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A minor is a concentration of courses that focus on a single area or an interdisciplinary perspective as developed by the department or program that offers the minor. The department or program offering the minor is responsible for setting enrollment limits and deciding which courses are used to meet the minor. Course work consists of 15–18 hours with a minimum of 6 in residence at the 300–400 level.

Any minor offered is considered to be available to all students, resources permitting. The academic advisor in the major-granting department will add the minor for the student on SIMS. In some cases, approval by the advisor of the minor-granting department is required before the minor is added by the advisor in the student’s major. Substitutions in a minor can be initiated by either the major- or minor- granting department, but must be approved by both departments. Students must declare a minor no later than the date on which they apply for graduation. A maximum of two minors can be completed by students. A minor is displayed on the transcript after graduation but not displayed on the diploma.

What is a minor?

A college minor is an opportunity to explore a different field, pursue an interest or complement your major with a second field of study.  A minor is an excellent way to demonstrate to future employers that you undertook serious study of a specific subject. It adds value to your degree and a competitive edge in the job market, demonstrating that you went above and beyond your major degree requirements.

What minor should I choose?

You should choose a minor that interests you and that complements your major. This minor should show potential employers that you have expertise in a certain aspect of that field. For example, if you major in business, a minor in economics would be an excellent choice! A minor may also combine two different areas of study to create a unique niche in your career field.

How do I declare a Minor?

We recommend that you speak to your academic advisor to incorporate a minor into your degree plan. You may apply for the minor by filling out this Minor Approval Form and return it to your academic department.

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Minors Offered by TAMUG    

Minor in Diving Technology and Methods
Minor in Diving Technology and Methods

Minor in Diving Technology and Methods

Students in any major may establish a minor field of study in Diving Technology and Methods through completing 16 hours from the following courses. A minimum of 8 hours must be completed at the 300- to 400- level:

KINE 199 (1 Credit): Required Physical Activity (Conditioning Swimming)
KINE 199
(1 Credit): Required Physical Activity (Positive Impact Diving)
DIVE 250 (4 Credits): SCUBA Diving I
DIVE 260  (4 credits): SCUBA Diving III
DIVE 331  (3 Credits): Alternative Diving Technology
DIVE 357  (4 Credits): Dive Leadership - Divemaster
DIVE 457  (3 Credits): Dive Leadership - Instructor
DIVE 410  (4 Credits): Introduction to Scientific Diving
DIVE 489 (4 Credits): Methods in Scientific Diving
DIVE 489 (3 Credits): Techniques in Overhead Environment Diving
DIVE 489  (various credits): Various Courses

 

In addition to the course requirements listed above, students:

  • Must complete a medical statement showing no contra-indications to diving or have a recreational scuba diver’s physical examination.
  • Must maintain a GPA of 2.5.
  • Must maintain good health and fitness appropriate to the level of diving required. Adverse behaviors that put the diver or other participants at risk such as the use of alcohol or certain medicines may require the diver to be removed from the program.

Please visit the TAMUG DIVE Program Minors page for more details.

Minor in Maritime Business Administration
Minor in Maritime Business Administration

MARA Minor

Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Maritime Administration through completing 18 credits in the follow courses. A minimum GPR of 2.25 for the 18 credit hours is required.

Required Courses (total 9 required credits):

ACCT 229 

Introduction to Accounting

3

MARA 301 

Ocean Transportation I

3

MARA 363 

Managerial Process

3

 

Elective Courses (total 9 required credits):

ACCT 230

Introductory Accounting

3

FINC 341 

Business Finance

3

MARA 212 

Business Law

3

MARA 304 

Marine Insurance

3

MARA 342 

Managerial Maritime Finance

3

MARA 373 

Personnel Management

3

MARA 401 

Brokerage and Chartering

3

MARA 402 

Inland Waterways

3

MARA 416 

Port Operations, Administration and Economics

3

MARA 421 

Admiralty Law

3

MARA 424 

Intermodal Transportation

3

MARA 435 

Labor Law and Policy

3

MARA 440 

Global Economy and Enterprise Management

3

MARA 450 

Maritime Supply Chain Management

3

MARA 470 

Environmental Law

3

MARA 475 

Business Leadership

3

MARA 484 

Management Internship

0 – 4

MARA 485 

Directed Studies

1 – 4

MARA 489 

Special Topics in...

1 – 4

MARA 491 

Research In Maritime Administration

0 – 4

MARA 493 

International Maritime Management Experience

3

MKTG 321 

Marketing

3

 

Substitutions may be authorized by the Head of the Department of Maritime Business Administration.

Minor in Maritime Cybersecurity
Minor in Maritime Cybersecurity

 

Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Maritime Cybersecurity through completing 15 credits in the following courses.

