Marine Transportation - BS

This program combines studies in the humanities and sciences with instruction and training in maritime disciplines to provide the U.S. Maritime Service Cadet with a broad-based education. The student who successfully completes the license program will be qualified to sit for the U.S. Coast Guard license examination as a Third Mate of any gross tonnage upon oceans, steam, or motor vessels and issuance of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) credentials. Cadets are also provided with solid fundamentals in business topics related to the maritime industry, ashore and afloat. Cadets who enroll in and apply to graduate in Marine Transportation must successfully complete the license examination for Third Mate in order to graduate from Texas A&M University.

Courses earning USCG or STCW qualifications, sea-time remission or STCW competency certification require a minimum grade of C (70%). In addition, all STCW proficiencies must be satisfactorily completed with a grade of 70% or better (See applicable course outlines available through the department).

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
HIST 232History of American Sea Power 3
KINE 120The Science of Basic Health and Fitness 1
MART 103Basic Safety and Lifeboatman Training 1,23
MART 203Seamanship I 1,23
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 3
Communication 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
MART 201Naval Architecture I 1,23
MART 204Terrestrial Navigation 1,23
MATH 142Business Calculus 3
NVSC 200Naval Science for the Merchant Marine Officer 1,23
American history 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
MART 200 or NAUT 200Basic Communications, Navigation and Seamanship or Basic Communications, Navigation and Seamanship 1,2,54
 Term Semester Credit Hours4
Second Year
MART 301Seamanship II 1,2,33
MART 303Celestial Navigation 1,23
MART 312Marine Cargo Operations I 1,23
HIST 242United States Maritime History 3
PHYS 201College Physics 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
MART 306Radar/ARPA/ECDIS 1,24
MART 321Maritime Law I 1,22
MART 202 or MART 305Naval Architecture II or Ship Construction and Stability 1,23
PHYS 202College Physics 4
Communication 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Select one from the following: 1,2,54
Intermediate Communications, Navigation and Seamanship  
Commercial Cruise Internship  
Intermediate Communications, Navigation and Seamanship  
 Term Semester Credit Hours4
Third Year
METR 302Weather Reports and Forecasting 3
MART 304Electronic Navigation 1,22
MART 307Global Maritime Distress Safety System 1,23
MART 422Seamanship III 1,42
POLS 206American National Government 3
Creative arts 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
ECON 203Principles of Economics 3
MARA 301Ocean Transportation I 13
MART 406Marine Cargo Operations II 1,23
MART 410Bridge Watchstanding 1,2,32
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
MART 400 or NAUT 400Advanced Communications, Navigation and Seamanship or Advanced Communications, Navigation and Seamanship 1,2,54
 Term Semester Credit Hours4
Fourth Year
MARA 416Port Operations, Administration and Economics 13
MART 309Advanced Topics in Shipboard Operations 12
MART 404The Navigator 1,42
MART 498Maritime Medical Care 1,22
Field elective 1,4,56
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
MART 401Maritime Security 1,43
MARA 421Admiralty Law 13
NVSC 402Leadership and Ethics 1,23
Field elective 1,4,56
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 135

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 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.


Indicates required courses in the Marine Transportation major. These courses will be used to compute the major GPR, which must be at least 2.25.


Indicates license courses leading to a USCG/STCW license endorsement or sea time credit accrual which require a minimum grade of C (70%) or better. MART 307 GMDSS requires a score of 75% or better. 


 Indicates a course that satisfies the writing intensive course requirements of the university.


Although not STCW required (Assessment) courses, MART students are required to earn a grade of C or better in MART 201, MART 312, MART 422, MART 404, MART 309 and approved electives in field. 


Approved Electives in Field include but are not limited to ACCT 229; MART 308, MART 311, MART 407, MART 489, MARA 304, MARA 342, MARA 363, MARA 401, MARA 402, MARA 424, MARA 440, MARA 460. 


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, or any of the six hour cruise options. The six hour cruise options (NAUT 200, NAUT 300 and NAUT 400 or MARR 200, MARR 300 and MARR 400) do not add any required hours to the degree plan.