Geology - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Ocean Science and Technology

The program offers motivated and exceptional students the opportunity to achieve aspirations in an efficient 5-year combined program at Texas A&M, completing either the Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree (in the Department of Geology and Geophysics) and the non-thesis Master of Ocean Science and Technology (in the Department of Oceanography).  There will be two courses used for dual credit in this program. There is a total of 150 hours of coursework. The concurrent degree program will enable these motivated students to coordinate the required BA/BS coursework (120 undergraduate credit hours including 6 dual credit graduate hours) and Master of Ocean Science and Technology coursework (36 credit hours including the 6 dual credit graduate hours) to complete the required credit hours for each degree without diminishing scope or quality of work and within 5 years.

Application and Eligibility:

  • Applications to the combined program will be submitted by June 15 after the completion of the student’s junior year.  Applications submitted after that time will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Once admitted to the program, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on all graduate coursework.
  • Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25.  Applicants should also earn a C or better in all Chemistry, Calculus and Physics courses.  Once admitted to the program, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on all graduate coursework.
  • A faculty advisor will be assigned to each student.  Students may seek additional mentors, but a formal committee is not required.
  • Students admitted into the combined program must finish the entire 150 credit hours to obtain both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.   Students will graduate at the completion of the 5th year in the combined program coursework (150 credit hours) with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
  • Students admitted to the program will change from U4 to G7 status when they are admitted having completed at least 90 hours (end of spring semester, year 3).
  • Students not accepted or not allowed to continue with the combined program will complete the 120-hour Bachelor’s degree under the standard 4 year curriculum. These students may still apply to the traditional graduate program.
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
GEOL 104 Physical Geology 4
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
GEOL 106 Historical Geology 4
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 4
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
GEOL 203 Mineralogy 1 4
GEOL 311 Principles of Geological Writing 1,2 1
GEOP 341 Fundamentals of Geophysics 1 3
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 1 3
PHYS 218 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOL 302 Introduction to Petrology 1 4
GEOL 306 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 1 4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
PHYS 208 4
Select one of the following: 3 3
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
Fall
GEOL 304 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 1 4
GEOL 305 Paleobiology 1 3
GEOL 451 Introduction to Geochemistry 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Select one of the following: 3 3
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOL 309 Introduction to Geological Field Methods 3
GEOL 312 Structural Geology and Tectonics 1,2 4
GEOL Elective 1,2,4 4
Technical elective 4 3
Creative arts 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Summer
GEOL 300 Field Geology 6
 Semester Credit Hours6
Fourth Year
Fall
OCNG 604 Ocean Observing Systems 5 3
OCNG 608 Physical Oceanography 5 3
Select one of the following: 3 3
 
 
Select one from: 3
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
OCNG 603 Communicating Ocean Science 3
OCNG 657 Data Methods and Graphical Representation in Oceanography 6 3
Select one of the following: 3 3
 
 
Select one from: 3
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Technical elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fifth Year
Fall
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate courses 9
 Semester Credit Hours9
Spring
OCNG 661 Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate courses 6
 Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours150