Texas A&M University at Galveston

General Statement

Texas A&M University at Galveston, a branch campus of Texas A&M University, offers ocean-oriented academic degrees, research, continuing education and public service in marine science, engineering, business, transportation and liberal arts. Degrees are awarded from Texas A&M University. Ocean voyages, sailing in Galveston Bay, beachfront experiments and independent study complement the rigorous classroom experience at Texas A&M University at Galveston. In addition to its academic programs, the campus houses the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, which offers training programs leading to officer licensing in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Texas A&M University at Galveston is located near the mouth of Galveston Bay with close access to the Gulf of Mexico. Most instructional programs are taught at the 130-acre Mitchell Campus on Pelican Island (with housing for 1,400+ students). The training ship serves as a floating classroom, laboratory and dormitory for the annual summer training cruise of the U.S. Maritime Service cadets. During the regular school year, the ship is berthed at Pelican Island and provides valuable dockside laboratory facilities for instruction in the practical aspects of the maritime curricula. 

University Statement on Harassment and Discrimination

Texas A&M University at Galveston is committed to providing an educational and work climate that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual. To fulfill its multiple missions as an institution of higher learning, Texas A&M encourages a climate that values and nurtures collegiality, diversity, pluralism and the uniqueness of the individual within our State, nation and world. The University also strives to protect the rights and privileges, and to enhance the self-esteem of all its members. Faculty, staff and students should be aware that any form of harassment and any form of illegal discrimination against any individual is inconsistent with the values and ideals of the University community. Any questions or complaints relative to discrimination should be referred to the Human Resources Office. 

Courses of Study

Texas A&M University at Galveston provides undergraduate degree programs in Marine Biology (MARB), Marine Sciences (MARS), Marine Engineering Technology (MARR), Marine Transportation (MART), Marine Fisheries (MARF), Maritime Administration (MARA), Maritime Studies (MAST), Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering (OCSE), Ocean and Coastal Resources (OCRE) and University Studies (USGA). A 5-year program is offered to allow OCRE majors to additionally complete the Master of Marine Resources Management (MARM) degree, combining their senior year of OCRE with the first year of MARM. A similar 5-year program is offered to allow MARA majors to complete the Master of Maritime Administration and Logistics (MMAL) degree program in a total of 5 years. All students complete the University Core Curriculum requirements set by Texas A&M University to ensure a broad-based education. 

Texas A&M Galveston offers a M.S. (thesis or non-thesis) and Ph.D. in Marine Biology, both a thesis and non-thesis Master of Marine Resource Management degree and a thesis and non-thesis Master of Maritime Administration and Logistics degree. The Texas A&M Maritime Academy is headquartered on the Galveston campus.

Texas A&M University at Galveston is fully accredited by the “Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges”. Marine Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET and is STCW certified by the U.S. Coast Guard.


Admission into Texas A&M University at Galveston is processed separately, and requires a separate application, from Texas A&M University - College Station. Applicants must apply for any program on the Galveston campus via www.applytexas.org. The SAT or the ACT admission examinations are acceptable. Students should have the scores forwarded to Texas A&M University at Galveston (Code 6835 for SAT and Code 6592 for ACT).

To obtain an enrollment packet or schedule a campus visit, call toll free at 1-87-SEAAGGIE, write Student Relations Office, Texas A&M University at Galveston, P. O. Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553-1675, or visit www.tamug.edu/admissionsAcceptance by the Office of Admissions does not constitute admission to the U.S. Maritime Service License Option Program. When admission requirements have been satisfied, the Office of Enrollment Services will send the applicant a letter of acceptance.

Admission Statement and Policy on Individuals with Disabling Conditions 

Texas A&M University at Galveston has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, admission to Texas A&M University and any of its sponsored programs is open to all qualified individuals. Texas A&M does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of students in its programs and activities. Services and facilities are available to students with handicaps. Individuals should contact the Office of Student Affairs if they have special needs before they commit to enrollment.

U.S. Maritime Service Corps of Cadets

Texas A&M University at Galveston houses the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, which is one of six state maritime academies in the U.S. preparing graduates for licensing as officers in the American Merchant Marine. This program provides an opportunity for students to learn how to operate and maintain an ocean-going vessel. In addition to classroom and field training during the regular school year, students will sail aboard a training vessel during three summer cruises to gain practical experience in seamanship, navigation and operations. At the conclusion of the program, cadets are tested to become licensed as officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine and may seek employment in the exciting field of marine transportation as a licensed Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer.

The NROTC Program offers men and women an opportunity to qualify for a commission in the Navy while attending Texas A&M University at Galveston. All NROTC students are required to participate in the Texas A&M Maritime Academy Corps of Cadets. Any student may join the NROTC Program either as a National Scholarship winner or as a non-subsidized college program student. Applications for National Scholarships can be obtained through a Navy recruiting office before the submission deadline of January 30 of the year for which the student is applying.

