General Information

The Coastal and Marine System Science graduate program is unique. Highly interdisciplinary, it is designed to serve graduate students with diverse backgrounds in the natural and computational sciences. Ideal candidates will have undergraduate backgrounds in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, and geographic information science. If you want a degree that will allow you to make a difference, consider being part of our cadre of student researchers presently enrolled in the program. For information on scheduling and financial assistance, see the links at the left.

Coastal and Marine System Science

System Science is one of the newest technical disciplines. Like traditional science, we propose and test hypotheses, but System Science takes a giant step beyond by generating model-based predictions. Where traditional science is content to describe and analyze a given phenomenon, System Science seeks to understand the relationships between all of the variables affecting a given phenomenon. As such, it is called a multivariate science and involves critical inputs from both the biotic and abiotic world. It is also a computational science which relies heavily on the manipulation of large datasets to extract new knowledge.

An Interdisciplinary Setting for Interdisciplinary Study

As a relatively young institution, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi prides itself on our academic structure. Instead of dividing each discipline into separate departments, we group people with common interests together. As a result, the Coastal and Marine System Science education is offered by a faculty representing over a dozen scientific and mathematical specialties blended into one coherent philosophy for studying and understanding the most dynamic environments on Earth.