The Department of Marine Biology offers undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in Marine Biology, Marine Fisheries, and Marine Biology-License Option from Texas A&M University. At the graduate level, the department offers Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Marine Biology. Teaching and research facilities are located in Galveston, Texas along the shore of Galveston Bay. The semitropical climate provides students and faculty with year-round access to a variety of estuarine, coastal and pelagic marine ecosystems, including salt marshes, oyster reefs, seagrass meadows and coastal sand dunes and beaches. A state-of-the art Sea Life Facility is available for additional hands-on experiences with marine organisms.
With a low student-to-professor ratio, undergraduate students have extensive opportunities for laboratory and field education and research at national and international locations. International educational opportunities are frequently available through courses offered in Mexico, Greece, Italy, and New Zealand through the TAMU Study Abroad Program, as well as a summer field course in Alaska.
The faculty have research expertise in marine fisheries, marine invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, marine botany, marine mammalogy, biological oceanography, wetlands ecology, marine conservation and management, biospeleology, biodiversity, seafood microbiology, genomics, toxicology, physiology and evolutionary biology.
Marine biology undergraduate students obtain employment with State and Federal agencies, private industry, environmental consulting entities, biomedical research, zoos and aquariums, and teaching. Many undergraduates pursue postgraduate studies in marine biology, as well as in the fields of medicine, veterinary sciences and environmental law.
The Sea Life Facility (SLF) at Texas A&M University Galveston Campus provides an experimental research laboratory infrastructure for TAMUG scientists, graduate and undergraduate students to conduct in vivo studies of marine life. Through collaborations with the Department of Marine Biology and volunteer opportunities, the SLF enables undergraduate students to receive hands-on training for mariculture systems and practices. The SLF Outreach Center aims to engage the TAMUG community and general public, via educational displays and guided tours, to learn about research conducted in the SLF and marine life in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.