Ocean and Coastal Resources - 5-year bachelor of science/master of marine resources management

5-Year Curriculum: B.S. in Ocean and Coastal Resources (OCRE) and Master of Marine Resources Management (MARM)

The OCRE + MARM Program allows Ocean and Coastal Resources majors to enter the graduate program for a Master of Marine Resources Management at the beginning of their senior year, enabling students to receive their OCRE undergraduate degree (B.S.) and a Master of Marine Resources Management (MARM) graduate degree in five years. Ocean and Coastal Resources majors who have at least a 3.25 GPA and who will have taken all of their prerequisite courses and otherwise completed 101 or 102 hours by the fall of their fourth year will be eligible to apply for the 5-year program during their junior year. Applicants to the 5-year program will submit the same materials (including GRE scores) and be subject to the same admission criteria as other MARM program applicants.  Those students whose records are judged to be competitive by the mid-January dead line will be admitted.

Admitted students will be enrolled in Marine Resources Management graduate courses with an undergraduate classification (U4) during the fall of their fourth year. They will then be reclassified as degree-seeking master’s students (G7) upon completing 120 credit hours, which will typically occur at the beginning of the fall semester of the fifth year. Students will be required to complete the same 2-year, 36-hour curriculum as other graduate students admitted to the MARM Professional Track (see MARM curriculum). Students who are interested in the MARM Research (Thesis) Track are afforded additional flexibility to replace required courses with up to nine hours of 691 (research) courses and electives chosen with the approval of their advisory committee. To comply with the course and work requirements of the research track, this program may extend beyond the 5 year window. For specific requirements to comply with the Research Track curriculum, students are asked to consult the MARM section of the catalog.

Students who choose not to finish the MARM degree after being admitted to the 5-year program may exit the program at any time. Completed MARM courses will be applied to their bachelor’s degree in Ocean and Coastal Resources, as appropriate. Failure to complete the MARM program will in no way impede their ability to attain a bachelor’s degree in Ocean and Coastal Resources when the requirements for that degree are completed. Those who pursue the 5-year program will receive both degrees upon the completion of the 5-year program, receiving both their Bachelor of Science and the Master of Marine Resources Management degrees at the end of year five. Advising for the 5-year program is a coordinated effort by the Department of Marine Sciences undergraduate and graduate advisors and by the Office of Graduate Studies. Advising will help ensure that interested students have satisfied the prerequisite course requirements for the bachelor’s degree so that they may enter the 5-year program. OCRE students can speak to Dr. Melanie Moser at moserm@tamug.edu or phone 409.740.4517. The MARM advisor is Dr. Wesley Highfield at highfiew@tamug.edu or phone 409.740.4726.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
MARS 101Marine Science Matters 11
MATH 142 or MATH 151Business Calculus or Engineering Mathematics I 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
MARS 210Marine Geography 13
MARS 252Introductory Marine Science Laboratory 11
MATH 141 or MATH 152Finite Mathematics or Engineering Mathematics II 3
OCNG 251Oceanography 13
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
COMM 203Public Speaking 3
MARS 280Coastal and Ocean Resources 1,23
MARS 281Sophomore Seminar in Marine Sciences 11
PHYS 218 or PHYS 201Mechanics or College Physics 4
Creative arts 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
ECON 202Principles of Economics 3
MARA 363The Management Process 3
POLS 206American National Government 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
MARS 350Advanced Computer Applications 12
OCNG 420Biological Oceanography 13
POLS 347 or MARS 432Politics of Energy and the Environment or Peak Oil, Global Warming and Resource Scarcity 3
Select one from: 14
Coastal Wetlands Management
and Coastal Wetlands Delineation Laboratory
Coastal Plant Ecology  
American history 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
MARS 310Field Methods in Marine Sciences 1,33
MARS 430 or MARS 431Geological Oceanography-Plate Tectonics or Geological Oceanography-Earth's Climate 1,23
STAT 303Statistical Methods 3
American history 3
Professional elective 1,43
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 96
Fourth Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
MARS 325Introduction to GIS for Marine Sciences 53
MARS 481Seminar 11
MARS 491Research in Marine Sciences 12
MARS 625GIS Use in Coastal Resources 53
MARS 676Environmental Policy 13
Professional elective 1,43
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
ECON 203Principles of Economics 53
MARA 604Marine Natural Resource Economics 5,63
MARS 603Quantitative Methods for Resource Management 1,63
MARS 675Environmental Management Strategies 1,63
Professional elective 1,43
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fifth Year
MARS 635Environmental Impact Statements and Natural Resource Damage Assessment 63
MARS 681Seminar 61
PLAN 641Problems of Environmental Planning Administration 63
MARM elective 63
Professional elective 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
MARS 680Integrative Analysis in Marine Resources 62
MARM elective 69
 Term Semester Credit Hours11
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 54

 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 http://core.tamu.edu/ 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.

Students in the 5-year program will take 12 fewer undergraduate credit hours than the other OCRE students. Graduate courses taken in the fourth and fifth year will be counted as credit towards the OCRE degree.

The total undergraduate hours prior to entering the 5year program is 101. After starting the 5-year program, 6 additional undergraduate hours will be taken for a total of 108 undergraduate hours. The total graduate credit hours is 36. Substituting 6 hours of MARM electives for one free and one professional elective and applying 6 hours of credit by exam results in a total of 150 hours. 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.

Course adjustments will be allowed for 6 hours of undergraduate elective credit to use 6 hours of MARM elective credits.


Indicates required courses in the Ocean and Coastal Resources major. These courses will be used to compute the major GPR. Also, if any upper level MARS or OCNG elective courses are taken, they will be used in the major GPR. 


Designated writing intensive course.


Field Experience may also be met with MARB 300 plus one credit hour of a field oriented lab course.


 Recommended professional electives include but are not limited to: CHEM 316, CHEM 318, MARA 470, MARB 320, MARB 340, MARB 345, MARB 423, MARB 432, MARB 438, MARB 445, MARS 305, MARS 330, MARS 370/GEOG 370, MARS 410, MARS 415, MARS 432, MARS 435, MARS 440, MARS 484, MARS 485MARS 491 or MARS 489.


Credit by exam for MARS 325 and ECON 203 will be awarded after successful completion of MARS 625 and MARA 604, respectively.


The 36-hour professional track curriculum is structured with 24 hours of required courses and 12 hours of optional elective courses.  The required courses include a 1 hour seminar to be taken in the student’s first year, 8 hours of management, 3 hours of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), 6 hours of resource economics and statistical methods, and 6 hours of law/policy courses. The student in the professional track will choose electives for the remaining 12 credit hours. See MARM curriculum pages of the graduate catalog for additional requirements for the research track (thesis option) curriculum.