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Faculty and students describe the field and Department of Ocean Engineering. | Video: Texas A&M Engineering

One Department: Two Locations

The Department of Ocean Engineering began in fall 2015 as the result of combining two related programs existing at Texas A&M: Ocean Engineering in College Station and Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering in Galveston. This merger brings together the world-class infrastructure and resources of the very large engineering campus at College Station with the strategic waterfront location and unique resources at Galveston.

Our students have the unique opportunity to earn their undergraduate or graduate at either of the two campuses while all benefitting from the expertise of every faculty member through remote communication technology. Students attending the Galveston campus will learn in unique field-testing facilities with direct access to the coast and waterfront operations. Students attending the College Station campus will have classes in the Zachry Engineering Education Complex and experience the game day festivities in the fall.

These are exciting and challenging times for the field of ocean engineering. While some of the more classical ocean engineering disciplines are maturing into tested-technology, new areas of interest in deepwater offshore technology, renewable energy, air-sea interaction engineering, coastal and ocean environmental protection and preservation are rejuvenating the field.


The uncompromising vision is to establish a world-class ocean engineering program that is a pioneer in modern curriculum, an innovator of education techniques, and a leader in key established/emerging research/technology areas.


The mission of the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University is to conduct research, serve the public, and educate students in a broad program encompassing traditional and emerging areas of ocean engineering. The department aims to prepare graduates entering engineering practice, continuing onto graduate study, lifelong learning, and professional development; and serve the public and engineering profession in Texas and the nation through participation of faculty and students in public and professional activities. The objectives of the department are to contribute to a better understanding of ocean engineering through applied and fundamental research and support education and development of students.