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Bachelor of Science in Oceanography

The Department of Oceanography offers a 120 hour Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography. This new major provides students with an interdisciplinary education and training in one of three areas of ocean science: Ocean Observing Systems and Technology (OOST), Ocean Climate (OC) and Marine Ecosystem Science and Health (MESH). All students will gain skill in handling, evaluating and analyzing large datasets.

The exploration and exploitation of energy resources in deeper waters offshore (e.g. Gulf of Mexico), the continued growth of human populations along the coast, and growing efforts to predict and mitigate coastal hazards (e.g. hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, and harmful algal blooms) is driving an increase in the need and opportunities for well-trained ocean scientists. Graduates from this program will find jobs in marine operations, homeland security applications, monitoring water quality, predicting threats to human health, oil spill response, severe weather prediction, forecasting hazards, improving search and rescue success, and climate change research.

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Undergraduate Minor

The College of Geosciences offers a 15-credit hour minor in Oceanography for undergraduate students. Students may follow a coursework track involving 15 hours of courses, or a research track including 9 hours of coursework and 6 hours of original research with an individual faculty member. Contact the department academic advisor for more information.

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Master of Ocean Science and Technology - MOST

  • Non-thesis, professional Master's degree
  • 36 credit hours of coursework

Students can enter the MOST program via two avenues. Undergraduates currently pursuing one of the numerous Geosciences Bachelors degree programs can apply for the Fast Track program in which they concurrently complete their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a 5-year concurrent Bachelors-Masters program. See Fast Track section below. Students not eligible for the fast-track program can apply via the traditional route through the Apply TX webpage. We readily admit students into the program for both Fall and Spring semesters. Typically student's wishing to pursue the MOST degree apply by June 15 (Fall start) and Nov. 15 (Spring start), however we do not have an official deadline. 

MOST Application Materials:  ApplyTexas applicants - non-Fast Track

  • Apply Texas application including statement of purpose
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores (International applicants only)
  • 2 letters of Recommendation
  • Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) transcripts

*GRE scores not required for this degree.

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Fast Track 5 year Bachelor + Master Degrees

  • Non-thesis, professional Master's degree

The 3+2 Programs offer motivated and exceptional students the opportunity to achieve their career aspirations in an efficient “fast track” program at Texas A&M, completing the Bachelors degree and the non-thesis Master of Ocean Science and Technology degree in 5 years. The fast track degree program will enable these students to coordinate the required Bachelors coursework, elective coursework, and the graduate coursework to reduce the number of credit hours required for completing each degree independently, without diminishing the scope or quality of the training.

Students with a minimum of 3.0 GPA and C or better in CHEM 101/111/102/112, MATH 151/152 or 171/172, and PHYS 218/208 are automatically accepted into the MOST program.

Bachelor's degree program eligible for the Fast-track program:

  • 3+2 B.S. in Environmental Geosciences + Master of Ocean Science and Technology (non-thesis master)
  • 3+2 B.S. in Geology + Master of Ocean Science and Technology (non-thesis master)
  • 3+2 B.A. in Geology + Master of Ocean Science and Technology (non-thesis master)
  • 3+2 B.S. in Meteorology + Master of Ocean Science and Technology (non-thesis master)

MOST Required Application Materials: Fast-track applicants

*GRE scores are not required for this degree. 

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Master of Science in Oceanography

  • Thesis based on independent research
  • 32 credit hours of combined coursework and research

Although there is not an official application deadline, applicants for fall semester admissions should submit all material by January 1 to be considered for the full range of available assistantships, scholarships and fellowships. Admissions and funding decisions are typically made in March.

The majority of new Master's students begin the degree program during the fall semester, however we routinely admit students to begin in the spring semester. The deadline for applications for spring semester admissions is September 1.

Students are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors in their field of interest. We do not use GRE scores and/or GPA as sole criteria for graduate admission but, rather, we will evaluate your application package in its entirety, including letters of reference and personal essay. All accepted applicants will automatically be given full consideration for financial support, including both research and teaching assistantships as well as fellowships. There are no separate applications for assistantships or fellowships. Selected domestic students will be invited to visit the department.

M.S. Required Application Materials:

  • Apply Texas application including statement of purpose
  • GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores
  • TOELF or IELTS scores (International applicants only)
  • 3 letters of Recommendation
  • Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) transcripts 

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Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography

  • Dissertation based on original research
  • 96 credit hours of combined coursework and research when entering with a Bachelor’s degree, 64 when entering with a Master’s

Although there is not an official application deadline, applicants for fall semester admissions should submit all material by January 1 to be considered for the full range of available assistantships, scholarships and fellowships. Admissions and funding decisions are typically made in March.

The majority of new Ph.D students begin the degree program during the fall semester, however we routinely admit students to begin in the spring semester. The deadline for applications for spring semester admissions is September 1.

Students are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors in their field of interest. We do not use GRE scores and/or GPA as sole criteria for graduate admission but, rather, we will evaluate your application package in its entirety, including letters of reference and personal essay. All accepted applicants will automatically be given full consideration for financial support, including both research and teaching assistantships as well as fellowships. There are no separate applications for assistantships or fellowships. Selected domestic students will be invited to visit the department.

Ph.D. Required Application Materials:

  • Apply Texas application including statement of purpose
  • GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores
  • TOELF or IELTS scores (International applicants only)
  • 3 letters of Recommendation
  • Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) transcripts 

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Ocean Observing Certificate

  • An intensive 24 credit hour program that can be associated with any appropriate graduate degree program at TAMU

Provides training for in situ ocean observations, remote sensing technologies, data analysis and display, including geographic information systems (GIS), analytical techniques and modeling.

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Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Marine Biology

  • The program spans 6 departments across Texas A&M College Station, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and Texas A&M Galveston
  • Please visit the Texas A&M Galveston site for more information

Dual Degree Program with the Ocean University of China

The Department of Oceanography has an agreement with the Ocean University of China allowing graduate students to complete Ph.D. degrees through both TAMU and Ocean University of China.

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