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Marine Biology IDP, M.S. & Ph.D.

This unique Interdisciplinary Graduate Program spans three campuses of Texas A&M University and is hosted by the Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The IDP offers a doctoral degree, a master’s thesis degree, and a non-thesis master’s degree. With a sweeping scope of programs, disciplines, and departments constituting the curriculum, graduates of the Marine Biology IDP will be well prepared to enter higher education, private or public industry, and much more.

Marine Biology Interdisciplinary Program, M.S. & Ph.D. Degree    

What sets this program apart is the vast collection of resources made available by the joining of three campuses and six departments. Students are able to choose the courses that are right for them and their individual goals, and advisory committees can be made of faculty from any of the campuses involved (Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Campus).

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MARB IDP Degree Plans

Master’s Degree Required Credit Hours

 

Thesis

Non-Thesis

Courses*

22

34

Seminar

2

2

Research Hours

8

0

Total

32

36

 

*A minimum of one graduate level statistics, marine ecosystem, and marine evolutionary biology course must be included.

Ph.D. Credit Hours (Suggested)

 

With M.S.

Without M.S.

Courses*

17-23

39-55

Seminar

2

2

Research Hours

39-45

39-55

Total

64

96

 

*A minimum of two graduate level statistics courses, one marine ecosystem course, and one marine evolutionary biology course must be included.

Core Courses

Students will gain proficiency in a broad range of discipline-appropriate topics in marine biology by completing appropriate graduate-level courses, participating in a seminar course or workshop, conducting relevant research activities, and/or through classroom teaching experience. Proficiency in discipline appropriate topics will be evaluated and approved by the student’s committee Chair. Required courses include MARB 6340 Marine Ecosystems Ecology (Alternate: MARB 640), MARB 668 Marine Evolutionary Biology (Alternate: MARB 6341), and MATH 6315 (Statistical Methods in Research I). Additional or alternative coursework may be assigned by the student’s committee or committee Chair.

For more information, please visit MARB IDP Handbook.

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Career Opportunities    

Love What You Do

The rigorous coursework on offer in the Marine Biology IDP couples the very best faculty and support with an essential learning environment centered on the Gulf of Mexico. Our graduate students leave ready to take on the challenges of research, higher education, policy & conservation, and a host of other opportunities.

Career Paths

Conservation
Law Enforcement (Game Warden)
Environmental consultant
Government Policy Work
Outreach

Hiring Agencies

Universities
Government Agencies
Non-government Agencies
Non-profit Groups
Conservation Groups
Private Sector

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At Texas A&M University at Galveston we offer a comprehensive array of degrees which are geared to make the most of our ideal location on the edge of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With programs ranging from marine biology to maritime administration led by enterprising professors at the top of their fields, we’re full of the opportunities you’re seeking.

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