bay for direct access to coastal waters and the Atlantic Ocean. Students participate in intensive studies focused on the diverse marine habitats of eastern Long Island including bays, estuaries, salt marshes, rocky intertidal zones, dunes, beaches, tidal flats, and the open ocean, as well as on current environmental issues related to these ecosystems.  The program also introduces students to the historic and contemporary maritime traditions of Southampton, Long Island, New York, and New England via both classes and focused field trips to sites that have shaped these traditions.  Visiting students are encouraged to participate during the fall semester which, as our warmer season, provides abundant opportunities for field explorations.

The Spring Program offers additional opportunities for living and learning at the Southampton campus.  Students select courses from the exciting curriculum: Marine Conversation, Biological Oceanography, Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles, Aquaculture, and Maritime Technology.

Both the fall and spring programs also offer opportunities for involvement in Southampton marine research labs, or internships with local organizations.

Any student may enroll, but the program is best suited for upper level science majors as several of the elective courses have prerequisites.

Visiting students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have completed college level biology.

To enroll, complete the following steps:
1) Click on "Request Information" in the left column and complete the form.
2) Select the option below that best describes you:
Stony Brook undergraduate
Visiting undergraduate
Visiting post-bacculaureate

Non-marine science SBU students can earn a Minor in Marine Science by enrolling in either semester (15 credits) and taking MAR 104 (Oceanography) during the fall, spring, or summer.

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