Marine Biology - BS, License Option

The Marine Biology License Option program allows the marine biology student to prepare for a career as an officer aboard a sea going vessel by participating in the Texas A&M Maritime Academy License Option program. The curriculum provides the basics of marine biology, as well as courses leading toward licensing as a Third Mate of any gross tonnage upon oceans, steam, or motor vessels in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

The Marine Biology License Option curriculum is an abbreviated version of the Marine Biology curriculum and is oriented toward field activities consistent with service aboard research vessels. Midshipmen who enroll in and apply to graduate in this curriculum must pass the license examination and all other requirements for the Third Mate in order to graduate from Texas A&M University. Certain United States Coast Guard courses require a minimum grade of C (70%).