Marine Biology, M.S. & Ph.D.

The Marine Biology graduate program provides training in the marine biological sciences and draws on the expertise from faculty members in multiple marine and coastal-related fields at TAMUG and TAMU.

Marine Biology, M.S. & Ph.D. Degree    

Strengths of this program rely upon the international recognition and scholarly work of our faculty.  Students in the program are exposed to knowledge and research techniques related to marine ecology, coastal and oceanic habitats, marine vertebrates and invertebrates, marine fisheries, marine botany and wetlands and coastal management and conservation. The program places an emphasis on molecular, organism and ecosystems levels.

The program offers a doctoral degree, a master’s thesis degree, and a non-thesis master’s degree. With a sweeping scope of programs, disciplines, and departments constituting the curriculum, graduates of the Marine Biology program will be well prepared to enter higher education, private or public industry, and much more.


MARB Degree Plans

Master’s Degree Required Credit Hours

 

Thesis

Non-Thesis

Courses*

22

34

Seminar

2

2

Research Hours

8

0

Total

32

36

 

*A minimum of one graduate level statistics, marine ecosystem, and marine evolutionary biology course must be included.

Ph.D. Credit Hours (Suggested)

 

With M.S.

Without M.S.

Courses*

17-23

39-49

Seminar

2

2

Research Hours

39-45

39-49

Total

60

90

 

*A minimum of two graduate level statistics courses, one marine ecosystem course, and one marine evolutionary biology course must be included.

Core Courses

Students will gain proficiency in a broad range of discipline-appropriate topics in marine biology by following individualized degree plans with their choice of courses, participating in seminars or workshops, conducting relevant research activities, and/or through classroom teaching experience. Proficiency in discipline appropriate topics will be evaluated and approved by the student’s Chair and Advisory Committee. Required courses include MARB 640 Ecosystem Functions in Marine Environments, MARB 668 Marine Evolutionary Biology, graduate seminar and graduate level statistics. Additional or alternative coursework may be assigned by the student’s committee or committee Chair.

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Career Opportunities    

Love What You Do

The rigorous coursework on offer in Marine Biology couples the very best faculty and support with an essential learning environment centered on the Gulf of Mexico. Our graduate students leave ready to take on the challenges of research, higher education, policy & conservation, and a host of other opportunities.

Career Paths

Conservation
Law Enforcement (Game Warden)
Environmental consultant
Government Policy Work
Outreach

Hiring Agencies

Universities
Government Agencies
Non-government Agencies
Non-profit Groups
Conservation Groups
Private Sector

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At Texas A&M University at Galveston we offer a comprehensive array of degrees which are geared to make the most of our ideal location on the edge of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With programs ranging from marine biology to maritime administration led by enterprising professors at the top of their fields, we’re full of the opportunities you’re seeking.

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