The Department of Oceanography provides exceptional interdisciplinary teaching and research in the fields of ocean climate, marine ecosystem science and health, ocean observing science and technology and ocean energy. By advancing discovery and understanding of the ocean sciences, technology and resources, we are preparing the next generation of citizens and ocean scientists for the challenges facing a growing human population with limited resources.

Our faculty and students strategically collaborate with ocean scientists throughout the Texas A&M University System, including the Marine Biology and Marine Sciences departments at Texas A&M Galveston, the Texas A&M Geochemical and Environmental Research Group, the International Ocean Discovery Program and Texas Sea Grant.

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Dive into Investigative Research

The Department of Oceanography explores the world to investigate the defining questions of the oceans’ future, present and past. The interdisciplinary work being done by the researchers in the department is more relevant and crucial than ever before. The faculty in the Department of Oceanography are making global strides in their research areas, participating in active research programs around the world.

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Modern oceanography provides innumerable opportunities not only in specialized fields in biology, chemistry, geology and physics, but also in integrated, multi-disciplinary work in the geosciences.

Learn about our summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, "Observing the Ocean," funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


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The Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) conducts basic and applied research for both private and government entities in the fields of ocean science, environmental sciences and resource geosciences.