Environmental Geosciences - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Ocean Science and Technology

The Fast Track Program offers motivated and exceptional students the opportunity to achieve aspirations in an efficient program at Texas A&M, completing the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the Environmental Geosciences program and the Master of Ocean Science and Technology degree in 5 years.  There will be only two courses used for dual credit in this program.  There is a total of 150 hours of coursework.  The concurrent degree program will enable these motivated students to coordinate the required B.S. coursework (120 undergraduate credit hours including 6 dual credit graduate hours) and Master of Ocean Science and Technology coursework (36 credit hours including the 6 dual credit graduate hours) to complete the required credit hours for each degree without diminishing scope or quality of work and within 5 years.

Application and Eligibility:

  • Applications to the Fast Track program will be submitted by July 1 after the completion of the student’s junior year.  Applications submitted after that time will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPR of 3.0.  Applicants should also earn a C or better in all Chemistry, Calculus and Physics courses.  Once admitted to the program, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPR.
  • A faculty advisor will be assigned to each student.  Students may seek additional mentors, but a formal committee is not required.
  • Students admitted into the Fast Track program must finish the entire 150 credit hours to obtain both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  These students will be conferred with two degrees once they complete the 5th year of the concurrent program.
  • Students admitted to the program will change from U4 to G7 status when they are admitted having completed at least 96 hours (end of spring semester, year 3).
  • Students not accepted or not allowed to continue with the Fast Track Program will complete the 120 hour Bachelor’s degree under the standard 4 year curriculum. These students may still apply to the traditional graduate program.
  • Students will graduate at the completion of the 5th year in the Fast Track Program coursework (150 credit hours) with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  Students will complete the coursework in May of the 5th year.
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
GEOS 105Introduction to Environmental Geoscience 3
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 4
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOS 101Introduction to the Geosciences 11
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
POLS 206American National Government 3
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 4
American history 3
Language, philosophy and culture 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 4
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
 
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 
Principles of Geology  
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
GEOG 201Introduction to Human Geography 3
American history 3
Environmental Policy Elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
Select one of the following: 4
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
 
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 
Principles of Geology  
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Communication 3
Coastal and Marine Environments theme elective 3, 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
STAT 211Principles of Statistics I 3
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
GEOG 330Resources and the Environment 3
Coastal and Marine Environments theme elective 3, 46
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOL 420Environmental Geology 3
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
GEOS 470Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences 3
Environmental Policy elective 33
Creative Arts 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOS 405Environmental Geosciences 3
GEOG 390Principles of Geographic Information Systems 74
OCNG 604Ocean Observing Systems 4, 63
OCNG 608Physical Oceanography 4, 5, 6 3
OCNG 603Communicating Ocean Science 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
OCNG 657Data Methods and Graphical Representation in Oceanography 53
Coastal and Marine Environments theme elective 3, 43
Fundamentals of Ocean Science Course 6
Select two of the following: 5
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Technical elective 36
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 132
Fifth Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours9
Spring
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
OCNG 661Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 18
1

Freshmen entering the program take a first year seminar, GEOS 101. The choice is not restricted. Students transferring or changing majors into the program, who have not taken GEOS 101, are required to take GEOS 481 in their junior or senior year.

2

It is recommended to select a course that also fulfills an International and Cultural Diversity requirement.

3

Select in consultation with advisor.

4

If students use nine credits of allowed OCNG courses (e.g. OCNG 401,OCNG 350, OCNG 451, OCNG 485) as Coastal and Marine Environments theme electives, they will receive an OCNG minor with their BS in ENGS degree.  If one of the Introductory Geoscience course and associated labs listed in Year Two is OCNG 251 with OCNG 252, then only two (six credits) of the theme electives needs to be from OCNG to still get the minor.

5

Students will not be permitted to receive credit for both the 400- and 600-level versions of certain courses because the content and learning outcomes are too similar (e.g.OCNG 440/OCNG 640; GEOS 470/OCNG 657).

6

These two graduate courses will be taken for dual undergraduate/graduate credit and may contribute to a minor or technical elective.

7

Fulfills a technical elective.

Two courses in the degree plan must be writing intensive courses designated by the Environmental Programs in the schedule of classes. Also, international and cultural diversity electives (6 hours) must be incorporated into the degree.

Any of the required courses may be taken during the summer sessions to diminish the heavy semester loads during Years 2 and 3.