Geology - 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 5 year program at Texas A&M, completing either the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree (in the Department of Geology and Geophysics) and the non-thesis Master of Ocean Science and Technology (in the Department of Oceanography).  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.A./B.S. coursework (120 undergraduate credit hours including 6 dual credit graduate hours) and non-thesis M.S. 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
GEOL 104 Physical Geology 4
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOL 106 Historical Geology 4
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 4
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
GEOL 203 Mineralogy 1 4
GEOL 311 Principles of Geological Writing 1,2 1
GEOP 341 Fundamentals of Geophysics 1 3
PHYS 218 Mechanics 1 4
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOL 302 Introduction to Petrology 1 4
GEOL 306 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 1 4
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 1 4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
Select one of the following: 3 3
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
Fall
GEOL 304 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 1 4
GEOL 305 Paleobiology 1 3
GEOL 451 Introduction to Geochemistry 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Select one of the following: 3 3
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOL 309 Introduction to Geological Field Methods 3
GEOL 312 Structural Geology and Tectonics 1,2 4
GEOL Elective 1,2,4 4
Technical elective 4 3
Creative arts 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Summer
GEOL 300 Field Geology 6
 Semester Credit Hours6
Fourth Year
Fall
OCNG 604 Ocean Observing Systems 5 3
OCNG 608 Physical Oceanography 5 3
Select one of the following: 3 3
 
 
Select one from: 3
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
OCNG 603 Communicating Ocean Science 3
OCNG 657 Data Methods and Graphical Representation in Oceanography 6 3
Select one of the following: 3 3
 
 
Select one from: 3
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Technical elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours132
Plan of Study Grid
Fifth Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate courses 9
 Semester Credit Hours9
Spring
OCNG 661 Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate courses 6
 Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours18