A minor is a concentration of courses that focus on a single area or an interdisciplinary perspective as developed by the department or program that offers the minor. The department or program offering the minor is responsible for setting enrollment limits and deciding which courses are used to meet the minor. Course work consists of 15–18 hours with a minimum of 6 in residence at the 300–400 level.

Any minor offered is considered to be available to all students, resources permitting. The academic advisor in the major-granting department will add the minor for the student on SIMS. In some cases, approval by the advisor of the minor-granting department is required before the minor is added by the advisor in the student’s major. Substitutions in a minor can be initiated by either the major- or minor- granting department, but must be approved by both departments. Students must declare a minor no later than the date on which they apply for graduation. A maximum of two minors can be completed by students. A minor is displayed on the transcript after graduation but not displayed on the diploma.

Minors Offered by TAMUG:

What is a minor?

A college minor is an opportunity to explore a different field, pursue an interest or complement your major with a second field of study.  A minor is an excellent way to demonstrate to future employers that you undertook serious study of a specific subject. It adds value to your degree and a competitive edge in the job market, demonstrating that you went above and beyond your major degree requirements.

What minor should I choose?

You should choose a minor that interests you and that complements your major. This minor should show potential employers that you have expertise in a certain aspect of that field. For example, if you major in business, a minor in economics would be an excellent choice! A minor may also combine two different areas of study to create a unique niche in your career field.

How do I declare a Minor?

We recommend that you speak to your academic advisor to incorporate a minor into your degree plan. You may apply for the minor by filling out this Minor Approval Form and return it to your academic department.

Minor Approval Form

University Catalog

Offered by TAMU Colleges:

Students may elect to earn a number of minors that are taught at the Galveston campus through TAMU-College Station academic departments.

The following minors are offered by TAMU and can be fulfilled in residence at Galveston:

Offered by TAMU College of Liberal Arts:

Please contact Paula Morris morrisp@tamug.edu

Undergraduate Minor in Anthropology

Undergraduate Minor in Economics

Undergraduate Minor in English

Undergraduate Minor in History

Undergraduate Minor in Museum Studies

Offered by TAMU College of Science:

Undergraduate Minor in Chemistry

Offered by TAMU School of Military Sciences:

Undergraduate Minor in Military Studies

Offered by TAMU  College of Geosciences:

Undergraduate Minor in Oceanography

For a full list of TAMU minors, click here for a full list of TAMU minors

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility for checking the TAMU website for information on requirements for a minor as it is different for each department AND to confirm that no curriculum changes have been made for a given minor.

Offered by TAMUG:

Minor in Diving Technology and Methods

Students in any major may establish a minor field of study in Diving Technology and Methods through completing 16 hours from the following courses. A minimum of 8 hours must be completed at the 300- to 400- level:

KINE 199 Conditioning Swimming
KINE 199 Positive Impact Diving
DIVE 250 SCUBA Diving I
DIVE 251 SCUBA Diving II
DIVE 330 Rescue Diving
DIVE 331 Alternate Diving Technology
MARB 340 Tropical Marine Ecology
MARB 345 Introduction to Scientific Diving
MARB 350 Methods in Research Diving
DIVE 357 Dive Leadership- Divemaster
DIVE 457 Dive Leadership- Instructor

In addition to the course requirements listed above, students:

  • Must complete a medical statement showing no contra-indications to diving or have a recreational scuba diver’s physical examination.
  • Must maintain a GPA of 2.5.
  • Must maintain good health and fitness appropriate to the level of diving required. Adverse behaviors that put the diver or other participants at risk such as the use of alcohol or certain medicines may require the diver to be removed from the program.

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Minor in Maritime Administration

Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Maritime Administration through completing 18 credits in the follow courses. A minimum GPR of 2.25 for the 18 credit hours is required.

Required Courses (total 12 required credits):

ACCT 229 Introduction to Accounting
MARA 301 Ocean Transportation I
MARA 363 Managerial Process
MARA 416 Port Operations, Administration and Economics

Elective Courses (total 6 required credits):

MARA 304 Ocean Transportation II
MARA 342 Managerial Maritime Finance
MARA 401 Brokerage and Chartering
MARA 402 Inland Waterways
MARA 421 Admiralty Law
MARA 424 Economics of Transportation
MARA 435 Labor Law
MARA 440 Global Economy and Enterprise Management
MARA 450 Maritime Supply Chain Management
MARA 460 Management Systems and Control
MARA 470 Environmental Law
MARA 484 Management Internship
MARA 485 Directed Studies
MARA 489 Special Topics

Substitutions may be authorized by the Head of the Department of Maritime Administration.

