There are many opportunities for undergraduates at SoMAS. We offer 9 degree programs and 8 minors. Over 600 undergraduates are now enrolled in SoMAS degree programs. Courses are offered both at the Stony Brook and Southampton campuses. At the Southampton campus, SoMAS offers a Semester by the Sea program in the fall and the spring for Stony Brook and visiting students, and a summer Oceanography course that allows high school students and undergraduates to earn 3 college credits in 2 weeks.

In addition, SoMAS offers undergraduates the opportunity to study abroad. A winter session course in Tropical Marine Ecology is offered in Jamaica, and the Semester Abroad program at Stony Brook offers other opportunities for foreign study.

All students are encouraged to get practical experience by taking research or internship credits with SoMAS faculty or other professionals in the area at collaborating institutions.

Opportunities to get paid to do research in the summer are also available through faculty research grants and other competitive fellowship programs.

Many SoMAS undergraduate students participate in the Meteorology, Marine Sciences, or Environmental Studies Clubs.

To complete the undergraduate degree in atmospheric and ocean sciences (ATM), marine sciences (MAR), marine vertebrate biology (MVB) or environmental studies (ENS), a student must satisfy an upper division undergraduate writing requirement.


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For additional information on undergraduate programs, a student should contact:

Nancy Black Undergraduate Advisor (631) 632-9404 Nancy.Black@stonybrook.edu
Dr. Kamazima Lwiza Director of Undergraduate Programs, SoMAS
Faculty Director, Environmental Studies
Faculty Director, Marine Vertebrate Biology
(631) 632-7309 Kamazima.Lwiza@stonybrook.edu
Dr. Brian Colle Faculty Director, Atmospheric Sciences (631) 632-3174 brian.colle@stonybrook.edu
Dr. Kate Aubrecht Faculty Director, Coastal Environmental Sciences (631) 632-5360 katherine.aubrecht@stonybrook.edu
Dr. Darcy Lonsdale Faculty Director, Marine Sciences (631) 632-8712 darcy.lonsdale@stonybrook.edu
Dr. Sharon Pochron Faculty Director, Ecosystems and Human Impact   sharon.pochron@stonybrook.edu
Dr. Donovan Finn Faculty Director, Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning   donovan.finn@stonybrook.edu
Dr. David Taylor Faculty Director, Environmental Humanities   david.j.taylor@stonybrook.edu
Dr. Arlene Cassidy Faculty Director, Sustainability Studies (631) 632-5362 Arlene.Cassidy@stonybrook.edu
Dr. Kurt Bretsch Faculty Director, Semester by the Sea (631) 632-5156 Kurt.Bretsch@stonybrook.edu




The articles below highlight our undergraduate students.

Reflections on Jamaica

Undergraduate Paul Boasiako Reflects on his Study Abroad experiences in MAR 388 - Tropical Marine Ecology: Traveling to a new country, exploring a different culture and venturing outside my comfort zone were milestones I never imagined myself accomplishing some few...

SoMAS Makes a Splash with Best College for Marine Biology Ranking

From Stony Brook Makes a Splash with Best College for Marine Biology Ranking on Stony Brook News by Amelia Camurati on November 20, 2018 College Magazine has ranked Stony Brook University fourth on its list of “The 10 Best Colleges for Marine Biology,” the only...

Kaylee Surace ’21 Says “No More” to Ocean Waste

From "Kaylee Surace ’21 Says “No More” to Ocean Waste" on Stony Brook News Sustainability Studies student Kaylee Surace ’21 is a student on a mission — she is committed to ocean conservation. Drawn to the ocean since she was a child, Kaylee finally decided to express...

SoMAS Convocation 2018

Congratulations to our graduates!  The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Student Activities Center auditorium. Students gathered with their friends and family and SoMAS faculty and staff to celebrate the completion of their journey at...

SoMAS Shines at Earthstock

SoMAS had great, enthusiastic participation at Earthstock this year.  Thank you to everyone at SoMAS who helped with the event in some way: Interim Dean Larry Swanson kicked the week off with his lecture, “Dredging Stony Brook Harbor,” at the Three Village Historical...

Earthworm Lab Students Receive Undergraduate Recognition Awards

Students Mateo Mezic and Sajjad Hussaini working with Dr. Sharon Pochron in the Earthworm Toxicology Lab received Undergraduate Recognition Awards for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement in the category for Academic Excellence. Mateo earned this award in part...

Stony Brook Students Wield Science on Behalf of Sustainability

Photo above: Algae-scrubber team includes, from left, Christina Giordanella, Elisabeth Van Roijen, Shauna Wright and Associate Professor Kate Aubrecht. From Stony Brook Students Wield Science on Behalf of Sustainability by Glenn Jochum on SBU Happenings, April 16,...

Tanzania Study Abroad Program Sends Students to Africa

Photo above: Stony Brook group on safari in Tanzania, 2017 From Tanzania Study Abroad Program Sends Students to Africa by Suzanne Mobyed on SBU Happenings, March 30, 2018. Stony Brook University’s Tanzania Study Abroad program recently won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award...

SoMAS 50th Anniversary

Interim Dean of SoMAS, Larry SwansonWelcome to SoMAS! Many opportunities await you here. 2017 will be an exciting year to enter a career in marine and atmospheric sciences as we celebrate our 50th anniversary! Read More from the Dean

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