The Marine Vertebrate Biology major provides students with a solid background in basic
biology with an emphasis on marine vertebrate organisms such as fish, sharks, birds,
turtles and marine mammals. It provides a more intensive zoology background than the
Marine Sciences degree.
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 near the ocean in 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 work in government agencies or non-profit organizations.
Research opportunities in marine sciences, atmospheric sciences, and waste management
are available to undergraduates. Information on research opportunities may be found
by contacting faculty directly.
All students should consult with the director of undergraduate studies to design and
approve an acceptable course of study before declaring the major.