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PENS Graduate Programs

The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences offers graduate degrees in: 


Chemistry (Master's Program coming soon!)


Coastal and Marine System Science (CMSS)

Highly interdisciplinary, this degree is designed to serve graduate students with diverse backgrounds in the natural and computational sciences. Ideal candidates will have backgrounds in some combination of biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, oceanography, engineering, and geographic information science. If you want a degree that will allow you to make a difference, consider being part of this unique program in Coastal and Marine Systems Science.

Coastal and Marine System Science focuses on integrative concepts that have emerged in recent years, linking biogeochemistry, geographic information science, ecosystem dynamics, and quantitative modeling. The CMSS program also promotes interdisciplinary studies of the coastal zone that integrates natural science with socio-economic sciences. Graduates of the CMSS program will demonstrate proficiency in understanding and applying the concepts and principles of all of the natural sciences as well as a working competence in mathematical modeling and geospatial analysis.

As part of their progression through the Coastal and Marine System Science program the students will:

  • acquire the skills required for system science studies applied to coastal and marine topics such that they are prepared to conduct CMSS original research
  • perform original and hypothesis-driven quantitative analyses that will lead to comprehensive verifiable models of natural systems
  • develop statistical, mathematical, and analytical skills to analyze observations, critically evaluate models describing the dynamics of natural systems, and answer environmental "what if" questions by providing comprehensive interpretation
  • develop the skills necessary to present and publish their work at national and international venues
  • develop the skills necessary to teach effectively a college level class in the area of Sciences and Engineering
  • develop a skill set and research record such that they can secure employment in Universities, Federal Agencies, Private Companies or Non Governmental Organizations where they can apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the program

The CMSS program offers both the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.  Please visit the College of Graduate Studies for more information about how to apply for Graduate programsprogram deadlinesfunding opportuntities, or to submit an information request.


Environmental Science (ESCI)

The graduate Environmental Science Program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi provides relevant education for students planning careers in the environmental sciences. The program, first offered in 1992, now enrolls approximately 60 current graduate students. Additional graduate students are pursuing degrees in related areas such as the Master of Public Administration (Environmental Science Track). The M.S. in Environmental Science program especially benefits persons in professional employment who seek additional education to enhance their knowledge and skills. Opportunities exist on campus and in the professional community for students to gain practical experience through internships and cooperative work-study agreements with local government and state and federal natural resource agencies.

Students in the M.S. in Environmental Science program choose between thesis and non-thesis tracks. All students take a common core of interdisciplinary courses, then choose additional electives and conduct thesis or professional research projects which will define an emphasis area.