Marine Engineering Technology - BS

Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special purpose institution for teaching, research, and public service of marine and maritime studies in science, engineering, and business, leading to a degree from Texas A&M University. The goal of the Marine Engineering Technology (MARR) non-license option program is to produce graduates for performing engineering work in the marine sector or marine-related shore-based industries involving the design, production, operation, maintenance, and management of engineering systems and projects.

Opportunities for such work abound in the vicinity of the University, which is located just south of the fourth largest metropolis in the U. S. The Houston/Galveston area has extensive port facilities, considerable commercial, recreational, and military ship traffic, and ever-increasing offshore and onshore infrastructure associated with the oil industry. Career opportunities of various kinds (e.g. operational, management, leadership, etc.) are therefore available for these graduates who are ideally suited for working on ships, at port facilities, and at shore facilities, particularly in power generation, distribution, and concomitant auxiliary support systems. The program provides a Non-License Option for students not intending to appear for the U. S. Coast Guard license examination.

Our goal is to produce graduates with a strong background in engineering fundamentals, mathematics, and analytical methods, which is reinforced by practical machine-shop, welding, and laboratory experiences (including several on the training ship). The curriculum builds on a foundation of basic engineering topics such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, drafting, and materials science to develop inter-disciplinary skills required for the practice of marine engineering. In particular, the program’s educational objectives are to produce graduates who: (1) Can specify, operate, and maintain systems used in marine and facilities power systems and associated auxiliary systems (e.g. propulsion, electrical power generation and distribution, refrigeration, and air conditioning) in support of the maritime sector (the Navy, Coast Guard, and companies operating sea-going vessels), the offshore oil and gas industry, and companies involved in facilities management or shore-based power systems; in particular, to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain systems such as those intended to provide marine propulsion and electrical power; and (2) Are well-prepared to engage in lifelong education, professional development, and continuous improvement.


First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 3
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
MARE 100Marine Engineering Fundamentals 13
MATH 150Functions, Trigonometry and Linear Systems 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 24
PHYS 218Mechanics 24
American history 3
Creative arts 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MARE 202Marine Thermodynamics 23
MARE 205Engineering Mechanics I 23
MARE 242Manufacturing Methods I 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 4
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 24
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
MARE 206Engineering Mechanics II 1,23
MARE 207Electrical Power I 1,23
MARE 243Manufacturing Methods II 11
MARE 261Engineering Analysis 13
MARE 311Steam Propulsion Plants 3
American history 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
MARE 209Mechanics of Materials 13
MARE 305Fluid Mechanics Theory 14
MARE 306Electrical Power II 13
MARE 313Heat Transfer 13
Directed elective 1,33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
MARE 309Marine Construction Materials 13
MARE 312Diesel Propulsion Plants 13
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Communication 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
MARE 307Marine Electronics 13
MARE 405Fundamentals of Naval Architecture 1,43
MARE 451Senior Design Project I 12
POLS 206American National Government 3
Marine engineering elective 1,53
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
MARE 441Engineering Economics and Project Management 13
MARE 452Senior Design Project II 1,42
Marine engineering electives 1,56
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 123

All electives must be chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the student's academic advisor. Unless courses are specifically listed, see University Core Curriculum at for a listing of course options for Communication; Mathematics; Life and Physical Sciences; Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; American History; Government and Political Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The 6-hour University Core Curriculum requirement for International and Cultural Diversity may be met with courses used to satisfy other degree requirements.

Although they may count for university credit, grades form another institution below a C in engineering, mathematics and physics will not be accepted by the TAMUG engineering programs toward the degree.


 Indicates required courses in Marine Engineering major. These courses will be used to compute the major GPR.


MARR students are required to earn a grade of C or better in MATH 151, PHYS 218, PHYS 208, MARE 202, MARE 205, MARE 206 and MARE 207. Failure to meet this requirement will prevent the student from continuing any sequence in which the course is a prerequisite. Although they may count for credit, grades from another institution below a C in engineering, mathematics and physics will not be accepted by the TAMUG engineering programs toward the degree.


Directed electives are recommended to be MARS 306, MARS 330, MARS 370, MARS 410, MARS 430, MARS 431, MARS 435 or MARS 440,


Designated writing intensive course.


Students may take any of the 400 level courses offered by the Marine Engineering Department in their senior year including standard courses such as MARE 401, MARE 402 and MARE 484, which are offered to license option students (except MARE 405).  


The total hours may be increased if the student is required to take remedial math, remedial English, computer science, foreign language or International and Cultural Diversity requirement.