Marine Engineering Technology - BS, License Option

The goal of the Marine Engineering Technology (MARR) 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 United States. 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 License Option, intended for cadets of the U. S. Maritime Service Corps, who are required to pass the U. S. Coast Guard license examination, enabling them to serve as engineering officers aboard sea-going vessels.

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
MARR 101Marine Engineering Fundamentals 12
MATH 150Functions, Trigonometry and Linear Systems 4
American history 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MARE 242Manufacturing Methods I 1,22
MARR 102Engine Room Resource Management and Dynamics 1,21
MART 103Basic Safety and Lifeboatman Training 23
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 34
PHYS 218Mechanics 34
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
MARE 200 or MARR 200Basic Operations or Basic Operations 1,2,44
 Term Semester Credit Hours4
Second Year
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MARE 202Marine Thermodynamics 1,33
MARE 205Engineering Mechanics I 1,33
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 4
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 34
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
MARE 206Engineering Mechanics II 1,33
MARR 211Steam Propulsion Plants 3
MARE 243Manufacturing Methods II 1,21
MARE 261Engineering Analysis 13
MARR 207Electrical Power I 1,33
American History 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Select from one of the following: 1,2,44
Intermediate Operations  
Commercial Cruise Internship  
Intermediate Operations  
 Term Semester Credit Hours4
Third Year
MARE 209Mechanics of Materials 13
MARE 313Heat Transfer 13
MARE 305Fluid Mechanics Theory 14
MARR 306Electrical Power II 1,23
Creative arts 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
MARE 309Marine Construction Materials 13
MARR 312Marine Diesel Engines 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Communication 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
MARE 400 or MARR 400Advanced Operations or Advanced Operations 1,2,44
 Term Semester Credit Hours4
Fourth Year
MARE 405Fundamentals of Naval Architecture 1,2,53
MARR 307Marine Electronics 13
MARR 451Senior Capstone Project I 12
MART 498Maritime Medical Care 22
NVSC 200Naval Science for the Merchant Marine Officer 13
POLS 206American National Government 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
MARE 441Engineering Economics and Project Management 13
MARR 401Marine Auxiliary Systems 1,23
MARR 402Shipboard Automation and Control 13
MARR 452Senior Capstone Project II 12
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 137

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.  


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


Indicates license courses leading to a USCG/STCW license endorsement or sea time credit accrual which require a minimum grade of C (70%) or better to earn the endorsement or accrual. Midshipmen will be required to repeat the course until they earn a grade of C (70%) or better. Failure to meet this requirement will prevent the student from continuing any sequence in which the course is a prerequisite. 


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.


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, 300, and 400 or MARR 200, 300 and 400) do not add any required hours to the degree plan. 


Designated writing intensive course.