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The ocean is a wondrous world teeming with life, mystery and many challenges. Scientists believe the ocean's resources hold the answer to disease, world hunger and increased global demands for energy, yet 95% of the underwater world remains unexplored. At Texas A&M at Galveston, our mission is to inspire and train tomorrow’s engineers, researchers, navigators and scientists to unlock and understand the vast secrets of the ocean and earth's underwater frontier.
Being an Aggie is being part of a worldwide network of Texas A&M graduates who follow the Aggie core values, hold the Aggie spirit in their hearts and have committed their lives to the well-being of each other and service to others above self. You will be part of our Aggie family.
The island location of our campus on Galveston Bay is key to the ocean-oriented academic programs we offer. The campus, situated on the Port of Galveston and close to the confluence of the Galveston and Houston ship channels, has immediate access to the ocean, bays, inlets, wetlands and beaches.
Avast, me hearties! In the early 1800’s, Galveston Island was home to pirates including the infamous Jean Lafitte. Later, in the 1800's, Galveston became the financial center of the South. A hurricane destroyed the city in 1900 but the city was rebuilt and is fast becoming a resort destination steeped in a rich history.
From soft sandy beaches to famous 19th century architecture, Galveston is surrounded with incredible history and unique beauty. The city is a major tourist destination with many great beaches, attractions, shops and restaurants. Naturally, there is a strong representation of marine and maritime interests at the island’s port, beaches, dunes and wetland areas.
Our fleet of floating classrooms conduct research in the nearby inlets and bays while our training ship the General Rudder takes cadets on summer cruises to ports around the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and to the tropical islands of the Caribbean Sea.
Enrollment at Texas A&M Galveston totals over 2,200 versus faculty and lecturers of 150 allowing more face time and after class time with instructors. Plus, our diverse student body represents every state in the Union and nations throughout the world.
Texas A&M University at Galveston is home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, home of our "World Ports-of-Call Bridge Simulator," and our sea-going training ship, the General Rudder. The academy is one of only six maritime academies in the United States. Graduates receive their license as Third Mates while earning a bachelor’s degree. The academy also commissions students to serve as officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine, Navy and Coast Guard.
We say that the ocean is our classroom. Well, that's pretty
much true because our courses are very unique. From English
and history to engineering and business, from political science
to foreign language all are taught with a maritime and marine
perspective. Naturally, all our undergraduate degree programs
are related to the sea.
The university offers numerous opportunities in research and not just for graduate students. Naturally being an ocean campus, our research is in areas of marine biology, marine sciences, marine environmental and conservation studies, marine/maritime engineering, computational chemistry/biochemistry, as well as being involved in maritime business, law, policy and management. An average of 50 to 100 funded research projects are active at any one time. Research is focused largely in the areas of bay and estuary ecosystems, coastal and beach processes, geochemical cycling in the marine/aquatic/atmospheric systems, marine life studies, offshore/deepwater environments and urban planning and sustainability. Field research is conducted throughout the world including Alaska, New Zealand, Brazil, Uruguay, Israel, Sweden, Italy, Japan and South Korea.
Three Texas A&M University at Galveston departments offer graduate programs. A Masters of Marine Resources Management program is part of the Department of Marine Sciences. A Master of Science or PhD is offered through the Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Marine Biology, part of the Department of Marine Biology. A Masters of Maritime Administration and Logistics is offered in the Department of Maritime Administration.
In addition, Texas A&M University in College Station offers graduate work on the Galveston campus through the departments of Biology, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Oceanography, Ecosystem Science and Management, Civil Engineering and Ocean Engineering.
Most of our graduates have job offers BEFORE graduation or have been accepted to graduate school. These are high paying jobs with lots of opportunities for advancement in major global corporations. Our engineer´s earn an average of $80,000, business graduates average $75,000 and marine administration and transportation average $70,000. Not ten years later, but at graduation!
Visit our admissions and recruitment teams. They will answer your questions, set up a tour and pave the way for you to become an Aggie at Texas A&M Galveston. Wear the Aggie ring and embark on your ocean-related career.