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Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering (OCSE)

About Us


Texas A&M at Galveston is located on Pelican Island.  We are within easy reach of the state's major cities:  Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth.  Tuition, fees and cost of living compare favorably with other universities in the United States.  


Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering (OCSE) provides an interdisciplinary education in offshore, coastal, and structural engineering.  The curriculum introduces the students to a systems oriented approach to design. This program was previously known as Maritime Systems Engineering and has been graduating students into this exciting field for 40 years.
The offshore engineering area of study addresses the design of marine structures and includes wind and wave forces, hydrodynamics, and ocean engineering technology.

Coastal engineering addresses the design of breakwaters and seawalls/bulkheads; coastal process projects such as beach nourishment and protection; and near shore/inlet hydrodynamics.

The synthesis of structural, on/offshore, and civil engineering are the strong themes of this program.

Employment opportunities exist with private industry, defense contractors, consulting firms and government agencies.

OCSE students are encouraged to pursue summer internships. The curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.


The OCSE curriculum includes courses in written communication skills, humanities, social sciences and American heritage to ensure a well-rounded education.  Courses that directly apply to maritime systems engineering include, but are not limited to: fluid mechanics, naval architecture, ocean wave mechanics, underwater acoustics, reinforced concrete wave mechanics, structural steel design, hydrodynamics of offshore structures, dynamics and vibrations,  finite-element analysis in engineering design, introduction to coastal engineering, marine structures design and measurements in the ocean laboratory.

See curriculum map (merely to be used as a guide) for sequence of courses.  Note:  if there are any discrepancies between the curriculum map and the current catalog prerequisite requirements, the catalog takes precedence.