Oceanography - BS, Ocean Climate Track - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Ocean Science and Technology

The Department of Oceanography offers a 5-year (3+2) combined degree program that allows a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography major with a track in Ocean Climate to enter the Master of Ocean Science and Technology at the start of their senior year (typically year four) at Texas A&M University. This enables students to receive their Oceanography undergraduate degree (BS) and a Master of Ocean Science and Technology (MOS) graduate degree in five years. For additional information, please visit https://ocean.tamu.edu/.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOS 101 Introduction to the Geosciences 1
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1 4
OCNG 251 Oceanography 3
OCNG 252 Oceanography Laboratory 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 1 4
PHYS 206 Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science 3
PHYS 226 Physics of Motion Laboratory for the Sciences 1
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
OCNG 203 Communicating Oceanography 1
STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I 3
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 3
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
COMM 203
Public Speaking
or Communication for Technical Professions
3
MATH 308 Differential Equations 3
PHYS 207 Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science 3
PHYS 227 Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for the Sciences 1
Technical Elective 3 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
OCNG 420
Biological Oceanography
or Chemical Oceanography
3
OCNG 456
MATLAB Programming for Ocean Sciences
or Python for Geosciences
3
Creative arts 3
Government/Political science 3
Technical elective 3 3
Track elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
GEOS 470 Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences 4
OCNG 430 Geological Oceanography 3
OCNG 481 Seminar 1
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Track elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
Fall
OCNG 303 Professional Communication in Oceanography 3
OCNG 443 Oceanographic Field and Laboratory Methods 3
OCNG 608 Physical Oceanography 4 3
OCNG 655 Experimental Design and Analysis in Oceanography 3
Track elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
OCNG 461 Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication 3
OCNG 620
Biological Oceanography 4
or Chemical Oceanography
3
OCNG 657 Data Methods and Graphical Representation in Oceanography 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Track elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fifth Year
Fall
OCNG 656
MATLAB Programming for Ocean Sciences
or Python for Geosciences
3
OCNG 604 Ocean Observing Systems 3
Advanced specialzed OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialzed OCNG graduate course 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
OCNG 603 Communicating Ocean Science 3
OCNG 661 Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication 3
Advanced specialzed OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialzed OCNG graduate course 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours150

Any of the required courses may be taken during the Summer Sessions to diminish the heavy semester loads during Years 2 and 3.

Students will not be permitted to receive credit for both the 400- and 600-level versions of certain courses because the content and learning outcomes are too similar (OCNG 440/ OCNG 640; GEOS 470/OCNG 655)

The program includes a total of 156 hours with 6 hours being applied toward both the Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and the Master of Ocean Science and Technology.