Marine Sciences - BS, Integrated Marine Science Track

The Marine Sciences curriculum concentrates on the physical and chemical science aspects of the marine, estuarine, and coastal 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. Tracks in the curriculum enable the student to focus on chemistry, geology or the physical aspects of the ocean, or take a broader integrated approach. By following the chemistry or geology track the students are also able to obtain a chemistry or geology minor, respectively, through those departments 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.

The Marine Sciences graduate has a strong, well-rounded foundation in the quantitative physical sciences with considerable field and laboratory experience. A significant number of our graduates are qualified to enter M.S. or Ph.D. programs in Oceanography or related disciplines, or they move directly into jobs in environmental monitoring, oceanographic instrumentation, pollution control, the offshore oil industry and other fields. Some Marine Science students on the integrated track choose secondary teaching in Physical Sciences, pending the completion of a teaching certification program. For information about teaching certification, go to

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
MARS 101Marine Science Matters 21
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 4
OCNG 251
MARS 252
and Introductory Marine Science Laboratory 2
Communication 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
MARS 210Marine Geography 23
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
Select one from: 33-4
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Coastal Sedimentary Geology  
Engineering Mathematics III  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
MARS 281Sophomore Seminar in Marine Sciences 1,21
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
Select one from: 33-4
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Historical Geology  
Differential Equations  
American history 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
MARS 303Computing and Data Display 23
MARS 410Physical Oceanography 23
OCNG 420Biological Oceanography 23
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Track elective 2, 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
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
Creative arts 3
Track elective 2, 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
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
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Track elective 2,43
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
MARS 461Capstone Undergraduate Research Experience II 21
MARS 481Seminar 21
MARS 491Research in Marine Sciences 22
American history 3
General elective 53-5
Track elective 2,43
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

Writing intensive course. 


Course counts towards major GPR.


 Selection may have prerequisites.


Select courses from CHEM 300-499GEOL 300-499, MARS 300-499, PHYS 300-499, STAT 303 or ATMO 363.


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