Marine Sciences/License Option

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 (scroll to page 71 in Catalog)

Texas Maritime Academy