Ocean and Coastal Resources - BS

Ocean and Coastal Resources (OCRE) graduates often operate at the interface between government and businesses with scientific operations. They can navigate the regulatory path from either the side of the developer or the permitting agency. This degree program prepares students with regard to the economic, environmental and social issues related to the development of marine and coastal resources, while providing them with the scientific background needed to understand these issues. These resources include fisheries, oil and gas, ocean mining, beach sand, wetlands and others. The OCRE degree provides a foundation in oceanography, geology, chemistry, biology and physics with additional coursework in geological and biological sciences, along with economics, policy and management. The OCRE curriculum is oriented toward the societal and environmental impacts of ocean science. Many of the resource development issues in today’s world center around environmental pollution, sustainable development, biological diversity, fisheries and mariculture or oil and gas development. There is good demand for trained entry-level personnel from both government and industry for individuals who understand and can use scientific information in the planning and management process, but who are not themselves bench or field scientists. A significant number of our graduates chooses to enter graduate programs in resource management or policy.

Students in OCRE may choose to establish a minor field of study, for example in Economics (TAMU) or in Maritime Administration (TAMUG) through completion of credits as outlined in the available minors curriculum pages. A minor in Ocean and Coastal Resources is available for students of other majors. Obtaining a minor from a department located at TAMU in College Station with coursework completed in Galveston is possible. An advisor in MARS can help you select courses and facilitate the minor approval process through another department. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
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 4
OCNG 251
MARS 252
and Introductory Marine Science Laboratory 1
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 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
 Semester Credit Hours15
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
COMM 203 Public Speaking 3
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 3
MARS 210 Marine Geography 1 3
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
MARA 363 The Management Process 3
MARS 350 Advanced Computer Applications 1 2
OCNG 420 Biological Oceanography 1 3
American history 3
Professional electives 1,3 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
MARS 310 Field Methods in Marine Sciences 1,4 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
STAT 303 Statistical Methods 3
Creative arts 3
Professional elective 1,3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
MARS 325 Introduction to GIS for Marine Sciences 1 3
MARS 491 Research in Marine Sciences 1 1
POLS 347
Politics of Energy and the Environment
or Peak Oil, Global Warming and Resource Scarcity
Select one from: 1 4
Coastal Plant Ecology  
Coastal Wetlands Management
and Coastal Wetlands Delineation Laboratory
Professional elective 1,3 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
MARS 481 Seminar 1
MARS 430
Geological Oceanography-Plate Tectonics 1,5
or Geological Oceanography-Earth's Climate
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Professional elective 1,3 6
General elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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 and the 3 hour requirement for Cultural Diversity may be met with courses used to satisfy other degree requirements.