Marine Engineering Technology - BS, License Option

The purpose of the Marine Engineering Technology License Option (MARR-LIO) program is to train students to serve as engineering officers aboard sea-going vessels. The MARR curriculum is a thermal power-oriented specialization of a classical Mechanical Engineering Technology program. A thorough preparation in mathematics, science, and basic engineering courses is the foundation for further study in ship propulsion plants and electrical power generation and distribution equipment. Marine Engineering Technology focuses on power cycles, principles, and methods used to convert the energy in fossil fuels into useful power, and the selection and operation of the major components and sup­ port systems in the power cycle. Courses in marine engineering are supplemented with studies in naval architecture and maritime appli­cation of electrical engineering fundamentals. The students' education is enhanced through the use of computer simulation of propulsion plants and direct operation of marine machinery aboard the University's training ship.

In addition to the degree requirements for the Marine Engineering Technology Degree, MARR-LIO Cadets must complete the requirements to achieve a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) issued by the USCG.  The requirements for the MMC are determined by International conventions, Federal law and regulations, and policies established by the USCG and the Maritime Administration (MARAD).  The requirements for an MMC are subject to change according to developments at the International Maritime Organization, Congressional action, the Federal rulemaking process, and consultations between the USCG, MARAD, and the Maritime Academies.  The student who successfully completes the program will be qualified to sit for the U. S. Coast Guard license examination as a Third Assistant Engineer of any gross tonnage upon oceans, steam, or motor vessels and issuance of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) international endorsement as Officer In Charge of an Engineering Watch (OICEW).

MARR-LIO students must also complete all the requirements as a cadet in the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, described previously in this catalog, in order to receive the degree. Cadets who enroll in and apply to graduate in Marine Engineering Technology must successfully complete the li­cense examination for Third Assistant Engineer in order to graduate from Texas A&M University. Courses earning USCG or STCW qualifications, sea-time remission or STCW competency certification require a minimum grade of C (70%). In addition, all STCW proficiencies must be satisfactorily completed with a grade of 70% or better (See applicable course outlines available through the department).

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Engineering Students 3
CHEM 117 General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MARR 101 Marine Engineering Fundamentals 1, 2 2
MART 103 Basic Safety and Lifeboatman Training 2 3
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 3 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
MARE 111 Methods in Engineering Technology 1 2
MARE 242 Manufacturing Methods I 1,2 2
MARR 102 Engine Room Resource Management and Dynamics 1
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 4
PHYS 218 Mechanics 4
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
MARE 200
Basic Operations 1,2
or Basic Operations
 Semester Credit Hours4
Second Year
MARE 112 Graphics for Engineering Technology 1 2
MARE 202 Marine Thermodynamics 1 3 3
MARE 205 Engineering Mechanics I 1,3 3
MARE 243 Manufacturing Methods II 1 2 1
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 4
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
MARE 206 Engineering Mechanics II 1,3 3
MARE 209 Mechanics of Materials 1 3
MARE 211 Steam Propulsion Plants 1,2 3
MARE 261 Engineering Analysis 1 3
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Select from one of the following: 1,2 4
Intermediate Operations  
Commercial Cruise Internship  
Intermediate Operations  
 Semester Credit Hours4
Third Year
MARE 207 Electrical Power I 1,3 3
MARE 305 Fluid Mechanics Theory 1 4
MARE 313 Heat Transfer 1 3
NVSC 200 Naval Science for the Merchant Marine Officer 1 3
Creative arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
MARE 309 Marine Construction Materials 1 3
MARE 312 Diesel Propulsion Plants 1 3
MARE 306 Electrical Power II 1,2 3
MARE 401 Marine Auxiliary Systems 1,2 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
MARE 400
Advanced Operations 1,2
or Advanced Operations
 Semester Credit Hours4
Fourth Year
MARE 307 Marine Electronics 1 3
MARE 405 Fundamentals of Naval Architecture 1,2 3
MARR 451 Senior Capstone Project I 1 2
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Free elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
MARE 402 Shipboard Automation and Control 1 3
MARE 441 Engineering Economics and Project Management 3
MARR 452 Senior Capstone Project II 1,4 2
MART 498 Maritime Medical Care 2 2
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Technical elective 1,5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours137

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 from an other institution be low a C in engineering, mathematics and physics will not be accepted by the TAMUG engineering programs toward the degree.

The total hours may be increased if the student is required to take remedial math, remedial English, foreign language or International and Cultural Diversity courses, or any of the six hour cruise options. The six-hour cruise options (NAUT 200, NAUT 300, and NAUT 400 or MARR 200, MARR 300 and MARR 400) do not add any required hours to the degree plan. 

This degree requires full participation in the Texas A&M University Maritime Academy Corps of Cadets as a qualified License Option cadet. Refer to the University catalog section for the Texas A&M Maritime Academy for additional information. In addition to the academic requirements outlined here, the cadet must also complete the following requirements to receive the degree:

  • Successfully complete required sea service and minimum training cruise requirements

  • Pass a comprehensive professional examination (either the Third Mate Unlimited- Oceans or Third Assistant Engineering Unlimited) administered by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).

  • Successfully complete all competencies required by the International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW).

Note: STCW competency certifications expire 5 years after completion. If the cadet does not complete the degree within that time period, the cadet will be required to revalidate the expired competency prior to graduation.