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Overview

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 campus.

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.

 

Requirements

Please click here for a full listing of the Marine 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: david.black@stonybrook.edu

Please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin for a complete listing of MAR 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.


Internships and Jobs

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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.