Undergraduate Degrees

B.S. Marine Sciences (MARS)

The Marine Sciences curriculum concentrates on the physical and chemical aspects of science of the marine, estuarine, and coastal environment. The coastal location of the campus enables students to acquire extensive hands-on field experience in addition to a solid base of academic in struction in chemistry, geology, physics, biology, and mathematics. Advanced work centers around four semesters of oceanography. Electives in the junior and senior year allow the student to obtain a broader back ground in ocean studies or to specialize, usually in the areas of environmental science, geology, or chemistry. The Marine Sciences graduate has a strong, well-rounded foundation in the quantitative physical sciences with considerable field and laboratory experience. With suitably chosen electives, graduates are qualified to enter M.S. or Ph.D. programs in Oceanography or related disciplines, or to move directly into jobs in environmental monitoring, oceanographic instrumentation, pollution control, the offshore oil industry and other fields.

Students majoring in Marine Sciences or Ocean and Coastal Resources can be eligible for a secondary teaching field in Physical Sciences, pending a passing score on the state certification test (ExCET).

Students may also choose to pursue a minor during their studies. Read more... 

Marine Sciences Curricula

B.S. Marine Sciences/License Option (MARS/LO)

The Marine Sciences License Option program allows the marine sciences student to prepare for a career as an officer aboard a seagoing vessel by participating in the U.S. Maritime Service Corps of Cadets. The curriculum provides the basics of marine sciences as well as courses leading toward licensing as a Third Mate of any gross tonnage upon oceans, steam, or motor vessels, in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

The Marine Sciences License Option curriculum is an abbreviated version of the Marine Sciences curriculum and is oriented toward field activities consistent with service aboard research vessels. Students who wish to attend a physical science graduate program will need to take additional coursework in science and mathematics.

Cadets who enroll in and apply to graduate under one of the license option curricula must complete the appropriate license examination for Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer in order to graduate from Texas A&M University. Certain USCG courses require a minimum grade of C (70%).

Marine Sciences/LO Curricula

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B.S. Ocean and Coastal Resources (OCRE)

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Ocean and Coastal Resources (OCRE) will educate students with regard to the economic, environmental and social issues related to the development of  marine resources, while providing them with the scientific back ground needed to understand these issues. These resources include fisheries, oil and gas, ocean mining and others. The OCRE degree differs considerably in content from the Marine Sciences (MARS) curriculum through increased focus on geological and biological sciences, along with economics, political science and law. While the present MARS program is designed to produce well-rounded physical scientists, the OCRE curriculum is oriented more to societal and environmental impacts of ocean science.

Many of the resource development issues in today’s world center around environmental pollution, sustainable development, biological diversity, fisheries and mariculture and oil and gas development. Every aspect of marine resources development is undergoing rapid growth. From fisheries management to ocean mining and off shore oil and gas development, the demand for trained entry-level personnel from both government and industry is extremely high. There is also a strong demand for individuals who understand and can use scientific information in the planning and management process, but who are not themselves bench or field scientists.

Student in OCRE may establish a minor field of study. Read more...
A minor in Ocean and Coastal Resources is available for students of other University disciplines.

Students majoring in Ocean and Coastal Resources can be eligible for a secondary teaching field in Physical Sciences, pending a passing score on the state certification test (ExCET). (pending approval)

Ocean and Coastal Resources Curricula

5 Year Degree Program: OCRE - Master of Marine Resources Management

TAMUG’s department of Marine Sciences will offer a degree program that allows ocean and coastal resources (OCRE) majors to enter the graduate program for a master of marine resources management at the beginning of their fourth year at Texas A&M University at Galveston. This enables students to receive their OCRE undergraduate degree (B.S.) and a Master of Marine Resources Management (MARM) graduate degree in five years.


Students admitted to the 5-year degree program will have completed 102 of the 120 hours of course work required to receive a bachelor's degree. These courses must include the specific prerequisites for a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean and Coastal Resources, as well as the courses required by Texas A&M University at Galveston for an undergraduate degree.

A 3+2 program is available so the student can achieve in 5 years the B.S. OCRE with the Master of Marine Resources Management (MARM) degree.

B.S./B.A. University Studies (USGA)

The University Studies program provides students the flexibility to combine areas of study to students who have particular career paths or post-baccalaureate degree paths in mind. A University Studies Degree consists of a concentration of 21-24 hours and two minors of 15-18 hours each. Specific courses may be required for the completion of the hours in the concentrations and minors. The University Catalog will provide the list of specific courses required for the following programs.

Concentration in Marine Environmental Law and Policy
This concentration requires 21 to 24 hours in coursework such as business law, admiralty law, environmental law, environmental ethics and politics of energy and the environment. Students can choose from a wide variety of combinations to position his or her self for graduate studies in environmental law, employment in environmental regulatory areas and/or industry interested in environmental protection especially in a near shore environment. University Studies Curriculum

Concentration in Oceans and One Health

This concentration is intended to streamline the coursework needed for students who are interested in specific medical programs after graduation. Students may fulfill the coursework for medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as some allied health professions such as physician assistant, physical therapy or clinical laboratory science. It also provides a stand-alone degree to address any of a number of health-related issues that result from urbanization of coastal areas or increased development of marine environments. The curriculum is designed to be flexible so that students can choose their focus from the diverse list of concentration electives or minors. It also is rigorous enough to provide students headed for professional or graduate school a solid background in health-related disciplines and environmental sciences.

Bachelor of Science in University Studies, Oceans and One Health Concentration