Requirements for the Major and Minor Coastal Environmental Studies (COS)

Requirements for the Major in Coastal Environmental Studies (COS)

A. Required Foundation Courses for Major (34-35 credits)
-MAT 131 or MAT 125/MAT 126
-CHE 131/CHE 133 and CHE 132
-SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability
-SBC 113/SBC 114 Physical Geography
-SBC 201 Systems and Models
-AMS 102 Elements of Statistics
-SBC 205 Introduction to Geospatial Analysis
-BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology
-BIO 204  Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in the Biological Sciences
-ENS 119 Physics for Environmental Studies

B. Career and Leadership Skills
-CSK 102 Career Leadership Skills: Working in Teams
-CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication
-Two courses selected from CSK 101, 103-109 (1 credit each)

C. Core Courses
-MAR 333 Coastal Oceanography
-ENV 315 Coastal Groundwater Hydrology
-ENV 316 Coastal Zone Management
-GSS 313 GIS Design and Applications I
-ENV 320/ENV 321 Chemistry for Environmental Scientists  

Students are required to select 9 credits from group A and 3 credits from group B.  

Group A: Environmental Science Electives
BIO 351 Ecology
BIO 352 Ecology Laboratory
EDP 305 Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development
ENV 304 Global Environmental Change
ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science
ENV 317 Coastal Pond Algal Ecology
ENV 487 Research in Environmental Science
ENV 405 Field Camp
MAR 303 Long Island Marine Habitats
MAR 304 Waves, Tides, and Beaches
MAR 315 Conservation Biology and Marine Biodiversity
MAR 336 Marine Pollution
MAR 388 Tropical Marine Ecology
EHI 310 Restoration Ecology
ENS 380 Stony Brook in Tanzania: Lake Victoria Environment and Human Health

Group B: Environment, Society, and Policy
SUS 341 Environmental Treatises and Protocols
SBC 307 Environmental History of North America
SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
SUS 342 Energy and Mineral Resources
EHI 340 Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease

One of the following courses may also be used to substitute for any of the courses in Group B, however, each of the courses below has a prerequisite outside the major.  
EDP 301 The Built Environment I
EDP 309 Planning: Policies and Regulations
SBC 330 Extreme Events
SBC 308 American Environmental Politics
SBC 312 Environment, Society, and Health
SUS 301 Environmental Ethics
SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability
SBC 311 Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective

D. Systems Course (3 credits)
One Integrative, Collaborative Systems Project course:
-GEO 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens
-SBC 401 Integrative, Collaborative Systems Project  
With permission of the Program Director, a student may take SBC 488 Internship in lieu of a Systems Course.

E. Upper-Division Writing Requirement
Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy will be encouraged in all students.  In addition to CSK 302, these skills will be developed within the context of other formal coursework and no additional credits are required.  To meet the upper-division writing requirement, students must submit two papers from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the Director of the COS Undergraduate Program. 

Note: 
One course passed with a C- may be applied to the major; all other courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major. 

Requirements for the Minor in Coastal Environmental Studies (COS)

The Coastal Environmental Studies minor is intended to provide a coherent foundation of scientific study on the physical processes and interactions of the coastal zone environment.

Requirements for the Minor in Coastal Environmental Studies (COS):

  • No more than two courses that are used to satisfy major requirements may be applied to this minor.
  • No more than one three-credit course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option.
  • All upper-division courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.
  • Completion of the minor requires 22 to 23 credits.

Required two introductory courses (6-7 credits):

 Required three advanced courses (10 credits):

 Required two advanced elective courses chosen from the following, for a minimum of 6 credits:

  • BIO 351 Ecology
  • EHI 310 Restoration Ecology
  • ENV 304 Global Environmental Change
  • ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science
  • ENV 317 Coastal Pond Algal Ecology
  • ENV 487 Research in Environmental Science
  • GSS 325 GIS Design and Applications II
  • MAR 303 Long Island Marine Habitats
  • MAR 304 Waves, Tides, and Beaches
  • MAR 336 Marine Pollution
  • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics or SBC 307 Environmental History of North America

Declaration of the Minor

To progress efficiently through the minor, students should declare the minor, students should declare the minor in Coastal Environmental Studies no later than the middle of their sophomore 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.