Oceanography - 5-Year Bachelor of Science and Master of Ocean and Science Technology
The Department of Oceanography offers a 5-year combination degree program that allows a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography major to enter the Master of Ocean Science and Technology at the start of their senior year (typically year four) at Texas A&M University. This enables students to receive their Oceanography undergraduate degree (BS) and a Master of Ocean Science and Technology (MOST) graduate degree in five years.
The BS in Oceanography curriculum: 1) Provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the oceans and the processes affecting them for use in careers in marine science or other related fields; 2) Provides students with the skills to retrieve, evaluate, and analyze large oceanographic datasets such as those generated from long term oceanographic studies and observing systems; and 3) Emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The BS in Oceanography has four themes: Ocean Observing Science and Technology (OOST), Ocean Climate (OC), Marine Ecosystems Processes (MEP) and Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry (MCG). All four themes share common requirements but allow for specialization depending on a student's interest. The OOST theme provides more emphasis in statistics and ocean observing systems; all students will gain skill in handling, evaluating and analyzing large datasets. The OC theme provides more emphasis in advanced math skills that can be applied to understanding ocean climate interactions; all students will gain skill in handling, evaluating and analyzing large datasets. The MEP theme provides more emphasis in biological and ecological processes; all students will gain skill in understanding and applying a biological framework to understanding the ocean. The MCG theme provides more emphasis on marine chemistry and geochemistry; all students will gain skill in understanding and applying a chemical and geochemical framework to understanding the ocean.
The Master of Ocean Science and Technology (MOST) is a non-thesis degree. It provides students with education and training from scientists who are active researchers and educators working at the cutting edge of ocean sciences throughout the global ocean, from the Gulf of Mexico to the waters around Antarctica.
The curriculum is designed to: 1) Provide students with a basic understanding of the major concepts in oceanography that can be applied in their Ocean Sciences careers, 2) Provide students with the skills and tools to evaluate and analyze data, particularly large datasets of the type generated by ocean observing systems, and 3) Facilitate critical thinking and problem solving.
Many graduates will obtain jobs in in a variety of fields including marine technical support, energy and transportation industries, insurance industries, hazard mitigation, marine operations, homeland security, oil spill response, etc.
For additional information, please visit https://ocean.tamu.edu/.