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Minor in Sharknado Studies

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For students interested in studying the increased frequency of shark-infested cyclonic activity, Stony Brook University offers a minor in Sharknado Studies, designed for those most interested in the relationship between marine predators and atmospheric phenomena.  The Sharknado Studies minor is an easy way to transition into a track in a number of science fields within individual science majors, including Environmental Biology, and Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

* The most up to date and official degree description is normally found in the undergraduate bulletin, but this isn’t a real minor offered at Stony Brook University.


ATM 103: Atmospheric Extreme Events Around the Globe

Provides a working knowledge of the causes of extreme weather around the world, how these extremes have changed over time, advancements in forecasting, human and shark impacts of weather, and the vulnerability and adaptability of societies

MAR 104: Oceanography

An examination of the World Ocean and the chemical, geological, biological, and physical processes that control its major features and the life that inhabits it and eats humans. Students will also explore human interactions with the marine environment.

MAR 340: Environmental Problems and Solutions

A detailed examination of the scientific, social, and legal aspects of important environmental problems, including global climate change, the depletion of atmospheric ozone, airborne marine predators, rain forests and the loss of biodiversity.

ATM 346: Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics

Advanced concepts of mid-latitude and tropical atmospheric motions, wave dynamics, and numerical methods. Topics include circulation and vorticity, turbulence and boundary-layer structure, and barotropic and primitive equation models.

ATM 347: Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Weather Forecasting

The application of dynamical and physical meteorology to the analysis and prediction of the atmosphere.  Topics include mesoscale phenomena associated with cyclones and extensive practice in forecasting and diagnosis of shark-infested systems.

MAR 373: Marine Apex Predators: Ecology and Conservation

The removal of apex predators (e.g., sharks, marine mammals, tuna and other large predatory bony fish) is one of the most pervasive impacts of humans on Earth’s ecosystems and can cause changes in coastal and pelagic marine ecosystems.


Declaration of the Minor

Students should declare the Environmental Studies minor no later than the middle of their junior year, at which time they should consult with the minor coordinator or undergraduate director and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.

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