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Minor in Marine Biology

Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Marine Biology through completing 16 credits of MARB course selected in consultation with a Marine Biology advisor, choosing from the courses listed below . The student must have earned a C or better in BIOL 111 and BIOL 112.

MARB 301 Genetics
MARB 311 Ichthyology
MARB 315 Natural History of Vertebrates
MARB 360 Marine Conservation Biology
MARB 400 Biology of Marine Mammals
MARB 408 Marine Botany
MARB 430 Coastal Plant Ecology
MARB 425 Marine Ecology
MARB 435 Marine Invertebrate Zoology

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Minor in Ocean and Coastal Resources

Students in other majors may establish a minor field of study in Ocean and Coastal Resources through the completion of at least 16 hours of the following courses:

Required Courses (total 7 required credits):

MARS 280 Coastal and Ocean Resources
GEOL 101 Principles of Geology
  or OCNG 251
/MARS 489
Oceanography/Oceanography Laboratory for Science Majors

Select 3-6 hours from the following courses:

MARS 410 Introduction to Physical Oceanography
MARS 430 Introduction to Geological Oceanography
MARS 431 Geological Oceanography - Earth’s Climate
MARS 440 Introduction to Chemical Oceanography
OCNG 420 Introduction to Biological Oceanography

Select 3-7 hours from the following courses:

MARS 370 Coastal Processes
MARS 423 Ecological Economics
MARS 425/426 Coastal Wetlands Management (and Lab)
MARS 432 Peak Oil, Global Warming and Resource Scarcity
MARA 470 Environmental Law


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Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The Department of Marine Sciences offers a minor in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLBS) through a partnership with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. Students who wish to obtain this minor must be University Studies, Oceans and One Health majors who have been admitted to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program at UTMB. Seven hours of coursework taken during the first semester in that program will be applied towards the CLBS minor at TAMUG. More information is available from the Oceans and One Health advisor.

Program Requirements


MARB 315 Natural History of Vertebrates 4
MARB 420 Comparative Animal Physiology 4


CLLS 3514 - Clinical Chemistry 5
CLLS 3200 - Basic Operations Methods and Introduction to Clinical Lab 2
Total Semester Credit Hours 15

Admission to University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) for the two CLLS courses is required.

This minor will be completed in 15 credit hours, 8 of which are taught at TAMUG and 7 are taught at UTMB.


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Minor in Maritime Studies

The broad range of liberal arts courses offered by this Minor will provide an opportunity for TAMUG students in other majors to expand their non-scientific knowledge and experience diverse maritime topics. The courses have been carefully selected for content, class size and instructor to give students an optimum learning experience and to enrich all of the majors offered at TAMUG. Students in any major may establish a minor field of study in Maritime Studies through completing 15 hours of credits selected from the following courses in consultation with a Maritime Studies advisor. A minimum grade of “C” must be made in a course for it to count toward the Minor.

Required Courses (9 credits):

Part A: Select one Anthropology class from:

ANTH 202 - Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 210 – Social and Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 225 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 313 – Historical Archaeology
ANTH 316 – Nautical Archaeology
ANTH 318 – Nautical Archaeology of the Americas
ANTH 350 – Old World Archaeology

Part B: Select one English class from:

ENGL 335 – Literature of the Sea
ENGL 415 – Studies in a Major Author

Part C: Select one History/Political Science class from:

HIST 232 – History of American Seapower
HIST 242 – United States Maritime History
MAST 345 - Texas Maritime Culture and History
POLS 347 – Politics of the Energy and Environment

Elective Courses (6 credits):

Select two classes from:

ANTH 351 – Classical Archaeology
CLAS 371 – In Search of Homer and the Trojan War
MAST 265 – Elissa Sail Training
MAST 350 – History of Wooden Shipbuilding
MAST 352 – Maritime Craftsmanship
MAST 354 – Ancient Egyptian Seafaring
MAST 411 – International Maritime Culture
MAST 441 – Maritime Piracy Seminar

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