Marine Sciences - BS

The Marine Sciences (MARS) program is a Bachelor of Science degree that focuses on the geological, chemical and physical science aspects of the estuarine, coastal, and marine environment. The coastal location of the campus enables students to acquire extensive hands-on field experience in addition to rigorous course work in chemistry, geology, physics, biology, oceanography and mathematics. All MARS majors take five semesters of oceanography with labs and a course in geographic information systems (GIS). During the senior year students will participate in 2 semesters of research with faculty members culminating in a poster presentation of their research. The curriculum is structured to allow students to focus their education on one of three different specialty tracks, including geosciences, chemical/biogeochemical oceanography, and physical oceanography, or a broader interdisciplinary focus. The selection of a specific track enables students to broaden their coursework in the respective discipline and prepares them to enter graduate programs in oceanography, related disciplines or to work in environmental, oceanographic, and energy-related companies that need expertise in this area. For example, choosing the chemical marine science track allows the student to focus on chemical aspects of marine sciences, and it also enables students to obtain a chemistry minor through the chemistry department at Texas A&M University in College Station with coursework completed in Galveston. Similarly, the geological marine science track can lead to a minor in geology. An advisor in the MCES department can help with course selection and facilitate the minor approval process through another department.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
4
MARS 101 Marine Science Matters 1 1
MATH 147
Calculus I for Biological Sciences
or Engineering Mathematics I
4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
MATH 148
Calculus II for Biological Sciences
or Engineering Mathematics II
4
OCNG 251
MARS 252
Oceanography
and Introductory Marine Science Laboratory 1
4
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
MARS 210 Marine Geography 1 3
Select one of the following: 4
College Physics  
Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science
and Physics of Motion Laboratory for the Sciences
 
Track focus elective 1,2 3-4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112
Introductory Biology II 3
or Historical Geology
4
MARS 281 Sophomore Seminar in Marine Sciences 1,4 1
Select one of the following: 4
College Physics  
Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for the Sciences
 
American history 3
Track focus elective 1,2,3 3-4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
MARS 303 Computing and Data Display 1 3
MARS 410 Physical Oceanography 1 3
OCNG 420 Biological Oceanography 1 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Track elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MARS 365 Integrated Marine Sciences Laboratory 1 3
MARS 430
Geological Oceanography-Plate Tectonics 1,4
or Geological Oceanography-Earth's Climate
3
MARS 440 Chemical Oceanography 2 3
Creative arts 3
Track elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
MARS 325 Introduction to GIS for Marine Sciences 1 3
MARS 460 Capstone Undergraduate Research Experience I 1 1
MARS 491 Research in Marine Sciences 1 2
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Track elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MARS 461 Capstone Undergraduate Research Experience II 2 1
MARS 481 Seminar 2 1
MARS 491 Research in Marine Sciences 2 2
American history 3
General elective 2,5 3-5
Track elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

 Track Options

Chemical Marine Science
Focus electives
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
Breadth electives12
Select four of the following:
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution
Geochemistry
Biochemistry
Eco-Environmental Modeling
Statistical Methods
Total Semester Credit Hours20
Geological Marine Science
Focus electives
GEOL 106Historical Geology4
MARS 306Coastal Sedimentary Geology4
Breadth electives12
Select four of the following:
Geomorphology
Environmental Micropaleontology
Geochemistry
Coastal Processes
Remote Sensing Technology
Geological Oceanography-Plate Tectonics
Geological Oceanography-Earth's Climate
Peak Oil, Global Warming and Resource Scarcity
Exploration Geophysics
Special Topics in Marine Sciences
Total Semester Credit Hours20
Physical Marine Science
Focus electives
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III3
MATH 308Differential Equations3
Breadth electives12
Select four of the following:
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution
Estuarine and Coastal Hydrodynamics
Remote Sensing Technology
Eco-Environmental Modeling
Special Topics in Marine Sciences
Statistical Methods
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Integrated Track
Focus electives
Select one of the following:3-4
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Coastal Sedimentary Geology
Engineering Mathematics III
Select one of the following:3-4
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Historical Geology
Differential Equations
Breadth elective12
Select four of the following:
Geomorphology
Total Semester Credit Hours18-20