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Marine Biology - License Option

College or University: Texas A&M University at Galveston

Type of degree: B.S.

Brief overview of program: The Marine Biology License Option program allows the marine biology student to prepare for a career as an officer aboard a seagoing Bessel by participating in the U.S. Maritime Service Corps of Cadets. The curriculum provides the basics of marine biology as well as courses leading toward licensing as a Third Mate of any gross tonnage upon oceans, steam, or motor vessels, in the U.S. Merchant Marine. The Marine Biology License Option curriculum is an abbreviated version of the Marine Biology curriculum and is oriented toward field activities consistent with service aboard research vessels. Students who wish to attend a biologically-oriented graduate program, or are interested in the medical professions, are advised to take additional coursework in developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, and physiology. Cadets who enroll in and apply to graduate under one of the license option curricula must complete the appropriate license examination for Third Mate Assistant Engineer in order to graduate from Texas A&M University. Certain USCG courses require a minimum grade of C (70%).

Website: Click here for program website

Description of Facilities: Classrooms, laboratories and meeting spaces are housed within 15 major buildings on the Mitchell Campus. There are three residence halls on campus, a physical education facility, and the Mary Moody Northen Student Center with cafeteria services. The Jack K. Williams Library contains over 43,000 books, 35,000 bound volumes of journals and a collection of charts and maps. The University training ship, in addition to being a floating campus during summer cruises, provides additional classroom, meeting and training space during the school year.

Program Faculty: A brief description of all of our faculty and their credentials can be found on the following website:

Student Support: Tuition and fees can be found on the following website: Financial Aid information for TAMUG can be found at the following website:


Institution address: Box 1675
                             Galveston,TX 775531675


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