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Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

* For the most up to date and official degree description and requirements see the undergraduate bulletin.


The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) program is structured to meet the educational needs of those who want to pursue meteorology related careers. The School's coastal location allows for detailed study of coastal weather phenomena, such as hurricanes, nor-easters, and sea-breezes, as well as regional climate change in a coastal-urban environment. AOS majors are prepared for a range of career options including weather forecasting, environmental meteorology, broadcast meteorology, and graduate school in atmospheric sciences. The Bachelors degree meets the requirements for employment as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service and private companies, and the curriculum also satisfies the education standards endorsed by the American Meteorological Society. With strong background training in physics, mathematics and computer science, our AOS majors are also well prepared for a variety of alternative career paths.

SoMAS is one of the nation’s leading coastal oceanographic and atmospheric institutions, and the expertise of SoMAS’ faculty places SBU in the forefront in addressing and answering questions about regional environmental problems, as well as problems relating to the global ocean and atmosphere. The primary focus of the SoMAS faculty is on fundamental research designed to increase understanding of the processes that characterize the coastal ocean and the atmosphere. SoMAS faculty are also committed to applying the results of research to solve problems arising from society’s uses and misuses of the environment. SoMAS includes mission oriented institutes in several major areas: the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres, the Living Marine Resources Institute, the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, the Long Island Groundwater Resource Institute, and the Waste Reduction and Management Institute. These institutes add a wealth of varied resources to education and research.

The SoMAS offers undergraduate majors in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, environmental studies, marine sciences, and marine vertebrate biology; and minors in environmental studies and marine sciences. See the separate entries for environmental studies (ENS), marine sciences (MAR), and marine vertebrate biology (MVB) in the alphabetical listings of Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs. The SoMAS also offers several cooperative programs with departments in the College of Arts and Sciences (Chemistry, Biology, and Geosciences) and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Chemical and Molecular Engineering). See the entries for those programs in the alphabetical listings of Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs for more information. Research opportunities in marine sciences, atmospheric sciences, environmental studies, and waste management are available to undergraduates. Information on research opportunities may be found by contacting faculty directly or on the SoMAS website at


Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin for a complete listing of ATM Courses.

Marine Sciences

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.


1. This checklist summarizes your major/minor degree requirements. Please consult the Undergraduate Bulletin that was in place when you declared your major/minor for the official list of major/minor requirements. For details, visit

2. This checklist indicates ONLY what is required for your major or minor, and does not confirm completion of the University’s general education, upper-division, and total credit requirements. Please consult with the appropriate academic advising unit to review the remaining graduation requirements. For general advising locations, visit


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