Marine Sciences is a highly interdisciplinary field requiring an understanding and
application of basic science, including biology, physics, and chemistry. In particular,
the Marine Sciences major provides students with a solid background in basic biology
as well as in the physics and chemistry of the ocean. Upper-division electives permit
each student to gain a deeper understanding of particular groups of organisms (microorganisms,
algae, marine invertebrates, fish, and marine mammals) and of habitats (salt marshes,
rocky inter tidal, barrier islands, dunes, estuaries, and the open ocean).
Students are encouraged to participate in research and internships. Opportunities
for experiential learning are available through field and laboratory courses taught
at or near the Stony Brook campus and from a field station at the Stony Brook Southampton
Most students who wish to have a career in research related to the marine environment
will need to plan for graduate study. Career possibilities include research, education,
or employment in government agencies or non-profit organizations.
Students should contact the director of undergraduate studies to design and approve
an acceptable course of study before declaring the major.