Environmental Geoscience - 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.
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
GEOS 105 Introduction to Environmental Geoscience 3
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOS 101 Introduction to the Geosciences 1 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
POLS 206 American National Government 3
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 4
American history 3
Language, philosophy and culture 2 3
 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 201 Introduction to Human Geography 3
American history 3
Environmental Policy Elective 3 3
 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 207 State and Local Government 3
Communication 3
Coastal and Marine Environments theme elective 3, 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I 3
PHYS 218 Mechanics 4
GEOG 330 Resources and the Environment 3
Coastal and Marine Environments theme elective 3, 4 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOL 420 Environmental Geology 3
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 4
GEOS 470 Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences 3
Environmental Policy elective 3 3
Creative Arts 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOS 405 Environmental Geosciences 3
GEOG 390 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 7 4
OCNG 604 Ocean Observing Systems 4, 6 3
OCNG 608 Physical Oceanography 4, 5, 6 3
OCNG 603 Communicating Ocean Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
OCNG 657 Data Methods and Graphical Representation in Oceanography 5 3
Coastal and Marine Environments theme elective 3, 4 3
Fundamentals of Ocean Science Course 6
Select two of the following: 5
 
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Technical elective 3 6
 Semester Credit Hours18
 Total Semester Credit Hours132
Plan of Study Grid
Fifth Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Spring
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
OCNG 661 Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours18

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.