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MAR 104, Oceanography, 3 Credits

Students in MAR 104 Oceanography

Stony Brook Southampton
July 9 - 22, 2024

Students will examine the World Ocean and the chemical, geological, and physical processes that control its major features and the life that inhabits it, as well as explore human interactions with the marine environment. This intensive course is specifically designed for motivated high school students wishing to earn college credit, but current undergraduates (both SBU and visiting), graduates, or professionals can also enroll. The short-term course will run for 2 weeks and meet for 4 – 5.5 hours each weekday at the Stony Brook Southampton campus. Content will be delivered via lectures, in- class activities (including a live plankton lab!), and 2 boat trips during which students will explore nearby coastal habitats using oceanographic sampling equipment. Students must have completed high school biology and be at least 16 years old.

Section 01: Dr. Kurt Bretsch (class # 64920)

Enrollment for SBU undergrads begins in early April.  Open enrollment for high school students and visiting undergrads occurs mid to end of April. Note that the course can fill quickly.

To ENROLL, follow instructions below:
Select Current Students, High School Students, or Visiting Students from the blue boxes at the top of THIS PAGE.
High School Students: on your page, be sure to scroll down to where you will find “Steps To Enroll”.  The enrollment process might take 3-5 days.

For most recent course COST, visit this page

  • Estimated costs for 3 credit course are ~$1100 for in-state tuition, ~$3300 for out of state tuition, and optional ~ $800 for 13 days of housing.
  • Summer tuition charges will post to your SOLAR account in mid-May.
  • Due to the extensive wait list for this course, payment is due by 5 p.m. June 23 to ensure your spot in the class.

For the most updated course Syllabus, click here.

The textbook is required: Essentials of Oceanography, edition 8, by Tom Garrison & Robert Ellis, ISBN-13: 9781337098649.  Students are encouraged to read the entire textbook prior to the first day of class.

SoMAS Total Immersion Scholarship: High school students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the marine sciences are eligible to apply.  Recipients will recieve up to $2000 to cover the cost of course enrollment and housing.  To learn more, visit this site.   This site contatins information about potential Scholarship opportunites offered by other sources.

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This course fulfills SNW Stony Brook University educational diversity categories.

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