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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 and speaking requirement.


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

Nancy Black Undergraduate Advisor (631) 632-9404
Dr. Kamazima Lwiza Director of Undergraduate Programs, SoMAS
Faculty Director, Environmental Studies
Faculty Director, Marine Vertebrate Biology
(631) 632-7309
Dr. Brian Colle Faculty Director, Atmospheric Sciences (631) 632-3174
Dr. Kate Aubrecht Faculty Director, Coastal Environmental Sciences (631) 632-5360
Dr. Darcy Lonsdale Faculty Director, Marine Sciences (631) 632-8712
Dr. Sharon Pochron Faculty Director, Ecosystems and Human Impact
Dr. Donovan Finn Faculty Director, Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning
Dr. David Taylor Faculty Director, Environmental Humanities
Dr. Arlene Cassidy Faculty Director, Sustainability Studies (631) 632-5362
Dr. Kurt Bretsch Faculty Director, Semester by the Sea (631) 632-5156




The articles below highlight our undergraduate students.

Giving Day

Welcome!Welcome to SoMAS! If you are a marine science, atmospheric science, or sustainability studies student, you have made a wise choice in choosing a field that is about understanding and protecting Earth resources. The world needs you, literally! Read More from the Dean

Summer Updates from SoMAS Faculty

Above: a close-up photo of a bay scallop (Photo by Chris Paparo). Congratulations to the recent research grants awarded to SoMAS faculty! Dr. Bassem Allam and co-PI Dr. Emmanuelle Pales Espinosa have received an Award from NSF in support of the project "RAPID: A...

SoMAS Students Recognized with 2020 Undergraduate Awards

Congratulations to the SoMAS students that are 2020 Undergraduate Recognition Award Recipients. The full list is available as a PDF. Academic Excellence Students whose passion for learning has extended beyond the classroom (demonstrated, for example, by excellence in...

Graduating SoMAS Senior featured in URECA Researchers of the Month

From Researchers of the Month May 2020 on the URECA website, May 2020 Graduating senior and Marine Vertebrate Biology and Applied Math and Statistics double major Delphine Mossman, mentored by Dr. Jeffrey Levinton, has been selected as one of the URECA Researchers of...

Stony Brook Students Join the Frontlines of Climate Change Research

From Stony Brook Students Join the Frontlines of Climate Change Research by Glenn Jochum on Stony Brook University News, April 22, 2020. An acidic ocean that won’t support marine life. Plants and animals that can’t adapt to that acidification. Armed with facts and...

Tropical Marine Ecology Students Winter in Jamaica

Drs. Brad Peterson and Joe Warren are currently leading a group of students looking to leave the cold and rain of New York during the Winter Intersession in the tropical environment of Discovery Bay, Jamaica for MAR 388 / 537 - Tropical Marine Ecology. This 4 credit...

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...

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