The Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University boasts one of the top oceanography programs in the country. Starting Fall 2017, the department will offer an intensive Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. Students complete this interdisciplinary degree through one of three tracks: Marine Ecosystem Science and Heath, Ocean Climate, or Ocean Observing Systems. All students will gain skill in handling, evaluating and analyzing large datasets. Numerous research and field opportunities are available to students ranging from at-sea field experiences to participation in high-profile research projects. The oceanography department structures its courses and degree options to prepare students for what lies beyond their time at Texas A&M.
Graduates go on to become productive contributors to the body of knowledge about the ocean and apply that knowledge in numerous professional capacities. The academic program actively encourages interdisciplinary work across traditional STEM fields.
Because oceanographers can find employment across a diverse range of fields, job growth is expected to increase 18 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The need for energy, environmental protection, hazard mitigation and responsible land and water management will spur employment demand. Also, as oil and gas exploration increases worldwide, job opportunities are opening internationally, as well as domestically. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics salary information: www.bls.gov.)