A minor is a concentration of courses that focus on a single area or an interdisciplinary perspective as developed by the department or program that offers the minor. The department or program offering the minor is responsible for setting enrollment limits and deciding which courses are used to meet the minor. Course work consists of 15–18 hours with a minimum of 6 in residence at the 300–400 level.
Any minor offered is considered to be available to all students, resources permitting. The academic advisor in the major-granting department will add the minor for the student on SIMS. In some cases, approval by the advisor of the minor-granting department is required before the minor is added by the advisor in the student’s major. Substitutions in a minor can be initiated by either the major- or minor- granting department, but must be approved by both departments. Students must declare a minor no later than the date on which they apply for graduation. A maximum of two minors can be completed by students. A minor is displayed on the transcript after graduation but not displayed on the diploma.
Minors Offered by TAMUG:
What is a minor?
A college minor is an opportunity to explore a different field, pursue an interest or complement your major with a second field of study. A minor is an excellent way to demonstrate to future employers that you undertook serious study of a specific subject. It adds value to your degree and a competitive edge in the job market, demonstrating that you went above and beyond your major degree requirements.
What minor should I choose?
You should choose a minor that interests you and that complements your major. This minor should show potential employers that you have expertise in a certain aspect of that field. For example, if you major in business, a minor in economics would be an excellent choice! A minor may also combine two different areas of study to create a unique niche in your career field.
Offered by TAMU Colleges:
Students may elect to earn a number of minors that are taught at the Galveston campus through TAMU-College Station academic departments.
The following minors are offered by TAMU and can be fulfilled in residence at Galveston:
For a full list of TAMU minors, click here.
Please note that it is the student’s responsibility for checking the TAMU website for information on requirements for a minor as it is different for each department AND to confirm that no curriculum changes have been made for a given minor.
Offered by TAMUG:
Students in any major may establish a minor field of study in Diving Technology and Methods through completing 16 hours from the following courses. A minimum of 8 hours must be completed at the 300- to 400- level:
|KINE 199||Conditioning Swimming|
|KINE 199||Positive Impact Diving|
|DIVE 250||SCUBA Diving I|
|DIVE 251||SCUBA Diving II|
|DIVE 330||Rescue Diving|
|DIVE 331||Alternate Diving Technology|
|MARB 340||Tropical Marine Ecology|
|MARB 345||Introduction to Scientific Diving|
|MARB 350||Methods in Research Diving|
|DIVE 357||Dive Leadership- Divemaster|
|DIVE 457||Dive Leadership- Instructor|
In addition to the course requirements listed above, students:
Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Maritime Administration through completing 18 credits in the follow courses. A minimum GPR of 2.25 for the 18 credit hours is required.
Required Courses (total 12 required credits):
|ACCT 229||Introduction to Accounting|
|MARA 301||Ocean Transportation I|
|MARA 363||Managerial Process|
|MARA 416||Port Operations, Administration and Economics|
Elective Courses (total 6 required credits):
|MARA 304||Ocean Transportation II|
|MARA 342||Managerial Maritime Finance|
|MARA 401||Brokerage and Chartering|
|MARA 402||Inland Waterways|
|MARA 421||Admiralty Law|
|MARA 424||Economics of Transportation|
|MARA 435||Labor Law|
|MARA 440||Global Economy and Enterprise Management|
|MARA 450||Maritime Supply Chain Management|
|MARA 460||Management Systems and Control|
|MARA 470||Environmental Law|
|MARA 484||Management Internship|
|MARA 485||Directed Studies|
|MARA 489||Special Topics|
Substitutions may be authorized by the Head of the Department of Maritime Administration.
Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Marine Biology through completing 16 credits of MARB course selected in consultation with a Marine Biology advisor, choosing from the courses listed below . The student must have earned a C or better in BIOL 111 and BIOL 112.
|MARB 315||Natural History of Vertebrates|
|MARB 360||Marine Conservation Biology|
|MARB 400||Biology of Marine Mammals|
|MARB 408||Marine Botany|
|or MARB 430||Coastal Plant Ecology|
|MARB 425||Marine Ecology|
|MARB 435||Marine Invertebrate Zoology|
Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Ocean and Coastal Resources through the completion of at least 16 hours of the following courses:
Required Courses (total 7 required credits):
|MARS 280||Coastal and Ocean Resources|
|GEOL 101||Principles of Geology|
| or OCNG 251
|Oceanography/Oceanography Laboratory for Science Majors|
Select 3-6 hours from the following courses:
|MARS 410||Introduction to Physical Oceanography|
|MARS 430||Introduction to Geological Oceanography|
|MARS 431||Geological Oceanography - Earth’s Climate|
|MARS 440||Introduction to Chemical Oceanography|
|OCNG 420||Introduction to Biological Oceanography|
Select 3-7 hours from the following courses:
|MARS 370||Coastal Processes|
|MARS 423||Ecological Economics|
|MARS 425/426||Coastal Wetlands Management (and Lab)|
|MARS 432||Peak Oil, Global Warming and Resource Scarcity|
|MARA 470||Environmental Law|
The broad range of liberal arts courses offered by this Minor will provide an opportunity for TAMUG students in other majors to expand their non-scientific knowledge and experience diverse maritime topics. The courses have been carefully selected for content, class size and instructor to give students an optimum learning experience and to enrich all of the majors offered at TAMUG. Students in any major may establish a minor field of study in Maritime Studies through completing 15 hours of credits selected from the following courses in consultation with a Maritime Studies advisor. A minimum grade of “C” must be made in a course for it to count toward the Minor.
Required Courses (9 credits):
Part A: Select one Anthropology class from:
ANTH 202 - Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 210 – Social and Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 225 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 313 – Historical Archaeology
ANTH 316 – Nautical Archaeology
ANTH 318 – Nautical Archaeology of the Americas
ANTH 350 – Old World Archaeology
Part B: Select one English class from:
ENGL 335 – Literature of the Sea
ENGL 415 – Studies in a Major Author
Part C: Select one History/Political Science class from:
HIST 232 – History of American Seapower
HIST 242 – United States Maritime History
POLS 347 – Politics of the Energy and Environment
Elective Courses (6 credits):
Select two classes from:
MAST 265 – Elissa Sail Training
MAST 350 – History of Wooden Shipbuilding
MAST 352 – Maritime Craftsmanship
MAST 411 – International Maritime Culture
MAST 441 – Maritime Piracy Seminar
ANTH 351 – Classical Archaeology
CLAS 371 – In Search of Homer and the Trojan War