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The mission of the Department of Marine Transportation is to provide maritime transportation students with a solid academic foundation on which to build their careers. Cutting-edge maritime training is combined with this academic foundation to produce USCG licensed officers for the United States maritime industry.

The curriculum spans the transportation continuum from the initial Texas A&M University at Galveston production of goods to their final consumption. Particular emphasis is placed on the management of Marine Transportation, including all of its scientific and technical aspects. The entire program is presented against the backdrop of the dynamic, global maritime industry. Graduates can expect to find employment in either ocean-going or shore-side positions in an industry that experiences a 4-6% annual growth.

Marine Transportation majors are required to enroll in the Corps of Cadets and to remain enrolled through the time of graduation.