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The Education


Choose from more than 200 majors, minors and combined-degree programs, from business management to health science, music to mathematics, and sociology to sustainability.

Participate in our robust undergraduate research program with nearly 2,000 students per year.

Create cutting-edge technology at the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, offering eight ABET-accredited programs.

Enhance your academic life by joining some of our 300+ student clubs and activities. Immerse yourself in hands-on study at the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, featuring classrooms on the water.

Learn advanced multimedia creation at the only public undergraduate School of Communication and Journalism in New York state.

Enrich your education with study abroad programs on six continents.

Take advantage of opportunities at our leading U.S. academic medical center, with a hospital on campus.


As a first year student, you will be a member of a small community called an Undergraduate College, which will allow you to explore a broad academic theme beyond your major through a series of one-credit seminars, field trips and social events. Each Undergraduate College is home to a diverse group of students from all majors and backgrounds. Your Undergraduate College will provide you the experience of a small college within a large research university.



During your one-day summer orientation, you will meet with other students from your Undergraduate College, as well as University faculty and staff, including your academic advisor. Just a few days before the start of classes you will participate in Experience Stony Brook, where you will discover the vast resources and opportunities available to you as an SB student. You’ll attend various programs and workshops focused on your academic success, campus involvement, and health and wellness.

Faculty Research

Our leading scholars and researchers are also inspiring teachers and they have the awards to prove it. We're committed to putting our best teachers into our undergraduate classes.

Explore and discover new knowledge. Let your curiosity lead you to a fabulous research internship with Stony Brook faculty either on campus, at Stony Brook University Hospital, at our Southampton Marine Station or at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, a federal energy laboratory co-managed by Stony Brook.


Through URECA, Stony Brook undergraduates are introduced to the world of research through introductory research-oriented courses, independent supervised research projects, and support services on writing abstracts, giving presentations, and finding appropriate research mentors. Our URECA program involves students from every discipline and culminates each year in a celebration of achievements.


Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is a multipurpose laboratory housing large, state-of-the-art facilities that enable groundbreaking research in several scientific disciplines. Stony Brook is a partner in Brookhaven Science Associates LLC, managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, joining an elite group of universities–including Berkeley, University of Chicago, Princeton and Stanford–that have a role in running federal laboratories. 

Brookhaven National Laboratory offers outstanding research opportunities for students in physics, material sciences, environmental studies, biology, chemistry, engineering and other areas. BNL offers qualified students:

  • research opportunities with the world’s top scientists
  • internships during the academic year and the summer
  • shuttle service to BNL from the Stony Brook campus
  • internships for students in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program
  • undergraduate scholarships through the Homeland Scholars and Fellows Program
  • one-week mini-semesters during winter break

The Young Investigators Review is a student-run science journal dedicated to promoting undergraduate research in the natural and applied sciences at Stony Brook. The journal, published once each semester, is wide in scope, including primary research articles, reviews, opinion essays, science news, interviews with faculty and students, and more.


The Center of Excellence in Wireless & Information Technology (CEWIT) is a next generation research and educational facility. CEWIT has state-of-the-art laboratories for research into wireless and IT technologies, flexible incubator space for the use of private industry and substantial computing support space.


Our commitment to both research and excellence has led to many ground-breaking discoveries:

  • Identification and cataloging of 328 distant galaxies
  • The link between smoking and emphysema
  • Development of the drug ReoPro®, recommended for all cardiac angioplasties
  • An ultrasound method to speed up healing of bone fractures
  • Creation of the smallest electronic switch, using just one electron
  • The cause of Lyme disease
  • 3-D imaging software for 3-D colonoscopy
  • The golden bamboo lemur, Hapalemur aureus
  • The most primitive fossil bird, linking birds to dinosaurs
  • Construction of the first nuclear magnetic resonance image of a living organism
  • Homo floresiensis, a hobbit-like 17,000 year-old hominid
  • The “Giant Frog From Hell,” Beelzebufo ampinga, a 10-pound ancient frog in Madagascar
  • Design and synthesis of a new class of weakened polioviruses, demonstrating that a synthetic weakened virus can immunize an animal
  • Thermoplastic spray paint made from old plastic bottles
  • Parthenogenesis (virgin birth) in a female hammerhead sharks
  • The first commercially successful bar code reader
  • A new species of mouse lemur Microcebus mittermeieri

Go Abroad, Get Ahead

As a Stony Brook student, you will have the option to enrich your education and actively learn about other cultures by pursuing your academic interests in an overseas location, while still earning credits toward your bachelor’s degree at Stony Brook.

Participate in an international exchange program at an overseas university, or in a study abroad program under the supervision of a Stony Brook faculty member. Our International Academic Programs and Services Office offers exciting opportunities for learning abroad during the academic year, and during summer and winter sessions.

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