Mission Statement

Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special-purpose institution of higher education for undergraduate and graduate instruction in marine and maritime studies in science, engineering and business and for research and public service related to the general field of marine resources. The institution is under the management and control of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, with degrees offered under the name and authority of Texas A&M University at College Station.

Research Programs

Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research staff and students are actively involved in research throughout the world. Research is conducted under the direction of more than 50 faculty members with funding from federal, state, private and university sources includ ing the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of the Interior, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Texas General Land Office, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, CONACYT, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Texas Institute of Oceanography and Research Development Fund. Externally funded research expenditures were over $4.1 million. Total research expenditures were over $5.6 million. Research encompasses both the basic and applied aspects of fields such as marine biology, oceanography, coastal/ocean engineering, marine geology, marine policy and management, environmental studies, conservation, business, admiralty law and coastal zone management. Research is focused largely in the areas of coastal and beach processes (e.g., physical profiling of coastal regions and erosion processes and control), marine life studies (e.g., marine mammal, fish, shellfish, algae and sea turtle biology and ecology), bay and estuary ecosystems (e.g., wetlands management and toxic contaminant analysis), geochemical cycling in marine/aquatic/atmospheric systems and offshore/deep water environments. There are over 130 students participating in these programs. Many of the faculty researchers also have graduate appointments in TAMUG and/or TAMU departments. Approximately 40 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students from the TAMU departments of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Oceanography, Ecosystem Science and Management, Ocean/Civil Engineering, Biology and Anthropology are conducting their research under a Texas A&M University at Galveston faculty member. Undergraduate students have many opportunities to participate in research, such as the Texas Institute of Oceanography Undergraduate Student Research Program, working as student workers and technicians on funded research programs, taking independent study classes or participating in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Undergraduate students may work in the laboratory and at field sites throughout the world, participate in research cruises, present results at local, national and international meetings, and serve as authors on publications

Administrative Officers

Robert Smith III - Chief Executive Officer; Superintendent, Texas A&M Maritime Academy; Vice President, Texas A&M University

Patrick Louchouarn - Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer; Associate Provost, Texas A&M University

Donna C. Lang - Associate Vice President for Academic Operations

Susan Hernandez Lee - Associate Vice President for Finance

Grant W. Shallenberger - Associate Vice President for Administration and Auxiliary Services

Tammy L. Holliday - Associate Vice President for Research Operations

Antonietta S. Quigg - Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

Todd Sutherland - Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Board of Visitors 

Dennis E. Murphree (Chairman)
Robert A. Fry, Jr. (Vice Chairman)
Wade Battles 
Greg Binion
Kyle Buese
Christopher S. Cahill
Michael E. Cokinos
Robb Erickson
Thomas E. Farmer
G. Allen Flynt
William Fraser III
Arthur Damon Gowan
Roger Guenther
Paul Hill
Randolph W. House
Peter D. Huddleston
Charlie Jenkins
William E. Jenkins
Mark Lyons
Ross D. Margraves, Jr.
Betty Massey
Keith W. McFatridge, Jr.
James P. McGregor
John J. Michael
Phyllis Milstein
B. Greg Mitchell 
Robert Mitchell
Jerry Mohn
Frank M. Muller, Jr.
L.C. Neely
Brandon Hal Neff
Bruce Nichols
Chris Orth
Victor R. Pierson
Wayne H. Prescott
Terry Ray
Robert N. Reinhardt 
Brian Roy, Jr.
Robert T. Sakowitz
William G. Schubert
Albert P. Shannon
Kelley Sullivan
Kelly Teichman
Tyson T. Voelkel
James A. Watson IV
Jonathan Whitworth

Classrooms, laboratories and meeting spaces are housed within 18 major buildings on the Mitchell Campus on Pelican Island. The Ocean and Coastal Studies building is the largest and best-equipped marine research facility on the Gulf of Mexico. There are seven residence halls on campus, the James McCloy Arena and the Mary Moody Northen Student Center with cafeteria services. The Jack K. Williams Library contains over 43,000 books, 35,000 bound volumes of journals and a collection of charts and maps. The training ship provides additional classroom, meeting and training space during the school year, and an additional fleet of small boats serve as floating classrooms and research stations. Texas A&M University at Galveston has telecommunications systems established to communicate statewide within The Texas A&M University System universities and agencies. The Galveston campus has direct access to the Texas A&M University computer network in College Station via remote job entry connect lines.

Housing applications are available from Texas A&M University at Galveston and should be returned with the required deposit to the Office of Student Services, Texas A&M University at Galveston, P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553-1675.