Ocean and Coastal Resources - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Marine Resources Management

5-Year Curriculum: B.S. in Ocean and Coastal Resources (OCRE) and Master of Marine Resources Management (MARM)

The OCRE + MARM Program allows Ocean and Coastal Resources majors to enter the graduate program for a Master of Marine Resources Management at the beginning of their senior year, enabling students to receive their OCRE undergraduate degree (B.S.) and a Master of Marine Resources Management (MARM) graduate degree in five years. Ocean and Coastal Resources majors who have at least a 3.25 GPA and who will have taken all of their prerequisite courses and otherwise completed 101 or 102 hours by the fall of their fourth year will be eligible to apply for the 5-year program during their junior year. Applicants to the 5-year program will submit the same materials (including GRE scores) and be subject to the same admission criteria as other MARM program applicants.  Those students whose records are judged to be competitive by the mid-January dead line will be admitted.

Admitted students will be enrolled in Marine Resources Management graduate courses with an undergraduate classification (U4) during the fall of their fourth year. They will then be reclassified as degree-seeking master’s students (G7) upon completing 120 credit hours, which will typically occur at the beginning of the fall semester of the fifth year. Students will be required to complete the same 2-year, 36-hour curriculum as other graduate students admitted to the MARM Professional Track (see MARM curriculum). Students who are interested in the MARM Research (Thesis) Track are afforded additional flexibility to replace required courses with up to nine hours of 691 (research) courses and electives chosen with the approval of their advisory committee. To comply with the course and work requirements of the research track, this program may extend beyond the 5 year window. For specific requirements to comply with the Research Track curriculum, students are asked to consult the MARM section of the catalog.

Students who choose not to finish the MARM degree after being admitted to the 5-year program may exit the program at any time. Completed MARM courses will be applied to their bachelor’s degree in Ocean and Coastal Resources, as appropriate. Failure to complete the MARM program will in no way impede their ability to attain a bachelor’s degree in Ocean and Coastal Resources when the requirements for that degree are completed. Those who pursue the 5-year program will obtain both degrees upon the completion of the 5-year program, receiving both their Bachelor of Science and the Master of Marine Resources Management degrees at the end of year five. Advising for the 5-year program is a coordinated effort by the Department of Marine Sciences undergraduate and graduate advisors and by the Office of Graduate Studies. Advising will help ensure that interested students have satisfied the prerequisite course requirements for the bachelor’s degree so that they may enter the 5-year program. OCRE students should consult an undergraduate advisor and a graduate advisor for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MARS 101 Marine Science Matters 1 1
MATH 150 Functions, Trigonometry and Linear Systems 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
BIOL 112
Introductory Biology II
or Historical Geology
MATH 147
Calculus I for Biological Sciences
or Engineering Mathematics I
MARS 210 Marine Geography 1 3
MARS 252 Introductory Marine Science Laboratory 1 1
OCNG 251 Oceanography 1 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Second Year
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
COMM 203 Public Speaking 3
MARS 280 Coastal and Ocean Resources 1,2 3
MARS 281 Sophomore Seminar in Marine Sciences 1 1
Select one of the following: 4
College Physics  
Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science
and Physics of Motion Laboratory for the Sciences
Creative arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
MARA 363 The Management Process 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
MARS 350 Advanced Computer Applications 1 2
OCNG 420 Biological Oceanography 1 3
POLS 347
Politics of Energy and the Environment
or Peak Oil, Global Warming and Resource Scarcity
Select one of the following: 1 4
Coastal Wetlands Management
and Coastal Wetlands Delineation Laboratory
Coastal Plant Ecology  
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
MARS 310 Field Methods in Marine Sciences 1,3 3
MARS 430
Geological Oceanography-Plate Tectonics 1,2
or Geological Oceanography-Earth's Climate
STAT 303 Statistical Methods 3
American history 3
Professional elective 1,4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
MARS 325 Introduction to GIS for Marine Sciences 5 3
MARS 481 Seminar 1 1
MARS 491 Research in Marine Sciences 1 1
MARS 625 GIS Use in Coastal Resources 5 3
MARS 676 Environmental Policy 1 3
Profesional elective 1,4 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 5 3
MARA 604 Marine Natural Resource Economics 5,6 3
MARS 603 Quantitative Methods for Resource Management 1,6 3
MARS 675 Environmental Management Strategies 1,6 3
Professional elective 1,4 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fifth Year
MARS 635 Environmental Impact Statements and Natural Resource Damage Assessment 6 3
MARS 681 Seminar 6 1
PLAN 641 Problems of Environmental Planning Administration 6 3
MARM elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours10
MARS 680 Integrative Analysis in Marine Resources 6 2
MARM elective 6 9
 Semester Credit Hours11
 Total Semester Credit Hours150

All electives must be chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the student's academic advisor. Unless courses are specifically listed, see University Core Curriculum at http://core.tamu.edu/ for a listing of course options for Communication; Mathematics; Life and Physical Sciences; Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; American History; Government and Political Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The 3-hour University Core Curriculum requirement for International and Cultural Diversity may be met with courses used to satisfy other degree requirements. The 3-hour University Core Curriculum requirement for Cultural Discourse may be met with courses used to satisfy other degree requirements.

Students in the 5-year program will take 12 fewer undergraduate credit hours than the other OCRE students. Graduate courses (6 hours) taken in the fourth and fifth year will be counted as credit towards the OCRE degree.

The total undergraduate credit hours prior to enrolling in graduate courses is 98 after the completion of the 3rd year. After the 3rd year, 10 additional undergraduate hours will be taken, 6 additional hours will be obtained by exam hours of two graduate courses, and 6 hours of MARM elective credits will be used for 6 hours of undergraduate elective credits for a total of 120 undergraduate transcript hours. The total graduate credit hours is 36. Substituting 6 hours of MARM electives for one free and one professional elective and applying 6 hours of credit by exam results in a total of 150 hours. The total hours may be increased if the student is required to take remedial math, remedial English, foreign language or International and Cultural Diversity courses.