Marine Sciences - BS

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, oceanography and mathematics. All marine science majors take five semesters of oceanography, a course in geographic information systems (GIS) and an integrated, field-oriented laboratory class. In the senior year students will participate in 2 semesters of research with the faculty culminating in a poster presentation of their research. The tracks allow the student to select a discipline for focusing their coursework and preparing them to enter graduate programs in Oceanography, related disciplines or to work in companies that need expertise in this area. For example, choosing the chemistry track allows the student to focus on chemical aspects of marine sciences,and it will also enable students to obtain a chemistry minor through the chemistry department at Texas A&M University in College Station with coursework completed in Galveston. Similarly, the geology track can lead to a minor in geology. An advisor in MARS can help you select courses and facilitate the minor approval process.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
4
MARS 101 Marine Science Matters 2 1
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 4
OCNG 251
MARS 252
Oceanography
and Introductory Marine Science Laboratory 2
4
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
MARS 210 Marine Geography 2 3
PHYS 218 Mechanics 4
Track focus elective 2,4 3-4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
MARS 281 Sophomore Seminar in Marine Sciences 1,2 1
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 4
American history 3
Track focus elective 2,4 3-4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
MARS 303 Computing and Data Display 2 3
MARS 410 Physical Oceanography 2 3
OCNG 420 Biological Oceanography 2 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Track elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MARS 365 Integrated Marine Sciences Laboratory 2 3
MARS 430
Geological Oceanography-Plate Tectonics 1,2
or Geological Oceanography-Earth's Climate
3
MARS 440 Chemical Oceanography 2 3
Creative arts 3
Track elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
MARS 325 Introduction to GIS for Marine Sciences 2 3
MARS 460 Capstone Undergraduate Research Experience I 2 1
MARS 491 Research in Marine Sciences 2 2
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Track elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MARS 461 Capstone Undergraduate Research Experience II 2 1
MARS 481 Seminar 2 1
MARS 491 Research in Marine Sciences 2 2
American history 3
General elective 3,4 3-5
Track elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120
1

Writing intensive course.

2

Course counts towards major GPR.

3

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

4

Hours vary depending on track focus electives chosen.

 Track Options

Chemical Marine Science
Focus electives
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
Breadth electives12
Select four of the following:
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution
Geochemistry
Biochemistry
Eco-Environmental Modeling
Statistical Methods
Total Semester Credit Hours20
Geological Marine Science
Focus electives
GEOL 106Historical Geology4
MARS 306Coastal Sedimentary Geology4
Breadth electives12
Select four of the following:
Environmental Micropaleontology
Geochemistry
Coastal Processes
Remote Sensing Technology
Geological Oceanography-Plate Tectonics
Geological Oceanography-Earth's Climate
Peak Oil, Global Warming and Resource Scarcity
Exploration Geophysics
Special Topics in Marine Sciences
Total Semester Credit Hours20
Physical Marine Science
Focus electives
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III3
MATH 308Differential Equations3
Breadth electives12
Select four of the following:
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution
Estuarine and Coastal Hydrodynamics
Remote Sensing Technology
Eco-Environmental Modeling
Special Topics in Marine Sciences
Statistical Methods
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Integrated Track
Focus electives
Select one of the following:3-4
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Coastal Sedimentary Geology
Engineering Mathematics III
Select one of the following:3-4
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Historical Geology
Differential Equations
Breadth elective12
Select four of the following:
Total Semester Credit Hours18-20