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)

B. Career and Leadership Skills

C. Core Courses

Students are required to select 9 credits from group A and 3 credits from group B.
Group A: Environmental Science Electives (choose 9 credits)

  • 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
  • GSS 354 GIS for the Coastal Zone
  • 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

Group B: Environment, Society, and Policy (choose 3 credits)

  • EHI 340 Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease
  • SBC 307 Environmental History of North America
  • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
  • SBC 321 Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
  • SBC 325 Environmental Writing and the Media
  • SUS 341 Environmental Treatises and Protocols
  • SUS 342 Energy and Mineral Resources

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 308 American Environmental Politics
  • SBC 311 Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective
  • SBC 312 Environment, Society, and Health
  • SBC 330 Extreme Events in Literature
  • SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability
  • SUS 366 Philosophy of the Environment

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.

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD)  learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

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 Sciences 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 upper-division 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 advanced courses (10 credits):

  • ENV 316 Coastal Zone Management
  • GSS 313 GIS Design and Applications I
  • GSS 314 GIS Laboratory (for students enrolling in GSS 313 Spring 2013 or later)
  • MAR 333 Coastal Oceanography

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

  • BIO 319 Landscape Ecology Laboratory
  • 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
  • GSS 354 GIS for the Coastal Zone
  • 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.