COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today, (Thursday, Nov. 6) approved a new master’s degree in Coastal and Marine System Science for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
“We are excited to offer another advanced degree in the dynamic field of coastal and marine science,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “The Island University is committed to exploring our coasts and waters, and this degree will allow more students to study the complex processes that define our coastal ecosystems.”
The new degree will complement the existing Ph.D. program in the same field, which has a 100 percent job placement record. Prospective students are those currently employed in state and federal agencies, engineering firms, coastal and environmental consultants, or those in marine divisions of oil and gas companies.
“This master’s degree will allow those already working in this field to gain specialized knowledge that will help them advance in their careers,” said Dr. Frank Pezold, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering.
Coastal and Marine System Science graduates have knowledge in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, oceanography, engineering, and geographic information science.
The program combines sciences with mathematical modeling and geospatial analysis, a growing trend as the need increases for mapping and modeling environmental impacts. This field of study also promotes analysis of the coastal zone that integrates natural sciences with the socio-economic sciences that include human behaviors that effect coastal systems.
There are no similar programs available in the state of Texas.
The degree program now goes before the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval.
Classes for the new degree may begin as early as January 2015.