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 program at Texas A&M, completing the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the Department of Geology and Geophysics Geology Program and the Oceanography non-thesis M.S. 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 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.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
GEOL 104Physical Geology 4
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 4
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOL 106Historical Geology 4
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 4
Communication 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
GEOL 203Mineralogy 14
GEOL 311Principles of Geological Writing 1,21
GEOP 341Global Geophysics 13
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOL 302Introduction to Petrology 14
GEOL 306Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
MATH 308Differential Equations 13
Select one of the following: 33
American history 1
Government/Political science 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
Fall
GEOL 304Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 14
GEOL 305Paleobiology 13
GEOL 451Introduction to Geochemistry 13
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Select one of the following: 33
American history 1
Government/Political science 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOL 309Introduction to Geological Field Methods 3
GEOL 312Structural Geology and Tectonics 1,24
GEOL Elective 1,2,44
Technical elective 43
Creative arts 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Summer
GEOL 300Field Geology 6
 Term Semester Credit Hours6
Fourth Year
Fall
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Select one of the following: 33
American history
Government/Political science
OCNG 604Ocean Observing Systems 53
OCNG 608Physical Oceanography 53
Select one from: 3
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Technical elective 43
Select one of the following: 33
American history
Government/Political science
OCNG 603Communicating Ocean Science 3
OCNG 657Data Methods and Graphical Representation in Oceanography 63
Select one from: 3
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 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

Any of the required courses may be taken during the Summer Sessions to diminish the heavy semester loads during Years Two and Three.

2

A second W course is required.  GEOL 312 is offered as a W option when taught by Dr. Julie Newman, and other GEOL electives also fulfill the W requirement (including GEOL 491 when arranged with the permission of the instructor).

3

Students must complete 6 credit hours of American history and 6 credit hours of government/political science. 

4

Select in consultation with advisor.

5

Two graduate courses will be taken for dual undergraduate/graduate credit.

6

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 410/OCNG 608, OCNG 440/OCNG 640; GEOS 470/OCNG 657)