Marine Sciences - BS, Geological Marine Science Track

The Marine Sciences curriculum concentrates on the physical and chemical science aspects of the estuarine, coastal, and marine environment. The coastal location of the campus enables students to acquire extensive hands-on field experience in addition to a solid base of academic instruction in chemistry, geology, physics, biology, and mathematics. All marine science majors take five semesters of oceanography and an integrated, field-oriented laboratory class. In the senior year students will participate in 2 semesters of research with the faculty. The geology track allows the student to focus on geological aspects of marine sciences, preparing them to enter graduate programs in Oceanography or related disciplines or to work in companies that need expertise in this area. The track will also enable students to obtain a geology minor through the geology department at TAMU in College Station with coursework completed in Galveston. An advisor in MARS can help you select courses and facilitate the minor approval process through the TAMU department. 

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
4
MARS 101Marine Science Matters 21
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 4
OCNG 251
MARS 252
Oceanography
and Introductory Marine Science Laboratory 2
4
Communication 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
MARS 210Marine Geography 23
MARS 306Coastal Sedimentary Geology 24
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
GEOL 106Historical Geology 24
MARS 281Sophomore Seminar in Marine Sciences 1,21
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
American history 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
MARS 303Computing and Data Display 23
OCNG 420Biological Oceanography 23
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Track elective 2,33
MARS 410Physical Oceanography 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MARS 365Integrated Marine Sciences Laboratory 23
MARS 430 or MARS 431Geological Oceanography-Plate Tectonics or Geological Oceanography-Earth's Climate 1,23
MARS 440Chemical Oceanography 23
Track elective 2,33
Creative arts 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
MARS 325Introduction to GIS for Marine Sciences 23
MARS 460Capstone Undergraduate Research Experience I 21
MARS 491Research in Marine Sciences 22
POLS 206American National Government 3
Track elective 2,33
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MARS 461Capstone Undergraduate Research Experience II 21
MARS 481Seminar 21
MARS 491Research in Marine Sciences 22
American history 3
General elective 43
Track elective 2,33
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Writing intensive course.

2

Course counts towards major GPR.

3

Select courses from GEOL 300-499, MARS 305, MARS 340, MARS 370/GEOG 370, MARS 415, MARS 430, MARS 431, MARS 432, MARS 435, or MARS 489. Either MARS 430 or MARS 431 will fulfill the geological oceanography requirement, and the other can be used as a track elective.

4

3 hours must be International and Cultural Diversity. This requirement can be met with courses used to satisfy other degree requirements.