Ocean and Coastal Resources - BS

Ocean and Coastal Resources (OCRE) graduates often operate at the interface between government and businesses with scientific operations. They can navigate the regulatory path from either the side of the developer or the permitting agency. This degree program prepares students with regard to the economic, environmental and social issues related to the development of marine and coastal resources, while providing them with the scientific background needed to understand these issues. These resources include fisheries, oil and gas, ocean mining, beach sand, wetlands and others. The OCRE degree provides a foundation in oceanography, geology, chemistry, biology and physics with additional coursework in geological and biological sciences, along with economics, political science and management. The OCRE curriculum is oriented toward the societal and environmental impacts of ocean science. Many of the resource development issues in today’s world center around environmental pollution, sustainable development, biological diversity, fisheries and mariculture or oil and gas development. There is good demand for trained entry-level personnel from both government and industry for individuals who understand and can use scientific information in the planning and management process, but who are not themselves bench or field scientists. A significant number of our graduates chooses to enter graduate programs in resource management or policy.

Students in OCRE may choose to establish a minor field of study, for example in Economics (TAMU) or in Maritime Administration (TAMUG) through completion of credits as outlined in the available minors curriculum pages. A minor in Ocean and Coastal Resources is available for students of other majors. Obtaining a minor from a department located at TAMU in College Station with coursework completed in Galveston is possible. An advisor in MARS can help you select courses and facilitate the minor approval process through another department. 

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
MARS 101Marine Science Matters 21
MATH 142 or MATH 151Business Calculus or Engineering Mathematics I 14
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
MATH 141 or MATH 152Finite Mathematics or Engineering Mathematics II 13
OCNG 251
MARS 252
and Introductory Marine Science Laboratory 2
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
ECON 202Principles of Economics 3
MARS 280Coastal and Ocean Resources 2,33
MARS 281Sophomore Seminar in Marine Sciences 21
PHYS 218 or PHYS 201Mechanics or College Physics 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
COMM 203Public Speaking 3
ECON 203Principles of Economics 3
MARS 210Marine Geography 23
American history 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
MARA 363The Management Process 3
MARS 350Advanced Computer Applications 22
OCNG 420Biological Oceanography 23
American history 3
Professional electives 2,43
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
POLS 206American National Government 3
MARS 310Field Methods in Marine Sciences 2,53
STAT 303Statistical Methods 3
Professional elective 2,43
Creative arts 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
MARS 325Introduction to GIS for Marine Sciences 23
Select one from: 24
Coastal Wetlands Management
and Coastal Wetlands Delineation Laboratory
Coastal Plant Ecology  
MARS 491Research in Marine Sciences 21
POLS 347 or MARS 432Politics of Energy and the Environment or Peak Oil, Global Warming and Resource Scarcity 3
Professional elective 2,43
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
MARS 481Seminar 1
MARS 430 or MARS 431Geological Oceanography-Plate Tectonics or Geological Oceanography-Earth's Climate 2,63
Elective 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Professional elective 2,46
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

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. 


Either MATH 151, which is preferred for a science-oriented career path, or MATH 142 may be taken. Credit will not be given for both MATH 151 and MATH 142. For the second math course, either MATH 152 or MATH 141 may be taken. Depending upon the math sequence selected, the number of credit hours will vary by 1 or 2 credits. The total number of hours for the degree must still be at least 120, so the difference can be made up with professional electives, MARS 484, MARS 491 or MARS 485.


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.


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.


Recommended professional electives include, but are not limited to: CHEM 316, CHEM 318, COMM 449, MARA 470, MARB 320, MARB 340, MARB 345, MARB 350,MARB 423, MARB 438, MARB 445, MARS 305, MARS 306, MARS 330, MARS 370/GEOG 370, MARS 410, MARS 412, MARS 415, MARS 423, MARS 435, MARS 440, MARS 484, MARS 491 or MARS 489.


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


Designated writing intensive course. If both MARS 430 and MARS 431 are taken, one can be used as a professional elective.