What is 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.
Highly interdisciplinary, the Coastal and Marine System Science (CMSS) graduate program 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.
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.
As part of their progression through the Coastal and Marine System Science program the students will: