Ocean and Coastal Resources

Ocean and Coastal Resources (OCRE) educates students with regard to the economic, environmental, and social issues related to the development of marine resources, while providing them with the scientific background needed to understand these issues. These marine resources include fisheries, oil and gas, ocean mining, beach sand, wetlands, and others. The OCRE degree differs considerably in content from the Marine Sciences (MARS) curriculum through increased focus on geological and biological sciences, along with economics, political science, and law. While the present MARS program is designed to produce well-rounded physical scientists, the OCRE curriculum is oriented more to 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, and oil and gas development. Every aspect of marine resources development is undergoing rapid growth. From fisheries management to ocean mining and off shore oil and gas development, the demand for trained entry-level personnel from both government and industry is extremely high. There is also a strong demand 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 OCRE graduates choose 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.

Students majoring in Ocean and Coastal Resources can be eligible for a secondary teaching field in Physical Sciences, pending a passing score on the state certification test (ExCET).

What do you want to do with Ocean and Coastal Resources?

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Consultation, Conservation, Secondary Teaching in Physical Sciences, and more.

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