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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: The Ocean Engineering program in College Station and Offshore and the Coastal Systems Engineering program in Galveston. This merger brought together the world-class infrastructure and facilites of the large engineering campus at College Station with the strategic waterfront location and resources at Galveston.

Our students have the unique opportunity to earn their undergraduate or graduate degree at either of the two campuses while still benefitting from the expertise of every faculty member through remote communication technology. Students attending the Galveston campus will partake in 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. Both campuses boast a plethora of student organizations to get involved in.

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, the Blue Economy and 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.


Our 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 the education and development of our students.