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The bachelor’s degree program in Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering (OCSE) has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. With ABET accreditation, students, parents, employers and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

Engineering Accreditation Commission

Mission Statement

Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special purpose institution engaged in teaching, research, and public service pertaining to the general field of marine resources.  Within this context, the goal of the department is to prepare students for performing engineering work and advanced study in the offshore and coastal realm.  Opportunities for such work abound in the vicinity of the university, which is located just south of the fourth largest metropolis in the U.S.  The Houston/Galveston area is regarded as the international focus of the oil industry.  As this industry ventures into ever-increasing water depths, it presents a wide array of engineering challenges.  Similarly, the exposure of its coastline to the extremely energetic climatic regime of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the impacts of a high level of urbanization and industrialization in the area, call for novel sustainable engineering approaches to deal with widespread coastal erosion and various environmental issues.  Finally, the extensive port facilities in Galveston and Houston and the recreational and ship traffic on navigable waterways, afford opportunities to design and maintain a variety of associated engineered structures.

Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the OCSE program is to produce graduates who can work as engineers in the nearshore and offshore environments.  In particular, our objectives are to produce students who:

  • practice engineering pertaining to offshore and coastal structures and associated marine systems (e.g. platforms, pipelines, harbors, terminals, etc.) in support of local industry and government agencies, in particular, to plan, design, construct, and maintain engineering works intended to: advance the extraction and transport of oil and gas products, protect the coastal environment from natural hazards as well as human/industrial influences, and to develop facilities for marine transportation; and
  • are well-prepared to engage in lifelong education and professional development, including advanced study.

Student Outcomes

Students graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering will have: Each OCSE graduate shall demonstrate the following before graduation:

  • sufficient knowledge of fundamental scientific principles and computational techniques for application to offshore or coastal engineering situations
  • ability to analyze, model, and solve complex problems in marine structural engineering and hydrodynamics
  • ability to design comprehensively either offshore or coastal systems or components with realistic constraints in a team setting
  • ability to effectively present design/project reports or other technical material to clients or other expert or non-expert audiences
  • an appreciation of the socioeconomic, geopolitical, ethical, and environmental issues that surround engineering in the oceans and the coastal zone
  • an appreciation for the value of advanced study or professional development.


Bachelor of Science Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic Year Undergraduate Students Bachelor Degrees Awarded
2018-19 26 --
2017-18 48 20
2016-17 95 24
2015-16 219 20
2014-15 234 22