Required Courses (select 6 hours from the following):

MARA 201

Foundations of Maritime Cyber Security

3 Credit Hours

MARA 403/CSCE 402

Law and Policy in Cybersecurity

3 Credit Hours

Elective Courses (select 9 hours from the following):

CSCE 477/CYBR 403

Cybersecurity Risk       

3 Credit Hours

MARA 304

Marine Insurance        

3 Credit Hours

MARA 401

Brokerage and Chartering      

3 Credit Hours

MARA 416

Port Operations, Administration and Economics

3 Credit Hours

MARA 450

Maritime Supply Chain Management 

3 Credit Hours

Total Semester Credit Hours for Minor = 15

In addition to the course requirements listed above, students:

  • Students should meet with an advisor in the Department of Maritime Business Administration to select the courses most appropriate for their area of interest.
  • Must make a grade of C or better in each course used towards minor.
  • Minimum required GPA to declare minor is 2.5.

Please visit the Maritime Cybersecurity Minor Page for more details.

Minor in Maritime/Marine Entrepreneurship
Minor in Maritime/Marine Entrepreneurship

Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Maritime/Marine Entrepreneurship through completing 15 credits in the following courses.

Foundational Courses (select 6 hours from the following):

MARA 345

Maritime and Marine Entrepreneurship Ventures

3 Credit Hours

MARA 346

Maritime and Marine Business Plans

3 Credit Hours

 

Discipline-specific Courses (select 6 hours from the following):

MARA 301

Ocean Transportation I

3 Credit Hours

MARA 424

Intermodal Transportation

3 Credit Hours

 

Capstone Courses (select 3 hours from the following):

MARA 466

Strategic Management

3 Credit Hours

MARA 484

Management Internship

0 – 4 Credit Hours

MARA 491

Research In Maritime Administration

0 – 4 Credit Hours

Total Semester Credit Hours for Minor = 15


In addition to the course requirements listed above, students:

  • Course has prerequisites; student should consult with academic advisor or instructor before enrolling.
  • Capstone courses must be taken in residency at Texas A&M University at Galveston, no substitutions from outside universities will suffice this requirement.
  • Must make a grade of C or better in each course used towards minor; Minimum required GPA to declare minor is 2.5.

Please visit the Maritime/Marine Entrepreneurship Minor for more details.

Minor in Marine Biology
Minor in Marine Biology

 MARB minor

Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Marine Biology through completing 16 credits of MARB course selected in consultation with a Marine Biology advisor, choosing from the courses listed below . The student must have earned a C or better in BIOL 111 and BIOL 112.

MARB 301 Genetics
MARB 311 Ichthyology
MARB 315 Natural History of Vertebrates
MARB 360 Marine Conservation Biology
MARB 400 Biology of Marine Mammals
MARB 408 Marine Botany
MARB 430 Coastal Plant Ecology
MARB 425 Marine Ecology
MARB 435 Marine Invertebrate Zoology
Minor in Coastal Environmental Science and Society
Minor in Coastal Environmental Science and Society

OCRE minor

Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Coastal Environmental Science and Society through the completion of at least 16 hours of the following courses:

Required Courses:

MARS 280

Coastal and Ocean Resources

(3 credit hours)


Ocean Science (select 4 credit hours from the following):

MARS 102

Earth and Ocean Science

OCNG 251
OCNG 252

Oceanography and Oceanography Laboratory


Elective I (select 3 hours from the following):

MARA 470

Environmental Law

MARS 370/GEOG 370

Coastal Processes

MARS 415

Remote Sensing Technology

MARS 425
MARS 426

Coastal Wetlands Management
and Coastal Wetlands Delineation Laboratory

 

Elective II (select 3 hours from the following):

MARS 410

Physical Oceanography

MARS 420

Biological Oceanography

MARS 430

Marine Geology

MARS 440

Chemical Oceanography

 

Elective III (select 3 hours from the following):

MARA 470

Environmental Law

MARS 370/GEOG 370

Coastal Processes

MARS 410

Physical Oceanography

MARS 415

Remote Sensing Technology

MARS 420

Biological Oceanography

MARS 425
MARS 426

Coastal Wetlands Management
and Coastal Wetlands Delineation Laboratory

MARS 430

Marine Geology

MARS 440

Chemical Oceanography

 


Minors Offered by TAMU Colleges    

Students may elect to earn a number of minors that are taught at the Galveston campus through TAMU-College Station academic departments.

For a full list of TAMU minors, click here for a full list of TAMU minors

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility for checking the TAMU website for information on requirements for a minor as it is different for each department AND to confirm that no curriculum changes have been made for a given minor.

The following minors are offered by TAMU and can be fulfilled in residence at Galveston: