Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
For the most up to date and official degree description and requirements see the undergraduate bulletin.
Atmospheric Science encompasses a wide variety of topics such as weather forecasting, climate change, air pollution and air chemistry, radiative transfer, air-sea interactions, and boundary layer processes. The Institute for Terrestrial and Planetery Atmospheres is located at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) on the South Campus of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The Institute provides a comprehensive and flexible curriculum in these and other areas. We offer the only Bachelor’s degree program in meteorology for the 2.8 million people on Long Island and for the whole metropolitan New York City area.
The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATM) 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. ATM majors are prepared for a range of career options including weather forecasting, environmental meteorology, broadcast meteorology, and graduate school in atmospheric sciences. The Bachelor’s 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 ATM 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.
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Courses
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* 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, visithttp://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/bulletin/current/archives.php
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Internships and Jobs
Internships provide a valuable opportunity to test a student’s interest in various meteorological career paths and to extend his or her knowledge with real-life experiences. Many students obtain internships at a number of outside organizations such as the local National Weather Service offices and/or several of the local television stations. Students can be awarded academic credit for internship experiences, which sometimes provide a stipend. Internships have propelled several students into successful careers in TV weathercasting and forecasting for the National Weather Service and private weather companies. Other students have gone on to graduate school in atmospheric sciences or secured positions in local air quality/environmental consulting firms. Students also work in the software and computer industries because of their good computer and analytical skills learned from our major.
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Additional information on careers in the atmospheric sciences can be found at the American Meteorological Web Site: A Career Guide to the Atmospheric Sciences.
Scholarships and Employment
Stony Brook offers a wide variety of scholarships to new and continuing students, some of which are based on merit alone and others which take into account financial need. ITPA undergraduates in their can also receive financial support for their education through competitive scholarships such as the Timothy Magnussen Memorial Scholarship and the Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial Scholarship
News articles related to the ATM Major
Photo above: Documentary film creators Anna Smith and Megan Gallagher with Dr. Lee Koppelman SoMAS undergraduate students Megan Gallagher, an Environmental Humanities Major with a Biology Minor, and Anna Smith, an Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Major with...
Photo composite above shows Lee Koppelman with student documentarists Anna Smith, center, and Megan Gallagher. From "SoMAS Students Honor A Long Island Legend in Documentary" by Glenn Jochum on Stony Brook News, September 17, 2019 Anyone who lives, works or attends...
Picture above: Teaser image for SoMAS Documentary on Dr. Lee Koppelman SoMAS students Megan Gallagher and Anna Smith have created a documentary about Long Island Urban Planner and Stony Brook University Professor Emeritus Lee Koppelman. They recently released the...
Photo above: Dean Shepson welcomes the Class of 2019 at the SoMAS Convocation. Congratulations to our graduates! The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Center for Leadership and Service. Students gathered with their friends and family...
The end of every school year is an opportunity to highlight the work, honors, and accomplishments of our students, and this year we are celebrating their success again! The SoMAS Undergraduate Environmental Essay Award recognizes and rewards Sustainability Studies and...
This Friday, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences will celebrate our graduating students at Convocation, where 101 undergraduate and 36 graduate students will have their degrees conferred. Profiles for a few of our graduating students are...
Congratulations to our graduates! The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred on Friday, May 19, 2017 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...
Earthstock, the Stony Brook University annual celebration of Earth Day, has been an annual tradition for years. This year, in honor of our 50th Anniversary, SoMAS had a very significant presence at the event. On Monday April 17th, New York State Assemblyman Steve...
The UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH & CREATIVE ACTIVITIES (URECA) program, founded in 1987, awards research funding and travel grants to undergraduates, and is a central point of contact for students and faculty engaged in research and creative endeavors. URECA helps bring...
Three members of the Stony Brook indoor track & field teams were named America East All-Academic Team selections by the conference office Friday, as junior Christina Melian (Staten Island, N.Y.) and senior Kate Pouder (Miller Place, N.Y.) earned spots on the women’s team and senior Joe Clark (Worcester, Mass.) was tabbed for the men’s team.
Clark, an Applied Math & Statistics/Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences double major, holds a 3.73 GPA. Clark scored in both the DMR and the mile at the America East Championships in February.