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Overview

The Coastal Environmental Studies major, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to assess and address coastal environmental problems. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from physical sciences, natural sciences, and physical geography, combined with an understanding of environmental ethics, environmental policy, and environmental law.

The major prepares students for entry-level employment in the public, private, or non-profit sectors concerned with assessment, abatement, or regulation of a wide range of coastal environmental problems. The major prepares students for graduate study in environmental science, marine science, geoscience, environmental planning and related fields.

Coastal zones have always concentrated people and economic activities because of their natural resources and trading opportunities. Many of the world’s largest cities are on seacoasts and at the mouths of the great rivers. The development of coastal zones around the world has created an array of environmental problems and water and land resource issues, further complicated by the sea level rise.

Stony Brook is located close to environmentally sensitive areas and provides access to the Shinnecock Bay, Peconic Estuary, Atlantic Ocean, and the Central Long Island Pine Barrens, as well as the presence of several groundwater wells and rare plant and tree species on campus which allows for hands-on instruction in a range of relevant topics. As part of the degree requirements, students will work in teams with students enrolled in related majors to solve problems collaboratively. Students are encouraged to take advantage of independent research opportunities, internships, and field camps to gain real-world experience.

 

Requirements

Please click here for a full listing of the Coastal Environmental Studies requirements

Note: All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major.

To contact the faculty director of the major please email : katherine.aubrecht@stonybrook.edu

Please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin for a complete listing of COS/ENV Courses.

* For the most up to date and official degree description and requirements see the undergraduate bulletin.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. Please consult the Undergraduate Bulletin that was in place when you declared your major/minor for the official list of major/minor requirements.

2. Please consult with the appropriate academic advising unit to review what is required for your major or minor, confirm completion of the University’s general education, upper-division, and total credit requirements. For general advising locations, visit Academic Advising or speak to the SoMAS Academic Advisor.


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Scholarships and Employment

Stony Brook offers a  wide variety of scholarships to new and continuing students, some of which are based on merit alone and others which take into account financial need.